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A passionate group of online followers and residents of the Westman region have been excited to see something new with It’s Charlow Darling, a candle and fragrance boutique that is enjoying a warm welcome to downtown Brandon. Owners Jeff Reimer and Andrea Varcoe own and operate the retail outlet, which is located in the Bass Building at 29 10th Street. Before opening, they were Charleston and Harlow, an online shop that focuses on candles and fragrances. The name of the operation is a nod to their French Bulldogs, which have become the mascots of their brand.
A Thingery is billed as a community-owned lending library of things, with a parent organization, Thingery HQ, handling the administrative side while people from the community buy memberships to create a co-op. Items up for grabs are stored in a converted shipping container which members can access whenever they want through a personal code. Items ranging from skis to hammers to sewing machines to power tools are potentially available, with lending prices ranging from free up to a maximum of $15 per day for big-ticket items. “It’s a way of life,” says Thingery HQ member engagement co-ordinator Erin Roberts. “The nice thing is that it’s completely self-serve, so you don’t need to worry about having a Thingery representative there. You can just walk in and take what you need, when you need it, for as long as you need it.”
Calgary police are looking for suspects after thieves smashed their way into a grocery store in the southwest and made off with a bank machine.
With Calgary’s ever-expanding food truck scene — about 200 and counting — it’s easy to satiate any food moods any time of day, seven days a week.