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Best new things in Ritchie

Top 5 additions to the neighbourhood in 2018

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The Grindstone

10019 81 Ave

An intimate 75-seat theatre with 14+ shows per week, every night Tuesday through Sunday. The performance schedule features plays, musicals, sketch comedy, improv jam and even a karaoke night. The theatre company, Grindstone Theatre, operating the venue also runs public classes and camps plus a restaurant in-house.

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Saving the Minchau Blacksmith Shop

8108 101 St

Heritage Forward and other concerned Edmontonians advocated to save a historic Edmonton building from the wrecking ball. A historical resource impact assessment was requested for the A. Minchau Blacksmith Shop and then the province effectively hit pause on any demo plans.

2018 also saw the Blacksmith Shop named as one of the top 10 endangered places, compiled by the National Trust of Canada.

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Clo's General Storefront

10047 80 Ave

The local handmade leather goods company opened up a workshop and storefront. The small shop produces apparel and accessories and is now hosting classes for others to learn leather-working skills.

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Food in the Nūd

9628 76 Ave

The entirely gluten-free bakery invites celiacs to indulge in every morsel. Despite no refined sugars, flours or oils included in the cookies, muffins and cakes - the paleo and plant-based goods tempt and treat the tastebuds.

It's in the newly refreshed Ritchie Shopping Centre.

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Restored Mill Creek Pedestrian Bridges

Mill Creek Ravine

The Mill Creek Ravine Pedestrian Bridges officially reopened June 22, 2018.

This project included 5 bridges. It involved two trestle bridges and replacing one trestle bridge - which were originally constructed in 1902 as part of The Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway. The structures were converted into pedestrian walkways in the 1970s.

Two glulam bridges were also replaced during the 2018 process.