Seven-feet wide, 30-feet deep. Those were the pocket-sized dimensions of the original Wee Book Inn–and the reason for its name. Established on Whyte Avenue in 1971 by Edmonton native Darwin Luxford, that first shop spawned four additional locations during the 1980s, making space for an ever-growing selection of books and media.
In December 1990, disastrous fires destroyed two Wee Book Inns, including the flagship shop on Whyte Avenue. Within two years, however, both locations were rebuilt, restocked, and back in business. Today, Wee Book's roster of shops continues to do what it's done for more than four decades: buy and sell lightly used books and media, adjusting always to keep pace with the times. Inside, visitors may run into Wee Book's cats, as well, each of who bares the name of a former professional hockey player.
A menu that mimics the front page of a newspaper addresses one meaning of The Free Press Bistro?s name. The sound of oil crackling on golden ciabatta crusts attests to the second meaning as cooks close hot presses on sandwiches. The warm pockets of bread cradle toppings such as time-tested pesto, bacon, smoked salmon, and capicollo as well as more adventurous strips of mongolian spiced beef, hoisin sauce, lamb souvlaki, and dill-and-lemon aioli. In lakes of dill and cream or carbonara sauce with bacon, forks tangle in pasta as though they were breaking up fights between strings of holiday lights.
A stay at Alberta Place Suite Hotel places you in the heart of Edmonton, steps from Art Gallery of Alberta and close to Edmonton City Centre. This hotel is within close proximity of Citadel Theatre and Edmonton City Hall.
Make yourself at home in one of the 85 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and city views. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a fitness facility. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and tour/ticket assistance.
A complimentary continental breakfast is included.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of small meeting rooms and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and free parking is available onsite.
Axis Cafe grants customers a European café experience in the heart of the business core, serving casual bistro fare in an artistic space ideal for socializing with friends. Obviate hunger-induced twitchfoot with one of Axis's tongue-pleasing paninis ($6.50) such as the luxurious turkey and brie, the comforting three cheese, or the buffalo tofu, which features soy-sculpted buffalo figurines herding in the direction of your mouth. A cup of premium coffee complements the stylings of lemon, pumpkin, or banana bread ($2.25), and assorted muffins ($2.20) pair beautifully with a cup of coffee roasted by Seattle-based bean-lovers Caffe Umbria. Midday meal-goers will want to tackle the tuna wrap ($4.50) or chomp down on a quesadilla ($7.50), which, like a great samurai, clasps chicken within its palm when focused (additional $2.50). Desserts such as luxurious brownies and delectable date squares ($2.95) can be called upon to round out any of Axis's angular eats.
World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its Jacksonville Beach Boulevard location, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes, including yoga, spin, and Zumba, taught by certified trainers. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can linger at the smoothie bar to slurp up chilled energy, before retiring to steam rooms that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles.