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Business Spotlight: Cluck n Cleaver

Interior of Cluck and Cleaver Restaurant

Director of Poultry, Francine Gomes, and Chief Chicken Officer, Nicole Gomes, cry fowl on anyone that thinks they find a tastier chicken in Calgary. The duo launched Cluck N Cleaver for one simple reason: they love chicken. It's their favourite food.

In addition to the outstanding menu items (southern fried chicken, classic rotisserie, and the Mother Clucker sandwich are just some of the delights), Cluck N Cleaver has found success by staying true to their core values for both product and service.

"And, more importantly," Francine adds, "staying true to the values of our employment culture."

Cluck and Cleaver Restaurant Mascot With Fried Chicken

She admits that opening and running Cluck N Cleaver is an ongoing learning experience, but the pair welcome the challenges by always cracking onto

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4 Ways You Can Improve Your Home’s MarketingWhen selling a home, marketing can easily make or break a sale. Good marketing can impress buyers right from the very beginning and draw them to the home. While real estate agents will typically handle most of the home’s marketing themselves, homeowners can also do their part to add to and improve the marketing. Here are some of those ways.

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

1. Make Sure the For Sale Sign is Visible

While having a for sale sign may seem obvious to some people, it isn’t to others. Some homeowners think a big sign in the front yard is an eyesore, or they may think openly announcing that the home is for sale could bring

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The Best Skate and Snow Equipment Stores in CalgaryWith the skateboarding season winding down and the snowboarding season just around the corner, it's important to know where you can get all your gear for both. Here are the three top shops for snow and skate gear in Calgary.

The Source Snowboard and Skateboard Shop

The Source provides five different locations with three in Calgary. The other two are found in Edmonton and Red Deer. All locations provide everything from the best boards to the right clothing accessories for skateboarding and snowboarding. You can order online or visit one of the locations any day of the week.

Calgary locations are found at:

  • 930 17th Avenue SW
  • 124 10th Street NW
  • 16061 Macleod Trail SE

All Calgary locations open at 10am Monday through Saturday and

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The Best Patios to Visit in Calgary, AB

Summer in Calgary is like no other season!

As Calgarians like to joke, there are only a limited number of ‘days’ to capture those blue-skies and partake in summer activities. And of course, of the many activities to do in the city this season, having cool drinks and soaking in the warm sunshine on Calgary patios is at the top of the list. Looking for a place to unwind for an afternoon or evening? Here are some of the best Calgary patios that will give you the vitamin D you need and allow you to relax all day long!

National on 8th

Of all the Calgary patios situated on rooftops, the most popular would be National on 8th. National on 8th is actually known as western Canada’s largest rooftop patio and is beloved by those who live for the Calgary

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The Best Local and independent Grocery Stores in CalgaryWhether you're searching for organic or International food, you can find it all throughout the Calgary area. Many great grocery stores and markets carry some of the top Italian foods and other foods from around the world. Here are some of the top choices for your grocery needs in Calgary.

Kalamata Grocery Store - 421 11 Street SW

Open seven days a week, from 8am to 9pm, Kalamata is a great place to pick up unique items from great feta cheese to olives and everything in between, this is a specialty store with plenty of excellent foods. They carry a wide variety of imported items without the high price. Whether you're planning a picnic or a homemade dessert, you can find some of the best ingredients here.

Linda's Italian Market - 2202 Centre

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Where Are the Best Fitness Centers in Calgary?We all have our own unique way to stay in shape. Some work out their thumbs on the TV remote, while others enjoy a gym membership, yoga classes, boot camp fitness or one of the many other options. Calgary is home to many great places and classes to help you stay in great shape. Here are some of the top choices.

Repsol Centre

Known as the best place for a workout in the city, the Repsol Centre provides a variety of programs, services and membership options. You can use the five full-size gyms, two tracks, massive fitness centre, aquatic center and all of the state-of-the-art equipment to stay in shape.

One Cycle Spin Studio

If you prefer a spin class for your workout, One Cycle is one of the top choices in the city. This studio provides

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Should You Hire a Pro Or DIY?Owning your own property is one of the strongest symbols of independence which is why it doesn't seem like much of a stretch to handle the improvements to that property too. But some DIY projects really aren't advisable for the average handyman (and even sometimes for the advanced one.) It's time to look at the big picture of home repairs before jumping into a project that could eat up far more time and money than a homeowner ever could have anticipated.

Physical Safety

Before tallying up how much supplies will cost at the hardware store, homeowners first need to list out the safety hazards in their minds. All jobs are going to come with some degree of risk, but the odds rise and fall depending on the outcome the homeowner wants. From faulty

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Mistakes Home Buyers Can Make During a Real Estate TransactionIf you've never been through the home buying process before, it can be a bit stressful and scary. Sometimes you need the right advice to ensure you don't make any of the huge mistakes that could potentially cost you money, time and the home of your dreams. Here are a few of the most common mistakes first-time homebuyers make.

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

Lack of Trust for the Experts

After you've chosen an expert realtor to help you with your home purchase, you have to trust them. If you're not willing to trust somebody with plenty of experience in the industry, you shouldn't hire them in the first place. A good real estate agent can

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Myths about Millennials and Home BuyingMillennials are different from other consumers. Their behaviors and priorities are different from Gen Xers, Boomers, and all who came before them. If you're a Millennial, you might be curious to know that there are many myths and rumors around the Millennial home buying process and habits. Knowing the reality of Millennial home buyers can help you decide whether you're ready to enter the real estate market.

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

Myth 1: Millennials Only Want to Live in the City

Many Millennials start off their professional life living in the city. They're attracted to the city by the job prospects, the convenience, and the

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The Costs of HomeownershipAnyone who owns a home knows that there are many additional costs associated with owning a home. Many first-time homeowners base their decision to buy a home on their ability to make the monthly mortgage payments. In fact, there are many other costs that go into owning a home than just the mortgage payment.

First-time homeowners are often startled by the hidden costs of owning a home. The traditional housing expenses (principal payments, interest, taxes and insurance) are just the beginning. Maintenance, repairs, supplemental insurance, home improvements and decorating can cost you thousands of dollars a year—more than you expect.

Additionally, a home purchase triggers a series of additional spending on appliances, furnishings and remodelling

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