Discover Alberni Episode 18 - Uptown

When was the last time you went shopping for fun?

The core shopping district of South Alberni, centered along Third Avenue, is called the Uptown. Here you will find one of the largest concentrations of locally owned businesses in the valley, with stores containing health food, shoes, kitchen and linen essentials, new book releases, freshly butchered meat, handcrafted mochas, and beyond. The diversity of retail options within walking distance of one another adds to a close community feel. In fact, during the summer months, the street gets closed to traffic for an exceptional Uptown Market. This is a market with vendors for homemade goods, crafts, food, and local businesses. Often, there is live entertainment to add to the friendly atmosphere.

Almost everything you need is right here in Uptown. You can do things like your banking, get a haircut, pick up some high-quality ingredients for dinner, buy a gift, get a massage, and treat yourself to a latte to enjoy in Gaiga Square. This park contains a variety of flowers and numerous benches to sit and relax on. It is right in the heart of Uptown, so you can’t miss it.

Feel like something a little more special? There are some fantastic restaurants, cafes, and a brewery that are perfect for date nights and special occasions. Enjoy some authentic German cuisine!

Not only are there several retail shops with new items, but the thrifter can have some fun in Uptown, too. There are a couple of thrift stores nearby, as well as a store that sells nostalgic items like vinyl records, movies, CDs, and other odds and ends that you may remember from your childhood. Bring home a couple of gently-used books (by donation) courtesy of Literacy Alberni at one of the local cafes.

The coveted Arts District is a stone’s throw away and offers a great amount of entertainment from Landmark Theatre, the Capitol Theatre, Char’s Landing, and the Rollin’ Art Centre. The Harbour Quay is another great focal point, which you can find just a little farther down Argyle Street. Whether you want to spend an entire day Uptown or use it as a starting point to go with the flow, it is a decision well worth your time. Come see what awaits you today at Uptown!

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