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Finally another new dessert place in Calgary! Even better, its a real dessert bar as it is fully licensed and open late. They only recently opened.

At long last, a place to go after movies or theatre for dessert and/or drinks with my wife!

http://www.nectardesserts.com/

I've only tried some of their tarts, but I really like the Spicy Chocolate Caramel Tart which had a bite of pepper to it. Their lemon & key lime tarts are full of citrus goodness and really tart (if you like that sort of thing).

They also serve cakes, french cookies and ice cream/sorbets. Definitely have to come back in the evening to sit down and linger...

Quality seems to be close to that of Brulee, but if pushed I'd still say Brulee is a notch above, but there's still lots to try.

The owner/chef, Rebekah, seems really nice as well - she seems to be in a lot of food press lately...

It will be interesting to see how they do, since they are in a really bizarre location in Inglewood (couple doors down from Sugo), and you have to go upstairs to enter the dessert bar.

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  1. I heard they also have a La Marzocco Linea espresso machine, which is a very good sign!

    1. It's gotten to be a bit of a joke, but my friends and I have been talking about opening something along these lines (though open later) for the past 10 years, since we hated going to a smoky pub or a loud club after movies/hockey/etc.... Im excited that someone has finally done so! Thanks for the heads up!

      1. what is the atmosphere like? Dimly lit and intimate? Bright? Modern? Is it a place where you feel like lingering, or rather a high energy type of vibrancy?

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        1. re: alex8alot

          I went last night. It was bright and modern, but very comfortable. Hip, upscale, a bit eclectic, it's in a loft-type setting with lots of space between tables. I guess upscale loft would be a good way of putting it. Tree-theme going on (paintings, trees, etc). We felt very comfortable lingering, as even though it was bright, it was still softly lit. A few couches, and some fairly comfortable chairs.

          The group of us tried 6 different desserts. Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Experience (another way of saying Trio of Chocolate tasters), Peaches and Cream, Some Blue Cheese based dessert, tea biscuits, and chocolate pate. With the exception of the tea biscuits, all desserts are $12. Most people were happy with theirs. A couple didnt feel the value was there. I had the Chocolate Pate, which was Valrhona Chocolate with some form of bing cherries and organic pistachio on the side, with homemade sugar cookies. The flavour and texture of the chocolate were amazing, and worked well with the sugar cookie, and one of the ingredients blended (either the cherries or the pistachio, not both). I found it a bit fussy - while the presentation was nice, it was a lot of work to eat. The americano was good, and they have this interesting, gimmicky tea infuser that's shaped like a stir stick. It was good for conversation, but as my Japanese friend and I discussed, not likely any good for brewing good tea.

          The sticky toffee was excellent. The tea biscuits, they had a couple that were phenomenal. Lemon pound cake was the one that stood out the most. I cant imagine how many bald lemons are out there today after trying that cake!

          Anyway, the prices are quite high relative to what the marketplace is used to - which i forsee as potentially being a problem. At $12, the desserts should probably be big enough to share when you arent hungry,and i just didnt feel like they were. But when we got there at 11:00pm, there were still 3 other tables, so maybe im underestimating how much everyone else is making in today's marketplace. Pairing dessert wines with each dessert is a great concept, and at $8, is fairly reasonable. But it's definitely worth checking out. It's long overdue in Alberta!

          PS Very friendly staff as well.

          1. re: yen

            great desciption, loved the bald lemon image, and I eagerly anticipate contributing to this balding population soon.

        2. Yesterday evening two of us came by to have a great desert at a place that we have frequented a few times. As we came in we were glad to see that there were 3 tables open so we thought we would be seated right away, apparently because of “efficiency” we were not. After a few minutes of waiting and not even being approached, a lady behind the counter, not a server I may add, said it would be just a few minutes. After the owner came out and talked to some friends that came in after us, and proceeded to pass right by us to take some tea out, I saw what was happening. After another couple minutes one of the waitresses finally approached us and said it would be just a couple more minutes. We sat down and waited. A group of 5 then came up the stairs and were about to seat themselves; at that point I mentioned that they had to be seated by the staff. To my astonishment they were immediately approached by the waitress and taken to a table, leaving 2 tables still open. Another couple minutes past when the owner approached us and said “thank you for graciously waiting”. Because of a “policy” to be as “efficient” as possible the restaurant only sits larger parties at tables that would accommodate them and to have paying customers of only two waiting for a table of two rather then having paying customers generating revenue for them. I would like to see a single restaurant in Calgary where this same lady would wait for a table to open that would accommodate a table for two while open, unreserved tables remained unoccupied.

          I fail to see how having two customers leaving the restaurant is “efficient”, just in case a larger table may come in. If a larger party were to arrive and saw all the tables full, they would wait or come back at another time. Instead Nectar Desserts would rather have empty tables saved just in case and have a party of two leave, never to return.

          Very poor practice!

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          1. re: pwalker

            I've never been seated at a table for 5-6+ when it's just been two of us. I'd feel conspicuous if two of us were seated at a huge table, just as I'd feel crowded if we were 6 people squeezed into a table for 4. Nectar has a bar area, was there not room there? Or were there others waiting there for a table for two as well? I'm sorry you felt slighted but I can't say it's poor practice.

            1. re: maplesugar

              The tables that were open would be a tight sqeeze for 6 but comfortable for four. It would be the same as a booth in a restaurant that could seat six tightly or four comfortably. Have you and another never sat at a booth that can hold more then two? Did you feel conspicuous at that time?

              But as a whole the service was very poor. Waiting for 5-10 minutes before a prep cook tells us that it will be a couple of minutes.to be seated and then to have a table seated that arrived after us and then the table that is being seated appologizes to us and says that they arent sure what is going on. After waiting a total of 15-20 minutes before a server approached us to explain what was going on with no appology.

              There were no other parties waiting to be seated and the bar had a couple at it.

            2. re: pwalker

              I agree...poor practice. It shouldn't matter how many people you are, you are there and ready for your dessert experience. I bet dessert didn't taste as sweet as it could've this particular evening!

            3. Finally made it to Nectar the other night. I loved the place. Great vibe and service was excellent. It was a Tuesday night, so it wasn't too busy at all. We had a couple of desserts with the wine (or in my case, sake) pairing. The maccha ice cream puffs with Valrhona fudge sauce was very tasty, though I was initially hesitant about chocolate and maccha (I've been trained by maccha purists in the past... it's not my fault!). But, it did in fact go over well. Their ice cream texture is phenomenal. My dining companion had the "Blue on Blue", a blueberry consomme with a peach gelee, topped with a scoop of blue cheese ice cream. The verdict? Awesome. That ice cream needs to be experienced to be understood properly. Before stealing a bit of the ice cream I had no idea what to expect (sweet? salty? overpowering?) but it was so well balanced, with just a hint of sweetness. The gelee was beautifully done too, it really brought out the taste of a fresh peach. Post dessert americanos were decent.

              With regards to pwalker's experience with the service, it's unfortunate, but I did notice on my way up the stairs into the place, that they list their house rules. One of them is that "first come is not necessarily first served". Again, not sure if it's the best practice, but they are pretty up front about it since it's posted on the way in.

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              1. re: peter.v

                Awesome - there's RULES now!? hahaha, that's hilarious. I LOVE that - Calgary eateries need some character like that. All part of the experience. The furnishings are quirky too... putting the emphasis back on the food where it should be, which I wish more places were focusing on (rather than expensive place settings and bling, bling decor) To me it means that those who are there enjoy it because of the quality of the food; a few quirks can add some spice to life.

                Personally, I am tired of servers who want to be my friend. Although, I can understand pwalker's need to at least be acknowledged - I am curious if pwalker complained?

                I've found the desserts to be decent, but not exceptional - meaning when I eat out I want something I absolutely can't make at home. I want to be totally blown away.

                That being said, I am so very glad that Nectar has opened in Calgary, and I can get something decent with friends without going for dinner. Nectar is a step in the right direction for Calgary.

                1. re: hornvixen

                  I thought the same about the dessert quality...meh. It's a destination restaurant, certainly the rules will begin to turn people off or give them a bit of hesitation to go on a weekend night. The restaurant industry in Calgary does need to be careful... especially if the product does not live up to the rules set in place. If people walk in your door it's for your food first...then your service...maybe ambiance. It's pretty pretentious for a dessert only restaurant and such a young Chef.

              2. I've only gone to Nectar for take out, so I can't speak to their service... but the pastries are to die for! As good as Ladybug at the farmer's market, maybe a bit better.

                The only thing I didn't like, curiously, was the ice cream. I thought MacKay's was better... more creamy. Or is that just me?

                1. i've been meaning to post about one of the wine tasting events i went to there back in may - it was fantastic! i highly recommend attending one when they start up again in the fall.

                  this one was desserts and sweet wines - sweet wines aren't usually my favorite but the pairings were unbelievable. when the platters of desserts arrived to the table, i thought there was no way we would eat them all, but we did :)

                  it was put on by Rebekah and Erin Rosser of WG wines - very informative and delicious. A great opportunity to taste wines and desserts i wouldn't normally order.

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                  1. re: pants

                    They have a scotch and chocolate tasting in the next few months. It's a shame I'll be in Vancouver ...

                  2. Decent enough desserts, but astoundingly poor value. For $12, you get a "cheesecake" about 1 inch in diameter, and three tiny scoops of ice cream. Oh, but it's hip ya know. It was on the tip of my tongue to ask if it was a joke, but I held it in because I'm a wussy Canadian after all.

                    Never, ever going back.

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                    1. re: Newalgier

                      Interesting. That wasn't the case when I was there. The serving size was decent, but not over the top in quality (ie. I don't dream about it)

                      I don't mind small servings, but then there needs to be multiple courses :) ALL for $12. (if they can do that in nyc, then the price in Calgary can't be more, but i'm biased) AND the quality has to be over the top as justification.

                      Anyone else been recently?

                      1. re: Newalgier

                        I felt quite the same about Nectar. I had waited and waited for an opportunity to go (it took near to a year). We went after dinner at Capo and after that dinner I was so underwhelmed...
                        I had a bread pudding dish which was dry, with a small amount of chai ice cream, there was not enough that you could have a taste of ice cream with each bite of bread pudding. My hot chocolate was cold. My husband had the chocolate pate, while everything tasted good on this dessert the chocolate was rock hard, not at all spreadable, and I think he left half of it in the pot because the knife they give did not work. I hesitated telling people how I felt because I had hyped it up so much in my mind.

                        So it just wasn't quite right. And while good food would make up for other things...our table was wobbly and tiny and the chair placement (which you cannot move) was uncomfortable. I am obviously pregnant (8 months) and the table that the placed us at was very difficult for me to sit at. We went to celebrate the start of my maternity leave, and it was a downer for the end of the night!

                      2. I've been to Nectar several times now and last night was the only night I was let down. I brought 4 girlfriends there at the end of a girl's night out to the movies and I felt like I had to apologize...

                        I can forgive the wait for a table - it was Saturday night after all. I can understand the servers (2 for about 12 tables) being busy...
                        I don't understand how you serve loose tea in a bowl rather than using an infuser. I felt bad that my friend basically had to use her teeth as a tea strainer and so I asked the server: "Isn't the tea usually served in the infuser sticks?" Server: "Yes but we're out" (me internally: wtf do you mean out?) me: "Um well how is she supposed to drink the tea?" Server: something that sounds vaguely apologetic but frustrated and my friend says "Don't worry about it" which leads to me apologizing...to her.

                        Desserts arrive, every last one is delicious, my "Tokyo Nights" was outstanding - chocolate cream puffs with matcha cream filling and hot valrhona chocolate sauce...but the only utensils supplied are soup spoons...making it a bit awkward to cut into a tart, or eat cake like a grownup.

                        We finish, and look for our server... and she's clearly busy but we've had our dishes cleared for at least 15 min by now... we manage to get the bill. then when it's time to pay (cash plus 2 debit transactios) she has to go find the other server to take the money - now I expect it's because she didn't know how to split tender/accept 2 forms of payment on one cheque... ordinarily this delay wouldn't have bothered me one bit but it was just added to the frustration from earlier.

                        I love Nectar, I love the feel of the place, the work Rebekah does...and I was hoping to share that with my friends last night... I'll go back, because of all the other visits that were wonderful...for my friends however this was not the best first impression.

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                        1. re: maplesugar

                          I go to Nectar pretty often and have noticed that the service can be touch-and-go on busy nights. I always have an amazing time when I go during the week, but the times I've gone on the weekends there's always a line-up and the service gets pretty rushed.

                          It seems like some of the best places in the city have had a bit of a drop off in good service. Maybe that can be attributed to the continued prosperity in the city and accompanying staffing issues. I've definitely gotten that vibe from the staff at Nectar the times I've had rough service there.

                          Red Velvet cake and an americano right after work is still my favorite way to unwind.

                          1. re: chocogirl

                            We could be sisters lol my fave drink is an americano - the Red Velvet cake is delicious too - although right now Tokyo Nights edged it out of first place :)

                            1. re: maplesugar

                              I was not impressed with them recently. I purchased some tarts to take home -- got home and found the tarts crammed into a too-small box (I admit I was distracted and looking at other items while they were being packed) The tarts were damaged and broken. I phoned with a complaint and got a mumbled apology. We love the desserts there and will go back, but be forwarned -- watch how they're packed! It wasn't a huge deal, as it was just the family, but I would have been very disappointed if the tarts were for company.

                        2. My husband and I went to Nectar Desserts last night. I must say, I was very disappointed. The service we received was fine, but the desserts were not exceptional at all, and for $12 a pop, I also want something that will blow me away.

                          My husband had the chocolate pate. The cookies were okay, but nothing special. The chocolate was quite flavourless, and a bit too hard to spread. The pistachio puree had very little flavor, as well. It also came with sour cherries, which were okay. He also had the apple cider, which was quite nice.

                          I had the "Cream on Cream." It was a tiny oval of very bland cheesecake (seriously--I've had better at Humpty's); a small scoop of buttermilk ice cream, which was the most decent thing on the plate; a small triangle of lavender shortbread, which was interesting only for the novelty of the lavender flavor; and mushy FROZEN raspberries, although it was advertised as "fresh fruit." I was not impressed at all. If I'm paying $12 for a dessert, it better be something special. I also had the hot chocolate, which was decent.

                          We certainly won't be back. Just once I would like to try somewhere that lives up to the hype.

                          Oh yes, I also wanted to add that I think their seating policy is ridiculous. There was a party of 4 that came in while we were there, and one woman asked if they could be seated at a different table. The request was refused, because the other table could seat five. She did not look impressed, and I can't say that I blame her. Nobody wants to feel that if there are less people in their party, they're less important than a party with more people. Not seating a party of two at a table for 5 I can understand, but a party of 4? Come on.

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                          1. re: Lainey1978

                            Their dessert is really not all it's cracked up to be. I agree with the 'bland' comment. Custards and creams are a bit pet peeve of mine...you need to use quality ingredients, sometimes I find there desserts to be watery. Too bad, it's a beautiful concept..

                            1. re: Petoncles_56

                              We had another disappointment with them -- ordered our favorite cake, the passionfruit coconut for a important family occiasion. It was drydrydry -- so much so that people came out and said it.

                              We phoned Rebecca and she asked us to bring it in -- explained it was a "different" kind of cake; meant to be "crumbly". However, we had the cake many times before and it was delicious and moist. I must say Rebecca gave us our money back with gift certificates and we used them to buy the sticky toffee puddings, which we love.

                              She was gracious about the whole thing, but I didn't like the explanation of the "crumbly cake" when we've had it very moist.

                              1. re: sweeterpea

                                I'm sorry to hear about the dry cake... I dunno that I'd have swallowed her excuse either, especially since it's been better. Honestly if I were her I'd have had a hard time finding an excuse.... no excuse for a cake so dry the guests are verbalizing it though. I'm glad she tried to make it right though.

                                1. re: sweeterpea

                                  Interesting on the cake. The last time we went we paid far too much for what I thought was a stale piece of passionfruit coconut cake. That was over a year ago.

                                  1. re: sweeterpea

                                    Seems like the dry cake issue is more of a recurring thing than an isolated incident at Nectar. I used to go there a lot when they first opened when the quality and service was still good. The first time I went I had their Red Velvet cake and I was totally hooked. It became my go-to place for desserts to end off an evening. However, I had two bad experiences in the same month last year. On the first occasion, the service wasn't up to par and my friend ordered the chili chocolate pate. It totally wasn't what we were expecting at all. There was so much chili in the chocolate (and I can eat pretty spicy food) that I could feel the burn at the back of the throat. My friend could barely eat it and I just chalked it up to it being an item that wasn't for me. A couple of weeks later, I went back with a different friend and I ordered a slice of cake... I think it might even have been the passionfruit coconut cake. In any case, I too thought that I was served a stale piece of cake. At those kind of prices, I thought it was inexcusable. It was so dry it was barely edible. I was so embarrassed on both occasions as it was my friends' first time trying out Nectar and I had been raving about it. For me, the slice of extra dry (possibly stale) cake was the last straw... I haven't been back since.

                                    1. re: miss.foodie

                                      Good to hear other stories. Well -- not good, but you know what I mean. Nectar used to be our go-to place for special desserts, but we'll be looking elsewhere. I agree, the quality has gone downhill.

                                      1. re: sweeterpea

                                        Well, as much as I am sad to hear it, I'm glad others are feeling the same way I am. My last three experiences at Nectar have left me disappointed with the flavour and quality of what I bought. My husband or I pick up a few tarts on a regular basis and we have ordered cakes a few times. I haven't stayed for dessert for awhile, so I can't comment on that, but I can say that we won't be ordering or taking anything home again. The last two times we bought the chocolate caramel tarts they were horrible. I've been hooked on these since the beginning and there have been times when the chocolate was a bit spicy but now its just....wrong. I know Rebecca had told me a few times that she only uses Valrhona, in fact I bought a small bag from her last year for baking. What I had the last two times was grainy and didn't taste at all like what she told me she used. (In fact, I had some pellets left in the freezer and I compared the taste and it was totally different) I asked one of the staff if maybe she had changed types of chocolate and I got a similar muddled answer as you sweeterpea. I would have been ok with the answer if the tart tasted good, but it didn't. The lemon tart still tasted the same (really good). Prices have gone up by about $2 a tart ($8!!!!) and I don't begrudge that if I am getting quality, but...
                                        As for the cake...well. I was at a wedding last week that had a Nectar cake and some desserts and it was horrible. It was dry (not crumbly-dry) and the other desserts on the buffet were sub-par. Between that and the Red Velvet cake hubby brought home last week (dry! and he told me it was a fresh slice!) I just cant justify paying anymore. I'm currently on the hunt for nice take home dessert. Its too bad, Nectar is in the neighbourhood and seemed to be doing so well...

                                        1. re: messier

                                          Last time I was there we picked up meringues to go. Instead of being crisp they were chewy. At the time I chalked it up to it being hot outside...I've been a fan of Nectar from the beginning but the shine is starting to wear off.

                                          1. re: maplesugar

                                            I have to say, I was at Nectar last Sunday and left extremely disappointed. Horrible service, extremely expensive, awful. While my friend & I were there for about an hour, we watched 2 other groups come in & leave after waiting so long for any kind of service (not really the server's fault per se; as far as we saw she was the only one working both the counter and the kitchen).
                                            For $22 I had two cups of tea from a non-washed out carafe (must have been some kind of fruity tea) and a tiny lump of dry (!) cheesecake squished between a chunk of hard frozen fruit and ice cream, served on a ridiculously long (to emphasis how little value I received?) plate. My friend had a $6, 250ml cup of hot chocolate.
                                            I really enjoyed Nectar in the beginning and yes, it was pricey then - but now? what a nosedive. I've emailed my concerns to the owner, but I won't be going back.

                                            1. re: Skifood

                                              Skifood: I would be interested to know if you get a response....I had some visitors in town and took them there for tea (they insisted, they wanted a tea party) and it was a pretty wasted experience. I didn't bother writing about it here, but I did write the owner and didn't get any kind of response. We spent well over $100 for cold tea (and only one cup to boot!) really hard pastry (perhaps stale?) and an assortment of other underwhelming pieces of nothingness. I already knew I was wary of going there because I have seen it go down hill right before my eyes, but I really just wanted to believe that maybe it would be better than it had been in my last few visits.
                                              It wasn't. I won't be going back either. Too bad, because it was one of my favourite places.

                                              1. re: messier

                                                Messier: I received a response from Rebekah within four hours of emailing (I emailed info@nectardesserts.com)! I wasn't expecting it; she was very gracious and acknowledged that they have staffing issues that are contributing to the current issues (poor service/ melting/food sitting too long). They are working on having more staff and changing their table policies. She also mentioned that her ingredient costs have gone up, hence the price increase on the tarts (I suppose I have to concede that, but it's still $$). She also offered me a gift certificate for my troubles and thanked me for being honest - a really stand up response. I'll try again and see if things have changed.

                                                1. re: Skifood

                                                  Wow...I have to admire that. I'm not sure where I emailed, I will have to look back and see if I had the right address. I still find the prices high when compared to other desserts out there (and there seems to be some nice new additions around town) but I'm all about small business, so I will give her awhile and maybe try again in a bit. I do hope we are just experiencing a temporary phenomenon, but her reply to you does seem gracious...so I hope things can sort themselves out!

                              2. I'm so disappointed with this place! I love red velvet cake but this was not what I expected. First of all its dyed a bright red and it was dry and the icing was hard I think it was made of shorting it was not butter that's for sure. For 8 dollars a piece of cake you think they would use butter . Then there is the seating policy they made a friend of mine waited half a hour and would not sit him unless we were all there. It wasn't even busy then when we all made it there they would not less us sit together because they don't allow for a seat of more than six. So they spit us up to a take of 3 and one of 4 . But then they automatically charged us the 18% gratuities because we where had a party of 7 when they had already split us up!!. They told us they usually wont even serve a party of 6 so we are lucky to be serviced . There was no shortage of seating there was one other table there!! We had argued with one of the mangers i suppose and he would not spit the bill when he eventually did he still left the 18% there. They really need to reevaluate there practiced they aren't even that great. I don't mind the 18% but the automatically being forced when the food is already overpriced and sub par.

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                                Nectar Desserts
                                1216 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1, CA

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                                1. re: lko

                                  I think if you browse this thread you can see a slow decline in service and food quality that speaks for itself, so I'm not surprised about your cake experience.

                                  What does shock me is the surcharge....I can understand it if you all sat together, but since they are the ones that split you I find it odd-no, I find it wrong-that you had to pay it.

                                  Now its been no secret of Nectars weird seating policies, but I don't get why, if they split your party they feel justified to charge you a large party gratuity.

                                  Have you emailed Rebekah the owner? Some people have got results that way and I certainly think the levy is worth complaining about.

                                  1. re: messier

                                    Apparently Nectar Desserts is closing for good this Sunday. Someone from my SO's office called yesterday to order a cake for a party and she was told they were not producing any more orders. Their website had this statement today:

                                    http://nectardesserts.com/

                                    Although my experiences there have been up and down, I'm sad to see any local business go especially one with such a great premise.

                                    1. re: messier

                                      Sorry to hear it. Thanks for the info messier.

                                      1. re: messier

                                        http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/loca...

                                        It looks like Nectar Dessert is closing due to rent hikes. Being in such a high profile location like Inglewood, I'm not surprised. Owning a retail location myself, I noticed that a lot of retailers and restaurants are closing down due to the cost of rent. I guess that explains the expensive cakes.

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                                        Nectar Desserts
                                        1216 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T1, CA

                                        1. re: pasaker

                                          Retail rents have decreased since the height of the boom. And $40 a sf is less than a third of what they'd be paying on, say, Robson.

                                          1. re: John Manzo

                                            Historically, $40sq/ft in Calgary is very high.

                                            For perspective, my friend just moved into an office building for $3 sq/ft in downtown Calgary.

                                            Commercial RE in Calgary had a huge bubble, and it burst. Hard.

                                            1. re: Shazam

                                              $40 is high for Calgary- it's not high by N Am urban standards, at all. Like I say, Robson or Yorkville are 3-4 times that. Don't get me started on international examples.

                                              It's not that hard to find retail space and moreover to find it that's not up a damn flight of stairs and 100% non-accessible (one thing that pissed me off about Nectar). This was about more than the rent.

                                              1. re: John Manzo

                                                I have to agree here-comparatively $40 is not that unusual for a full retail space. Although dramatic increases may in fact push some small businesses out of prime real estate, I would imagine that would be a business that has been long established at a low rental rate in the same spot for many years. This is not the case here.

                                                Most commercial leases run for 5 years and have stepped rates that are clearly set out. If this would have been the 5th year of this business, the owner should not have been surprised by the rate. Even if this is not the case, she states clearly that she knew for weeks that this was coming. She states she will walk away with nothing. She's sold her assets. Her stockholders will not get dividends.

                                                If you have a viable business with an established clientelle, why sell off? Why not move and try again? Improve on your space (accessibility, frontage) . Anyone who's been there on a Saturday night knows that the spot was popular enough that at least a few of its existing customers would follow Nectar to a new place.Its an original concept that hasn't really been copied. And its not like it was easy to find, easy to park or easy to get to (those stairs!!)

                                                No, I agree with Mr. Manzo here. it sounds like mis-management to me, nicely couched with a rent increase. And a chance to recreate yourself without ultimate responsibility, At some point we all have to balance the ledger sheet.

                                                1. re: messier

                                                  Oh, I agree. They lost business to better places.

                                                  1. re: messier

                                                    Glad to see someone else seeing the "spin" being played here. Leases are usually five years, but even so, there is typically a negotiation with the landlord months prior to the end date, so their claim that it was a sudden and last minute decision doesn't make any sense. Saving face I guess...

                                                  2. re: John Manzo

                                                    Yeah, they definitely signed the lease during the boom. Heck, I pay $26sq/ft in an office near Chinook Centre (I signed during the boom too).

                                              2. re: pasaker

                                                thats too bad. I really enjoyed the few times that I went there. Hopefully we can find a new place soon enough.