In the past few months, West Springs has exploded with a bunch of new restaurants, stores and services. And with plenty of new construction still in the works, there’s bound to be even more in the coming months. Here are some of the most recent additions to West Springs.
Start your morning off at this all-day breakfast diner, which seats 65 people and mixes classic diner booths and tables with a warm, modern design. The space also has a long wooden bar along the windows, where there are several outlets available. The menu includes sweet and savoury items like banana bread french toast and smoked salmon eggs benedict, respectively, plus a selection of smoothies and milkshakes. Ace also has a kids menu and a few additional lunch dishes that are available between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the days where you’re in a rush, you can grab a pastry and a Phil & Sebastian coffee from the to-go counter.
BraTopia’s second location opened in West Springs. The store is just under 2,000 square feet and carries similar inventory to its Edmonton Tr. location, with bras, swimwear, nursing bras, sports bras and lingerie from brands like PrimaDonna, Marie Jo, Freya, Fantasie and the luxury French brand Empreinte. You’ll also find some men’s underwear lines and lots of sleepwear options. With band sizes from 28 to 48 and cup sizes from A to N available, the store is dedicated to making sure everything fits you properly, regardless of body size. This location also features BraTopia’s new concept store in store called French Postcard, which has more of a focus on sexy wear and nightwear.
Release your inner Picasso at this new art studio, where you have the option of painting pieces of pottery, painting a canvas or trying your hand at a glass fusion project (like a glass pendant for a necklace). The bright, industrial-style studio is filled with pottery dishes and figurines just waiting to be painted, and when you’re done, the pieces are glazed and kiln fired to make them food safe. The studio hosts kids birthday parties and holds bi-monthly Girls Night Out Events. And if you feel like painting at home, you can also pick up one of Colour on Fire’s ART to Go! totes, which has all the supplies you need to paint from the comfort of your own kitchen.
The first of Made Foods’ three Calgary locations (a fourth is set to open this winter) opened here in October. The store creates fresh, healthy to-go meals from their in-store kitchen, which you can then buy for those times when you’re too busy to cook. Choose from 44 menu items that include flipped oat pancakes, albacore tuna salad, brisket tacos and braised beef risotto. If you’re not in a rush, you can also stick around and eat your meal in-store, where you’ll find heating stations, seating and free Wi-Fi.
When you need to get away from it all, check out Mama Massage, a new massage therapy spa. The space has seven massage rooms and offers regular, pre-natal, cupping, hot stone and couples massages. Depending on the type of massage, you can book a 30, 60 or 90 minute session. The most convenient part of all is that the spa has child-minding services, so you can sign your children in upon arrival and just concentrate on relaxing.
With one location in Mission already, OP To Go’s second location brings even more take-out options to West Springs. This Vietnamese take-out restaurant is owned by the same family behind Oriental Phoenix Vietnamese Restaurant. While there is seating in the new location for close to a dozen people, you can also order take-out from the counter or call to place a take-out order in advance. Choose from a range of vermicelli bowls, Vietnamese subs and noodle soups, then finish off your meal with some ice cream in flavours like mango, coconut, coffee, green tea and coconut candy.
8560 8A Ave. S.W., 403-727-7988, optogo.ca
This is also the second location for this local Indian restaurant, which already has a downtown location. The menu includes lots of traditional Indian dishes for vegetarians and meat-lovers, including chana masala, samosas, curry, tandoori chicken and much more. The West Springs restaurant has a more casual vibe than the downtown one, with seating for around 12 people or you can order food for take-out.
120, 100 8560 8A Ave. S.W., 403-719-8183, yuga.ca