Friday, December 9, 2011

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Movie in the Park - Friday & Saturday, Sept. 2-3

The Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is sponsoring another Movie in the Park event this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3 in beautiful Galt Gardens Park. The fun starts at 7:00 p.m. with hula-hoop contests, novelty dances, magician, bounce tent and the BRZ concession (pop 50 cents, popcorn 50 cents - all proceeds to the Soup Kitchen). We're showing the family animated movie 'Kung Fu Panda 2' on Friday and 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' starring Jim Carry on Saturday. Both movies start at 8:45 p.m.. This is a FREE event, so make sure to let all your friends and family know about it.

The weather forecast looks promising and if it gets too hot you can always cool off at the Rotary Centennial Plaza water feature located on the southeast corner of the park. Make sure to bring a lawn chair and a blanket just in case the temperature drops later on in the evening.

Movies in the park are brought to you by downtown businesses as a way of saying 'thank-you' to all of their loyal customers and clients.

For more information on the Movie in the Park event visit

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Downtown Lethbridge Farmers' Market returns on July 6 ... expands to 30 vendors!

This year will mark the 5th year that the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (DBRZ) and Exhibition Park have partnered on the Downtown Farmers' Market. The market has grown in both size and popularity and we're excited to announce that we're expanding to 30 vendors this year.

Fresh fruits, veggies and other locally produced products will be up for grabs starting on Wednesday, July 6 at Festival Square (just off of 3rd Avenue and 6th Street S.). The markets will begin at 10:00 a.m. and run until 3:00 p.m. We've also expanded the downtown market season and will be hosting markets right until September 14th.

The market has been a welcomed addition to the line-up of DBRZ sponsored events, especially since the departure of the downtown IGA store. People that live and work in, or near, the downtown have the opportunity to pick-up a wide array of locally produced products at our convenient, centrally located market.

Back again this year will be live music by a wide range of artists from the Buskers Association of Lethbridge. The Buskers will also be performing at a variety of other downtown locations as part of the DBRZ's 'Sounds of Downtown' initiative. The live music definitely creates a unique festival atmosphere.

Many of the merchants on 6th Street will be putting out tables during the market. This will provide market attendees with the opportunity to leisurely stroll down the beautifully tree-lined street and check out a variety of other items that our downtown merchants have to offer.

The DBRZ and Exhibition Park will also be selling our own Farmers' Market canvas shopping bags (while quantities last) at our booth. The bags will be selling for $2.00 and will include a coupon for a free bag of popcorn. The DBRZ popcorn cart will be selling popcorn at the market for 50 cents per bag.

So, when you're making plans to travel downtown to take in the Wednesday Farmers' Market, make sure to schedule a bit of time to wander around the rest of downtown to experience everything that are businesses have to offer. We have a great selection of boutique retailers, coffee shops and restaurants to choose from. As well, the Rotary Centennial Plaza water feature in Galt Gardens Park is an excellent place to sit, relax and cool off on a hot summer day.

For more information on the Downtown Farmers' Market, contact the DBRZ at (403) 327-9002 or Exhibition Park at (403) 328-4491.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Chinook-A-Tron Sculpture re-installed in Downtown Lethbridge

Chinook-A-Tron artist, Alex Pavlenko (right)

Pre-installation inspection (May 2011)

Wranglin' Willie (310 - 6 Street South)


The Chinook-A-Tron is once again whirling and spinning at its Downtown Lethbridge location on 7th Street South (east side of Foster and Sons Jewellers - 622 - 3 Avenue S.).

Last spring, the first version of this unique sculpture was at the losing end of a battle with one of the strongest southern Alberta winds in recent memory. The Chinook-A-Tron's creator, Alex Pavlenko, rebuilt and reinforced it with a number of new metal supports. The refurbishment will hopefully provide the Chinook-A-Tron with a fighting chance the next time we encounter a major wind storm. Besides the reinforced elements, a few new kinetic pieces were added to the sculpture.

This art project is a partnership between the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (DBRZ) and the City of Lethbridge. The Chinook-A-Tron is the second in a series of kinetic sculptures that have been commissioned by the DBRZ. The first sculpture, Wranglin' Willie, sits atop a similar pole in front of the DBRZ office (310 - 6 Street South). The goal is to have a number of these whirly-gig type sculptures installed throughout the downtown core. We want to take full advantage of one of the enduring features of Southern Alberta - the wind.

The DBRZ is also working with another local artist, Jason Trotter, on a historic mural depicting an image of one of the many electric streetcars that graced our downtown streets during the turn of last century. This mural project is a joint partnership between the property owners of the installation site (309 - 6 Street S.), DBRZ and the City of Lethbridge's Heart of Our City Revitalization Committee. The mural is expected to completed and installed sometime during the summer of 2011.

Jason is responsible for five other historic murals that have been installed throughout the downtown. Jason stencils photographic images on perforated metal sheets that can be installed, and potentially relocated, on a variety of building surfaces.

For more information on Alex Pavlenko or Jason Trotter, please contact Ted at the DBRZ office - 403-327-9002.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MYSTIQUE in downtown Lethbridge ... an eclectic mix of home decor, jewellery, baby gifts, fashion and art!

Sharon Nelson


Sharon Nelson takes us on a tour of her bright, colorful and welcoming boutique retail store on 6th Street S. in Downtown Lethbridge. She recently made the move to the downtown after spending 5 years running her store out of her previous location on 9th Avenue across from St. Michael's Health Centre. Her expanded space has provided her with the opportunity to offer a greater selection of unique items for her many loyal customers.

Mystique Home Decor takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service. Sharon and her staff want to make sure that their customers feel like 'kings and queens' whenever they enter her store.

Mystique's product lines range from home decor to adorable baby clothing to fashionable jewellery to eye-catching art and everything in between. Her passion and eye for design has translated into a store filled with lovely items that appeal to a wide range of tastes and styles.

Sharon recently made an addition to her varied product lines by bringing in a selection of wedding accessories that include beautifully designed jewellery and purses. These unique pieces make the perfect 'thank-you' gifts for mothers of the bride and groom as well as members of the bridal party.

For those looking to spruce up a bedroom or living room wall, Mystique has an excellent selection of art to chose from. Canadian artists such as Angelina Wrona and Camilla d'Errico have been very popular.

Besides her passion for art and design, Sharon has a background in lighting. For those who don't know exactly what they need for that particular space or wall, Sharon offers home consultations to her customers. Sometimes all it takes is the right type of lamp or piece of art to make an impacting, positive change to your home.

So, if you're looking for that special gift or home decor item to make your home pop, make sure to visit Mystique Home Decor at 305 - 6 Street South in downtown Lethbridge. If you can't find the item you're looking for, Sharon will do her best to bring it in for you. For more information on Mystique call Sharon at 403 380-6604.

Monday, March 7, 2011

100 Mile Bike Ride ... a fun event for the whole family!

Last year's 100 Mile Bike Ride was so much fun that Dr. Bryan Murray and the good folks at Able Dental Group in downtown Lethbridge, have decided to do it again this year.

This year's 100 Mile Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, June 18th (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). The starting point is the Alberta/BC border with the finish line at the back parking lot of Dr. Murray's Dental Office - Able Dental Group - 515 - 5th Street South. Dr. Murray and his team of volunteers are looking for 100+ bike riders for this year's event. The proceeds will go help out a couple of deserving local charities - Lethbridge Food Bank and Lethbridge Association for Community Living.

If the 100 mile ride sounds like a bit a bit of a stretch and you still want to take part, there are a few options available for you. Novice and beginner riders can choose to do 1/3 or 2/3 of the ride.

Participants will be able to take part in a number of fun family activities at the finish line - kids carnival, face-painting, Astro Jump, games, prize table and much, much more! This is definitely an event that you don't want to miss.

If you're interested in taking part in this great community event and would like more information, please contact Connie at (403) 393-7226.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Downtown dance company presents 'An Explosion of World Dance & Music'

Ammena Dance Company is excited to present their annual show, 'An Explosion of World Dance and Music', on March 5th (starting at 7:00 p.m.) in the Yates Theatre. Everyone is invited to attend an evening of culture. Desserts and drinks served at intermission.

Located in downtown Lethbridge, the Ammena Dance Company is proud to be Lethbridge’s first adult dance and fitness company. They offer over 20 classes each week with over 200 students. They are grateful for all the opportunities and support they receive and for being able to share their love of dance with the people of our community.

Ammena Dance Company was founded in 2004. Their owner, Lise-Anne Talhami, had a vision of bringing the cultural and fitness aspects of dance together to make a unique, exciting workout experience.

By 2007, the studio had grown and students started to show interest in showcasing their new-found talent. This started an annual production, 'An Explosion of World Dance and Music', that brings together local musicians, dancers, and artists.

The first show was held in the intimate settings of the Sterndale Bennett Theatre. There was such a wonderful response from that show, that in March 2008 they moved the show to a larger venue - Yates Memorial Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Company is excited about another great year of bringing dancers from all over Canada to teach workshops, host evening performances as well as working on their new pieces for their annual show.

For more information about the Ammena Dance Company, call (403) 330-9084. Tickets for 'An Explosion of World Dance and Music' can be purchased at the Lethbridge Box Office or by calling (403) 329-7328.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

An Exhibition & Sale of Fine Western Art in Downtown Lethbridge

The public is invited to attend the opening and sale of recent paintings by George Kush at the Mueller Gallery in downtown Lethbridge. The opening will take place on Saturday, January 15th from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Mr. Kush will be in attendance for the opening and all paintings on display at the exhibition will be available for purchase. The opening will feature live entertainment and a cash bar.

Kush paints deeply researched views of this areas' not too distant past. Historically accurate and skillfully painted, this is beautiful and important work.

Please contact Stuart at the Mueller Gallery for more information - (403) 328-8170.

The Mueller Gallery is located at 105 - 8th Street South.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The 10th Annual Bright Lights Festival in downtown Lethbridge a huge success ... watch our VIDEO!

Thank-you to everyone who joined us for the 10th Annual Bright Lights Festival and Midnight Madness event in Downtown Lethbridge. Even though the weather was a bit chilly, the event was a huge success and a great time was had by all.

Please click on the link below to watch the video ...

Bright Lights Video YouTube VIDEO

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (DBRZ)!

O3 FACTOR ... bringing high-quality, fashion-forward clothing & accessories to downtown Lethbridge

Brad Plausteiner


Brad and his staff at O3 FACTOR have worked hard to bring high quality men's and women's fashions to downtown Lethbridge for the past 10 years. They pride themselves on keeping up with what is trendy and popular in the world of celebrity fashion. If you've seen it on TV or in a celebrity magazine, O3 FACTOR will probably already have it stocked in their store.

Denim is definitely their focal-point. They offer a variety of different fits, cuts and price points for their discerning customers. With prices starting at around $90.00, the sky is the limit on what they have to offer.

Besides their amazing selection of jeans, O3 FACTOR has an extensive range of tees, sunglasses and other accessories. They carry numerous styles and colours of handbags by leading manufacturers such as Matt & Nat and Guess.

If you're looking for what is hot and trendy in sunglasses, O3 FACTOR is the place to go. They carry an impressive selection of Oakley, Carrera, True Religion and Arnette sunglasses. They also stock Oakley goggles that provide style, comfort and protection while skiing or snowboarding. There are lots of colours and styles to choose from and if they don't have it in stock, they will do their best to get it in for you.

So, if you're looking for something a bit different, something that is trendy, fashion-forward and cutting edge ... then O3 FACTOR is the store for you. Visit them at 104 - 8th Street South (near Chapters on 1st Avenue South) or call (403) 394-0302.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Meter Plugging Program in Downtown Lethbridge

December 6th to 24th in Downtown Lethbridge

Sponsored by: City of Lethbridge Heart of Our City Revitalization Committee (HOCRC) and the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone (DBRZ).

As a way of saying 'thank-you' to shoppers during the Christmas season, the HOCRC and DBRZ will be sponsoring the Christmas Meter Plugging Program from December 6-24.

Christmas Ambassadors will be walking throughout the downtown, plugging expired meters and leaving behind a greeting on vehicle windshields, wishing customers a Merry Christmas and thanking them for their patronage. For the majority of businesses, this is the busiest time of the year, so it is important that customers and clients don't receive a parking ticket while visiting the downtown during the Christmas shopping season.

For more information on the program, please contact Ted Stilson - Executive Director, DBRZ (403) 327-9002 or George Kuhl, Downtown Revitalization Manager, City of Lethbridge (403) 320-3926.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Judi brings a passion for contemporary design and style to her eclectic retail store in the heart of downtown Lethbridge



Judi takes us on a tour of her bright, colorful and interesting downtown Lethbridge store. Her unique retail concept is actually two stores in one - Nicholai Home Fashion, a modern, contemporary lifestyle accessories, furniture boutique and Peter & Nelly's Market, comprised of 19 local and area entrepreneurs.

has a wide range of contemporary household items that range from mirrors to furniture, pillows to books and a wide range of other unique and colorfully designed accessories that will appeal to a variety of tastes and styles. Some of the well-known lines they carry are Torre & Tagus, Maxwell & Williams, Fatboy and Umbra. They also stock contemporary framed prints by Canadian artists as well as an eclectic selection of design/style books.

The other side of Judi's unique concept store is taken up by Peter & Nelly's Market. The market fills a gap that was left when Homestead Village closed its doors. Each of the merchants in the market rent different sizes of retail space and offer their customers a diverse selection of items. Baby blankets, purses, jewelry, original art, jams/antipasto, framed outdoor photographs by Mike Byneshewsky and much, much more can all be found in this unique little downtown market space.

Each year, Nicholai hosts Lethbridge Fashion Week's Designer Sale. This popular sale of exclusive fashions, showcases designs by our city's top designers and upcoming talent. This year, the Fashion Show will be taking place at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) on Friday, November 26. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15.00 at SAAG or available at the door on the day of show. Designer Rack Sale - hosted at Nicholai Home Fashion from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information on Fashion Week, visit

If you haven't taken the opportunity to visit Nicholai and Peter & Nelly's Market, we encourage you to stop in and visit with Judi and her knowledgeable staff. If they don't have what you're looking for, they'll do their best to find it. They are located at 330 - 7th Street South (between Esquire's and Gentlemen III). For more information, call (403) 327-1447.