Everything You Can Find in East Village Junction this Summer
From vegan food to bike rentals and vintage fashion, here is what the East Village pop-up retail park has to offer.
Photo courtesy East Village
East Village Junction Pop-up Retail Park is returning for its second year. Lined up in the corner of 8th Street and 4th Avenue S.E, beside the National Music Centre, the pop-up shipping containers offer shops, as well as plenty of events and meet-ups throughout summer.
East Village Junction was started in order to utilize public spaces and create a sense of community in the neighbourhood. It also makes use of spaces awaiting construction in the still developing community. “We have development parcels which are not yet under construction so we thought of ways we could do these type of interventions that are more creative and innovative uses of those spaces rather than just being vacant,” says Clare LePan, manager of marketing and communication for Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.
This year, the pop-up retail park brings old and new partners to East Village, including an all-female entrepreneurs container, Indigenous designers and vegan vendors.
East Village Junction also includes events in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and Bark YYC.
On Saturdays the Calgary Public Library hosts story time and activities for youth.
Urban Bark Meetup, an event hosted by Bark YYC, takes place Sunday mornings with week brings a new adventure, like visiting nearby neighbourhoods or exploring East Village with your furry best friends during hour-long walks. The meetup also includes treats for both dogs and humans.
Opening on May long weekend and running Friday to Sunday, as well as holiday Mondays, the retail park will be in action until September 3. These are the container stores that’ll call East Village home.
Calgary-based boutique Alora specializes in handmade gemstone jewelry with the mission of giving back. Jewellery from Alora is created from sustainable and ethically sourced material and 5 per cent of all proceeds go to women-focused organizations. Alora also partners with local organizations like the HomeFront Prevention of Domestic Violence program, hosts workshops to teach women to make jewellery and hires women to provide them the tools for independence. Other shops by female entrepreneurs in this pod include good.and.wild, art by Tiffany Lynn Cuffley and Lianna Hung.
This container is basically a communal bulletin board that will tell you about services and offerings by local residents, businesses and shops. If you’re looking for specific services, or are offering one, this is the place to go to.
Based out of Mount Royal University, this project partners with Indigenous designers across Canada to highlight their collections during the annual Otahpiaaki Fashion Week. Featuring work by some of the most inspiring Indigenous artists and designers, Otahpiaaki at East Village Junction hosts workshops on beading and sewing as well as Blackfoot and Cree language, among other things.
Pony Friday hosts inspirational boot camps and sells funky merchandise. Elise Russell, the founder of Pony Friday, left her job in advertising to take a different approach to life and work. You can chat with Pony Friday about why it’s good to start adventures without a backup plan and check out its clothing line.
Established in 2015 in Calgary, Bark YYC connects pet lovers through lifestyle products, accessories and treats. Its dog biscuits are also made without artificial preservatives and they offer handcrafted accessories. Bark YYC is also the hosts and treat provider of the Urban Bark Meetup.
This gallery features art work by emerging and established artists in Calgary, Canada and around the world. Its mission is to make the local art scene accessible to enthusiasts from anywhere. It sells original paintings, sketches, photographs, and prints from a range of artists.
Rath Bicycle started in 2013 in a basement in Calgary and has grown exponentially ever since. They specialize in vintage bike restoration and repair services. Returning to East Village Junction again this year, Rath Bicycle offers hourly or daily rentals for those looking to cycle by the river.
Started by Calgary collector and curator Ellen Crawford, Prairie Bazaar brings the best vintage finds to Calgarians looking for outside-of-the-box fashion. Marked with colourful dressed, scarves, and accessories, Prairie Bazaar is sure to appeal to those looking for items not found in a mall.
This family-run Calgary favourite is bringing treats and lemonade to East Village Junction this summer. The family is also behind Cookie Dough YYC, which offers safe-to-eat raw cookie dough. You can find lemonade, cookie dough and plenty of other treats at this pod.
Meadow Creek Sausage is all about making food simple by offering meat with no antibiotics, added hormones or gluten. Using basic packaging and cutting out the middleman, Meadow Creek Sausage provides affordable, farm-to-table fresh food. MOB Honey also brings locally sourced honey to only Calgary, as they believe in reducing their carbon footprint. Filled, packaged, and delivered by hand from their bee forage in the Rocky Mountains, you can feel good about the sweets offered at this pod.
Platform Innovation Studio is coming to East Village in 2020 and this container brings a sneak peak of what’s to expect. Talk entrepreneurship and big ideas with like-minded people in this pod.
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