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Live Local: Candy Cane Lane

FullSizeRender-10It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in YEG. To get in the Christmas spirit, we went for a stroll down Candy Cane Lane. This Edmonton neighborhood has become a family-favorite tradition over the years in our community. These lights and decoration display are located on the west end of the city (148th street between 100 Ave and 92 Ave.) You have until January 3rd to pack up the whole fam and check out this festive neighborhood. You can drive, walk or even book a horse drawn carriage ride to make your way down the lane. Bundle up, and get out there to make the most out of your white Christmas.

We’ve made a list of a couple other family-fun events happening in our city:  

IMG_0177-e1450144480106-768x432You could also grab some skates and head to the neighborhood outdoor rink or pick up a cup of hot chocolate from your favorite coffee shop around the corner. Spread the cheer, celebrate with neighbors and support local businesses and communities this holiday season.


Live Local: Tiramisu Bistro

FullSizeRender-9Barre then brunch, this is our kind of Saturday morning. And lucky for us, one of our favourite places to get our brunch on in YEG is just a couple of blocks away from the Holland Plaza studio. Located on 124th street, Tiramisu Bistro is a locally owned and operated restaurant thats serving up one of the most delicious menus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The charming cafe vibe transforms to a trendy, hip place to wine and dine by night.

IMG_8807-1024x768Cooking is most definitely a craft at Tiramisu, the uniqueness of the menu is like none other in the city. Want some recommendations? Our favs are the Gorgonzola Pizza topped with green apple slices and walnuts and also the Pollo open faced panini with fig spread and Havarti cheese... yes please! Accompanying the delicious food, is an unreal drink menu; with the tea selection just as extensive as the beer selection, there really is something for everyone!  

IMG_8760-e1448826933953-225x300Be sure to check it out on Friday nights from 7:00-9:00 for Italian-inspired dinner and cocktail specials, and some local, live musicians.


Live Local: Edmonton Corn Maze

FullSizeRender-3Happy thanksgiving from our BBS family to yours! This week we are spotlighting the Edmonton Corn Maze; Pack up the fam (and your furry friend.. the maze is pet friendly) and get lost. The weather is beautiful and the city is looking extra pretty these days, so take the chance to get out and appreciate the people that mean the most to you this thanksgiving weekend. Just south of the city the Edmonton Corn Maze stretches over the length of three football fields, 15 acres of twists and turns will ensure even the most directionally-challenged a good time!

  IMG_7893-577x1024Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for children, and the little ones under 5 is free. To navigate through the field, posts are set up with games and interactive activities to help you find your way. My personal favorite had me singing ‘I’m a little teapot’ for an audience of fellow bewildered maze-ers to get back on track. This year the maze has gone virtual, bring your smart phone with you and use the GPS to help you navigate. But don’t worry, if you get too lost the Corn Cops will help you find your way! You can expect to spend about an hour in the corn (side note: Team BBS crushed it in 30 minutes – still not sure how we managed that…).

  IMG_7883-e1444423812360-768x1024Accompanying the main event, the farm is buzzing with an abundance of fall fun! Attending to the little ones (and those of us young in spirit) they also have a petting zoo on site, here you can play with the goats, chickens, bunnies, and cows like the cutie in this picture! With the abundance of well … corn of course, pumpkins and tractors this is the perfect place to celebrate the beauty of Autumn in our city.  

On top of this we have made up a list of other family-fun things to do this Thanksgiving long weekend:


The BBS YEG Team


Live Local: 124 Grand Market

This week on the blog we’ve gone exploring the neighborhood. Just a few blocks away from of our new hoimage1.PNG-3-273x300me at Holland Plaza, local, sustainable, small businesses, farmers and vendors alike come together on Thursday evenings from 4:00pm – 8:00pm at the 124 Grand Market. Located on 124 st and 108 ave, the market features over 50 unique, local vendors, 4 delicious food trucks, and promotes local art talents by highlighting theatre and live music.

The market shakes things up by hosting different vendors every week. Prior to the market hours, you can check out who will be attendinimage2.PNG-4-300x298g weekly on their website. Vendors include everything from fresh, local produce to baked goods (shout out to Moonshine Doughnuts featured in the picture, YUM) to prepared gluten free, organic, vegan-friendly food. Farmers markets are a perfect opportunity to pick up your midweek groceries while supporting local farms and companies.FullSizeRender-4-243x300

124 grand market also hosts 4 different food trucks each week, providing the perfect dinner option for the after work, downtown cowd. Sailin’ on is Edmontons only vegan food truck and the fried avocado tacos are to die for! Little Village Food truck is also a regular at the Grand Market, dishing out authentic, delicious Greek food. Other food trucks include Drift Food Truck, Orbit Food Truck, and Land of a 1000 Dogs.

Upholding their values of community, the market also sets up community booths each week. Featuring places such as the Edmonton Public Library to hand out free library cards and The Canadian Western Bank to share their involvement with Big Brothers and Big Sisters! Local talents are featured each week by accommodating live musicians, artisan vendors, and theatre/dance performers.

Another unique feature of this market is their ‘Little Beans’ program. This program provides kids with the opportunity to get educated and fosters proper nourishment habits at a young age. Sign your little one up at the info booth and they will be provided with a token, which can be traded up for any fruit, vegetable, or plant-based product of their choice. FullSizeRender-3-248x300          

Much like the underlying values of Barre Body Studio, 124 Grand Market cherishes community, health and wellness. We have a thing for farmers markets here at BBS; not only do we love nourishing our bodies with locally grown nutrients but we appreciate having a place for the community to gather and celebrate this beautiful city!

You only have ONE week left to catch the 124 Grand Market before it shuts down for the winter months. We have also attached a list of some of our other favourite markets in and around YEG, and their closing dates. Check them out!  

The BBS YEG Team  

  124 Grand Market – October 8

South Common Market – October 17/18

Old Strathcona Farmers Market – open year round

City Market Downtown – moving indoors October 19

South West Edmonton Farmers Market – October 7

The Market Place at Callingwood – October 11

Sherwood Park Farmers Market – open year round

St. Albert Farmers Market – October 10


Live Local: BBS @ Holland Plaza

Today is the day barrestars - hello Holland Plaza! Barre Body Studio is taking over downtown and we are thrilled to welcome you to our new home. After months of dreaming, developing and incredible dedication from the BBS community we have opened our doors at 11996 109A Ave.

Lets start by spotlighting the basics… of course, we will be offering the classic IMG_7384-300x225BBS classes that you all know and love. You can sign up for these classes online, just like you’ve been doing all along. If you’re a MindBody Connect app user, type “Barre Body Studio Edmonton” in the search bar and both locations will show up, each including their own schedule. Be sure to click the star on the ‘Holland Plaza’ page to save us to your favs! If you’re more of a website kind of girl, sign into your MindBody Connect account, then on the top corner of the schedule click the drop down menu and select either ‘all locations’ or your studio of choice!

Now lets get into the fun stuff! We have two spacious studios that come fully equipped with barres (obviously...), mirrors, hand weights, mats and the cutest resistance balls that you ever did see. We also have all the amenities needed to start your day, finish your day or to utilize at anytime in between. IMG_73771-300x225 This means we’ve got showers, towels, and an array of toiletries for your use! Another exciting feature of the new space is our BBS boutique. Our shelves are stocked with Toe Sox, Karma Wear, Swell Bottles, and we even have some new BBS tanks, just in time for the opening. That alone is a good enough reason to stop by!

A very special feature of our Holland Plaza location is the one-of-a-kind Grab IMG_7379-e1442262525559-225x300and Glow. We have collaborated with the green juice goddesses over at Glow Juicery to bring their cold-pressed juices and raw food menu to our friends downtown! Stop by at any time between 9:00 am and 9:00 pm (Monday - Thursday), 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Friday) and 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Saturday/Sunday) to pick up a bite or order a juice cleanse. Because we all know that Barre and Glow are a match made in heaven.

Although we are already in action, we will be hosting our grand opening event on Saturday, September 26th. We cordially invite you to drop by the Holland Plaza location at anytime between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm! We will be havingr3O8hXA6SLM8mqMenGWfTOnon53JTPb7etyNRB8YLIA-300x300 specials on class passes, apparel, swell bottles and Glow juice, for one day only! You are also welcome to join us as we pulse and plie with a very special guest instructor. Even our BFF's over at Southgate Lululemon will be making a appearance with some surprises for our barrestars!

We are beyond excited to share this space with you. All of that dreaming, developing and dedication mentioned earlier was done specifically with you in mind. So whether you’re taking a class, picking up a glow or just want to stop by for a chat, we cannot wait to have you! Come visit us soon xo  

The BBS YEG Team  

P.S. We just hadIMG_7371-300x300 to throw in some behind the scenes photos of your barretenders (and friends) getting down and dirty to prep the new studio! They may tear it up at the barre, but they also clean it up quite nicely too. ;)


Live Local: Wanderlust 108

IMG_0895-300x225Rain or shine (…or snow), we love our city! In fact, we love it so much that we created this blog segment, called ‘Live Local’, to share with you some of our favorite little gems located right in Edmonton. Whether it is restaurants, parks, boutiques or special events, we will spotlight them here with hopes to share community joy and promote local goodness.

On Saturday, BBS gathered a team of barretenders and barrestars to rock out at the Wanderlust 108 triathlon - the first triathlon of its kind to hit YEG. Throwing away all expectations of a vigorous, competitive sporting event, Wanderlust 108 shifts focus to community, inner peace and self-awareness.

IMG_6584-e1440965967167-225x300First up in this “mindful triathalon” was a 5K run/jog/walk, an hour and a half dedicated to lacing up our running shoes and hitting the pavement at Louise McKinney park. It was a beautiful day to take in the fresh air and summer scenery. Following the run was a 90-minute outdoor yoga experience. To open up our practice, Eoin Fin brought the blissful, surfer vibrations to share with us all the way from Santa Cruz, CA. This quickly turned into a dance party and ain’t no party like a barrestar dance party! To close us off, Edmonton’s own Myrah Penaloza, (co-founder of BLOOM Festival coming to the Windspear Centre on October 3&4, 2015) led a crowd of over fourteen hundred participants to bliss. The third leg of this triathlon was fashioned with the intention to integrate the previous two events through a guided meditation led by Kate Potter from Vancouver, BC. Accompanied by an improvisational cellist, Dirje Childs, Kate closed off the day and left all the participating wanderers with full hearts and peaceful minds.

2015-08-29-12.49.21-225x300 In addition to the three main events, Wanderlust had so much more to offer! From the sick beats of DJ Taz Rashid to the sounds of a brass band at the 5K finish line, music was live throughout the festival. Local boutiques and food sensations were set up throughout the Kula Market… even our friends from Glow Juicery were dishing out free samples at the event! Wanderlust (and other local vendors) also set up stations for acro yoga, slacklining, hula hooping, flower-crown making, body tribal painting, and so much more!

Our BBS team is extremely grateful for the many opportunities to participate in community events such as Wanderlust 108. If you’re interested in joining in on the fun with us, stay posted for more community events popping up soon!  

The BBS YEG Team