Ahhhh… the holiday season! It’s cozy, full of fun events and an opportunity to slow down and enjoy some time with family and friends. While we look forward to the gatherings we get to host and attend, it also is unfortunately a bit stressful to plan! Not when you visit Fourth Street. We are One Street: A Thousand Avenues to stress-free holiday entertaining.

Feast

Whether you’re having appies and cocktails or pulling out all the stops on a multi-course meal, there are so many places along Fourth to find the best ingredients (or pre-made options… we don’t judge!)

Urban Butcher

Whether you need a famous cold smoked steak, broth for the best turkey soup, or something more adventurous like wild boar, Urban Butcher has got you covered. Keep the holidays simple with beef cheddar smokies or bison jerky, which are the perfect Sunday afternoon snack for watching football or bringing over to the neighbours.

If you feel like impressing your guests, we recommend smoked beef prime rib or bison tenderloin for a comforting and cozy holiday meal.

Urban Butcher believes the kitchen shouldn’t be intimidating, so ask them any questions you have about cuts of meat or how to prepare them. They might even have tips on what sides to serve!

Mercato

This Calgary staple features both a grocery store and a restaurant – all in one convenient location! Serving Calgarians for over 45 years, you can find plenty of inspiration at Mercato for your next holiday fete.

Avoid overheating in front of the stove and spend more time with your family and friends by picking up premade pasta and sauces for the perfect Italian supper with minimal effort! If you’re in charge of appies for your corporate potluck, you can pick up charcuterie, antipasti and bread to make yourself look like a pro and impress your colleagues!

Safeway

From fresh herbs to premade sides, Safeway makes holiday entertaining easy. You can pick up a sushi tray for a quick entertaining solution or rent a carpet cleaner to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for all of your holiday parties.

La Boulangerie

The holiday season is about saying “YES” to the foods you love and crave all year round. La Boulangerie is located in the heart of Mission and has some of the tastiest treats for holiday breakfasts, brunches and desserts. Be the pride of the party and pick up a box of pastries to bring to your next event.

La Boulangerie also offers delivery! Avoid driving in the snow and let a delivery team handle the roads for you.

Drink

If you need a last-minute hostess gift or you forgot to get your boss something, there are plenty of lovely stores to pick up a tasty beverage. We even have a few suggestions for those under 18 or who don’t drink. Get inspired at the following stores!

Mission Wine and Liquor Merchants

Enjoy your favourite cocktail or bottle of wine with your family and friends this holiday season. Offering bottles at everyday low prices, and some elevated options such as Veuve Clicquot champagne, you’re certain to find a new favourite at a price you will love. Mission Wine also has an extensive and eclectic Japanese collection of sakes, sojus and more!

If you’re not sure what to pair with the wine, or you have a meal in mind already and need advice on pairings, the expert staff at Mission Wine and Liquor Merchants can’t wait to share their favourite recommendations with you.

Bin 905

If you’re looking for a gift that keeps on giving, look no further than Bin 905. This elevated wine store offers subscriptions to a Wine Club and Collectors Club. The Wine Club features a monthly bag of 6 stellar wines, including diverse, different and delicious options with a write-up on successful pairing options.

For a true connoisseur, Bin 905 recommends the Collectors Club. Without a guarantee, the Collectors Club features a monthly selection of rare/fine wines discounted by 20% or more. Many of these wines are in very limited supply. Sometimes only two or three bottles will be available.

If you need just a few bottles to get through the holiday season, Bin 905 provides extensive beer, wine and liquor options certain to please even particular shoppers or giftees.

Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

For the under 18 or non-drinking crowd, Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters in Mission pays homage to the Italian heritage, with natural elements like teak wood, marble counters and mid-century flair. If you’re just grabbing a gift to go, Phil & Seb have plenty of bags of beans to delight coffee lovers of all kinds. If you’re not sure what flavour profile your gift-receiving friend might love, they’re happy to provide recommendations. We personally love the Guatemalan San Jacinto blend for its bright cherry and watermelon undertones. For a richer, darker blend, we get after the Panama Hartmann Maragogype – hard to say but delicious to drink! Featuring tamarind, orange and milk chocolate notes, this is a great winter-time roast.

Phil & Seb also offer a unique coffee subscription to Canada and the US as frequently as you’d like and for as many bags as coffee as you’d like (up to 12). If that’s not quite right, you can also check out their collection of mugs and books all about coffee!

Amaranth

While Amaranth definitely offers food for every occasion, we wanted to highlight their beverage options! They carry items like Kingdom Coffee, a social good coffee roastery that donates $1.00 from every bag sold to combat homelessness in Calgary. Amaranth also carries extensive kombucha options, perfect for your holiday brunch as an alternative to orange juice in a mimosa or perfect on its own!

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