On Nov. 4, Arts on the Ave (AOTA) is debuting Champions of Alberta Avenue, a project celebrating stories of immigrant business owners along 118 Avenue.
The event will be held at Parkdale-Cromdale Community League and is part of AOTA’s Fall Pub Night Fundraiser. The project includes photography, a short film, and written profiles.
Continue to look here for condensed profiles of business owners, written by Shirley Serviss. Continue reading Enduring stories of challenges and triumphs Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in November
This summer, Arts on the Avenue (AOTA) worked on Champions of Alberta Avenue, which showcases stories of immigrant business owners along 118 Avenue. In October-November, the project’s photography, a short film, and written profiles will be released. The Carrot Coffeehouse will host the premier of the photography and written profiles beginning Oct. 1. Over the next several months, look here for condensed profiles of business owners (written by Shirley Serviss) featured in the project. Continue reading Stories of Alberta Avenue business owners Champions of Alberta Avenue project released in the next few months
The first thing you notice about the Budapest Delicatessen is the mouth-watering smell of smoked meats wafting down 111 Avenue. The next thing is the bright and welcoming interior, where shoppers can meet new owners Silvia Taborosi and her parents, Maria and Imre. Continue reading Budapest Delicatessen now has new owners Store offers Hungarian food and friendly service
The owner of a local grocery store is seeking to share food from Africa with the community.
“Most African communities have been missing the taste of the food they grew up eating,” said Charles Kyabaggu, owner of Tropicana Grocery Store. “I love food. I love eating,” Kyabaggu said, gesturing at the wide variety of foods on the shelves. “I want to serve the community—each and every house. Food is a necessity for every home.” Continue reading Bringing a passion of food into the community Tropicana Grocery Store imports food from East Africa
“It’s becoming the best place in Edmonton,” said Mustaf Nuur, owner of Jovani Variety Store on 118 Avenue and 93 Street. Sitting on chairs placed outside his shop, he visits with friends and customers while watching life unfold on the Avenue. Nuur has owned Jovani Variety Store for three years. “The neighbourhood is good,” he said. Continue reading Jovani Variety Store sells selection of goods Running and improving a store is rewarding and challenging
Everyone has a story. Lan Lim, creator of Lan’s Asian Grill, stitched coffin interiors when she first arrived in Edmonton. Her husband, Sunny, fled violence in Cambodia. Popular Bakery owners Maria and Olympio Soares moved from Portugal to Africa before settling in Edmonton. Continue reading The stories of our neighbourhood champions Local project showcases journeys of business owners
Some family traditions endure through generations, like using only quality materials for buildings.
On May 26, staff and family celebrated the grand opening of Remco Memorials’ new building. Remco Memorials is a long-standing business on 97 Street and 123 Avenue. Continue reading Long-standing business reveals new building Family continues tradition of investing in community
Last year’s Eats on 118 food tour, which encouraged people to try 118 Avenue area restaurants, was such a success that three tours are being held this year. April’s tour is already past, but two tours are scheduled for June 28 and August 30.
“What got it started was a workshop called Leading the Way,” said Joachim Holtz, executive director of Alberta Avenue Business Association (AABA). “We thought, ‘what can we do to help the hospitality businesses?’ Restaurants feel recessions a lot on their bottom lines.” Continue reading Two more tours scheduled for Eats on 118 June tour will feature different restaurants on the Ave
A year ago, I interviewed Philip Muz about The Aviary. We talked building permits and funding needs; revised plans and hopes deferred.
Today this community arts hub remains unopened, but that is about to change. City permits have been issued and renovations are in full swing. Continue reading The Aviary will be well worth the wait Fundraiser could cover remaining renovations
For centuries throughout the Northern Hemisphere, May Day has been a traditional day of festivities celebrating the arrival of spring. Towns and villages throughout Europe would hold gatherings. With seeding mostly completed, farmers would often give their labourers a day off. To this day, May Day is a national public holiday in several countries, many of which refer to it as Labour Day or International Workers Day.
In the late 19th century, the Socialists and Communists of the Second International May Day chose International Workers Day to commemorate the Haymarket Affair that took place in Chicago in 1886. What began as a peaceful labour protest ended with bloodshed and became an international symbol for workers’ rights. Continue reading Recognizing the importance of workers’ rights International Workers Day history led to labour laws