We have the ambience of a small town. We have safe, clean streets and unique shops that have old-fashioned charm and that original feeling of great service
Edmonton, AB (Vocus) July 23, 2010
A summertime Edmonton vacation for those who like to shop, visit art galleries, enjoy el fresco dining and stay at unique accommodations is easy to plan with a visit to the 124th Street and Area district. Edmonton Tourism makes it even more enticing with special summertime incentives.
Known for its entrepreneurial spirit, the 124th Street and Area is quickly becoming THE Edmonton shopping district with its interesting history and culture. Edmonton businessman Don Freeland, known as a leading entrepreneur being the man who brought pre-washed jeans to Canada and the world when he worked as Vice-President of GWG, now is the proprietor of one of the most impressive Bed and Breakfasts in Alberta located in the 124th Street and Area called Glenora Bed and Breakfast.
Now 83 years old, Freeland is busy introducing the world to another great thing, Edmonton’s 124 Street and area. Freeland and his family didn’t scrimp on any details when turning Glenora Bed & Breakfast with its 26 guestrooms featuring Victoria decor into one of 124th Street and Area’s most stunning choices in Edmonton accommodations.
This historic 1912 Buena Vista Building was originally built as an affluent west-end Edmonton apartment building. In its heyday, its apartments hosted many now legendary characters, such as “Wop” May, the Edmonton pilot who caught the world’s attention first as the World War I pilot that the Red Baron was pursuing when he was shot down and later as a bush pilot who flew numerous spectacular mercy missions. There is still a “Wop May room” in the Glenora Bed & Breakfast and a person doesn’t have to be an aviation fan to see how impressive it is.
For Helen Nolan, Executive Director of the 124 Street & Area Business Association (BRZ), the Glenora Bed & Breakfast speaks to the timeless appeal of the entire area. “We have the ambience of a small town. We have safe, clean streets and unique shops that have old-fashioned charm and that original feeling of great service,” says Nolan. “124th Street is where people come to walk, have coffee, have lunch on an outdoor patio, and browse in one-of-a-kind shops where you can get something different.”
A summertime Edmonton vacation spent around 124th Street and Area features some of the best walking and shopping in the city. Peruse thoroughly interesting shops such as Henry’s Purveyor of Fine Things, with the perfect fine furnishings for metropolitan living; Fine Line Jewelers and Engravers, who have been in the area for a quarter of a century now; Scottish Imports Inc., where you’ll find everything from tartans to reeds for bag piping and a series of unique women’s clothing stores, such as TK Clothing, Kaj Clothing, Thread Hill and the aptly-named She Matters.
124th Street and Area also offers a number of great Edmonton restaurant experiences from a night of jazz and fine cuisine at the Blue Pear Restaurant to the authentic Thai cuisine of Numchok Wilia to the tasty Greek cuisine of Cosmos and Koutouki or sweet treats at Duchess Bake Shop or the Cellar Door Cake & Catering Company.
124th Street and Area also boasts the oldest Gallery Walk in Canada, with seven art galleries, each specializing in a slightly different take on art. TU Gallery, for example, is the only one of its kind in Canada, featuring mainly artists that put their focus solely on creating functional art made of wood. Think of it as beautiful sculptures that work as fine furniture. This summer, TU Gallery is also bringing a particular European flair to 124th Street. “Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., we will have an artist outside the shop, creating art,” says Alex Paterson of TU Gallery.
To learn more about 124th Street and Area, plan your Edmonton vacation or read about special summer incentives, visit http://www.edmonton.com/liveallyear.
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