I caught up with Mason Sharpe at his (and my) favourite coffee spot on 17th Avenue – Analog – as he came in after work. I’m most envious of the fact that Sharpe works at Rubaiyat which is only a few doors away from Analog, a spot which has quickly became popular in Calgary. But even when he’s not at work, he’s still very close by as he lives only a few blocks away.
It’s not just Analog that sold Sharpe to move into the neighbourhood, as he put it, “17th Avenue is the place to be in Calgary.”
To me, Sharpe’s traditional and classic way of dressing is reminiscent of gentlemen from England, although it translates extremely well here too. From his tweed jacket, a multi-coloured sweater to add a tasteful punch of colour, and the necessary scarf and snow boots to get him through the current cold temperatures, he keeps his silhouette clean and sharp for the many activities he’s bound to enjoy in this vibrant and exciting neighbourhood.
What usually brings you to 17th Avenue?
Everything brings me to 17th Avenue, as I both live and work here. I’ve been at Rubaiyat for the past three years, so it was only a matter of time before I moved into the neighbourhood, and I love it.
What’s the last thing you purchased on 17th Ave?
Actually this winter coat, which I bought at Divine Decadence.*
Where do you grab a coffee on 17th Avenue?
Analog. It’s no wonder that it’s a favourite among many – they have amazing coffee and great customer service.
Out of all the options out there, what would you say was your most frequented and favourite watering hole?
I love the Ship and Anchor. It’s very chill and relaxed and the crowd is always cool.
The best place to hang out on 17th Avenue?
The entire avenue is perfect to meet friends and have a night out with its many choices of bars, restaurants and stores, and I obviously spend a lot of my time here now that I’m living in the neighbourhood as well as working here.
What one restaurant on 17th Avenue would you like to eat at a few times a week, if you could?
The Coup. I really enjoy their food and atmosphere.
*Editor’s note: Unfortunately Divine Decadence is no longer open. We thank them for their years of business, and for their unique contribution to 17th Ave.