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Retail Revival

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Bouyed by a strong local economy, 8th Street undergoes a small business makeover.

October 4, 2017

Eighth Street is open for business.

In recent months the Crescent Heights retail strip has seen a flurry of small business activity, including new restaurant, retail and bakery openings.

Once vacant bays are now home to gleaming counters full of irresistible sweets, breads and sandwiches.

“Crescent Heights is a fantastic location for my business,” says Dee Schael, owner of Dee’s Baked Goods. “There’s a good amount of traffic and this shop is the perfect size for an open concept kitchen.”

Dee’s Baked Goods operates out of an 800 square foot space on the corner of 8th Street and Tweed Avenue NW. The small bakery offers an assortment of hand-made breads, pies and squares.

Just up the road from Dee’s Baked Goods, Sinful & Sweet is the place to be for healthy food on the go, in addition to cupcakes and other sweet treats. The small business also provides a catering service.

“I have steady orders for pre-made meals and the lasagnas are quite popular,” says Shontel Lessard, owner of Sinful & Sweet. “There is strong demand for good food on the go.”

Indeed, Albertans are opening their wallets to restaurants and bars.

According to ATB Financial, July was a banner year for Alberta’s food service sector, with $770 million spent on dining out.

With the addition of Dee’s Baked Goods and Sinful & Sweet to the 8th Street retail strip, all of the store fronts are now occupied, save the former Safeway building, currently listed for sale by Bruce Bynoe of Avison and Young in Calgary.