In partnership with the Nature City Festival and PickNic’s Catering & Fine Foods, Do Sask is thrilled to invite you to clean out your closet for our charity Pop-up Clothing Swap in support of the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.
Enjoy light refreshments while you browse and get to know other doers from the Do Sask community.
The pop-up park location will be announced to registered guests only on May 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm. This is to ensure an intimate environment and manageable selection of clothing and accessories to browse.
Don’t miss the first Do Sask Swap Party. We look forward to seeing you there!
How this clothing swap works:
1. Come with 5 – 12 items of clothing, or accessories to add to the swap collection pool.
2. After the welcome and brief styling workshop, swap shopping will officially begin. You can start picking any garments and accessories and then take home as much as you like.
3. At the end of the swap, you can choose to take home remaining items you brought that have not been taken, or you can leave them at the swap to be donated to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.
Clothing Swap Guidelines:
What to bring: dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery, a fiver to donate and a few friends. This swap has no size restrictions.
What NOT to bring: gowns, earrings, swimwear, underwear, night wear, and children’s clothes.
Clothes must be clean and in good condition. If you wouldn’t pass it on to your best friend, please leave it at home.
Unfortunately try-ons cannot be accommodated (unless you have a portable changing room that you can let us borrow)!
A portion of proceeds will go to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence. If you would like to donate additional household items to the YWCA, please see this handy list of their current needs.
Due to space limitations, we are unable to collect large items and appliances at the event.
Please support our generous sponsor, PickNic’s Catering.
PickNic’s Catering Saskatoon, is proud to offer affordable appetizers, nibbles or meals for your lunch, dinner or event catering needs. They cater throughout Saskatoon, and would be more than happy to provide for your next special event. Specialties include, but are not limited to, weddings, banquets, midnight lunches, conventions, Christmas parties, and more!
For your daily dose of #foodporn, follow @PICKNICS_CATERING on Instagram. Like PickNic’s on Facebook for contests, and updates on weekly lunch and dessert specials.
Nature City Festival runs May 23 – 28, 2017 at locations across Saskatoon.
Only got $20 in your pocket? No need to worry! There are plenty of options at Saskatoon’s best second-hand shopping spots.
My mom, Linda, would often take my brother and me shopping at thrift stores and garage sales around Saskatoon. Although I reluctantly joined her kicking and screaming for most of my childhood (the smell turned me right off – and I was a brat who wanted to have name brand clothes like the cool kids), I’ve developed a renewed appreciation for her bargain lessons as an adult. Funny how that works, isn’t it?
Being a single, working-mom of two didn’t leave Linda much room in the budget for shopping sprees and Wal-Mart trips. So she’d make the best of her limited cash supply and got creative with whatever coinage she had to style both herself and us with thrifty finds. I have some good memories of pulling together new outfits for less than $10 a pop.
Since then, I’ve grown up to become a bonafide thrifter for two main reasons:
Adulting 101. Cash is tight and I’d rather buy groceries than a $100 dress.
When people compliment me on my duds they tend to follow it up with, “So, where’d you get that?” Most of the time the answer will be either from a vintage store, or a thrift shop. And there’s a difference between the two.
It can be a bit overwhelming to start thrifting if you’ve never done it before. Stick to these three tips to make it out alive:
Always know what you need before you start.
Set a limit and stick to it (both time & money).
And put back the stuff you don’t really need or love.
If you get excited about the possibility of searching through piles of options for a hidden treasure, this post is about all the gems you could find at Saskatoon’s best second-hand shopping spots.
As a reminder these picks aren’t organized in a countdown format.
*This list has been edited as of November 6, 2017 to reflect business closures and location moves.
A shop so nice it has its own jingle. According to Planet S Magazine’s “Best Of” their owner is one of Saskatoon’s most beloved small business owners. It may be because she’s a believer of sequins and second chances. Check ’em out for vinyl, vintage and all sorts of other funky stuff.
You’ll want to be prepared for this one, as the entire community gets together on one day of the year to purge their household treasures and haggle with buyers. They’ve been doing it since I was a kid, but now it’s gotten so big that they have to set up porta potties and mobile ATMs. This year, they have a pancake breakfast and a BBQ lunch.
The YWCA will always be near and dear to my heart. All proceeds support the Crisis Intervention Programs and Services. Check this hole in the wall often as they get new donations all the time.
Echo Apparel *Edit Now Closed
You never know what you’ll find, but you know the experience will be easier than most. From designer duds, to vintage items and upcycled treasures – Echo strives to organize it all at clearly-marked, modest prices. If you’re into locally hand-crafted jewellery, you’ll find a selection of originals in store.
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According to a source, Plato’s has a lot of new items from brands like Silver and Guess with the price tag still on ’em at a super low cost. This could be due to the many people who buy new clothes without thinking about whether they’ll wear them, or not. (I have a friend who had a closet full of clothes with the tags still attached.) No judgement here, just more deals for us frugal folk!
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Have you always wanted to dabble with designer duds, but struggled to justify the heart-wrenching digits on the price tag? At Stasia, you’ll find high-end apparel at a pretty reasonable consignment cost.
SuperThrift *Now Closed
If this store were a movie it’d be a mixture of Gremlins, Superman, Little Miss Sunshine and Empire Records. You’ll find a whole lot of everything at SuperThrift, so use your time wisely!
Mid Mod Vintage *Now Closed
Midmod is a vintage furniture shop with a range of Danish modern pieces circa the 60’s and 70’s. If you want your apartment to have that cool look that hearkens back to the era of American Hustle, Midmod should be on your list.
Run by a young female entrepreneur out of Ideas Inc., The Knick has a pulse on what’s trending in the vintage world. Sarah travels far and wide searching for deluxe items you just can’t find at your average shop. Choose a piece at The Knick for history and style.
Plus, she offers hemming if you really love those pants, but they are way too long for you.
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With the resurgence of 1990’s fashion (crushed velvet, spaghetti straps and chokers), you’ll have a field day at the VV Boutique. Value Village is definitely somewhere I frequent on the regular because they have such a wide variety of options to poke through.
Two Locations: one on Circle Drive and another in Stonebridge. In my opinion, the Circle Drive location tends to have the better selection of the two.
BONUS Avalon-area “Sailing”
Next to my mom, my uncle is the champion of garage sales. Last spring, he took me out with him for about an hour around Avalon area. I picked up a trunk full of awesome stuff including a set of tinted blue goblets for $5 (like the ones in the picture) and a $200+ kettle bell for a bargain at $25. This is a good area to drive by every once in a while during the spring/summer months.
This post is dedicated to my mom, Linda, for teaching me how to be thrifty.
Like the thrill of the hunt?
Join the Do Sask Community for a Pop-up Clothing Swap as part of the Nature City Festival on May 24. Come out and meet others doers, enjoy some refreshments, and swap clothes in the park. The location will only be revealed to registered guests, so get on the list today!
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Last weekend at the Modern Woman Show, I led a sold-out crowd of ladies in a workshop on how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. Today, I’m using their photos to show you how they did it.
Succulents are the most popular plants around lately. From hipster weddings to trendy restaurant decor, everyone is going gaga over the resilient plant. And the Modern Woman Show provided the perfect spot to get our hands dirty with the little buds. This post will tell you how we did it.
When you think about it, a succulent is kind of an awesome metaphor for a woman’s life. It can be put through a lot of abuse and still survive. It can even thrive!
So whether you have a green thumb, or you kill every plant you touch – succulents terrariums are good for you. They’re easy and decorative, incredibly stress-free to maintain, love an abundance of sun and are drought tolerant.
How to create a wine glass succulent terrarium.
First, you have to gather your materials.
Vessel (Wine Glass)
Potting Soil with Perlite
Plants (Succulent & Moss)
Next, fill your wine glass with a false drainage system and a layer of soil.
Cover the bottom with an inch-thick layer of pebbles or rocks to create a false drainage system for the plant roots. You never want too much water settling in the soil, otherwise mold and fungus will grow in the roots.
Add a layer of potting soil. Do not use all of the soil for the first layer. Our soil mix has added perlite to keep it dry.
Shake off the excess dirt from your succulent’s roots, as they will cling better to the new soil. Carefully place it in the terrarium.
Cover the roots with your remaining soil and press until your plant is secure.
Then, get creative with your top layer.
Add pebbles, rocks, sand and sparkles in whatever pattern you choose. Then place your moss on top.
Clean up your wine glass with a paint brush, paper towel, and Windex.
Lightly water the succulents. You should plan on having to water them (again, very lightly) once a week for the first month until they’ve become established. After that, they should only need watering every 3-4 weeks.
Place your new planters on display, preferably in a sunny spot and enjoy!
Thanks to all the ladies that came out to learn how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. And an extra high-five to those who shared your beautiful finished products with me on Facebook and Instagram.
Special hugs to my good friend, Elle, and my mom, Linda, for taking time out of their #SundayFunday to help me make this workshop happen.
Do Sask hosts out-of-town art workshops with all supplies included in the cost. I would love to show your group how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium, fancy string art, alcohol ink ceramic tile coasters, and more. All I need is a minimum of 9 people confirmed and I will come to you! Plus, if you have a birthday, family reunion or celebration I’m happy to work with kids.
Email me, or call 306-241-3462 to book your hometown Do Sask Art Workshop today.
Here are ten good road trips from Saskatoon. All of these picks are within an hour or so of the city.
Now that the snow has more or less melted I’ve got the itch to do some spring travelling on the open road. Finding good road trips from Saskatoon can be a cost-effective way to satisfy your wanderlust to more exotic destinations. And these places definitely won’t break the bank.
If you’re planning to get out of town for the weekend, here are ten of the best spots to check out within an hour of Saskatoon’s city limits. Each of these destinations will take you to an unexpected locale that’s far enough away while remaining close enough that you won’t need to get a room for the night.
Got the spring travelers’ itch? Scratch it off at one of these destinations. This is your pick ten for good road trips from Saskatoon.
If you’re like me you love to dance in the moonlight. But it can really wear you out if you’re on your feet all night at a regular bar or club. That’s when it’s time to take a special trip to Danceland, or “the world famous dancefloor built on horsehair”. Your tootsies will love you for it!
When I was around 16 years old my Aunt Alison planned a family trip to Danceland to celebrate with my grandma and her brother (my great uncle). I can’t remember what the celebration was for, but I do remember everyone having a really great time all night on the dance floor (including the grand kids all the way up to the grandparents).
Scientists have yet to explain why the Aspen trees are growing every which way but up. (Especially considering there is another set of Aspens right next to the crooked ones that are perfectly normal.) So locals have taken it upon themselves to develop many different explanations ranging from UFOs to lightening strikes.
While everyone is busy trying to explain the unexplained, I’ll be busy packing for a picnic lunch with the paranormal*.
*This natural phenomenon is considered a national treasure and one of Canada’s 54 Wonders. Please be respectful, so that it remains intact.
Saskatchewan has a new winery?! Why yes, it does! Wolf Willow is a seasonal winery that uses locally grown fruit to make their Cherry and Haskap vino. Plus, they have light fare to keep you grounded during an afternoon of non-stop sipping*.
*Buy your designated driver a bottle to sip when they get home. **Pedestrian access is restricted on both bridges until enough funds can be raised to repair them.
FYI: If you remember swimming in the Regional Park as a kid, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re breaking ground on a new public swimming pool set to open in summer 2018.
Visit Zealandia, a town so small it doesn’t even have a website.
My mom took my brother and I to a Medieval Festival around Zealandia when we were kids. I remember that we spent an entire day jousting and shooting arrows. I couldn’t find relevant details on that event for this post, but Zealandia is still worth checking out if only for the northern light show on a quiet spring night.
SUP stands for Standup Paddleboarding. Supping is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii, only you use a paddle to propel yourself instead of the waves.
Good thing you don’t need ocean waves to SUP because Saskatchewan is renowned for our lakes. And Pike Lake is only about 20 minutes away from Saskatoon! It’s the perfect day trip where you can get comfortable on the board and relax in the sun before you head to a larger lake in the summer.
Pike Lake offers canoe, paddleboat, aquabike, surfbike, and kayak rentals from their boat shack. The season opens on May Long Weekend.
Note: due to the short distance to Pike Lake from Saskatoon, it can be insanely busy during the summer months. So take advantage of the cooler weather before it gets nuts.
Learn about Canada’s bloody past at Batoche and Fort Carlton near Duck Lake.
Both locations straddle Duck Lake, a town that steeped in history as told from three perspectives: Cree, French and English. It’s also famous for being the home of prolific Canadian artist Glen Scrimshaw.
If you’re a history buff, this is the perfect spot to check out. Batoche tells the authentic story of Louis Reil and Gabriel Dumont with thousands of artifacts, including bullet holes in the church and a real cemetery just a few steps away. Fort Carlton tells the other side of the story from the perspective of the RCMP and the Hudson Bay Company.
Duck Lake is a must-see for tourists, but you can make it your own by hiking, canoeing, and geocaching through the landscape.
If testing your limits is one of your favourite pastimes, Blue Mountain is the perfect spot for you. Get a group together for paintball, zip-lines, high ropes, trail rides and more. Plus, funding supports the Lighthouse Supported Living. It’s a win-win day trip you can feel really good about.
Is there anything more quintessentially Saskatchewan than a slice of fresh-made Saskatoon Berry crumble? That’s a rhetorical question.
Head to Rosthern to enjoy a slice for yourself. You may like it so much that you’ll want to stay a little longer for one of their many arts events (check their calendar beforehand).
Go surfing at Lake Diefenbaker.
If you’re willing to get really creative with your time off it’s possible to catch a wave on the flatlands. Surf Anywhere, a Calgary-based collective, thought that Lake Diefenbaker would make a great spot to ride a wave. According to this article from CBC, Lake Diefenbaker Tourism supports the idea. Safety is still a concern that they’re working on getting permission from SaskPower who controls the Dam. In the meantime, there are plenty of other things to do at Lake Diefenbaker.
Hike up and down Blackstrap Mountain then relax with your fishing pole by the water.
Located just 40 minutes south of the city, it’s good day trip from Saskatoon that you’ll find super relaxing. The trail up to the top of mountain and back is only about 5 km loop, so you can spend the rest of the day with your fishing rod at the beach*.
When I was a kid, after we were done swimming at Blackstrap Lake we came out caked in algae. Wiping away all the gooey-gunk was honestly part of the fun, but I’m not totally sure if things have changed much since then (please correct me if they have).
BONUS TRIPS that are slightly more than an hour away, but worth checking out this spring.
Tuck and roll down the sand dunes at Douglas Provincial Park.
This is one of many sand dunes in Saskatchewan, it just happens to be a bit closer to Saskatoon than most.
Although I have never been my friend Diane highly recommends it. She says, “When you arrive a park staff will give you directions to two beaches. One is the main resort and the other is further down the highway. The latter is harder to reach, but there’s a private beach with clear water that goes for miles.
It’s a one lane road and it doesn’t have bathrooms, but it’s worth the effort for those with a sense of adventure. You’ll also spot cacti on your way to the dunes. Saskatchewan has cacti!”
Whether or not you can appreciate a tangled mass of writhing Discovery Channel sex or not, you must be intrigued about the history of the Fort Livingstone Snake Pit.
In the middle of winter back in the late 1800’s, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police set up a permanent camp on the banks of Swan River. Little did they know it was a thriving snake den. According to many journals when spring came around they learned of their mistake and spent most of their days catching (relatively) harmless serpents.
Although the Mounties and the Fort are long gone the snakes make a big appearance every spring for the first few weeks in May.
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90% of our dates matched with at least one other person.
Last week, the people of YXE got out of their comfort zones and off of Tinder for the first ever Saskatoon Speed Dating Night presented by Do Sask.
They met face-to-face with great new people in a casual, relaxed atmosphere courtesy of The Hose & Hydrant.
I asked all attendees to ditch their smartphones in favour or real connection for a night of socializing.
We turned traditional “speed dating” upside down for a more interactive experience by providing conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles at the start.
The only rules of the night were:
Don’t ask about your dates’ profession.
Don’t ask where your dates live.
Instead, I encouraged the singles to ask each other about their favourite hobbies, food, activities, and interests. When folks talk about the things they love doing it makes them come alive while demonstrating the best parts of their personalities.
She briefly talked about the myth of opposite attractions, having clear goals in mind, and knowing exactly what type of personality you have before looking for an ideal partner. As a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, she also provided insight on overcoming stressful social situations as an introvert.
People Bingo was a fun ice breaker game to kick off night.
I gave participants 10 minutes to mingle, introduce themselves, and find people who match the traits on the card. They had to put the person’s name in the corresponding box or have the person sign the appropriate square. The first person to fill five boxes across or down yelled BINGO!
Then it was go time! Speed dating ran for the rest of the night.
Each date was 4 minutes long. They only had 30 seconds in between each one to choose whether their date was a friend, a yes, or a no on their match card. This gave people a chance to go with their gut instincts. At the end of the night, I asked each participant to hand in their match cards.
Contact details were only shared if there was a mutual match.
Over 90% of people had at least one match!
Of the people attending, 9/10 walked away with at least one match.
That’s what I call a successful start to Do Sask’s singles night!
Here’s what the singles had to say about Saskatoon Speed Dating:
4 stars – “Fun & interesting – great new thing to do to push yourself out of your comfort zone. :)”
5 stars – “Casual, no pressure, easy, comfortable.”
5 stars – “Very easy environment to start talking to people. Host has good energy. Opener game was an awesome ice breaker.”
4 stars – “More single people should try this! Much better way to meet people.”
4 stars – “It was a lovely evening.”
5 stars – “GREAT TIME! Amy was great. A group of us stayed drinking together until around midnight.”
5 stars – “Casual, low pressure, cool people.”
“I had fun 🙂 I hope you get more ppl and it grows cause it’s a great idea and a nice environment to meet people 🙂 good luck!!”
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If you’ve been reading the news lately, there’s been a lot of hubbub about Canada’s stance on marijuana’s legality. Trudeau’s government says there will be major changes to its policy in the very near future with recreational use legalized on Canada Day 2018. However there’s still a lot of murkiness regarding where it stands today and how it effects us right now.
It’s a confusing time, but that isn’t stopping some from celebrating like true stoners. 420 is tomorrow, so in the spirit of the holiday Chester wrote this Pick 10 about ways to enjoy a pot-filled day of fun on April 20th.
This week’s Pick 10 is guaranteed to help satisfy your munchies… and help you contemplate the universe in Saskatoon.
Munchie-Satisfying Pub Grub
Walk, or taxi to binge-eating paradise with a plate full of greasy pub food. Thursday is prime time for sweet deals on wings and ribs. Chester likes the Hose and Hydrant, Dino’s, Crackers, and Whiskey Jacks (you can warble out a rendition of “One Love” after you’ve had your fill of deep-fried bites from the last two joints – see what I did there?).
Stroll the Meewasin
Take to the Valley to find a quiet place to enjoy nature. The last time Chester walked on the Meewasin he spotted a beaver and about a dozen freshly-chewed tree trunks. Nature is profound.
Picnic in Furdale
Pack a blanket and some popcorn, then relax and look up to watch the land of the living skies at its finest.
Over-sized Slurpee from Sev
Thirsty? Head over to your nearest 7-Eleven for an over-sized slurpee with a side of penny candy. Take your time to ensure you give the cashier a painstakingly accurate count.
Hacky Sack in the Bowl
Head to the centre of all the action at the University to unleash the power of your hacky sack. Bonus points if the hacky sack is a Poke Ball and someone is playing a guitar while you’re doing it.
Get Your Game On
Go to Ruckers to play some games of moderate skill-level, and win some tickets which you can cash in for awesome novelty items. You never know how they’ll come in handy.
Playland at Kinsmen Park
Ask a young child to step aside, so that they can watch and learn as a pro uses the 12 and under zip-line. (Sarcasm, folks.)
Netflix and Sleep
Recommended viewing No No: A Dockumentary, an episode of Life, Blue Planet, Trailer Park Boys, and Half Baked.
Get onto one of those weird animals at Market Mall for 10 minute ride you’ll never forget… or maybe you will. Cap it off with something greasy at the food court.
Go to a park and turn up the beat of your own drum. Strut along to these recommended tracks: Uptown Funk, Staying Alive, and Billy Jean.
Now that your 420 plans are locked down, tell me do you agree with these ten picks, or did Chester miss your favourite? Join the Do Sask Facebook group to have your say in the discussion on your favourite activities in Saskatoon.
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We had 2 hours, a city full of secrets, and no detective experience.
On Good Friday, a special group of Do Sask agents assembled to escape a Russian Spy-themed scavenger hunt in Saskatoon.
BreakOut Escape Rooms is a popular activity in Saskatoon where groups of people have to find their way out of a locked room. They’re given clues and a limited amount of time to find the code to escape.
I’ve talked about how much I love to do geeky things like Escape Rooms before. So when BreakOut invited Do Sask members to take part in “Russian Around”, a special one-day city-wide scavenger hunt, we couldn’t say no. The contest was simple: our private Facebook group members told me the name of their favourite spy to win their way in.
Last week, after the winners were notified we received the following mission orders:
You have been recruited for a top secret time sensitive assignment. As you are aware there was recently a breach at Ft. Wallaby Army Base. Top secret documents were stolen and an attempt was made to launch a nuclear strike on our own country. We were able to thwart that attempt and recover the documents. All but one member of the team that infiltrated Ft. Wallaby have been located and detained. However, one fugitive remains at large. Intelligence reports suggests this remaining fugitive was the team leader and therefore the acquisition of this fugitive is our top priority. We have managed to track the fugitive to Saskatoon, Sk. This is where you will begin your hunt!
Your mission: Follow the trail the fugitive has left. We have sent support agents into the field who will make contact and provide you with updated information as it becomes available. Our best agents have tried and failed to locate and capture the fugitive. It is up to you and your team to locate and capture the suspect before they are able to leave the area. This is our last chance. Everything is riding on your success.
Our team of five recruits faced the complicated task of finding the Russian Spy on a city-wide chase.
We arrived at the starting point greeted by two special agents with neutral faces and dark sunglasses. They handed us a special envelope and said, “Team Black Storm: this is your mission, should you choose to accept it.”
The envelope contained a map, rules, and a set of laminated paper keys. We tried to use the keys on the map until we noticed a strip mall across the street from Prairie Sun Brewery had a small spy symbol. It could only be… Create Café 3D Printing.
We gathered our intel, packed into the tiny car like a bunch of clowns, and sped off to the next location.
Meet the agents:
Agent Kowalchuk made sure everyone was on task and kept a close eye on the time. Favourite spy: Harriet the Spy.
Agent Davis used his competitive spirit to ensure that the team was solving puzzles faster than the other teams (even though we were told it was not a race). Favourite spy: Carrie Mathison.
Agent Adams wasn’t afraid to dive right in to the assignment with a stellar ability to translate symbols into words. Favourite spy: Susan Cooper.
Agent Schwabe was in the pilot’s seat and drove the team across the city with an unwavering demeanor. Favourite spy: Austin Powers.
Agent Rederburg expertly decoded maps, hustled at pinball, and recorded the day’s events. Favourite spy: Harry Tasker.
Once we arrived at Create Café we searched high and low for the symbol. (And we got totally distracted by all of the cool stuff they had made with their printers.) After about 5 minutes we found clues right in front of our noses. They were a coffee cup, a poster with symbols from the old country, and a poster in the same style with different types of coffee.
Using both posters to translate, Agent Adams took the lead to determine the secret message was “Pinball”. The barista handed us a hot drink and our next clue which was the address to Pokey’s Pinball.
At Pokey’s Pinball we were told to look for 3 digits. Since there are numbers everywhere in a pinball shop we had a hard time narrowing down our selection until we started looking at the bigger picture.
Agent Davis successfully spotted the numbers “3-4-7” which unlocked two credits each for pinball and a clue that led the agents to our next location: Crave Cupcakes. We spent 30 minutes distracted by the fun pinball selection, but all of the agents admitted they had CUPCAKES on their minds.
At Crave Cupcakes we got to make use of our paper keys from the beginning of the mission. There was a poster full of letters and outlines where the paper keys would fit. All we could smell was fresh cupcakes, so deciphering the code proved to be a challenging task. We worked together to find the phrase “Shaken Not Stirred”.
We stopped to eat about a million cupcakes. Literally. And since we were the last team they gave us a pack of the ones the other teams left behind. Then we got our next clue which pointed us to…
We walked in Mastermind to find a floor puzzle that linked letters together spelling the name of our fugitive: Nastasha Ivanahumpski. It didn’t take us too long to solve, so we took our clue and went on our way to the food court at Midtown.
Since parking at Midtown is pricey, Agent Adams and Agent Schwabe dropped the rest of us off and drove around the mall taking selfies.
Agent Kowalski, Agent Davis and I walked around the food court until we found another agent with a briefcase and ball cap. The agent said she would only give us our next clue if we could uncover her name, so she gave us a riddle that led us past the bitten fruit, beyond the forbidden box and up the stairs to a sweet surprise: it could only be…
Hung all over the walls there were posters that gave clues about the agent’s name through the process of elimination. We were definitely stumped at this point, but we made a guess at Agent Black and it turned out to be correct. They gave us a handful of chocolates and we made our way back to Agent Black.
When we arrived at Agent Black’s station we were given another clue which used numbers corresponding with letters in the alphabet. The letters spelled out Bartari, a video game bar on 20th Avenue. Agent Schwabe and Agent Adams were ready and waiting, so we wasted no time in getting to our last location of the day.
At Bartari we were finally face-to-face with the elusive fugitive Natasha Ivanahumpski. By the time we arrived she bared a striking resemblance to one of the agents from our starting point. (The fugitive in the picture below had to leave before 5 pm due to licensing, so we all had a good laugh.)
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Ivanahumpski gave us two options: 1) take a bribe and let her go, or 2) do what we came there to do and arrest her.
We chose the latter option, but sadly it was the wrong choice. (Bad behaviour is rewarded in this game!)
Even though Ivanahumpski got away we felt good about valuing justice over greed. Plus, BreakOut covered a bar tab and free gaming. So we ordered a platta, popped a few drinks, and played a Yoshi’s Island.
Here are our final thoughts on the mission:
Agent Davis: “In the end as in life the heroes get shot. Next time I’ll be sure to take the bribery route so that I can actually feel like I earned something for all my hard work. The chase itself was really fun and got me into some new businesses that I had never been to before. I’d like to try one of BreakOut’s rooms next, as this was my first experience with an escape-type game.”
Agent Adams: “I really loved getting to try out so many new Saskatoon activities, and realized how many neat places and neighborhoods the city has to offer. Especially since I am new to town! Getting to actually talk, taste and try new things was the highlight. The puzzles were just the right difficulty for the event. Tip: leave yourself lots of time to chat with other teams, business owners and take photos with your team! Make a day of it.”
Agent Schwabe: “Since I was the driver, I had some fun and… some frustration. Finding new places was an “adventure”- good thing I’m cool-headed. Put your team’s road-ragers in the backseat! My favourite stop was the Pinball Bar – the free tokens were a nice touch. Also nom nom nom’ed the Crave Cupcakes. My only advice to the organizers would be to avoid areas where parking is hard to find/expensive, or organize one that can be done on-foot in Downtown/Riversdale. We waited in the car while the rest of the team played at Midtown to avoid dealing with pay lots.”
Agent Rederburg: “We had a great time figuring out the puzzles and putting clues together. It was good to see local businesses collaborating to make this event happen across the city. And the escape rooms partnered to create something better than they could do on their own. All of our Do Sask agents naturally fell into different roles and helped each other get to the next step. There were so many irresistible treats that I definitely felt like I had a food baby at the end of the day. I can’t wait to do it again!”
Check out all of our “Russian Around” highlights in the slideshow below.
Do Sask is all about plugging in to fun things to do in Saskatoon. According to a report released this week by Media Technology Monitor, young Canadians like us are spending and average of 5 hours per day online. It’s time to be intentional about getting out of the house and into making better connections with people who matter the most.
So in the spirit of creating deeper relationships offline, I’m giving you a run down on all the device-free events that you can do together this weekend in Saskatoon.
The Dragons’ Den audition tour is opening to Saskatoon’s hardest working business owners. If you run a business at any stage of development you can give a 5 minute pitch to the Dragons’ Den producers. You could be invited to Toronto to face the Dragons.
These kids are alright! Beats & Eats is a free, all ages, substance-free concert that gives kids from an after school electronic music workshop a chance to show off their freshly honed skills. The featured bands are IVy eNVy, Helianthus, No-Name, Safe Space, and local electronic trio 3 Ninjasks!
Supported by Saskatoon Open Door Society and Girls Rock Saskatoon.
Art receptions are some of the best parties you’ll ever attend! William says he used a casting processes to replicate “remnants” that appear to have survived catastrophe, and have been left behind or discarded. This show features two artist exhibits (Stephanie Turtle) and a collaborative project.
Take some time away from the noise of everyday life with the sacred sounds of poetry and music. Pamela walks you through a new method of self-care that involves breath work, chanting, and restorative sound. This healing event is meant to give you time to rest, release, and rejuvenate.
Registration is $40 by email email@example.com, or call 306-716-9996.
Live local music with an unbeatable energy. Carbonless Concert is running a series of shows powered by zero-emissions equipment. See some of Saskatchewan’s best indie artists strike a chord with sustainable power. This week features Jay Maillet, Lyzanne Foth, and Aryn El Hefe.
Partner or not, you’re invited to swing with live music and dancing. Bring a water bottle and non-marking shoes because this is a work out! Take a beginner lesson at 8, social dancing starts at 9. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
Plants on plants on plants. Permaculture is the method of harnessing the patterns and features of natural ecosystems in your own backyard. As part of the training, you’ll have an opportunity to design your own permaculture garden.
Support the Saskatoon Police Pipes & Drums by eating brunch at their first annual Irish Breakfast fundraiser. The band will perform some new music while you enjoy an authentic Irish Breakfast including Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Mushrooms, Beans, Hash browns, an English (whaaaat?!) Muffin and a bevvie (Coffee/Tea, Pop, Bottled Domestic Beer or Highball.)
11:00 AM – Saskatoon Academy of Music, 629 1st Ave N
If you own a Ukulele that’s been collecting dust and have an incurable craving for maple syrup, this one’s for you! Explore music with pancakes. The monthly jam is for musicians and non-musicians to gather, play, eat and just have a good ol’ lazy Sunday.
Saskatoon’s metal scene is all the rage right now (seriously, some of my metal head friends in Calgary are jealous). So, come check out a show for yourself – it’s all ages! Featuring Despised Icon, Carnifex, Fallujah, Rings Of Saturn, and Lorna Shore.
Tickets $25 at the Box Office and http://bit.ly/2h9RVq2
Get a taste of what this year’s Nuit Blanche curator is cooking up for the next free night festival on September 30th. Artists will showcase what’s to come and invite you to show off your creative skills at an open call for spectacular art.
Whether you have a sweet tooth, or you’re really trying to make a great first impression – you can’t go wrong with a trip to these Saskatoon candy stores.
This week I met up with a friend for a tasty froyo date because the weather started to feel like spring! While enjoying my key-lime-lemon-meringue mix topped with toasted coconut I got a flash of inspiration to write about Saskatoon’s best sweet tooth satisfying stores.
If you’re planning a first date remember that candy brings out the kid in everyone. So you’ll know right away if your date is just as sweet on you as they are on sugar. Even if you don’t purchase a kilogram or two of bagged penny candy you’ll find bright colors and fun in every square inch of these stores.
Give your date a sugar rush! Here are a few of the sweetest places to satisfy your candy craving. These are this week’s pick ten for Saskatoon candy stores.
Pine & Fancy Sweet Memories 2 locations Centre Mall & Lawson Heights
Have you ever had a craving for something so obscure that you didn’t think any store would stock in on their shelves? Pine & Fancy probably has it. Half of the store is dedicated to nostalgic, imported goodies that you would have never thought you’d find in Saskatoon. The other half is full of toys and games for the kid in everyone.
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The girls, Ying and Julianna, hold a special place in my heart because I used to work for their family restaurant when I was an angst-ridden teenager growing up in Biggar, Saskatchewan. They’ve come a long way since then with many different ventures, but the girls are best known in Saskatoon as makers of kick-ass raw chocolate. Sure Those Girls is not technically a candy shop, but you won’t regret making a special trip to the Market to pick up your own batch of their locally-made, melt-in-your-mouth delicacies.
Had I not stopped by the SaskMade Market for a Saskatchewan-infused gift bag I would never have known that they carry such a large collection of chocolates and sweets from local producers in store. You can sample all sorts of specialty bites from chocolate-covered Saskatoon berries to moose mud fudge, but please eventually purchase some of the deliciousness to support local artisan candy-makers.
If you’re looking for a really old-timey candy store, then this place has the treats you crave. WDM stocks a decent selection of old-fashioned candy which includes candy sticks and barley pops (no, not that kind).
Is it just me, or is it impossibly difficult to make a quick trip to the Centre without stopping by this shop? Rocky Mountain is one of those rare Saskatoon gems where you can watch fancy fudge being made by hand like you’re on vacation. Choose your own pleasure adventure every time you drop in with fresh samples of the good stuff, or pre-packed choices to go. Plus, candy apples.
Not only is Laura one of Canada’s renowned war heroines, it’s also the place where darn good chocolate gets made. My husband Chris will only visit Laura Secord if he’s in the mood for Super Kid ice cream, but there are plenty of other treats you can choose from to sweeten up your date.
You can take the girl out of Calgary, but you can’t take the Calgary out of the girl. Bernard Callebaut is one of Cowtown’s most renowned chocolatiers, so it’s great to see that they’re making their way into Saskatoon’s candy circuit. Check their interactive chocolate map to plan your date with over 48 flavours to choose from! They’re always adding seasonal treats for your most special memories.
Bulk Barn 2 locations Betts Avenue and McOrmond Drive
For a first date? Maybe it’s not the fanciest place in town. But get creative with a five dollar bill to see how much candy you can get within that budget. No matter if you like sweet or salty Bulk Barn has the selection and inventory that smaller stores can’t match. Bring your own container to cut down on waste. Win-win!
Okay, these aren’t Saskatoon candy stores, but you can mix your favourite into the creamy goodness!
Want to try a twenty different flavours of frozen yogurt? Well you may not reach that amount in one trip, but you’ll come close! Menchie’s lets you sample different flavours before you buy so you can choose your favourite before going all in… (just like dating!) Take your bae here for a glimpse into their preferences – flavours, candy, toppings.
Never before had I tasted a dessert so close to PB & J without actually being PB & J than with my PB & J mash-up creation. There are all sorts of desserts you can create with mixins, or you can grab a traditional banana split to share between the two of you.
I hope this compilation makes your weekend date planning a bit easier. No matter where you go, there is no chance of having a bad time at one of these Saskatoon candy stores.
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There are all different types of words people use to describe those who are incredibly passionate about games. The negative meaning behind dork, geek, and nerd has been thrown on its head by modern society. That’s why there was no shortage in choosing the best geeky things to do in Saskatoon.
Over the past ten years there’s been a transformation that’s turned some of the bullied into billionaires. People who have a knack for coding or comics have reached a new level of cool. And Saskatoon knows it.
People have called me a nerd for years. But I’ve never identified with the fangirls of Star Wars and LOTR, or played a MMORPG. I was in a bit of denial at first, but now I’ve learned to embrace the term. Geeky things I love to do are actually really fun. It’s like you get to be a kid again and the only thing people can say is, “What a geek!” Burn.
I have a message for the fellow geeks that stumbled here: there is no shame in embracing your passions. From arcades to comic book stores, read on to journey into the best of Saskatoon’s geekdom.
*This list has been edited to reflect business changes on March 25, 2018.
Don’t miss Riversdale, a.k.a. home of the best geekiest block in Saskatoon: Mana Bar, King Me Boardgamery, Deadlock VR, and Bartari.
Owner Chris calls it “a nerdtopia for those into every geeky subculture”. And he’s working very hard to satisfy every niche of nerd across the city. Whether you’re into Magic or live streamed e-games, this is a bar with a pixelated heartbeat. Check their calendar for specialty nights like trivia to meet and compete with other bespectacled people of the prairies.
Pro Tip: Make sure you visit the gender-neutral Star Wars and Zelda-themed washrooms that play music from their respective titles while you pee.
Update: Chris makes specialty waffles on Wednesdays (Jalapeno Popper, Mac N Cheese, and Gingerbread to name a few). He also has a selection of bourbon and scotch for tasting (November 18, 2017).
Update: According to its regulars, Mana Bar permanently closed in March of 2019. An official confirmation of closure has yet to be released from its owner Chris on Mana Bar’s social, storefront, or website (April 7, 2019).
Next door from Mana Bar, you’ll find King Me where your fiver goes far with All You Can Play board games. They’re open seven days a week, so you can plan your regular board game night here.
The thing I like about King Me is that you can try out the latest board games at a fraction of the cost of buying to avoid overspending on games that you may not want to play again. Check out the board game library to see if they have the one you want.
Update: According to their Facebook Page, King Me has started offering solo player promotions on Tuesdays (November 19, 2017).
Deadlock Virtual Reality (added March 25, 2018)
While I haven’t personally experienced this gaming arcade, Chris from Mana Bar tells me that it’s worth a visit. Deadlock’s new second location offers a combo of escape rooms and virtual reality gaming options. There are 6 stand-up VR stations with dozens of multiplayer games to challenge your nerdy friends.
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Walk a few doors down from Mana Bar to grab a table for you and a few friends to play unlimited games all night for $5. You can choose from a vast collection of retro and new console games, or arcade style pinball. Start a battle with your friends and the servers will fuel your evening with treats like milk and cookies between rounds.
Ruckers 2 locations: 2910 8th St E and 2301 22 St W
So maybe Ruckers isn’t the geekiest place Saskatoon, but you’ll have fun reliving your nostalgic arcade days. Spend around $30 to get over 100 tokens to play. Take your friends, or plan your next date here. The east location is part of a fun centre that includes: Putt ‘n Bounce mini golf, The Rock climbing wall, Grand Slam batting cages, and one of the only Fuddruckers locations in Canada.
What originated as a pinball servicing company is now a licensed cafe in the burgeoning 33rd Street neighbourhood. Pokey’s is made for Saskatoon’s most dedicated pinball fans. They have a rotating wall of games and regular pinball leagues. Order some nachos and a pitcher, then get some tokens and play the afternoon away.
Note: You won’t be able to find much of Pokey’s online, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit!
I first heard about ASPECT VR after reading an article in the StarPhoenix, so naturally we had to check it out for our next date night. The owners say this is the only Virtual Reality Studio of this quality anywhere in Saskatchewan. They also do large parties (a.k.a. the quietest birthday you’ll ever have).
When my date (my husband, Chris) and I walked into the space we could tell it was a very expensive room. We opted for the immersive experience of the Zombie story, but there are other options for folks who want ease their way into VR. See what it feels like to be completely inside of a video game.
Pro Tip: We played for an hour, but we recommend limiting yourself to a half hour your first time.
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I’ve always found the library to be a comforting space. It’s somewhere I can explore the world without leaving my city. The library is the perfect spot for geeky dates because they have so much going on to satisfy all different types of people. Membership is free and gives you access to a world of knowledge. Check out a location near you, or visit the new Round Prairie branch location in Stonebridge.
Note: Do Sask’s book club is open to join and free if you borrow instead of buy. Check out the book of the month from the library, then come out to a meeting to discuss. Sign up to the newsletter to get updates on where and when we meet. Everyone’s welcome!
I remember going to the U of S a lot as a kid. The observatory was always one of the highlights. It’s open every Saturday year round, but typically you can get the best view in the summer months. For a romantic take on the best geeky thing to do in Saskatoon, pack a midnight snack and take a peek at the universe through a 6 inch diameter lens to see planets, clusters, galaxies, and even comets. There’s a small Astronomy museum with a tour of our solar system!
Pro Tip: Check out their hours to see how long they’re open for this Saturday.
I experienced my first escape room a few years ago in Calgary at a place called The Locked Room. Essentially we gathered a group of five to play a live action puzzle in which we had to take steps to find and unlock ourselves from the room to successfully save humanity from a zombie apocalypse. (FYI We made it to the last piece when the buzzer rang… Fail.)
Saskatoon has a handful of escape rooms to choose from. I’ve only tried Keller’s Magic Emporium at Escape City, so tell me which one is the best! Here’s where you can find them:
Canada’s hub for STEM research is right here in Saskatoon at the internationally renowned multidisciplinary synchrotron. Take a free tour of the spot that has grabbed the science world’s attention. The Canadian Light Source gives free tours every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 2 p.m. You can drop in at that time, or request another time (for groups of 5 or more).
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If you’re going to check out a comic book store, why not head to one of the world’s best? Amazing Stories has more than comics – check them out for everything geek culture from collectibles to clothes. They’ve got a lot of community events, so check here to see what’s going on this week.
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Learn how to use a 3D printer and grab a coffee with your friends at the same time. Create Cafe has three Makerbot printers that you can rent by the hour for a very low cost. Two stations are set up for you to design and prep your project. You can send your design to be printed, or work on it at the cafe. According to their website, workshops are coming soon!
Whether you play esports, read manga, create epic Magic character-lines, enjoy a simple social board game, or have all of the game shops on speed dial to get the NES Classic Edition – you name it, there’s a spot in Saskatoon that satisfies your specific geeky needs.
Do you agree with these ten picks, or did I miss your favourite? Join the Do Sask Facebook group to have your say in the discussion on your favourite geeky things to do in Saskatoon.
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