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Inglewood Sunfest returns to showcase small business – Calgary

The Inglewood Sunfest is again. For the primary time since 2019, the annual occasion that showcases small enterprise welcomed tons of of friends because it returned on Saturday to the southwest neighborhood.

“Oh, it’s an integral half,” mentioned Inglewood Pizza proprietor Maria Sagumaran. “It brings individuals who could not in any other case come to the neighborhood down right here to strive all of the completely different merchandise.”

For greater than 25 years, Inglewood Pizza has served piping sizzling pies to the neighborhood on Ninth Ave. Nonetheless, for 2 of these years, the pandemic introduced a time of uncertainty.

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“It was slightly bit tough for us,” Sagumaran mentioned. “We have been fortunate that we didn’t need to shutdown as a result of we ran a takeout delivery-only enterprise, however the different companies on this space are very comfortable to see folks again.”

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For seven hours starting at 11 a.m., Ninth Ave. was shutdown to vehicles from 11 St.  to 14 St., as greater than 200 distributors confirmed off their items and providers.

Except for distributors, the free household occasion options road performers, stay music and loads of actions for youths.

Occasion organizer, Jennifer Rempel mentioned after the 2 years that many of those small companies went via, it’s actually key proper now to spotlight these companies, particularly “the small companies which have managed to remain open over the last two years.”

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“And we hope which you could come down and uncover a brand new one and perhaps come again in a pair weeks and see one other one,” she added.

The Inglewood Sunfest is now in its twenty seventh 12 months. Inglewood Pizza has by no means missed a 12 months, whereas different companies like Canela Vegan Bakery & Café are attending to expertise what the Sunfest is all about for the primary time.

“It’s sort of thrilling,” mentioned Andie Amaya with the bakery. “We get to be concerned within the Inglewood neighborhood since we opened up simply final 12 months and it’s additionally actually enjoyable to work together with different companies,” she added.

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Since COVID-19, the phrase neighborhood has been thrown round so much particularly at Sunfest. And even a few of the friends have been calling occasions like these the “cultural cloth of the town”.

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