Instagram Influencer | Zach Lyster

My name is Zach Lyster and I co-own The Commons Calgary with my sister, Erynn Lyster. The Commons is a boutique cowork, meeting and event space where some of Calgary’s most talented small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and innovators work, meet, connect and collaborate. We created a carefully designed work environment and offer a private lifestyle work collective. Meaning, in addition to your office space, there is social events, lunch and learns, collaborating and connecting opportunities and rentable venue space to help bring your ideas to life.

What inspired you to take over the lifeincalgary Instagram account?

As born and raised Calgarian owners, we love this city! We wanted the opportunity to show some of the highlights of the city that is important to us, our members and our community.

What has kept you in the city?

Calgary is home and always will be, but what helped us make the decision to start and keep our business in Calgary is the vibrant culture, the innovative entrepreneurial spirit and the strong sense of community.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am sure most entrepreneurs and small business owners can agree when I say, what spare time? in all seriousness, our company allows me to meet and interact with so many different people on a daily basis, whether it be members, community connections, neighbours or partners, so often my spare time is filled with anything from yoga to meditation to a hike to a hip hop comedy show. It’s fun to just stay open for invitations and join in on new things that I wouldn’t normally do!

Where is your favorite place to eat or visit in Calgary?

Erynn and I are both vegetarians, so The Coup is definitely one of our favourite places to eat! There's a lot of close seconds – Calgary’s restaurant scene is amazing!

What is a fun fact people wouldn’t know about you?

During a mediation retreat I once had to pretend I was an elephant while a Thai master rode on my back. At another retreat, I had tobacco spit on my face by a Baliense woman, and another time I lived in a temple with monks for 6 months . . . . if you’ve been to The Commons Sunday Sessions you’ve heard some of these stories already, if not and I haven’t scared you off, join us! The sessions are free and you can learn more at

Any tips or advice for Calgary newcomers or those considering a move to Calgary?

Get out of your comfort zone! Calgary is pretty segregated into the four quadrants and sometimes it’s easy to stay in your nook of the city, but there is so much to offer all over, so my advice would be to get out and explore!

What do you tell your friends and family from other cities about life in Calgary?

We are a big city with a small-town feel. We have a great arts and culture scene, a strong health and wellness community and we have some of the most spectacular mountain-scapes in the world, just a hop, skip and a jump away!

Where do you take friends and family when they visit?

We have a cabin in Sundre, and although that isn’t part of the city, it’s close enough to escape for a day or two, yet far enough that the wifi isn’t great, so it feels like a perfect stay-cation! When I do stay in town, breakfast and brunch is one of my favourite things to do!

What do you think is the biggest surprise about Calgary for anyone who isn’t familiar with the city?

That our city is always vibrant and there is always something exciting going on year-round. Whether is +30°C or -30°C, there are always events happening in the city. One thing that doesn’t seem like a surprise to anyone from Calgary, but maybe to others it would be a surprise to know, is that you can get a beer on the Ship and Anchor's patio pretty much 365 days a year!

How has the city influenced who you are or your organization?

The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Calgary and the economic changes in the past few years is forcing the City to diversify and shift focus to other industries. We are excited to be a part of a co-working community that supports small businesses and The Commons is Calgary's private lifestyle work collective. It is a carefully designed work environment tailored to the requisites of local innovators, small businesses and inspired individuals.


Want to become an Instagram Influencer and contribute to lifeincalgary? Email [email protected] 

Calgary is home and always will be.

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