Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: it's time to treat yourself. 

Whether you're shopping for a partner, friend, family member, coworker, or yourself, you're shopping for someone you love. And yes, yes, we know: it's important to show love every day of the year and take time to appreciate those around us, not just on a commercialized holiday. That can be true, while also having fun with this Hallmark Holiday and recognizing a day specifically devoted to love. 

If you're looking for ideas on what to get you Valentine, we humbly suggest shopping local. After all, what better combination is there than treating the ones you love while also supporting a small business you love? Here are some ideas of small businesses to check…

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It is the month of love, and there are lots of events to love happening in YYC! Check out some of the linked events below: 

February 8 Calgary Opera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
February 9-12 Calgary Folk Festival Presents: Block Heater
February 10-11 Say Hello, Wave Goodbye with Rosebud Theatre
February 11 Bella Notte (In Support of Pals)
February 11 Calgary Horticultural Society Presents: Spring
February 12 Thomas Rhett: Bring The Bar To You Tour
February 16 Montgomery Community Association Senior Social
February 18 Fishtival at Bow Habitat Station
February 19 Yamato Drummers of Japan
February 20 FAMILY DAY
February 20 Family Day at The Military Museum
February 24 Vend. February Market
February 25 Mariana's Trench
February 28…

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January 25th is Bell’s “Let’s Talk” Day. This is a great opportunity not just to participate in their initiative, but to take some time to learn more about why mental health is so important and worth investing in.

On their website, Bell writes, “In September 2010, we launched the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the largest corporate commitment to mental health in Canada focused on 4 key action pillars: fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world class research and leading by example in workplace mental health. Since then, Bell Let’s Talk has committed more than $139 million to Canadian mental health initiatives.”

Wow! Bell Let’s Talk Day also coincides with Blue Monday, January 16th, which statistically has the…

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We are proud residents of the Bowness community, and enjoy finding ways to give back. One of our favourite community traditions is the Bowness Community Association Annual Holiday Dinner. This year Team Ken Richter donated money to contribute to this great cause. Read the letter we received below to learn more about the impact the Holiday Dinner made. Be encouraged that your support for organizations like this truly does make a difference in the lives of your fellow Calgarians!

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Happy New Year! We thank you for an incredible 2022, and look forward to a bright 2023. Have fun celebrating the dawn of a new day!

Some New Year wishes...

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when we ponder those who do,
We immediately think of you.

Thanks for being one of the reasons we'll have a Happy New Year!

By Joanna Fuchs

(Image created via Canva)

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All of us here at Team Ken Richter wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This holiday season take time to cherish those you love and look back gratefully on all the highlights of this past year. Be present, take a deep breath, and enjoy the little things. 

Thank you to all of our valued clients, friends, and family for your continued support. We look forward to serving you in 2023 and beyond!

Happy Holidays!

Ken & Vivian Richter
RE/MAX Real Estate (Central)

(Image created via Canva)

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Christmas is this weekend! Are you ready? If not, you may be resorting to purchasing a gift card for everyone left on your Christmas list; and while many gift guides will rag on gift cards as impersonable and somehow less special, we are here to tell you that gift cards are great. Why? Because at the end of the day, people want cold hard cash.

Most people don't have something specific on their list; but they do have an idea of places they like to purchase from. It is absolutely glorious to be standing in the checkout line and realizing you have a gift card. Suddenly, the items in your hand are basically free. It's such a lovely treat, and the gift that keeps on giving. Plus, as people get older the things they really want often come with a heavy…

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Black Friday is next week! Get prepared with these hot tips:

Start Early: Narcity writes, "Black Friday deals don't just happen on Black Friday! Quite a few brands have already launched early sales, meaning you can score a deal on whatever you have your eye on right now. Some notable pre-Black Friday sales to take advantage of include those from Wayfair, Walmart, Best Buy and Bath & Body Works, which all have deals either on now or starting very soon.

Sign Up for Loyalty Programs: "Store loyalty programs often grant members early access to coupons, sales, and promotions, then let them earn rewards on what they buy. So sign up for Black Friday shopping alerts. In some cases, you can even find out whether the products you want are in stock or…

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This is a strange month for events, since so much is up in the air with COVID restrictions. While we’re trying to stay positive, we wanted to make sure this month you get some suggestions of things you’ll be able to do no matter what COVID restrictions are in effect. Here are our top 10 suggestions:

  1. Go Skating on Bowness Lagoon. The weather is cold enough for ice, but warm enough that you won’t freeze out on the pond. Check out their new ice pathways!
  2. Shop Local in Inglewood! Wandering through the local shops in Inglewood is such a fun way to spend an afternoon. Check out the Spice Merchant, Plant, Rosso Coffee and more.
  3. Check out our local murals! You can view maps of where all the prettiest murals are in the city. Take a friend and a…

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Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! We hope you enjoy a fun, safe evening ringing in 2022! Just like last year, I think everyone is more than ready to begin a new year. Hopefully this one brings us a step closer to some normality after a tumultuous two years. 

Here are some fun facts about New Year's Eve to get you pumped up for tonight:

  • The very first New Year's Eve was celebrated 4,000 years by the ancient Babylonians.
  • Celebrating with friends and family is a tradition because legend has it the first people you see will either give you good or bad luck; make sure you look at someone who likes you!
  • The first ball drop in Times Square New York was in 1907. They used the ball, covered in 25 watt bulbs, because of a fireworks ban. Now the…

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