New to Alberta, Entertainment Districts are designated public areas where adults may consume alcohol outside of licensed premises while enjoying various types of entertainment. A request to designate the Ross Street Patio as an Entertainment District was initiated by the Downtown Business Association (DBA) this spring, which led to the development of a new bylaw. While the bylaw could be expanded to include other locations in the future, it currently applies only to the Ross Street Patio area.
Located on the north side of Ross (50) Street, between 49 Avenue and 50 (“Little Gaetz”) Avenue, the Ross Street Patio Entertainment District will operate weekly from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased from vendors within the site and must be consumed within the boundaries of the district. Public intoxication, underage drinking, cigarette smoking or vaping and use of cannabis are not permitted within the district.
The DBA has been designated as the Operator of the district and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day use of the site. Other businesses or individuals interested in hosting events on the Patio will require a Special Event Permit from The City.
“We’re excited to partner with the Downtown Business Association on this innovative project to enhance Ross Street Patio, one of our community’s favourite gathering places,” said Konrad Dunbar, Engineering Manager. “We are confident that this initiative, in combination with other downtown revitalization projects, will noticeably increase the vibrancy and positive use of our downtown core.”
For a schedule of Ross Street Patio events, visit downtownreddeer.com/ross-street-patio.
Telus Corp. marks opening of Telus Sky in downtown Calgary
CALGARY — Telus Corp. marked the opening of its new 60-storey Calgary headquarters on Wednesday.
The new $400-million skyscraper, Telus Sky, has been in development for nine years and is now the third-tallest building in downtown Calgary. It features 750,000 square feet of office and retail space as well as 326 rental homes.
The building’s eye-catching design, by architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Dialog, along with developer partner Westbank and Allied, starts with a rectangular floorplate and then gradually twists as it rises.
Integrated into the facade of Telus Sky is Canada’s largest public art display. “Northern Lights” by Canadian author and artist, Douglas Coupland, creates a light show across the building’s exterior.
Telus Sky will be home to more than 1,600 Telus employees. It joins TELUS Garden in Vancouver, TELUS Harbour Toronto, TELUS House Ottawa, and Place TELUS Québec as one of the company’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-certified buildings.
Among the building’s environmental features is a storm water management system that recycles rainwater for use in washroom toilets, reducing the building’s municipal water demand by 70 per cent.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2022.
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Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press
Business Spotlight: Massage Above All
This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Massage above all an excellent place to heal and relax with truly professional staff.
1. What is your business?
We are a Professional Therapeutic and Holistic Massage clinic serving Central Alberta in Downtown Red Deer since 1995.
2. When did your business open?
Originally opened in a small rental space in 1995, as we grew, it became apparent that we would need to expand. We purchased and completely renovated our current 2525 sq ft property with our clients in mind. Each treatment is spacious, clean and meets all health standards as per AHS.
3. What makes your business unique?
We are a local Massage Clinic that owns our property and has thrived in the Downtown for some 27 years: 6 treatment rooms spacious lobby. Our therapists are registered with professional associations, and as such, we can direct bill to most insurance companies. *Some conditions apply*
4. What are some products/services that you offer?
We offer Professional Massage Therapy services, including Therapeutic, Relaxation, Lymphatic, Hot Stone, Couples Massage, Reflexology, Cupping, and Craniosacral therapy.
We also offer fair trade merchandise from around the world. Stop in and see
5. Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
Personally, I chose the Downtown because our family has owned and operated businesses since 1974 when we moved to Red Deer from Calgary when my parents took over Red Deer Auction Co Ltd.
6. What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
The unique and friendly businesses and business owners and staff.
7. Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…
It is the core of the city, close to home. A vibrant community with eclectic and unique shopping experiences.
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