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The Hive Artist's Hub LogoA very interesting and unique project recently launched here in Medicine Hat is “The Hive”, or formally known as “The Hive Artist’s Hub”. The Canadian Badlands, Historic Clay District and Rural Alberta’s Development Fund have partnered to create an “artist incubator” in downtown Medicine Hat. The renovated downtown loft provides studio space for artists who need a space to focus on work. In addition to this, artists will have access to business development (for themselves) and a retailing store space.

I’m a little tardy to posting this on Medicine Hat Media, but I assume all the artists in the area already know about the project and have already submitted their application for space; however, if you have not, the deadline is May 7th, 2010 to get them in. There is five initial spots up for grabs.

To apply, contact Tobie Laliberte at 403.504.5371,, visit the application section on the website, or drop by at 569 2nd Street SE in Medicine Hat, Alberta (kind of beside The Monarch).

I am surprised to see this type of project actually realized within Medicine Hat, and I applaud everybody involved. This will be a great promotional opportunity on several levels for all the artists to be involved.

Recently Taylor and I have become Members at the Medicine Hat YMCA for the affordable “Couple’s Membership” of about $60 total per month.

Everyone is probably familiar enough with the YMCA, but I was impressed with just how much they have. Included in the most basic packages is access to the fitness area, which has a dozen treadmills, bikes and stair masters, circuit training room and fairly complete weight room. You also get access to the gymnasium and racquetball/squash courts. If you want a little more, you can join the Health Club, which then grants access to hot tubs and a more exclusive work out area.

From the YMCA Medicine Hat website, you can view upcoming activities and annual events, find out how to volunteer, ongoing charities, and more.

The only quarrel I have with the Medicine Hat YMCA is that their website was done by Look Matters, a Regina-based design company. Why is this a bad thing? Because the YMCA always promotes being “so local”, and advertises on their website that “We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities”, but where is the strength in community if they go out of the city for their design needs?

All in all, the YMCA is an affordable and enjoyable place to go and exercise. If you are at the downtown YMCA and see someone biking or stomping abnormally loud on the treadmill while laughing at their iPod, that is probably me.

Runner's Soul in Downtown Medicine Hat

Runner's Soul in Downtown Medicine Hat

Finally a store that caters to runners with a knowledgeable staff has opened in this city! No longer will the runners in the Hat have to go to other sporting goods stores, and have staff members guess at the type of shoes that will work best for them.  Runner’s Soul is without a doubt a huge improvement to the community athletic scene. Not only do they provide knowledge that was previously unheard of in this city, but they host Learn to Run nights to encourage everyone to try their hand, or foot, at running. All the information regarding these events can be found at the store, so don’t be shy!

The team at the Downtown store will spend all the time it takes to find shoes that will work best for your foot type, race distance, and race type. So whether you are a seasoned marathoner, mastering a 5 k, or just want to see what makes those crazy people running in torrential downpours on Saturday mornings tick, head down to Runner’s Soul (it’s in the old city bakery on 6th avenue).

Check out their website at:

Do you have a lot of printing to do? Maybe a larger project that needs special attention? Not wanting to pay a huge amount? Then check out Minuteman Press.

I first found out about Minuteman Press from Travis over at Laconic Design, who says he uses Minuteman exclusively for his printing needs. After hearing about this, I decided to do a test run and see what the quality was like. After finding out tthat the print quality was awesome and the services were very affordable, I have since printed all my projects there, including Medicine Hat Media posters and Taylor‘s valentine.

In the past, while I was enrolled in Visual Communications at The Medicine Hat College, I had lots of graphic design printing to do which was done exclusively at Boylan Imaging. I would invariably have to wait hours or sometimes days to get my projects back. The quality would be good but the cost would end up being rather large. Fortunately since then, Minuteman Press has saved me both time and money, although I could have saved hundreds of dollars if I had went there all throughout college.

Through their website you can easily send files in to be printed, which includes an area to provide any special instructions to remove any guesswork for the staff. You can also request estimates, learn how to prepare your files for printing and read through a glossary of printing terms. Minuteman also provides a delivery service for your finished projects.

Minuteman Press is located at #857A – 16th St SW; just turn down 16th St SW from the Highway and keep going, it will be on your left.

For only having 61,000 people, Medicine Hat boasts a large number of golf courses. Listed below is a collection of the Golf Course name, holes offered, address and a website link.

Connaught Golf Club – 18 Hole
2802 – 13th Ave. S.E.

Cottonwood Coulee Golf Course – 18 Hole
3245 – 10th Avenue SW

Desert Blume Golf Course – 18 Hole
107 Clubhouse Dr. S.W.

Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club – 18 Hole
947 Pigeon Street NE

Riverview Golf Club – 18 Hole
700 Redcliff Way SE

Paradise Valley – Par 3
90 Gehring Rd. SE

Ross Creek – Par 3
2850 – 54 Street SE
(East of Medicine Hat along Highway #1)

Things are going down in downtown Medicine Hat, as Amy Gervais of Rapscallion Design discusses on the Rapscallion website.

Some time ago, Medicine Hat Media discovered duplicate, but vastly different designed content for The Monarch, which we blogged about under the title “The Monarch Identity Crisis?“. Soon after we learned that The Monarch Theatre simply was not paying their bills or being thankful for the hundreds of hours of volunteer work that it took to get the theatre up and running.

The duplicate content can be found at, which according to Amy Gervais’ story, was commissioned by the City Centre Development Agency with complete disregard to the design continuity and branding.

Medicine Hat Media, with the help of Ashley Meller, was behind The Monarch Theatre’s revitalization project from the get go. We advertised every show that was in Kin Coulee and even came out to support the events. We advertised movies that were playing and many of us behind Medicine Hat Media have regularly attended their screenings.

Medicine Hat residents and businesses should be supporting each other, not selling each other short. Who cares about a “historical downtown” if it just becomes derelict? Some of us at Medicine Hat Media are now going to withdraw all support from the theatre as we do not want to be a part of such a disappointing situation. If you are also concerned about the happenings and the state of Downtown Medicine Hat, please contact the city council.

My wife and I purchased a 2007 Kia Rondo (a crossover vehicle) from Johnson Kia in Lethbridge, and the dealership included a Command Start in the deal. We requested a two-way Command Start so that we would know from the handheld starter if the vehicle was running or not.

Tim Rissling at J. D. Auto Electronics did a great install job, and Metro Kia service completed the part of the install which involves making the vehicle run without a key in the ignition. We don’t know the cost of the job since it was negotiated into the vehicle, but we definitely would recommend J. D. if someone is looking for a quality remote car starter.

J. D. Auto Electronics Ltd.
501C North Railway St SE

Envydia Storefront

Envydia Storefront

Recently, two local stores within the Medicine Hat Mall, Multi-Line Jeans & Gotcha Shoes both closed to focus their inventory in a single store and concept, called “Envydia” (envy – dia). The new clothing store offers jeans, shoes, t-shirts, hoodies/jackets, and tons of handbags all in one store.

Some of the clothing brands offered at Envydia include: Buffalo, Guess, Silver Star, and Arson & Orb. For shoes: LaCoste, Osiris, Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, and (lots of) Sketchers. For handbags: Guess, Kathy VanZeeland, Chinese Laundry, and Chocolate. The shop also wants to focus on offering brands that are nowhere else in Medicine Hat in the upcoming months. You can learn and see more on their Shop the Hat profile:

Envydia on Shop the Hat

The Health & Wellness Shows of Alberta is coming to Medicine Hat for two days only.

Saturday, January 23 from 9:00AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, January 24 from 10:00AM – 5:00 PM at the Medicine Hat Lodge Conference Centre. Answers to your health questions all under one roof.

  • Lecture series with Industry Experts
  • Pharmacists, Doctors, Nurses, Chiropractors…
  • Healthy Recipes that are quick and easy
  • Personal trainers and Fitness Demonstrations
  • Retailing Health Supplements, Cosmetics, Skincare and more
  • Free Health Testing and free samples
  • Over 50 exhibits


Adult: $7.00 at the door or save $2.00 on advance adult tickets at Sobeys. Seniors & Students: $5.00 at the door (no additional discounts apply). Visit or call 1-888-9-RU-WELL (978-9355) for more information.

Mad Jake's Pub & Grub

Mad Jake's Pub & Grub

I’m a little bit late on posting this one, but the pub/bar previously known as Stillethos and Tantric recently had a promotional campaign entitled “Name Our Pub” which ran a contest to rename the business under the new management and owners, Ryan & Nola Besplug and Kary & Darcy Oshynko. They are no longer an adult-orientated bar and boast lower drink prices and a new selection of “grub”. Their original promotional site, aptly named, “” now just forwards you over to their new site here. The pub is now named “Mad Jake’s Pub & Grub”, as suggested by Shea Karcha. There was tons of choices as shown in the Facebook group post.

I’m more or less posting this here because it’s a great effort on the new owner’s part to try something like this. Being in the semi-traditional market that Medicine Hat is, this new form of marketing and advertising rarely shows up in this town. Most of the contest, discussion and promotional all happened on Facebook – something else we don’t see a lot of; people in this city embracing new (and free) media to their advantage. I also agree with the change from an adult/lingerie bar to a more neutral, classy place. I never was in Stillethos or Tantric before, but now, I will definitely stop in there in the near future.

Mad Jake’s Pub & Grub Website
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