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Freak Lunchbox captures carnival confectionary spirit

17th Avenue candy amusement store breaks from typical modern shop mold

candyAcross the street from Western Canada High School and tucked beside the frozen yogurt haven, Menchies, is a retro and roadside-attraction inspired candy shop, too sweet to resist. 

It’s not your average candy store and if the animalistic plastic masks lined up in the window display like a barnyard nightmare didn’t give that away then your first steps inside surely will.

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Cheap jewelry causing infections for piercing enthusiasts

Local piercer says lack of standards the problem

thumbpierceA well-known Calgary piercer, Dan Marshall of Heroes and Villains, says until the province cracks down on the quality of jewelry used by Alberta piercers, clients will continue suffering the ill-effects.

"Half of the junk that I take out of people has gaps that allow for bacteria growth and rough or unfinished edges from tool marks," says Marshall.

"It's not the client's fault. There's just a general lack of knowledge surrounding the quality of jewelry clients should be asking for, combined with a lack of standards as to what shops should ship in," says Marshall.

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Carbon continues small town feel despite continuing changes

Hidden community maintains unique Albertan culture

carbonMy home town is tucked away in a little pocket of the countryside halfway between Strathmore and Drumheller. I could tell you about the rolling hills surrounding the village, the underwhelming ratio of businesses to houses and the numerous farms around town, but it's the things that the average eye doesn't catch that makes Carbon what it is.

Children fill the streets with laughter, rambunctious teenagers drink on the railroad tracks at night and high school students roam from the hills looking for any kind of amusement they can find. These scenes are responsible for the unique culture that exists within Carbon, Alta, and is the main force that keeps me connected to this little slice of the country.

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Authentically vintage in Calgary

The Plaza Theatre brings us back to the basics of cinema

plazathumbBright blonde hair falls in front of a young painter's face as she eagerly observes the busy New York sidewalk with her baby blue eyes. She sets up her work among the displays of other aspiring artists, where her paintings sell for just a dollar or two each. This is back in the days when a quarter could buy you a movie ticket and that classic bottle of coke was barely more than a nickel.

Today at the Plaza Theatre, $10 is a small price to pay for the chance to escape from our 21st century lives, and it's the perfect atmosphere to enjoy movies such as Tim Burton's Big Eyes, a true story that takes the viewer back in time 60 years into the life of painter Margaret Keane and her tumultuous journey as an artist in New York.

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