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Design District

5 Spas To Get You Ready for the Weekend

Pamper yourself at one of Calgary’s luxurious inner city spas. Photo: Sante Spa.

With the weekend just around the corner, urbanites on the go can book some last-minute weekend pampering at one of Calgary’s numerous inner-city spas. Check out our top 5 picks for the most luxurious massages, facials, pedicures, manicures, waxing and more in the downtown area.


Hot Shopping: Log Bowls at Kit Interior Objects.

Log Bowls at Kit Interiors. Photo: Adele Brunnhofer.

These lovely log bowls are designed by Doha Chebib of the Alberta-based Loyal Loot co-operative. Interior accessory gems, they’re made of real Alberta wood and come in a variety of colours and sizes, retailing between $68 – $204. A fantastic accent for any home, the bowls are available at Kit Interior Objects in Calgary’s SODO Design District.

Kit Interiors, 725, 11 Ave SW. 

Lunch and Cooking Classes at the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Chef Laura Kennedy and students preparing lunch. Photo: courtesy ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Located in the heart of the Design District, the open concept ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is a hub for budding chefs and foodies alike. Programming director and Red Seal Chef Laura Kennedy schedules a variety of hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations Thursday through Sunday. “It’s a great social environment, with some of the best food in the city,” says Kennedy.

Lunch N’ Learn demonstrations take place Thursdays and Fridays over the lunch hour, 12 pm to 1 pm ($20). These demos include (more…)

SODO Block Party

Tomorrow afternoon, the SODO block party is inviting customers to check out the galleries, home décor and culinary boutiques along 11th Avenue SW.

Located in the Design District between 4th street and 8th street, SODO (south of downtown) is an area filled with high-end galleries and unique independent boutiques. From 12 – 5 PM tomorrow, shops will be offering up delicious samples, music events and other fun surprises.

SIT Interiors is launching the Baby Bot boutique (located upstairs inside SIT) with free face-painting for children. Singer-songwriter Aislinn Grant will be performing and the SnoBerry food truck will be parked outside, offering up delicious iced treats.

The Camera Store will be offering free pictures in their photo booth and the Gerry Thomas Gallery will be hosting karaoke. For a delectable treat while shopping, visit Metrovino, which will be offering up free samples as will Brulee Bakery. Make sure to see Siobhan Humston’s STEM exhibit at the Herringer Kiss Gallery, where you can grab a free coffee or punch while looking around.

Numerous other retailers and galleries are participating, including Bo Concept Urban Design, The District, Weiss, Red Bloom Salon, Kit Interior Objects, The Cookbook Company and more.