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Old 30-10-2010, 03:45 PM   #301
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The fact that Mcelheran's 3 buildings take up and entire half-block or streetfront is something I'm not really a fan of. But they did recently do this:



Which is nice.

It's still a work in progress though:





Atomic Zombie also recently updated their sign:


The new gallery space that was mentioned:


And I've complained about awnings in the past, but these newish ones are really nicely done:

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Old 30-10-2010, 07:13 PM   #302
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One of the fundamental flaws of 124st is the way that the densest residential is located north of 111st, while all the streetfront retail is south of there.

If you think of Whyte, 81ave and 83ave are lined with 3 storey walkups. Tons of people without mortgages to worry about, many of whom are transit dependent, and they're all a quick one block walk off the strip.

In comparison, a block off of the retail section of 124st you have houses. I wuv the westmount architectural heritage area, but there are a lot less people there, and they have a lot more cars to go shopping at the mall, and they probably have a lot more family dinners at home and a lot fewer pub nights. North of 111st 124st is lined with apartments like the ones off Whyte, but none of those have streetfront retail, so most of the only foot traffic that develops is the type of stuff that moahunter loves talking about.

If you could pick up all the apartments in Inglewood, and squish them in between 124st and the lovely houses of Westmount it would be a much better situation all around.
While I accept your point in regards to the apartments being further north along 124 and not as dense as Stratchcona is in rental living. I'll point out that the neighbourhoods directly west of 124th like Glenora, North Glenora and Groat Estates are pretty high up on the income level so I suspect that they would have way more disposable income then renters.
Also the southern end of 124th links up with Oliver area condo's and the income levels there. On any given nice day the area of 124th south seems to predominantly yuppie moms out shopping with a stroller or such so the retail outlets in the southend of 124th reflect that while north towards 107th the income levels are far more mixed.

Great pics by the way and yes the awning styles are far superior to what alot of places in the city have been doing, they are classy and understated. I also have noticed that style in various other locales around town hopefully those disgusting illuminated awnings that are everywhere are on the way out!
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Old 30-10-2010, 10:07 PM   #303
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^ in terms of impact on a walkable shopping district, rich people living 3 blocks away might as well live 30 blocks away or 100 blocks away. When someone in Glenora gets into their car, it's just as easy for them to go shopping/eating downtown or at west ed or in Oliver Square as it is to go to 124st (or SPR for that matter). The same is true for people who live along Victoria Promenade. If you have to get in a car, then there's nothing particularly convenient about 124st.

If there's a critical mass of snootiness then they can certainly be drawn, and you see that at the south end of 124st. I think a lot of that is because of the office crowd, though (based on how many stores are only open to 5ish on weekdays), and of course MEC the yuppie magnet.

But I can't wait to see an LRT station at 124/104. That should create a fair bit of extra foot traffic for a few blocks in each direction, and will maybe get this ridiculousness dealt with.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:31 AM   #304
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Word is that the TU gallery is closing and the Dutchess bakery will be expanding their operation into that space.
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Old 23-09-2012, 01:30 PM   #305
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Stopped by Duchess for a pastry and latte...very delicious. The place was crazy-busy...long lineups, every table occupied inside and outside.

IMO Duchess is the main driver for revitalizing 124 St these days. Lots of Duchess patrons were wandering around seeing what else is there. But the rest of the businesses? Most of them were closed or gave the indication they were closed. A few empty storefronts too.

So c'mon 124 St, wake the hell up!
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Old 23-09-2012, 01:56 PM   #306
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So true!

124th could be a new slightly more personal version of Whyte Avenue but they really need to try harder in regards to store hours, While they are independent store owners still in todays world they still need to have more accesible store hours in regards to attracting a strong and busy clientele.

To be shut on a Sunday really limits the reasons to want to shop on 124th.
As it is retail and being closed on Sundays do not fly with todays consumers.
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Old 23-09-2012, 02:26 PM   #307
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Another missing piece are those two recently renovated storefronts across the street from Duchess. There was a rockabilly shop in one of them for a while. All the recent coverage of Western Canadian Fashion got me thinking about a local fashion retail co-op. Bunch of independent designers joining forces.
I'm guessing the leases on those spaces are formidable, however.
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Old 23-09-2012, 02:41 PM   #308
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When I re-read this entire thread, there are steps forward and backward.

* MEC has taken over the Second Cup space but has re-enforced its bunker-like presence there.

* A few other independent restos have opened up.

* The Bothy has opened south of 102 Ave

* too many empty spaces in the buildings south of the Esso

* Cococo (ex-Callebaut and Beuno Gelato) has opened in old discount furniture place at Jasper Ave but the parking lot is still a fail.

* The Hellas Greek grocery at 109 Ave closed down, but so has the adjoining payday loan place.

* Cosmos Greek Taverna is closed. There are signs saying they are renovating, but there's another sign saying that a BBQ Smokehouse is opening there. So I don't know what their deal is.

* The Zoe Apartment building across from Cosmos is still sitting empty

* Just noticed a Tzin type place called Somerville Wine Room near Koutouki, but poor reviews on urbanspoon

* The Thursday street market that started this year is a great idea, but needs more traction
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Old 23-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #309
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Considering there is vacant retail space along the street one would think that the landlords would consider lowering the rent (if it is too high) to attract some unique. quality independent tenants to bring in both some rental income and kick start the 124th into attracting more shoppers, Therefore attracting more businesses and ending up in being able to charge a higher lease rate.
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Old 23-09-2012, 03:01 PM   #310
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In regards to the closed down McElhrans Furniture "discount" unit on the southern most end of 124th and Jasper. The owners of the property need to redevelop it totally perhaps to a combined retail, residential space,

That site as it stands still totally reminds me of once being decades ago in my lifetime first being a B/A gas station coverting to a Gulf Station in the late 60's then becoming a 7/11 that relocated from the former location on Jasper and 123st to the larger site with more parking in the 1980's after the Gulf Station shut down.

When it closed it seemed to be several things until converting to the furniture store and now to the Cococo. That parking lot still reminds of it either being the former gas stations or the old 7-11.

The site as it is seems "jinxed" and redoing the same run of the mill dated structure over and over again is not attracting anyone build something new on the site instead of just reworking the same structure and leaving the large corner lot on which it sits as it is.

Perhaps a lowrise retail complex with housing on 3 or 4 floors above to mirror the Glenora Bed & Breakfast on 124th and 102nd would provide an good anchor on that end of 124th.

It seems the only things that constantly work well are the Esso, Glenora B&B and MEC the rest always seem to flip over and over along that block.
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Old 23-09-2012, 03:18 PM   #311
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Here's an idea:
* The city buys most of the Cococo parking lot
* soften the Jasper Ave/124 St turn by rebuilding it into the parking lot land
* Put in an island between WB-NB and SB-EB. Some greenery is nice as long as it doesn't impede motorist's vision.
* Install an amber-signalled crosswalk across there and thru that island

This achieves the following:
- eliminates most of Cococo's parking lot
- brings Cococo and its outdoor seating closer to the street
- softens the hard turn for motorists
- allows for a badly needed crosswalk at the south end of 124 St
- adds more greenspace in the immediate area
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Old 23-09-2012, 03:22 PM   #312
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Totally agree. Especially on the cross walk.
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Old 23-09-2012, 05:52 PM   #313
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* The Thursday street market that started this year is a great idea, but needs more traction
Curious as to what you mean by 'more traction'? The times we went down the market was packed and had a good variety of stuff to buy. It seems very successful.
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Old 23-09-2012, 06:46 PM   #314
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^ Initial reviews indicated that the choices were sparse. If it's picked up then great. Hopefully the rest of 124 is taking advantage and staying open. A bit more advertising and media attention wouldn't hurt either.
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Old 24-09-2012, 09:20 AM   #315
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^less market, more community event and pawty. It was fun both times we went.
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Old 24-09-2012, 09:26 AM   #316
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124st would double its sanitation level if Hooliganz cleaned their washrooms.
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Old 24-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #317
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^ Initial reviews indicated that the choices were sparse. If it's picked up then great. Hopefully the rest of 124 is taking advantage and staying open. A bit more advertising and media attention wouldn't hurt either.
It's definitely sparse compared to the big markets but it's also a small community market. It's a fraction the size and aimed at the community rather than the city. Rather than try and expand it into another big market I'd like to see other neighbourhoods get small markets as well.
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Old 24-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #318
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^ the farmers' market seems to have proliferated in exactly that direction, with local neighborhoods having their own rather than everyone going to one large central one... Highlands has a nice little one going and Alberta Ave's is ramping up too. These are valuable neighborhood building initiatives that help people get more connected with their own communitites, rather than travelling to somewhere else to get the same type of stuff
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Old 26-09-2012, 10:15 PM   #319
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I really wish Cafe Tiramisu would be open on Sundays, but I heard the owners are Christian so that's why they're closed then.
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Fire on 124 St this morning...apparently it is the Smokehouse BBQ place.
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Old 28-11-2012, 09:03 AM   #321
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noooooooooo!
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Damn! I hadn't made it there yet but it sounded good. Hopefully they repair and get up and running again.
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[QUOTE=IanO;75805]Everytime i drive it or walk it i am amazed at the diversity in design, use, style, and condition of all things 124st.

We have a great little area of retail 102ave south to jasper and pockets in other areas, but what does 124st need to make it a viable and attract more to it?

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Old 28-11-2012, 04:24 PM   #324
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Fire on 124 St this morning...apparently it is the Smokehouse BBQ place.
While a fire in any business is terrible, Ironically the Journal had a very good and positive review of it in todays paper.

Hopefully it was not a major enough accident to shut them down totally. Some times fate can just be cruel.
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Everytime i drive it or walk it i am amazed at the diversity in design, use, style, and condition of all things 124st.

We have a great little area of retail 102ave south to jasper and pockets in other areas, but what does 124st need to make it a viable and attract more to it?

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More diverse independent one of a kind shops, bars, restaurants, etc etc etc. Basically another Whyte Avenue "feel" from about 10 years ago. Before the chains started to move onto Whyte....
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^ having some chains can really drive foot traffic...

What really made whyte demographics switch were all the bars... not the chains.
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Fire on 124 St this morning...apparently it is the Smokehouse BBQ place.
While a fire in any business is terrible, Ironically the Journal had a very good and positive review of it in todays paper.

Hopefully it was not a major enough accident to shut them down totally. Some times fate can just be cruel.
Hopefully it won't shut them down permanently, but given that it took the firefighters 45 minutes to get the fire under control and they had to cut open sections of the roof to do so, it's going to be a pretty major restoration that will take months. Depending on their insurance policy though, they might simply relocate, or it might make sense to wait.
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^ having some chains can really drive foot traffic...

What really made whyte demographics switch were all the bars... not the chains.
True but honestly (if one ignores the pubs, bars and lounges) some of the independent retailers have been replaced by chains like Roots, Lululemon, American Apparel are a loss to the uniqueness of what was Whyte. I just hope that over time 124th can recreate that on a somewhat more "tightknit" scale. Seeing a international chain is not a huge draw for "one of a kind independent retailing" To me anyways.

Things evolve no matter what happens. Good or bad.
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Old 29-11-2012, 12:54 PM   #329
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124 street could use:
a really good small hardware store
a kitchen shop
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sorry had forgotten them
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would love to see them move from that godforsaken parking lot snare
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A good deli up around Duchess. A few more places to site and have a coffee or tea.

http://www.bloorwestvillagebia.com/business-directory

This is what I feel 124 could be.

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Dear Cococo,

When it is that rare warm summer night, please try staying open after 8 PM. While enjoying a gelato on your patio, I counted about 6 vehicles...at least 2 full of children... stopping by, only to meet with closed doors. I'm sure they took their money elsewhere.

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When it is that rare warm summer night, please try staying open after 8 PM. While enjoying a gelato on your patio, I counted about 6 vehicles...at least 2 full of children... stopping by, only to meet with closed doors. I'm sure they took their money elsewhere.

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Wouldn't any normal person have had a polite word to this effect with the proprietor of said establishment at the time, rather than writing some weirdly sarcastic comment on a web forum on the off chance they may read it?
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Westmount voted #2 neighbourhood (up from #4), Oliver #5 in Avenue Magazine survey. I think the revitalization of 124 Street is well underway.

http://www.avenueedmonton.com/articl...-future-is-now

We could almost change the title of the thread to something else.
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When it is that rare warm summer night, please try staying open after 8 PM. While enjoying a gelato on your patio, I counted about 6 vehicles...at least 2 full of children... stopping by, only to meet with closed doors. I'm sure they took their money elsewhere.

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They are having considerable staffing issues like many other similar retailers - especially independents.

In fact if it wasn't for the owner's brother working there they probably would have closed for good by now and tried leasing it.

And Top_Dawg can only presume that the tax burden on that corner makes leasing ( at least to someone who has any hope of staying in business ) very challenging.
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We could almost change the title of the thread to something else.
Not really. It still has a ways to go IMO.
It needs more pedestrian traffic. It needs more places that are actually open on Sundays. The gaps between 104 Ave and 107 Ave need to be filled, because there's still a sense of separation there.
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124st needs about 5 new 3-4 storey on the street with resi above and new retail below.
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^Agree, just I think there is a good sense of community there. But 124 Street needs a bit of infill and more pedestrian activity.
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^ ^^

Both wrong yet again.

124 Street needs to be left alone.

Incidentally, does anybody know if there has been any interest or activity in the space formerly occupied by Eddie Shorts ?
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^why left alone may I ask? It simply does not have the needed density/activity levels yet.

Rumours had Dadeo/partner teaming up.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #342
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There's a new resto going in there, but I can't remember too many details. The chef used to work at the Petroleum Club, if I remember correctly.
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What 124 Street needs is an LRT line running through it. I would much rather see the West LRT go down 104 Avenue and then turn North up 124 Street until it hits 111 Avenue, where it would turn west and meet up with Westmount and serve the surrounding area. In many ways, 124 Street already has the development that Stony Plain road is striving for, but I think LRT down 124 Street up to Westmound would give the area that push it needs to elevate it to a "Whyte Avenue" level of activity and reputation across the city.
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First off, I would caution against talking about LRT routes, otherwise this thread will attract the usual peanut gallery participants turning it into the usual gong show.

Secondly, similar areas developed just fine without an LRT line. What Whyte Ave and Alberta Ave do have that 124 St doesn't...is a sizable student population and major employment node nearby. Whyte has U of A, Alberta Ave has NAIT.

Finally, I do believe the wLRT line will have a stop at 124 St and 104 Ave
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124st needs about 5 new 3-4 storey on the street with resi above and new retail below.
Agreed. The biggest issue is finding sites that are available, and for a reasonable price.
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The Limelight project at the YWCA building on 124 and 103A ave
http://limelight124.com/contact/
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Top_Dawg noticed that Go Go Lounge appears to have gone out of business.

They didn't last long.

Top_Dawg isn't the least bit surprised because it was hardly ever open.

Did anybody ever check it out ?
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #348
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^That is going to be a new restobar called 'North 53'

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #349
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certainly looks like it will be an improvement to the space. Gogo didn't have the massive appeal it needed to succeed.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #350
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Anyone know if anything is happening with the Col. Mustard building?
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^ ^^

Both wrong yet again.

124 Street needs to be left alone.

Incidentally, does anybody know if there has been any interest or activity in the space formerly occupied by Eddie Shorts ?
Former Eddy Shorts is becoming a new Restro Pub, an offshoot of the Empress Ale House (Whyte & 99) along with partners. Rumour has it that there is a hold up due to permitting, i.e. it would be nice to use parking stalls in surface lot as patio but the City needs to be assured of parking capacity for this type of occupancy.

I have also heard rumours of a 124th St version of the Next Act...?
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Old 27-09-2013, 09:29 AM   #354
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That would be nice.
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Old 27-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #355
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no more bars please
we don't need the "whyteavenueifcation" of 124
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^ Next Act not in that category. It's much more of a neighbourhood pub than a bar. 124 Street would be excellent for that kind of place.
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^Agree. Something like Common or Next Act would be great on 124.
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^concur, it needs 1 or 2 more places such as that to draw a real crowd.
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While not nearly as exciting as an Empress/Next Act-style place on 124th, Good Earth has a "coming soon" sign up on a vacant retail bay around 103rd Ave or so. My girlfriend works in Plaza 124 and all of her coworkers are excited for another nearby coffee alternative to Treats/Starbucks.
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^ That's another thing that's badly needed on 124 St, particularly north of SPR or 107 Ave, a true coffee place. Duchess is a bakery much more so than a coffee shop. Cafe Tiramisu is not bad but it's more of a resto than coffee place with limited hours and is NOT open Sunday. IMO that is a major fail.

Be great to see a place like Credo, Roast or Transcend set up shop in that area. Good Earth is cool but there needs to be place further north on 124.
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^ I'd be OK with even a Starbucks or Second Cup. In fact I thought Second Cup would re-open somewhere on 124th after they lost their space at MEC.
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^There is a Starbucks at High Street, but yeah -- would like to see something further north.

Perhaps something will open up in the Limelight on 124 re-development of the YWCA space.
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no more bars please
we don't need the "whyteavenueifcation" of 124
Really? I think 124 Street would make an excellent entertainment district. Some late activity would be wonderful for the area.

Let's remember that Whyte Avenue is a unique bar street given its proximity to the U of A. More liquor licences will yield different results. Think Kensington in Calgary or English Bay in Vancouver in terms of character/demographics.
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The problem with 124st is that it is too disconnected. You have pockets of restaurant and shops here and there all the way up to 111ave. Whyte ave is successful due to the continuity of shops, pubs and restaurant etc. Personally, i think 118 ave has a better chance of success before 124.
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Agreed, but not insurmountable. Davie Street in Vancouver is like this, with a gap in continuity that spans several blocks between the English Bay and Davie Village districts. With sufficient density, the street doesn't suffer for it.

With more retail, residential, beautification etc., this will be a non-issue. A big step on that stretch would be eliminating that derelict set of apartment buildings reminiscent of what used to sit in place of the Pearl.
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To correct that issue, this community and businesses need to unite and identify how this street should transform. What we truly need is for this street to be different from whyte ave so it can become a destination. Whyte has transformed into a younger crowd paradign, so perhaps 124 can be turned into entertainment for more mature crowds given the type of residents etc. Instead of clubs, perhaps something to the degree of jazz, classical, big band type of ambience along with finer dining, shops etc. The art gallerias need to spread out along the strip. That leaves 118 perhaps to become an area for young artists of different genres to exhibit their early stages. This way all three areas offer uniqueness rather than competing for the same events. The area between mid 103 ave -106 ave along 124 need the most attentive care and should be a priority if this street wants any hope of transformation- no interaction of any sort. The side of Mountain Co-op facing 124 needs to turn into mini shop space as well.

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I actually really like the businesses on 124th Street, and I think they complement each other well. My only issue with its vibe these days isn't so much the lack of a particular type of business, but the fact that its main drag is a wide, busy street with lots of loud traffic that's difficult to cross. There's a similar issue with Whyte Ave, actually. It's the main thing that 104th Street has that those two neighbourhoods don't.
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^ Maybe south of 102 Ave. But north of that is a 2 lane road (4 lanes if you count parking spaces) that can be made more pedestrian friendly. I wish there was a crosswalk at Jasper Ave/124 St though.
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To correct that issue, this community and businesses need to unite and identify how this street should transform. What we truly need is for this street to be different from whyte ave so it can become a destination. Whyte has transformed into a younger crowd paradign, so perhaps 124 can be turned into entertainment for more mature crowds given the type of residents etc. Instead of clubs, perhaps something to the degree of jazz, classical, big band type of ambience along with finer dining, shops etc. The art gallerias need to spread out along the strip. That leaves 118 perhaps to become an area for young artists of different genres to exhibit their early stages. This way all three areas offer uniqueness rather than competing for the same events. The area between mid 103 ave -106 ave along 124 need the most attentive care and should be a priority if this street wants any hope of transformation- no interaction of any sort. The side of Mountain Co-op facing 124 needs to turn into mini shop space as well.
Demographics dictate that you'll get much of what you're looking for. In fact, it's happening already. The LRT is your fix for the 103-106 ave stretch you speak of.
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Top_Dawg trolled through the area for the first time in quite a while on Saturday.

Eddie Shortz is undergoing the longest renovation Top_Dawg has ever seen.



Still looks like a long way to go.

Actually the entire building is undergoing an interior renovation.

Alas, the jack shack on the lower floor is now kaput.

Too bad.

It was a great 30 year run.



Oh well, Librarian should be happy.

Where is that social engineer ?

Haven't heard from him for a while.

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Things such as this...

http://www.allisbright124.ca

The businesses of 124 Street would like to invite you to celebrate the coming of the Winter Season by bringing light to our burgeoning community. In its inaugural year, our festival All is Bright will bring light to the night by providing illumination, fun, and entertainment to patrons in celebration of the diversity to be discovered on 124 Street. We would like to kick off the holiday season and showcase that 124 Street is the premier destination for food, fashion and art in Edmonton!

Storefront contest, music, rides, market, hot and cold beverage garden....
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Not things like this...

Makk on 124 closing?

https://twitter.com/DishcrawlYEG/sta...98673873842178

Never went, but heard very mediocre reviews at best.
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First DLish and now Makk...I think that spot is turning into another restaurant black hole.
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makk was about average at best.. and in an area like that average doesn't cut it.. You need to be a bit better. Not sure what happened with dlish so I won't bother speculating there.
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From what I understand, DLish had lease issues despite doing very well. In terms of the Makk, went a couple of times. Good, not great. It just didn't really stand for anything. Could not remember a single dish I had there although I do remember whatever I had was competently prepared.
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Things such as this...

http://www.allisbright124.ca

The businesses of 124 Street would like to invite you to celebrate the coming of the Winter Season by bringing light to our burgeoning community. In its inaugural year, our festival All is Bright will bring light to the night by providing illumination, fun, and entertainment to patrons in celebration of the diversity to be discovered on 124 Street. We would like to kick off the holiday season and showcase that 124 Street is the premier destination for food, fashion and art in Edmonton!

Storefront contest, music, rides, market, hot and cold beverage garden....
This will be fun
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Forgive me if this has been asked before but does anyone know what is planned for the lot on 124th street and 109 a Ave?
Currently there are a number of boarded up businesses?
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I had heard a rumor that there was - is substantial asbestos issues
as well as significant legal issues with the property
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Thanks Blueline.
No idea on what is planned?
Or is it just in legal limbo indefinitely?
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hearsay said "Extended limbo will be at play"
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Is that the building where The Grinder pub used to be? I also noticed this all boarded up, and was curious.
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^ Yes it is. Bummer if it's in legal purgatory for a while. That's the next part of 124 St that needs to take off. A good coffee shop there a la Credo or Transcend would be amazing and is needed big time in that neighbourhood.
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They spent months renovating that to be some type of medical clinic.

Is it out of commission already ?

Top_Dawg doesn't get that far north on 124 street very much.
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its been boxed up for about 6 months now
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Largish reno coming to the building across from Colonel Mustards in the works.
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^ this building?
http://goo.gl/maps/V27cU
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^Yes. Thanks for providing the link.
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Largish reno coming to the building across from Colonel Mustards in the works.
Thanks for sharing. Any idea what we should expect? (i.e. Additional floors, recladding, new tenants, etc?)
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^One new retail bay for sure. Can't say much more than that. Facade reno.
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westmount/124st. Is coming along very nicely, now there is a wonderful farmers market ,new businesses are popping up slowly. A nice retrofit you do not see often is bears tattoo parlour(apartment turns commercial), with high park in its early stages things are going to get very busy on 124. Alberts could definitely use a complete makeover or a new cafe might be best. It's a great location!
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There is a lot happening on 124th. The retrofit of the Limelight building, a large renovation planned for Parkington Plaza office building, Good Earth, North 53, and other places that will help activate the street. Given the streets proximity to the high income households in Glenora and Groat Estates and the ongoing gentrification taking place in Westmount, this area has just started to take shape. It will be a different street in 5-7 years.
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A nice retrofit you do not see often is bears tattoo parlour(apartment turns commercial),
To each his/her own, but I really dislike that development. It's rather hideous and also suburban-looking, which is not the direction I'd like to see 124 take. Fortunately, there have been plenty of other improvements in the area to distract from that eyesore...
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^agreed... although it does add a bit of unique 'flavour' to the st.
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Not my favourite development. the simple fact that retail facing the street versus a dead zone of only residential is a vast improvement.
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Let's fill in the parking lots! What this street needs is contiguous retail for a block or two.
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Old Grinder location 124 and 109 A may have also been a gas station years ago
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Not my favourite development. the simple fact that retail facing the street versus a dead zone of only residential is a vast improvement.
Retail on main with resi above would have been much better, and what this street needs for both commercial services and supporting critical mass.
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http://www.allisbright124.ca

The businesses of 124 Street would like to invite you to celebrate the coming of the Winter Season by bringing light to our burgeoning community. In its inaugural year, our festival All is Bright will bring light to the night by providing illumination, fun, and entertainment to patrons in celebration of the diversity to be discovered on 124 Street. We would like to kick off the holiday season and showcase that 124 Street is the premier destination for food, fashion and art in Edmonton!

Storefront contest, music, rides, market, hot and cold beverage garden....
Did any C2Eers attend ?

How was it ?
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