Review: Dog Birthday Party at the Doggy Style Deli

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

The Doggy Style Deli at 15131 Stony Plain Road

For months now, I’ve been wanting to take our beagle Olive to the Doggy Style Deli – a dog restaurant/grooming/store in west Edmonton (15131 Stony Plain Road).

I’ve been driving by the place for years and remember it had been a part of Dragon’s Den and the unfortunate victim to a fire. Despite the fire, and what seems like constant construction on Stony Plain Road, the Doggy Style Deli seemed to persevere.

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Inside the Doggy Style Deli!

Thank goodness for that! I think the Doggy Style Deli is an absolute gem for dog owners in Edmonton. When I started telling people we were planning on throwing a birthday party for Olive at a dog restaurant, everyone was so surprised that there was even such a thing here.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Doggy Style Deli also acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

Along with the ‘eat-in’ dog restaurant idea (that includes hosting dog birthday parties!), the Doggy Style Deli sells their own raw dog food and acts as a dog store and dog grooming service.

We had Olive’s birthday party at the Doggy Style Deli and I would recommend it to all dog owners! For $20 per dog, you get:

  • A dog meal (small size) for each dog
  • A dog party favour for each dog
  • A dog birthday place setting
  • Table decorated with birthday banners and balloons
  • A trivia game for dog owners (includes treats for dogs)
  • Birthday cake for each dog
  • A present for the birthday dog
Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

Olive and friends being classy diners at the table.

We invited Olive’s friends Flynn, Milo, Fang, and Bowie. None of us knew what to expect and I think we were all pleasantly surprised. Before the food came out, the dogs just ran around sniffing each other, wagging their tails and playing.

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The delicious menu at Doggy Style Deli!

The food options for the dogs are presented so adorably. Each dish name is a dog pun. We ordered the Pug Fried Rice for Olive and some of other dogs got Shih Tzu Stews and the Turkey Duck Lasagnage (off menu). Some other fun dishes included Maltese Meatloaf and Bulldog Spaghetti. Everything is made in-house.

Olive eats her 'hot dog wiener candle' from the birthday cake!

Olive eats her ‘hot dog wiener candle’ from the birthday cake!

The small (Yorkie Size) was enough for Olive. Normally it’s priced at $4. With the birthday package it is included for the dog meals. You can get a Mastiff Size (large) for $7 or additional dollars to upgrade within the birthday package meal.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

Fantastic dog cake made out of liver, mashed potatoes and cream cheese.

The owners are very friendly. The space is very clean and nice. There was some loud barking and growling from some of our bigger dog guests (Bowie and Fang lol) but I imagine that’s what would be normal happenings at a doggy daycare. Overall everyone got along quite well and Olive was very social, visiting with all of her friends!

Great turnout + time for Olive's birthday!

Great turnout + time for Olive’s birthday!

In total, the birthday party for 5 dogs (with some meals upgraded to large) was $113. I think this is totally reasonable, lol. But I’m also a crazy pet parent. :) But even just the normal price for dropping in with your dog though I think is totally reasonable and plan to do it with Olive way more now that we’ve tried the Doggy Style Deli for the first time!

Happy birthday Olive!

Happy birthday Olive!

I think this is such a neat, novel thing to do for your dog in Edmonton. A couple weeks ago I googled “dog-friendly stores in Edmonton” and got things like “Rona, PetSmart, The Movie Studio” and that was almost it. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your dog beyond the dog parks and outdoor markets (which there won’t really be much of now that we’re going into the winter season), then the Doggy Style Deli is a great destination!

It’s totally cute, and honestly, the pet industry is huge right now and pet owners are looking for fun things to do and buy for their animals, this is perfect for that.

Check out the Doggy Style Deli pitch on Dragon’s Den below:

I hope this place sticks around forever! They’ve already endured quite a bit, and have come out strong so I hope that continues. It’s also a great spot for the area. Stony Plain Road is trying to revitalize (all of the construction will help with that too so we just need to be patient lol). Something a lot of people might not be aware of as well is the dog-loving family who owns Doggy Style Deli also experience a lot of dogs being abandoned at their shop. They lovingly take the dogs in, keep them for a couple of weeks to figure out their personalities, and then try to find foster homes for the animals. On the day we were there, there were two chihuahuas and a couple of German Shepherds in need of homes too. So sad! But so great that the family cares for the animals and try to find them homes. Huge hearts here!

So have you been to the Doggy Style Deli?! What did you think?

Linda


New Year’s Eve – Dec. 31, 2013 Events In Edmonton!

NYE list first posted: Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Last updated: Monday, December 30, 2013.

Fireworks at Churchill Square. Courtesy: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

Fireworks at Churchill Square. Courtesy: Anthony P. Jones via www.photos.edmonton.ca.

Last year I compiled a list of New Year’s Eve events in Edmonton for both my own decision-making and to help others plan out how they’d ring in the new year. I always have trouble finding good events and all-encompassing lists – so when in doubt… just make one yourself! ;) This list will be updated as I find new events and as event information becomes available. I imagine more events will be announced closer to New Years Eve so keep checking back for updates! I hope it acts as a valuable resource for you as much as it will for me!!

If you know of a New Years Eve event in Edmonton & area, please let me know! Comment below or tweet me and I’ll add it to this list!

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

New Year’s Eve Events in Edmonton for Dec. 31, 2013



New Year’s Eve Downtown
Time: Starts at 6 p.m.
Location: Churchill Square
Cost: Free
Details: Events Edmonton’s annual New Year’s Eve festival in downtown Edmonton. The City of Edmonton will produce the fireworks. There will be various family friendly activities. Complete details on Events Edmonton website to be announced.
Website: New Year’s Eve Downtown

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Comic Strip
Time: 7:30 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Location: The Comic Strip, West Edmonton Mall
Cost: $32 per person (show only). $56 per person (buffet and show) $67 per person (show and midnight appetizer buffet).
Details: Ring the New Year in laughing at the Comic Strip! Join us December 31 , 2013 for our New Years Eve Celebration, 2 Shows, 3 great packages.
Website: New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Comic Strip

New Year’s Celebration at Fort Edmonton Park
Time: 8 p.m. dinner, show, and swing dance lessons. 11 p.m. – headliner show
Location: Blatchford Hanger, Fort Edmonton Park
Cost: $150 per person (package w/ hotel + next-day brunch available for $455 per person).
Details: Time travel to a post-prohibition time of celebration and ring in the New Year at the Blatchford Hangar. This will be an evening full of live performances. Emceed by Avenue’s Top 40 under 40 jazz master Don Berner. Enjoy a scrumptious gourmet buffet dinner. The Sugar Swing dancers will show you the steps. A unique and unforgettable night not to be missed!
Website: New Year’s Celebration at Fort Edmonton Park

Edmonton International New Year’s Eve Gala
Time: Cocktails start at 7 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m.
Cirque du Soleil-style show from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dance from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel, Beverly Hills Ballroom
Cost: $140 per person.
Details: A spectacular evening of food, fun and entertainment in support of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. One of the Top 10 New Years Eve Events In Canada. Our guests will experience an unforgettable evening of unparalleled entertainment at this highly exclusive event in the Fantasyland Hotel. Entertainment will include a beautiful, stylish and hypnotic circus performances and plenty of whoops and ahhhs….
Website: Edmonton International NYE Gala

14th Annual Latin New Years
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:45 p.m. Dance at 9 p.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South (Grand Ballroom)
Cost: $89 per person (dinner and dance). $60 dance only.
Details: Latin New Year’s Eve 2014 at The Delta Edmonton South Hotel will be an extravagant NYE to remember. Sit Down and relax to the beautiful latin rhythms of International Salsa Artist “EDGAR JOEL” AND BACHATA ARTIST“JEYRO” Party this NYE away with Edmonton’s hottest Latin DJ’s, DJ Fuego, DJ Henry and A Guest DJ Playing the best in Latin, and Top 40.
Website: 14th Annual Latin New Years

European New Year’s Eve
Time: Doors open at 7 p.m. Dinner & show starts at 8 p.m.
Location: Best Western Plus Westwood Inn (Ebony Ballroom)
Cost: $120 per person ($90 for children).
Details: See out the year European style! Spectacular show program includes the great Leo Gonzalez with his beautiful professional dancers, unique & talented magician Konrad Misiewicz, dance to famous hits from Rio, New York, London & Moscow, and see a magnificent human walking table and other unique surprises & activities!
Website: European New Years Eve

Jazz New Year’s Eve
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dance at 8:30 p.m.
Location: Delta Edmonton South (Top of the Inn)
Cost: $110 per person (dinner and dance)
Details: Partygoers will enjoy an evening with live jazz music and entertainment provided by Sandro Dominelli featuring Shelley Jones from The Swing Kings. This magnificent hotel offers partygoers abeautiful panoramic view of the city and the extravagant Edmonton New Year’s Eve fireworks Showcase taking place in downtown Edmonton.
Website: Jazz New Years Eve

Sugar Swing Dance Club NYE “Midnight Affair”
Time: Beginner dance lessons start at 8 p.m., Gala is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Location: Sugar Foot Ballroom, 10545 81 Ave.
Cost: $40 per person
Details: It’s time to step out of the shadows for a night of glamour, mystery and intrigue. Our film noir-themed party will feature live performances, food and champagne, vintage attire and cocktails, as well as Sugar Swing’s finest DJs playing your favourite tunes from the 1920s-1940s for your dancing pleasure. Fellas, don your fedora. Ladies, daub that carmine lipstick. Come dressed as a hard- boiled detective or gangster, or strut your stuff as a femme fatale. Whatever you choose, we want you to come vintage.
Website: Sugar Swing Dance Club NYE “Midnight Affair”

The Big Bang New Year’s Eve
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Event Centre (8882 170 St.)
Cost: $19.95 – $79.95
Details: Edmonton’s biggest New Year’s celebration! 3 Rooms, 2 Floors, 15 DJ’s, Thousands of People , & state of the art production & beats to make you dance all night!
Website: The Big Bang New Year’s Eve

Northlands NYE: A Mardi Gras Soiree
Time: Begins at 5 p.m.
Location: Northlands Park (7410 Borden Park Rd).
Cost: $60 per person
Details: Ring in the new year with a celebration to remember at Northlands NYE: A Mardi Gras Soiree. New Orleans-themed buffet dinner, live harness racing, thousands in cash and prizes!
Website: Northlands NYE: A Mardi Gras Soiree

World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball
Time: 6 p.m. to midnight
Location: West Edmonton Mall Waterpark
Cost: ? Call 780-444-5321 for more info.
Details: Welcome the new year with your family at World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball. Celebrate in a tropical indoor environment by splashing in the wave pool and speeding down the slides. This incredible evening will end with a spectacular indoor fireworks display!
Website: World Waterpark’s Family Beach Ball

The Red Piano’s Paris & Pianos NYE Party
Time: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
Location: The Red Piano (Bourbon St. West Edmonton Mall)
Cost: $50 per person (show only). $150 per person (dinner & a show)
Details: Please join us for our legendary New Years Eve Gala and ring in the new year with “Paris and Pianos.”
Website: The Red Piano’s Paris & Pianos NYE Party

The Red Piano’s Parios & Pianos NYE Party
Time: Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Show at 9 p.m.
Location: The Red Piano (Bourbon St. West Edmonton Mall)
Cost: $50 per person (show only). $150 per person (dinner & a show)
Details: Please join us for our legendary New Years Eve Gala and ring in the new year with “Paris and Pianos.”
Website: The Red Piano’s Parios & Pianos NYE Party

The Bourbon Room Dueling Piano NYE
Time: Doors open at 6.
Location: The Bourbon Room (205 Carnegie Dr. St. Albert)
Cost: $20
Details: The Bourbon Room’s Dueling Piano New Year’s Eve Party featuring Jarod Sowan & Nevada Collins-Lee. Champagne, food & spirits, party favours.
Website: The Bourbon Room Dueling Piano NYE

New Year’s Eve Brewmaster’s Dinner (Craft)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Craft Beer Market (10013 101A Ave.)
Cost: Four course dinner & beer pairing – $75 per person, dance – $25 per person
Details: Say goodbye to 2013 and ring in 2014 with us! Four course dinner and beer pairing, champagne & party favours.
Website: New Year’s Eve Brewmaster’s Dinner (Craft)

Chive Edmonton New Year’s Eve Party
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: The Pourhouse Beir Bistro (10354 Whyte Ave.)
Cost: $10 per person (dance & party), $30 per person (dinner, dance, and party)
Details: CHIVE IN your NEW YEAR’S with Chive Edmonton, The Pourhouse Beir Bistro and Russian Standard Vodka.
Website: Chive Edmonton New Year’s Eve Party

The Artery’s Kickin’ New Year’s Eve Smasher ft. Michael Rault
Time: Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Artery (9535 Jasper Ave.)
Cost: $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door
Details: The Artery’s Kickin’ New Years Eve Smasher featuring Michael Rault.
Website: The Artery’s Kickin’ New Year’s Eve Smasher ft. Michael Rault

NYE with Shout Out Out Out!
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The Starlight Room (10030 – 102 St.)
Cost: $20
Details: NYE party like no other…SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT and guests, multi-room party.
Website: NYE with Shout Out Out Out!

The Wicked Awesomes/Fist City at Wunderbar
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Wunderbar (8120 101 St.)
Cost: $15
Details: Our New Years party is better than your new years party. The Wicked Awesomes are alive! First City is coming to visit! And the super secret guest is nuts and will be announced soon. While you’re sipping your wine and waxing your leather bowties or whatever, we’ll be shaking our shit and screaming our throats raw at the best lo-fi noise punk in Alberta’s history.
Website: NYE with Shout Out Out Out!

Big Al’s House of Blues NYE
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Big Al’s House of Blues (12402 118 Ave.)
Cost: $50
Details: It is with great joy we announce Big Al’s House of Blues doors open this New Year’s Eve!
Website: Big Al’s House of Blues NYE

Jr. Gone Wild New Year’s Eve at the Black Dog
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: The Black Dog Freehouse (10425 Whyte Ave.)
Cost: $25 per person for advanced tickets
Details: NYE with Jr. Gone Wild.
Website: Jr. Gone Wild New Year’s Eve at the Black Dog

New Year’s Eve Gala at the Petroleum Club
Time: Reception 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m.
Location: Edmonton Petroleum Club (11110 108 St.)
Cost: $125 per person five-course dinner, $175 per person includes wine pairing
Details: Take part in the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Edmonton Petroleum Club featuring a five course dinner with optional wine pairing and live entertainment by The Hoffman & Brown Band.
Website: New Year’s Eve Gala at the Petroleum Club

Club Cairo’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Dinner at 8 p.m. Show at 9:30 p.m.
Location: Fantasyland Hotel (West Edmonton Mall)
Cost: $100 per person
Details: Join Club Cairo’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at the beautiful Fantasyland Hotel! This promises to be an elegant experience to welcome 2014 with dinner. live music, belly dance performances, and a midnight celebration.
Website: Club Cairo’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Walterdale’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Walterdale Playhouse (10322 83 Ave.)
Cost: $47.50 per person.
Details: Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at a dress up party at Walterdale Theatre.
There will be food, beverages, dancing and a plethora of events including masque making and photos.
Website: Walterdale’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party

A Rock and Roll Sing a Long New Year’s Eve
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: The Empress Ale House (9912 82 Ave.)
Cost: $20 per person.
Details: Ring in 2014 with a giant party at The Empress Ale House! Amy van Keeken’s Rock and Roll Sing-a-Long will provide two sets of intense party jamz for your dancing and singing along pleasure. Enjoy hits of our past shows plus some new gems to sparkle up your night!
Website: A Rock and Roll Sing a Long New Year’s Eve

Afroquiz New Year’s Eve Gala at the AGA
Time: 8 p.m.
Location: Art Gallery of Alberta (2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.)
Cost: $100 per person (light dinner and dance)
Details: AfroQuiz presents the inaugural New Years Eve gala at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Come join us as we network and dine in one of the most exclusive venues in downtown Edmonton. Watch the fireworks display at Churchill square as we count down to the new year.
Website: Afroquiz New Year’s Eve Gala at the AGA

Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party at the Blue Chair Cafe
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Blue Chair Cafe (9624 76 Ave.)
Cost: $120 per person (dinner and a show)
Details: We are putting on an impressive and exquisite six-course dinner. Lionel Rault is rounding up a rockin’ band; with Mike Lent on bass, Grant Stovel on drums, and Stewart MacDougall on keys!
Website: Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party at the Blue Chair Cafe

New Year’s at the Muttart
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Muttart Conservatory (9626 96A St.)
Cost: with admission.
Details: Welcome in 2014 early at the Muttart Conservatory! Experience hourly New Year coutdowns, crafts, and the Mad Hatter’s tea party!
Website: New Year’s at the Muttart

Surrounding Area

Strathcona County New Year’s Eve Festival
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Broadmoor Lake Park, Community Centre & Festival Place
Cost: $4 (adult), $2 (child), free (age 3 & under), $10 (family of 4)
Details: Ring in 2014 with a night of FREE western-themed family fun and entertainment for the whole family. Activities include ice playground, community shinny hockey, blacklight activities, aerial artists, sleigh rides, fire performer & more!
Website: Strathcona County New Year’s Eve Festival

Linda


Full-time at CTV Edmonton: Digital Reporter!

CTV EDMONTON

Work-life update! As of January 2, I officially became a full-time employee at CTV Edmonton! Prior to this I had been officially part-time, but working full-time hours (so this isn’t too different, except that I have switched over to working Monday to Fridays, as opposed to working Wednesday through Sunday, which is a huge difference! Normal weekends, yay!)

The other difference is my title – which has changed from ‘Web Reporter’ to ‘Digital Reporter.’ The digital part of it means I’m still writing articles for the website, but that’s not my main focus (though I still love writing articles!) My main focus is social media. I have been handling the CTV Edmonton Facebook & Twitter pages in my previous part-time role but with this ‘digital’ title it becomes officially a part of my job description. I focus on posting to/managing social media properties (at this point Facebook & Twitter – as the job progresses, I’ll be in charge of developing and managing other social media platforms the station decides to partake in). I monitor social media posts and pass along relevant information throughout the day to our assignment desk/reporters/producers. I will (have been doing this already but will do it more so now) work with reporters/staff to help them develop their Twitter accounts/better tweeting tactics for news gathering and story promotion/etc. I’m also working to develop and implement new social media initiatives for the station! In the future the position may also include on-air reporting related to social media. At this point I’m not looking to/focusing on that too much because I don’t believe reporting about what people are saying on social media is a very effective or innovative way of tying in social media with traditional TV. When we figure out a better way to incorporate it, then I’d be focused a bit more on that. But at this point I’m happy with working behind-the-scenes on social media to engage with our online audience, keep CTV top of mind for people & ensuring our website has the latest articles and videos!

http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca

http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca

The web team recently got new video powers so we have a lot more freedom and ability to upload videos without going through Toronto first now, so video encoding/posting and promoting has also become a big part of my day. Also, as some of you know, I’ve also been sporadically live-tweeting CTV News at Six and trying to implement our #CTVYEG hashtag. This has been sporadic because I was part-time working weekends before. Now that I’m full-time this initiative should (hopefully) improve and include other things (yet to be announced! We are working on it!!) Oh my new position also means I’ll be tweeting from a new Twitter account (@LindaHoangCTV as per official CTV standards). I am NOT changing my @lindork account because that is a brand I’ve built for myself and do not want to lose. I’m very lucky that my boss is understanding of that! So I’ll just be using both accounts – and obviously the @lindork one will feature more off-topic, personal tweets as opposed to more newsy tweets from the official account. (I’ll find a nice, happy balance with tweets, don’tcha worry). Oh and article-wise I will typically lean towards writing more ‘talker’/feature-y stories. I’ve also been focusing on the CTV ‘Your Health‘ beat, so making sure we have web articles written for all the Your Health video reports. But then I’ll also cover off some of the news releases / hard news depending on how busy the day is (or how much hard news there is that day)!

Working away~

The above picture was taken during my first few days at CTV back in May – I haven’t gotten an updated photo taken since then but thought it’d be fitting to include again in this post. Look at me all bright and eager. (LoL! Still am!!)

Overall I’m very excited in this new(ish) position and I’m looking forward to continuing doing what I’m doing but also exploring those new initiatives and social media platforms that we haven’t gotten around to dabbling into yet. It’s a very interesting time for media right now and I think everyone is still trying to figure out how best to incorporate social media into their day-to-days and then also try to figure out how to make sure people don’t turn off traditional TV. That’s part of my new position – to figure out how to bridge that online/traditional TV gap. It’s definitely going to be a challenge, and I’ve got ideas that I think will help but will likely be difficult to implement… but I’ll sure try to push for things! :)

I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I love my co-workers and am looking forward to what the year has to offer!!! :)

Linda