Feature Living Stories
- Published on Thursday, 30 October 2014 10:32 30 October 2014
- Written by Jesse Yardley Jesse Yardley
Calgarians getting into the spirit with elaborate Halloween home-decorations
It's not unusual for Calgary to be covered under a layer of snow this time of year, but for Halloween enthusiasts, the recent spell of warm weather has made it easier to spookify their homes.
Altadore residents Sylvia and Wilf Barwitzki say they have been going all out to decorate their home for Halloween for the past eight years — unless the weather was too cold.
- Published on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 13:29 28 October 2014
- Written by DANIELLE HARDER AND TIFFANY RITZ DANIELLE HARDER AND TIFFANY RITZ
Calgary Journal living editors explore new and used in their hunt for staple fashion items
Some like it new.
Danielle has always been a "retail" shopper and purchases her clothes new. A student who works part-time, she usually tries to save up and splurge on herself from time to time. Danielle only spends the big bucks on staple wardrobe pieces. She also keeps her eyes open for large clearance sales once or twice a year.
Some like it used.
Tiffany hasn't purchased anything new in years. A full-time student and young mom, she can't always afford to keep up with every trend that the fashion industry deems essential. But she's skilled at staying current by sourcing clothes on a budget in Calgary's consignment and thrift stores.
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:36 23 October 2014
- Written by JORDAN KROSCHINSKY JORDAN KROSCHINSKY
Employment, housing and newcomers all part take in sudden food bank rush
With the lack of affordable housing and a boost in population, the Calgary Food Bank feels the pressure to keep fridges full.
Keoma Duce, the Calgary Food Bank development coordinator for organizational giving, has been with the centre for four years, and says she's never seen such a drastic influx of people in such a short period of time.
Since last year, Duce says there's been a 10 per cent increase of individuals and families relying on the centre.
The 2014 Civic Census Results shows that Calgary is just touching 1.2 million residents - an increase of 38,508 Calgarians from 2013.
- Published on Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:25 23 October 2014
- Written by TERA SWANSON TERA SWANSON
The story behind beer bottle labels
While the approach may vary, many of Calgary's craft breweries have something in common —ensuring the art on the label reflects the quality of what's inside.
On the eve of their 30th anniversary, Calgary's own Big Rock Brewery has driven big changes to their look and line this past year, with a new signature series design and 16 new brews.
It all started with a little brainstorming.
"We use local artists to do all of our labels and we always have," said Brenda Sgaggi, manager of marketing at Big Rock.
"Our brewmaster will come up with a beer, and we gather a diverse team of people thinking from different angles for a brainstorming session — from the brewhouse, sales, marketing, administration — and we sit down in the boardroom, typically have a pint, and start talking about the creative direction."