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Inspire Studio, Gallery and Café

Insire Studio, Gallery and Cafe

Inspire Studio and Gallery on 2nd Street downtown has expanded to include a wonderful café. I’ve gone there a couple times in the past week and was greeted with great service each time. I am excited to see that they carry The Pop Shoppe drinks along with my favourite flavour, black cherry. According to our server they will have wireless internet available in the future as well. I will list the hours below but I was particularly excited to see that they are open until 10pm on Wed-Fri.

If you plan on checking it out around lunch time I would arrive a little early as the place was packed and a couple people were waiting for a table to open up. Not to mention the parking on 2nd street seems to be in much higher demand. The portions may seem small to some but the food we had was quite good and I was full afterwards anyways. Our club sandwiches cost us $7.00 while our soup and salad (I chose the julienne carrots with a citrus/cumin dressing) were an extra $2.00. I meant to take a picture of the menu as well but alas, I forgot. Some other items were a vegetable shepherd’s pie or baked potato with various toppings including chili. They have an assortment of delicious looking deserts as well. Definitely going back to try the apple cake next time.

The atmosphere of the café is quite welcoming as well. Since it is a part of the Inspire Gallery there is a lot of interesting and diverse art peppered throughout the café. I was impressed with the condition of the old floors and the red tables and white walls provide a really nice contrast.

Also, here are the hours the gallery and café are open (taken from Inspire Studio and Gallery facebook page):

“Inspire Studio & Gallery has moved into its new location and Inspire Café is now open at 669 (Studio)-675 (Café) 2nd Street S.E. Studio hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-5:00pm. Café hours are Mon-Tues 9:00am-5:00pm, Wed-Fri 9:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm.”

If you want to read more about how the café came to be here is an article in the Medicine Hat News from December of last year:

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7 Responses to “Inspire Studio, Gallery and Café”

  1. February 24th, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Vaughn says:

    Great post Brian! You beat me to the punch on this post. We went there on the weekend and tried a lot of different stuff, including the cakes/desserts – which were the best part. The “Taste of Heaven” cake is very tasty!

  2. February 24th, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Dusty Melling says:

    We used the parking lot across the street on the weekend, with that right there nobody can complain about the parking. It’s also a super vegetarian-friendly place, we had “Taste of Heaven” (like banana pie) and pumpkin cake (not like pumpkin pie) and both were INCREDIBLE.

    Hopefully it stays this popular for a long time! 🙂

  3. February 24th, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Brian says:

    I’m glad to hear you guys enjoyed it as well. The parking lot was full on Wednesday as well. I overheard someone say they parked at the liquor store behind it. But it doesn’t bother me anyways, I don’t mind parking a block away when I go downtown but I know that is a common gripe that people have. Also, that is the parking lot where some weirdo flashed me and some friends when we were in Jr. High so I think I’m subconsciously unwilling to park there. 😛

    I agree Dusty, I hope it manages to maintain its popularity and get more people out during quiet times. It was pretty quiet in there this evening.

    Also, sounds like they are having live music every Friday evening.

  4. February 28th, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Vaughn says:

    Inspire was recently the Featured Business of the Week from The Chamber:

  5. May 11th, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Syd turnbull says:

    Not impressed at all, stale food, overpriced, poor and “could not care less” service.Try sitting on the chairs for more than fifteen minutes and you will be very uncomfortable.This is a cafe that is a “Get rich
    quickly” establishment,trying very badly to give the impression
    of being very upscale and “Artsy fartsy”.


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