Summer Vibes on 17th
With summer in full swing, you can feel the heat and energy on the Ave beginning to rise – and it’s contagious. From bumping patios, shopping the Ave for a new summer look, and trends to treating yourself to a much-needed make-over, we’ve got everything you need for those perfect summer days we’ve all been waiting for.
A hidden gem & just off the beaten path is Ricardo’s Hideaway (1530 5th Street SW). A perfect destination if you’re looking to grab a bevy and some delicious bites while seeking refuge from a classic YYC heat wave. Their patio radiates the ambience of a Caribbean Island, with twinkling lights, tiki décor and patio heaters. Settle in and you’ll soon find yourself transported to a serene, relaxing evening where you “come for the rum and stay for the fun.”
Whether you’re a rum connoisseur or up to try some, their drink menu offers over 75 varieties of rum. Along with an extensive cocktail, wine, and beer menu, Ricardo’s keeps the bevvies fresh with mint harvested from their living wall on their patio. With 4 different varieties continuously on the grow, their mint enhances the flavour profiles of each of their beverages. If you’re looking for the perfect drink to cool you off after a hot day on the Ave, turn to their Pina Colada or Barbados Sour.
Come hungry and enjoy Caribbean-infused munchies, starring Plantain Chips, Cheese Empanadas, Curried Goat, Smoked Tuna and a fan favourite, Jerk Chicken. “Ricardo’s has a unique vibe with sounds from cocktail shakers to Carribean music in a laid back casual atmosphere,” says General Manager, Cam Pinkney. “Our offerings come at an affordable price and are elevated by our unique space. A true hideaway on 17th Ave.”
17th Ave is at the heart of Calgary’s shopping district and Blondie Boutique (1019 17th Ave SW) has quickly become Calgary’s go-to shop for YYC’s avid fashionistas. Megan Andre, lady-boss behind the shop, compares Blondie to taking an all-inclusive (shopping) vacation around the world. “We carry lines from Calgary to Sydney, and promise that you’ll always find unique styles from around the globe.”
Shopping at Blondie is all about having fun. The styles urge you to step out of your comfort zone while embracing a fun and feminine style. “People underestimate the power of fashion and style in their daily lives, but it has a magical way of going beyond the piece of material,” explains Megan. “When we have the right outfit on we stand taller (especially with a great pair of heels) and smile bigger, as we present the world with the best versions of ourselves and who we aspire to be.”
At Blondie, you’ll find new pieces to add to your summer wardrobe that are affordable and versatile for both Stampeding or just having a low-key night on a patio.
Gloss Salon & Spa
There’s no better way to prepare for summer than a new ‘do. The Gloss Salon and Spa (1314A 17th Ave SW) family of stylists strive to pamper their clients and deliver on-trend, beautifying looks that’ll have you walking out of the salon feeling your very best.
Step into the salon and you’ll feel the lush ambiance of crisp white walls and enticing decor. “Our youthful energy and positive vibes at the salon are contagious!” exclaims Lois San Miguel, Manager.” Our Owner, Cristalyn Sugano Macalintal, had a vision when she opened the salon and here at Gloss: we not only create beautiful hair, but we work to create lasting relationships.”
Offering exceptional products, make-up applications, facials, eyelash extensions, waxing, cuts and colours, Gloss has your new summer look covered.
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