Stadium Mini Mart has bars on the windows and a massive puddle on the sunken pavement outside. But walk inside and you’ll find a heart of gold. Owner Awet (Sammy) Tekie is an Eritrean immigrant who struggles with theft but still tries to put himself in the customers’ shoes. Can’t afford water? He’ll spot you a bottle. Need to use a phone? He’s got that, too. His staff rearranged the shop to create a seating area so anyone with no place to go or trouble at home has a spot to linger. Last fall, he decided to keep the shop open 24 hours a day to be there for the community.
The City of Calgary is starting its review of 261 applications for retail marijuana stores it has received so far and hopes to have the initial process wrapped up by the end of next week.
Less than three months before marijuana is legal in Canada, the City of Edmonton has approved only a handful of requests from retailers looking to open cannabis shops.
Stay Fresh, one of Canada's premium sneaker retailers and consignment stores is celebrating the grand opening of their downtown Vancouver pop-up.