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The Best Calgary Magazines

Where do you turn to for recent news, local eats, current events, and the latest interest points of Calgary? Online searches and social media re-caps can offer brief posts to fill you in on the popular headlines, but in order to truly capture the ‘behind-the-scenes,’ local Calgary magazines are the most valuable resource. Business, wedding, food, media, and community news are all presented to you through various local sources. Check out these top Calgary magazines that will ensure you are informed and up-to-date on your favourite Calgary topics.

Avenue Calgary Magazine

For a broad, in-depth look into the city's culture and events, Avenue Calgary Magazine is one of the top city lifestyle magazines available. The magazine offers insights on

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A Guide to Home LandscapingHaving a home landscaped is a great idea for a number of reasons. Whether the homeowner plans to live there and enjoy the look of their lawn and garden area, or they want to sell and make the home more attractive to buyers, landscaping can help. It's also an excellent way to keep property values higher, have a well-kept and nice looking home and yard, and provide the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. But what should homeowners really know about landscaping? Here are some things to consider.

Should Homeowners Do Their Own Landscaping?

Doing their own landscaping can mean saving a lot of money over hiring a professional and can improve curb appeal when selling a home. But that's not always a good reason to DIY a landscaping project. Having the

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Business Spotlight: Monki Bistro

Monki Bistro is not just a place to get the best brunch or dinner you've ever tasted. It's an experience that uses good food, great community, and an eclectic place to gather as it's vehicle.

"Its all about Monki business!" teases Aditya Dutta, the company's chief ideas officer. "We take traditional cuisines and put our Monki twist to it. We take a traditional bistro concept and make it edgy through Monki service and wicked music. When you walk through our door, you might feel like you are in a trendy chic bistro, but the next second, you might feel cozy and rustic."

Aditya credits treating the team the same way they treat the customers; placing a huge emphasis on food, service and ambience; and challenging the status quo of the food and beverage

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Village Brewery in Calgary CA

Village Brewery started as a dream and became a reality. Noting, "It takes a village to raise a beer, and a beer to raise a village," the brewery has become a neighbourhood destination for a kid-friendly taproom and some of the best craft beer you can get in the city.

But that's not all. There's even more to Village Brewery than meets the eye. Determined to foster the true meaning of a safe, community-building, inclusive village, the brewery has its own team of "superheroes." They are called the Beer Barons, 50 members that work together to make Calgary a better place.

Jackson Stuart, Events & Marketing, shares what else sets Village Brewery apart.

"The first thing that comes to mind is community support. The seven partners that make up the

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Rent vs. Owning: The Dilemma of Home OwnershipSometimes it's hard to weigh the financial pros and cons of major decisions. It can be especially difficult to assess one's readiness to buy a home. It is, after all, a huge commitment, one that requires serious consideration as well as some lifestyle adjustments.

Deciding whether it's the proper time to trade a rent payment for a mortgage is based on a number of variables. Here are some ways to decide if this is the right time to buy and some things to consider as you consider options.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Employment Stability

While signing an apartment lease for a year hardly seems worth much angst, committing to a 25

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The Best Food in Calgary, ABAs a broadly diverse city, Calgary is a constant hum of motion and entertainment in every quadrant. You do not have to venture far to find thrilling events, local markets, unique food trucks, and fantastic Calgary food. There is an abundance of wonderful places to enjoy the best food in Calgary – whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or everyone’s favourite brunch. If you prefer to stay in, there are food delivery options available that work alongside local Calgary food services such as Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes. However, if you are seeking a new dining experience, you don’t have to go far to find something to satisfy your palate. Every neighbourhood offers their own dining options, and it is valuable to know where the best

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The Bowden Sunmaze in Alberta

Crafted from 100,000 sunflowers, the Bowden sunmaze is located on Eagle Creek Farms where guests can also u-pick fruit, vegetables and flowers and try their luck with tree and patio mazes. Today John Mills guides us through what goes on behind the scenes at the famous attraction.

“I think the success of the farm is the unique combination of attractions,” says Mills. “There are plenty of other corn mazes and u-picks in Canada and even Alberta, but to have these two together along side the beautiful sunflower maze, which is one of only two in Canada, creates a truly unique experience. Additionally, the fact that we are doing everything organically may only interest a small number of people, but it is important to us.”

He’s been fascinated with

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Home Down Payments: A GuideHaving a down payment is generally important when buying a house. It not only reduces the amount of the purchase price that the buyer is financing, making that buyer more likely to qualify for a loan, but it also helps them have a lower payment that is easier to make. Additionally, a down payment shows the lending company that the buyer is serious, and allows the buyer to get access to better rates and terms in some cases. Without a down payment, a buyer's options may be very limited when it comes to the kind of home they want to buy and what loan choices are available to them. Here are some of the most important considerations.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real

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Wild Rose Brewery in Calgary, Alberta

When local beer is the topic of conversation in Alberta, Wild Rose Brewery is one of the first to be mentioned. This Calgary business started in 1996 with the dream of two local entrepreneurs, Alan Yule and Mike Tymchuk. These two men sought to see local brews "in the hands of Albertans," and from there, dream became reality and Wild Rose Brewery was born.

The Unique Beginnings of Wild Rose Brewery

Wild Rose Brewery's success is due in part to their friendly approach, but most importantly their unique tasting beers. The beer that goes into each bottle is of the highest quality and is kept consistent with the use of their Wild Rose Brewery lab. The company is proud to use "authentic craft brewing techniques like single and small batch brewing"

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The Best Seasonal Events in Calgary

Home to over 1.2 million people, 50,000 businesses, and just over 1 hour away from the Rocky Mountains, Calgary is a thriving place to visit for ultimate enjoyment. The weather in Calgary is constantly changing, a fact often joked about by the locals, and regardless of the time of year, there is always some form of entertainment for locals and visitors.

Calgary is ripe with activities and events like local markets, cultural festivals, themed events or city-wide happenings. There is unlimited opportunity for you to engage with the city at any time of year. Visit Calgary and see what the city has to offer you!

Visiting Calgary in Summer (June – August)

From June until August, summer shines down on Calgary. These beautiful months are one of

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