great dash re-hash

The Cupid Dash February 9, 2019

“Had the best time ever!! Thank you!!'“said Jeanette N. Shaw, now how can you beat that, I ask? 33 teams came out and braved the frigid temperatures to be a part of this event. Best numbers to date! Our Dash Stops gave our teams a fabulous day with their creative, fun, and interesting challenges and experiences. We are pretty darn sure that our participants will be visiting you all very soon. Granary Road ( https://granaryroad.com) was kind enough to have our teams start at their beautiful market in a gorgeous setting. Cast Iron Cookhouse and Sportsbar (http://www.castironcookhouse.ca) kindly let us finish at their cool bar in Calgary. What a perfect day. Thank you to all.

Special thanks goes to:

Whoville Inc. best dang marketing and branding company, our posters and Dash Passports are designed and created by this awesome team, they have been incredible mentors for me and I would highly recommended this company! https://www.whoville.ca

Jennifer and John Carswell our brilliant volunteer photographers who spent a full day with us capturing all the wonderful moments with our teams. Their website to be launched very soon called “Jen’s Lenz.”

Cindy White at 660news radio station in Calgary https://www.660citynews.com/

Mackenzie Harman and Haley from the “Calgary Journal(” https://calgaryjournal.ca) tagged along with some of our teams with their video camera, equipment and lovely smiles to grasp the essense of “The Cupid
Dash,” they wanted to write an article about our fun event.

Tops Pizza and Steak House(http://topspizzasouth.com) and X’s and Oh’s Love Boutique (https://xandohs.ca) you both excemplify community support and spirit, thank you for believing in me and your sponsorship for The Cupid Dash. Hugs to you both.

Finally to my amazing volunteers, you are outstanding, Ross, Sean, Gillian and Bev, thanks a million. To all my family and friends that have assisted in spreading the word for “The Great Dash” I give you my heart felt gratitude.

Now, to the Dash Stops!



Cait Crafted Confections

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Cait Crafted Confections is the creme de la creme of special, mouth watering treats. All of their chocolate is made in house with natural ingredients such as their scrumptious citrus infused chocolate bars are to die for! This is a shop that is an absolute must to visit. https://caitcraftedconfections.ca

Tops Pizza and Steak House

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Tops is the tops with their food, consistent and yummy. Their pizza is positively the best! The staff are friendly and amazing. You cannot go wrong here! They have live music, pool tables and even VLT machines. https://www.facebook.com/TopsPizzaSteakhouseLtdSouth/


Luc’s european Meats/
granary Road

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This is a family owned and operated store full of delectable smoked and cured meats and fabulous cheeses for every tastebud, super friendly, knowledgeable staff and you can sample their products before you buy! You might want to drop by to pick up their charcuterie kits to share with family and friends, perhaps some beautiful wine to set off the evening, you’ll be in heaven! https://www.facebook.com/yycmeats/

i love kickboxing/millrise, calgary

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The trainers and coaches here are outstanding! Our teams loved the intro that they experienced at this place. This is a happy, amazing, friendly atmosphere that I would highly recommend to anyone that is looking to improve themselves. Absolutely worth a try! https://www.facebook.com/iLoveKickboxingCalgaryMillrise/

Soffritto Lunch Unique Fare Deli

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Olive oils, Balsamic Vinegar and fresh pasta oh my! Not only that, they have scrumptious takeaway food that is to die for! The store is small but has big personality with friendly, knowledgeable staff. They even have homemade meals you can pick up and throw in the oven, so easy, so good! You’ll want to buy up the store because the smells in here are divine! http://soffritto.ca

Soffritto/Granary Road

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Yes, we had the two locations on as a Dash Stop, how can you not? They hand craft their pizzas on-site and cook them for you in their wood-fired oven, yum, yum! They also offer the olive oils and balsamic vinegar and a super selection of olives at their olive bar, meatballs, fresh pasta, are you hungry yet? You must go! https://granaryroad.com/market/soffrito/

Earthtone Gifts/Granary Road

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Providing local and globally sourced quality-unique gifts and original artwork, Earthtone gifts was created to have the feel of a Mountain Gift Shop but closer to home. Monique supports Indigenous artists at her store and she can tell you the story behind many of the artists works and displays them beautifully. Monique is warm, friendly and has a beautiful spirit, she will go the extra mile to help you find that perfect gift! https://www.facebook.com/earthtonegifts/

Vegan Street Eats

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This couple exudes passion for vegan cuisine! Their food comes back in your dreams, that is how good it is! This will turn non-vegans into vegans. These two have a warm, wonderful energy to them, and I am proud to say that they are local, creative and are serious about making you leave with a memorable taste. Go…. go now! Support local awesome food! https://www.veganstreeteats.ca

Avenida Grower Direct

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Local florist, fresh flowers and awesome ladies, put this all together and you have Avenida Grower Direct. These ladies are warm, welcoming and amazing, quick delivery, creatively done and affordable. https://www.avenidagrowerdirect.com

Cornerstone Music Cafe

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This place is one of those hidden gems in an intimate space with homemade food made with love, gluten free sweets, supporting live local music, fantastic coffee, highly qualified passionate music instructors in the back and a super cozy atmosphere to hang out inin the front. Loved it! https://www.cornerstonemusic.ca

Broken Plate/Willow Park

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Lovingly prepared food, full of taste, lovely ambiance, awesome service and memorable. Gluten free options and generous portions. If you like lamb, oh my goodness try it! If not, they have plenty of other choices. Oh and their baclava was sinful! https://www.brokenplate.ca

Hudsons Canadas’s Pub

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Gather your friends and hit this place before your movie, or just go for a bite to eat, you will not be sorry. This is not your ordinary pub food, they have a great menu, awesome choices and the staff are super friendly. The wings…..num, num, num. https://hudsonscanadaspub.com/food-drink/

Starbucks Coffee/Silverado

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Great, comfortable place to hang out and chat, the staff are friendly, smiling and quick. They offer the finest coffees from across the globe, thirst quenching lemonade and many other choices as well as loads of delightful snacks. https://www.starbucks.ca/coffeehouse

Miss P’s Gluten Free

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A wide range of delicious treats, breads, focaccia, pizza and so much more, all gluten free. You would never be able to tell the difference. Patricia has a warm, inviting smile and engages with you immediately. It took her a while of experimenting with different flours to come up with her winning recipe for her gluten free baking, let me tell you from my experience, she nailed it!

Springbank Cheese Company

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They know their cheeses and they are passionate about their products. They have a wonderful selection of delectable gourmet delights and exceptional service with knowledgeable staff to boot! If you are entertaining and want to impress, give them a call and they will create a custom charcuterie and cracker board for your guests. https://springbankcheesewillowpark.ca/

Meez Cuisine and Catering/Willow park

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Chef Judy Wood is a passionate foodie. She has created a beautiful store full of all sorts of choices for a memorable meal around the table. She has a dedicated, friendly staff representing her in the store and willing and ready to help you. They have a catering side as well as cooking lessons to offer. https://meezcuisine.com

Chianti’s Cafe and restaurant

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Chianti’s was established in 1983 and they are still going strong with their delicious Italian cuisine. Reasonably priced and a like home atmosphere, cosy and good natured staff. http://www.chianticafe.ca/chianti-willow-park---home.html

Grainz Bread Shop

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Grainz Bread Shop is a locally owned and run artisan bakery specializing in bread, pastry and other sweet delights. Teddi and her staff are fabulous and their bread is out of this world! The breads are delectable and the sweets are mouthwatering to look at and scrumptious to eat. http://www.grainzbreadshop.ca/index.html

high country soap company

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Lovingly created by hand, bath, body and skin care, beautifully displayed, fair prices and made from superb quality ingredients. Debs soaps smell great and they last for a very long time. Check them out at Granary Road. https://high-country-soap.myshopify.com

Adam and Eve’s Apple Cider/Granary Road

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I swear, this is like drinking an apple pie! It is sinfully good, so fresh and lip smacking wonderfulness! Run to Granary Road and try it. https://www.adamandevesapples.com

Youngliving/Granary Road

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The fountain of youth is here. Inspiring wellness, purpose, and abundance by distilling nature’s greatest gifts into pure essential oils. Super nice ladies with a ton of knowledge about their products. https://www.youngliving.com/en_CA

Cobs Bread/Shawnessy

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Fresh, handcrafted, mouthwatering breads and treats. Always greeted with a smile and are happy to help you with your needs. They have strong connections in their communities and go above and beyond every single day with thier customers. https://www.cobsbread.com/local-bakery/shawnessy-calgary/

The Costume Shoppe

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Coolest place to visit. They have a huge selection of costumes for any occasion. You are treated like family, and this place is owned and operated by family. For your next event or party transform yourself! https://thecostumeshoppe.com

The Monster Dash October 2018

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Shared Spaces

Located in the heart of Okotoks. Lisa Jones and Bobbie Forno are incredibly helpful, friendly and bright. “Where our space is your space.” What a great concept! One stop shop. This cozy place has over 100 local crafters, artisans and entrepeneurs waiting for you. Fabulous place to shop and a deli to finish off your productive day. https://www.facebook.com/sharedspacesokotoks/

 
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School House of Pets

A great pet store on the main street in Okotoks. Super friendly, knowledgeable kind and caring, Jasmine and Bradley have a great selection of high quality products for dogs and cats, small animal food, reptiles, betta fish, hermit crabs and much more. Worth a visit or two. http://www.schoolhousepets.net


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Okotoks Museum and archives

Established in 2009, the museum is devoted to preserving artifacts and archival resources and celebrating the many stories and people from the past. The staff are friendly and always eager to explain Okotoks history, did we mention the Ghost Walks?! This is a real treat, take some time and go in and explore. https://www.okotoks.ca/culture-heritage/museum-archives

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The British Chippy

Traditional British fish ‘n’ chips, no artificial colours or flavours. Comfortable, warm and inviting atmosphere with friendly staff and the smells wafting out of the building, yummy. Every meal is cooked fresh. Grandma’s recipe with a twist. https://www.facebook.com/britishfishandchips/

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94 Take the Cake

Combining her design background and passion for baking and cooking Sherry creates remarkable cakes for every occasion, she also holds classes to share her craft with others. This is a great place to chill with family, friends or a great book with a cup of coffee or tea and some tantalizing treats, savoury or sweet. https://www.facebook.com/TakeTheCakeOk/

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X’s & Oh’s boutique

These gals are professional, knowledgeable and wonderful. A premier love shop. They will put you at ease immediately and guide you to regain and enhance your intimacy level with your partner and your sexual well being. http://xandohs.ca

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Lineham House Galleries

Cheryl and Janifer both artists themselves run this jewel of a place on Elma Street to showcase local creators, hold workshops, talks to inspire, teach and engage. A truly unique art gallery with awesome staff and a lovely, cozy atmosphere. We urge you to pay a visit and spark that creative light within. http://www.linehamhousegalleries.com

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Little Fast and Fresh

New to Okotoks and a must visit. Real food made fast! You cannot go wrong with this wee gem. Friendly, locally owned and all sorts of wonderful super fresh food options and super convenient. You cannot go wrong with this place, go today and give it a try! https://www.littleeats.ca



The Prairie Dogz

The Prairie Dogz at The Duke (https://royaldukehotel.com) in Okotoks. Dwight Koenning and Keith Hambrook belt out outstanding original tunes with a blend of rock, blues and country. Two very talented fellows with an incredible amount of passion and drive! Check them out! https://www.facebook.com/theprairiedogz/ http://theprairiedogs.com/


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The Bistro 1882

This locally owned and operated restaurant nestled in the heart of Okotoks is a quaint, understated treasure. Excellent dining experience, warm and friendly owners, second to none food, with a passion for their restaurant. We cannot say enough about this spot. https://www.bistro1882.com


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The Okotoks Art Gallery (OAG)

Founded in 1981 OAG is run by the town staff and volunteers. Serving the Foothills region with plenty of programs for children, adults, families and seniors, concerts and art exhibits from artists across Canada. A wonderful place to experience the wealth of creativity and dynamic energy. https://www.okotoks.ca/culture-heritage/art-gallery

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The George Tradional House

“Best of Foothills” winner for best wings! A favorite pub amongst friends in the community. Great food, awesome service and super prices. The ambience is charming and the atmosphere is cozy. Wine, pasta and music on Thursday nights and wing night on Wednesday, every day they have specials. They even have game day and happy hour. https://www.thegeorgeokotoks.com



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D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club

D’Arcy Ranch Golf Club is a public facility with a gorgeous mountain view that offers a challenging, rewarding experience on the course with rich green, gentle rolling hills. Adding to that they have a fabulous dining room and lounge with large windows allowing you to take in the beautiful sights while treating yourself to a sumptuous meal and accommodating staff. http://www.darcyranchgolf.com

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The Hair Studio/Nikki’s Best

A group of experienced, passionate hairstylists in a warm inviting atmosphere with a wealth of training for your haircare needs. Together with “Nikki’s Best” esthetics looking after your waxing needs, facials, manicures and pedicures with an abundance of professionalism and know- how. You only need the one stop and you leave renewed and beautified! https://www.facebook.com/theokotokshairstudio/ http://www.facebook.com/nikkisbestokotoks/



All Through The House

DYI heaven! You could spend an entire day in this place and find all sorts of superb treasures. Go see what the fuss is about. Pickers paradise, painters corner, hardware section, salvage, a house full of furniture, a kids area and to boot, a yard full of barnwood and great junk! http://allthroughthehouse.ca


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Sobeys

Sobeys has been in Okotoks since 1982 under Sobeys and affiliates by the Gilbert Family. They are very much a part of our community family. There is a good reason that they are here today. They care for their customers! The produce is always fresh, their meat is second to none, a bakery to die for, a pharmacy that gives great info, a huge natural foods aisle with gluten-free options, friendly, caring staff and so much more. What else do you need? High fives to Sobeys. https://www.sobeys.com/en/stores/sobeys-okotoks/

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Bretzelking

European style pretzels, hand rolled with loving care, succulent, drool worthy, and delicious. A twisted knot full of goodness! Salty, sweet fix. A little bit of Oktoberfest all year round.

https://www.bretzelking.ca

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Balance everywear

Not only is this spot fantastic, fashionable and functional, they help you look after your whole body as well as support you through the journey. Good quality clothes, awesome service and caring people. Classes galore for movement, wellness, and balance. https://balanceeverywear.ca

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Alberta Dance Academy/Goodger Pink Family Theatre

We cannot say enough good things about this dance academy. The parents of the children that go here cannot say enough! This is a highly professional environment for kids to learn and at the same time a wonderfully friendly, non stressful, ADA family-like setting. Amazing teachers, progress of the kids is outstanding and the life long lessons these kids take away is unmeasurable. http://www.albertadanceacademy.com Goodger Pink Family Theatre fires the imagination, sparks creativity, and introduces family and kids to unbelievable opportunities that otherwise they would not have. Building confidence, recognising and understanding their actions and awareness of themselves which in turn helps immensely with the skill of communicating and compassion for others. http://www.goodgerpinkproductions.com

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Hub Town Brewery

They cannot wait to open their doors! Mark and Lisa have worked very hard to plan for their dream of owning and operating a brewery in Okotoks, it is soon to be a reality. The two of them have a interesting story on how they started in this crazy business, their passion is evident. They hope to be open in the new year so look out for this lovely pair and their rooftop patio! https://www.hubtownbrewing.

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Boston Pizza

A great restaurant for the family and a sports bar for the sports enthusiast. If it’s for business or pleasure this is one of the hot spots in Okotoks. They have revamped the place and it looks great! New items on the menu to try out and new management, we strongly encourage you to pay a visit. https://bostonpizza.com/en/menu.okotoks.html

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Okotoks Natural Foods

Brenda and James Shaw are working to make their store a one-stop shop for all things healthy, wholesome and organic. Bringing “natural foods” into Okotoks for people that care about their health. A fabulous store with a wide selection of amazing foods and friendly, knowledgeable staff. https://www.facebook.com/okotoksnaturalfoods/

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Kayben Farms

The sunshine adventure park. They believe in the art of play! Unplug for the day and take in the smell of nature and the adventures that this place offers right in Okotoks. From the corn maze, picnic areas, climbing wall, pedal kart track, four lane slides and a abundance of fun activities to enjoy. https://www.familyfuncanada.com/calgary/kayben-farms/



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Tribal Connection Market

These gals bring local products from around the world, bringing income to local entrepreneurs in different countries. Housewares, clothing, books, crystals, jewelery, wall hangings and so much more. They have awesome friendly staff and lovely homemade food with delectable specialty coffees and teas. They additionally support local musicians at their live music nights and an array of entertainers throughout the week. https://tribalconnectionmarket.com



Winning team, “The Elementals.”

Winning team, “The Elementals.”

Big hugs go to Denny’s and Elks Hall in Okotoks for allowing us to use them to start and finish our Dash and to have the use of a room for our Spook House, thank you so much. Denny’s kindly gave all our team members a coupon for their next visit to Denny’s, we are pretty sure they will see more of our Dash teams in there.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You make this day fantastic! Please help us by sharing this with friends and family and watch for our next Great Dash. The Reindeer Dash on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Family friendly day full of adventure. Come join us, see what all the fuss is about. Sincerely and gratefully, Linda and the Dash team.(If you are interested in becoming a Dash Stop call me at 403-861-5795)