5 Cool Spots to Check Out on Parkdale Crescent N.W.

Located in the Parkdale neighbourhood, this crescent is home to a local ice cream shop, a refillery, a plant shop and more.

Illustration by Jarett Sitter.

LICS

For four decades, LICS has been a popular spot for sweet treats, with more than 40 flavours of ice cream (dairy- and lactose-free options included). In February 2023, longtime proprietors the Leavitt family (the name formerly stood for Leavitt’s Ice Cream Shop) turned LICS over to Jennifer and Jeremy Andrews of YYCFoodTrucks, who changed it to “Lemonade, Ice Cream and Sips.”

 

DYP Refillery

DYP (Do Your Part) Refillery is a source for non-toxic and natural cruelty-free hair care, skin care and lifestyle products. Owner Brooke Needer started out making and selling wool dryer balls and expanded that into her current business, stocking a range of products based on sustainability and reducing waste. DYP also hosts workshops for making bath bombs, body scrubs and more.

 

Sprout Calgary

Formerly located in Eau Claire, Sprout Calgary moved to its current location last August. The business originated in 2020 during the pandemic lockdown period, when owner Daniel Baker started selling plants through Facebook Marketplace. The boutique nursery offers rare tropical plants and more low-maintenance plants, as well as the products needed to keep them alive.

 

Lazy Loaf & Kettle

A Parkdale Crescent institution since 1994, this bustling café bakes its bread in-house, including the namesake “kettle bread” — a nine-grain loaf that has been on the menu since the beginning. Lazy Loaf also bakes gluten-free breads and offers daily specials, salads and hearty soups.

 

Caspian Bakery & Supermarket

If you want to get your hands on authentic Persian ingredients and treats, Caspian Bakery & Supermarket is the place to go. Dates, figs, rollet (a rolled cake filled with whipped cream) and savoury-sweet saffron ice cream can all be found alongside authentic breads and ready-made meals.

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This article appears in the May 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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