Behind the hoarding wall along 4th St and 8th Ave SE, Calgary’s most innovative pop-up is taking shape. Get ready for East Village’s liveliest lot!
Mark your calendars for June 1, Calgary! That’s when the vacant lot on the southwest corner of 4th St and 8th Ave SE gets new life as a hot and happening pop-up shipping container hub. The East Village Junction will be part outdoor retail hive, part event space, and really big part community gathering spot. Think of it as the junction where fun meets function, shipping meets shopping, and containers meet culture.
Every Thursday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays), starting June 1 and going right through to October 1, 12 retailers—including lululemon, Dor-Bel International Fine Foods, Rath Bicycle and Modern Menswear—will set up shop inside modified eight foot by twenty foot shipping containers. Each container shop will be fitted out with a glass storefront and fully customized inside and out, making each stop a unique shopping experience.
As fun as retail therapy can be, East Village Junction will be more like a friendly neighbourhood square than a mere shopping mall. The heart of the hub is a casual and welcoming common area and gathering space. Situated between the container shops lining the south and west sides of the Junction and a stage anchoring the north side, the space will be an ideal spot to nosh, chill and meet up with friends. A mix of bistro tables and chairs and some decidedly lounge-ier seating—all beneath beguiling strings of twinkly lights—will keep you comfy and relaxed.
Throughout the summer, East Village Junction’s retail tenants will take turns hosting workshops in the common area. Curated through a partnership with Springboard Performance's ContainR, local artists will add colour and vibrancy with a public art installation and programming every Thursday evening. Regular musical events and a myriad of other artistic performances will keep the East Village Junction stage moving in rhythm. If all that fun makes you peckish, a daily duo of YYC Food Trucks will ensure that your taste buds, too, can shop. And keep an eye out for special guest appearances by Village Brewery all summer long.
East Village Junction will be open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 8pm, and Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 10am to 6pm. Meet you at the Junction!
East Village Junction Retailers
Dor-Bel International Fine Foods
East Village ConneXion Pod
Family Squeezed Treat Box
Jante & Modern Menswear
lululemon Run Hub
Wrinkle and Crease
More retailers will be announced soon, check back often!