Place Making: Casel Marché
As the structure of Casel, our award-winning multi-use tower project, began to take physical shape in mid-2009 we also began crafting our vision for the main floor retail space.
While we had serious interest from the usual suspects (banks, fast food joints, etc.), we realized that our vision for the space was an open-air marketplace with quality local vendors and a real sense of community. We wanted it to be a neighbourhood gathering place where you could buy local, organic and artisanal groceries, get a locally-roasted coffee and some fresh pastries, enjoy a seriously good meal at a bistro-style restaurant, as well as pick up some of the best wines in town. From this vision the Casel Marché concept was born!
The Marché has been open for over three years now and has quickly become a neighbourhood hot spot and a culinary destination in Calgary.
Read more about it here >
Community Events: Eat Real YYC
Niklas Group is a founding partner of Calgary's Cheekiest Food Festival, Eat Real YYC. Alongside the businesses of Casel Marché (the local marketplace on the main floor of our Casel tower), we've brought a fun, informative and delicious new event to our neighbouring communities and to Calgary at large. The festival's aim is "Celebrating local food, small business and real communities."
In 2013, Niklas Group and Casel Marché partnered with REAP Business Association and Slow Food Calgary to expand the festival's reach.
Check out EatRealYYC.com for more details!
Active Living: Cycling & Travel
When we talk about Building Lifestyles at Niklas Group, the homes we build are only part of the equation. We are driven by the pursuit of the oft talked about 21st century ideal: work-life balance.
In 2010 our passion for healthy living took on a whole new meaning when we founded and sponsored Team Niklas, a group of driven endurance athletes competing in mountain & road cycling, as well as triathlon events. From 2011-2013 our commitment to sport went even deeper as we became the title sponsor of Calgary's beloved Tour de Bowness, and went on to mastermind the 2012 Alberta Cycling Superweek - the largest amateur road racing event ever held in Alberta.
Today part of our focus has shifted to travel and adventure cycling through the wonderfully diverse landscapes of the Jalisco and Nayarit regions in Mexico. Our founders Joel & Jillian Goralski have established a second base in the quaint beach town of Bucerias, where they have been operating a wildly successful yoga & cycling tour business called Bici Bucerias since Fall 2013.