Dear Calgary

We’re in this together. Stay well and look out for one another. A note from our editor-in-chief on how we can support each other and what to expect from Avenue Calgary.

We love this city, and usually that means we bring you lots of stories about what to do and what to see, where to shop and where to eat in Calgary. Usually, we think that getting out and active in your city and supporting local business and organizations is the best way to live a great life here — by taking part in the glorious variety of offerings around us.

But right now, we all need to be active in making our city safe by keeping away from crowds, practicing appropriate social distancing and staying home as much as possible. We still want to share the stories of amazing local businesses and arts and other non-profit groups — but for now we are shifting that focus to how you can live your best and your safest life in Calgary, potentially in isolation.

That includes getting your copy of Avenue directly to your door. We are offering a three-month free subscription to Avenue, starting right now. Our April issue has just gone to print and includes our Best Dressed list for 2020 plus a deep dive into sandwiches in the city — a great option if you’re looking at getting home delivered foods right now. We wouldn’t want you to miss it, so if you sign up now we will ensure you get a copy to your door. Sign up here.

Social distancing does not mean that we stop supporting one another. And while we may each be physically isolated, we are still coming together as a community to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. We still need each other.

As in so many previous crises, Albertans are looking out for one another through these difficult times. We will continue sharing stories about Calgarians and how they are supporting one another as well as the stories of local businesses and organizations, what they are doing to adapt and what support they need. You can already find many of those stories on our home page and through our newsletters and we will bring more to you as quickly as we can.

We want to make sure that the city we love is still here when we get through this. And the actions we take right now will determine our future — not only in relation to the current pandemic and how Calgarians recover from it, but also how our businesses and organizations will recover. It was already a difficult time to be a Calgary small business, venue, arts group or non-profit organization. We need to do everything we can to ensure that we thrive as a city both in the short and long-term.

If you are a business that has new delivery options, a restaurant that is now making to-go meals or an arts organization providing online access to your work, we want to share your story. If you have questions about how to support local businesses and non-profits now, let us know as well. Reach out to us at SupportLocal@redpointmedia.ca — we will do all that we can.

We’re in this together. Stay well and look out for one another.

Käthe Lemon
Editor-in-Chief, Avenue magazine
klemon@redpointmedia.ca

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