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Exploring Calgary: Inglewood

Sep. 24th, 2014
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The final feature in our three part series on Calgary is focusing on the Inglewood neighbourhood. This exciting Calgary neighbourhood is the hub of live music venues. It’s also home to the Calgary International Fringe Festival and the Inglewood Sunfest Folk Music Festival. This community was established over 200 years ago and is known as …

The final feature in our three part series on Calgary is focusing on the Inglewood neighbourhood. This exciting Calgary neighbourhood is the hub of live music venues. It’s also home to the Calgary International Fringe Festival and the Inglewood Sunfest Folk Music Festival.

This community was established over 200 years ago and is known as Calgary’s Original Main Street. We’ll take you through some of our favourite parts of this heritage area of Calgary. Arts, culture, shopping, and dining are just some of the main attractions of this beautiful neighbourhood.

Arts and Culture

One of the newer editions to Inglewood is the Esker Foundation Art Gallery. This is the city’s largest privately funded, non-commercial art gallery. Innovative art and educational programs are a huge draw to this space. When you first enter the gallery you are immediately greeted by sculptures by local Calgary artists and a beautiful ingenious glass staircase. With free admission, this is definitely a must see during your time in Inglewood.

Esker Foundation Art Gallery
Esker Foundation Art Gallery

To try your own hand at art, 4Cats is the self-proclaimed best, most fun art studio ever. They offer both child and adult classes, along with workshops, team builders, and themed parties. Who knows, you might find out you’re the next Vincent Van Gogh!

Shopping

Shopping may have come up in all three of our Calgary features, but we couldn’t help but share this with you (our office loves to shop after all!). Inglewood is the best place in Calgary to shop local, with antique stores and clothing boutiques scattered throughout the neighbourhood.

For the book lovers out there (I count myself as one of them), you can’t miss Fair’s Fair, an amazing used bookstore that’s been around since 1988. Also in the area is Rivas Eco Store, Calgary’s mecca of all things eco-friendly. From shampoos to décor to fashion, they have everything you need for a green lifestyle. For those creative types, Suzie Q Beads, Buttons & Bijoux offers everything you need to have “sophisticated fun”. Create your own jewellery in their classes or find yourself lost in their array of unique ready-to-wear jewellery. Finally, for a unique shopping experience, you’ll want to visit Uniquities. The founder, originally from Wales, now travels to Europe four times a year to find unique period hardware that is often difficult to find in Calgary.

Dining

Now, what is a neighbourhood without the best of the dining choices? At Spolumbo’s you’ll find the city’s best gourmet sausages and Italian sandwiches, right in the heart of Inglewood. Owned by three Calgary-born former CFL players, Spolumbo’s is famous throughout the city and worth a visit.

Spolumbo’s
Spolumbo’s

If you’re in Calgary, you can’t leave without dinner at Rouge. They partner with local food growers and utilize their own onsite garden and homegrown produce to give guests the high quality meals they are famous for. For a new experience everyday, Sugo isn’t one to miss. Drawing inspiration from local producers and markets, a new menu is created daily, so no two nights are the same.

Finally, no trip to Inglewood is complete without a visit to the Calgary Zoo, home to one of the largest permanent penguin exhibits in North America. An AZA accredited conservation facility, the Calgary Zoo is committed to species survival and public education.

These are our favourite spots, but what are yours? Whether you’re a Calgary native or simply spending a few days in the city, we’d love to hear all about your Inglewood gems. Comment below or tweet us at @TalkShopMedia.