As August comes to a close, we’d like to take a moment and reflect on some of this past month’s brightest moments!
On August 12th, Bread Milk & Honey announced their new expansion: Bread Milk & Honey - Late Night. This expansion features a new menu with wine, beer, and cocktails. They will additionally be extending their hours and offering a variety of charcuterie boards. YUM!
“LOVED” Vintage + Second Hand Sale took place at the Oliver Block on August 21st. This event featured various vendors, curators, and vintage enthusiasts with all kinds of products ranging from clothing to home decor. There was something for everyone at this event, with an amazing variety of styles, prices, etc. LOVED also doubled as a summer patio party with the Oliver Block back patio being incorporated into the space alongside Solstice Juice Co. The donations collected through the event's admission were donated to the Harbour House and Safe Haven Women’s shelters.
Tacos Made in Mexico hosted a Karaoke Party on August 21st with DJ Suave, playing all the classics and new Latin hits!
The Pop-Up Park Project saw another installation of this initiative on August 21st in a PBR-themed rendition. This event featured a petting zoo, provided by Gentle Giant Acres, that included chickens, guinea pigs, ducks, bunnies, and a goat. Multiple prizes were also given away at this event such as tickets to the Professional Bull Rider shows at ENMAX, ENMAX gift cards, and tickets to the Saints and Sinners Tour.
In the final Pop-Up Park Project of the summer, we created an interactive public space in festival square where participants could sit back, relax, and watch outdoor movies. Friday’s showing was the timeless Shrek, while Spider-Man: Far From Home was played throughout Saturday. Those who came were able to enjoy free popcorn, games, and enter a draw for a chance to win a movie-themed gift basket!
August 21st brought the penultimate History & Beer Tour of the year with stops at Italian Table, Round Table Board Gamerie, Bread Milk & Honey, and Streatside Eatery. September’s History & Beer Tour will take place on the 18th - more details to come.
On August 23rd, the Building Business initiative made its debut. This project gives local entrepreneurs the opportunity to engage in a Dragons Den-style pitch competition to win a Downtown space, alongside other grand prizes. This initiative is presented by the BRZ, HOC, Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, Choose Lethbridge, Community Futures Lethbridge, London Road Marketing, Legend Production Films, and RINSA.
On August 25th, Fort Whoop-Up offered the Niitsitapi Experience, where participants could learn about Niitsitapi traditions and practices through stories and activities led by Indigenous Interpreters.
The Upside Downtown Concert Series continued it’s weekly showing at Casa’s Rotary Square on Thursday nights. August’s performances included Lemba & the New Testaments, Dave McCann, Biloxi Parish, Wendy Colby & Karen Romanchuk. This event will continue throughout September, with shows on September 2nd, and September 9th.
On August 25th, The Owl hosted “Open Mic” Poetry where locals could showcase their talent. The following day, Arts Marvels held a speed networking event at The Owl where local artists, entrepreneurs, and community members had the opportunity to mix and mingle with like minded individuals. Rounding off an event-filled month at The Owl, Wigs & Waffles - A Drag Brunch, took place on August 28th. This event was presented by LEMF, Theatre Outre, and The Owl.
This month also saw a new cigarette receptacle initiative unfold as different Downtown locations received them. This initiative was created by two Lethbridge High School Students, Morteza Faraj and Steven Yang. Once a month, the collected cigarettes will be sent away to a recycling company. One dollar for every pound of cigarettes collected will be donated to the Interfaith Food Bank.
Closing out the month of August, we welcomed Decor Out the Door into the Downtown Community! As stated in their name, they have a great selection of home decor products alongside other gift and retail items. They additionally have a coffee bar! They are located at 316 7 St S.