Business Spotlight – Lashing Out Luxury Lounge

We’re bringing back our Business Spotlight Project! To start it off this month we are shining our business spotlight on Lashing Out Luxury Lounge! Located along historic Alexander Way – 5116 48 St. in downtown Red Deer, this established studio boasts a very classy and modern atmosphere while offering a very welcoming and comfortable space. We were happy to catch up with Kaely Langlois, co-owner of Lashing Out Luxury Lounge to get the scoop on this successful downtown business.

What is your business?

We are Lashing Out Luxury Lounge!  We are a specialty lash and brow studio with some added aesthetic services.

When did your business open?

 Lashing Out Luxury Lounge has been open for 8 years. Myself and my business partner worked here and were able to transition into ownership about two and a half years ago.

What makes your business unique?

We are the first specialty lash and brow studio to specialize in just lash extensions and brows in Red Deer.

We have very high industry-standard training for our staff, and we are also accredited to train. We take our training very seriously and it shows in the work we do, it sets us apart.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Our services include lash tinting, lash lifting, brow wax and tinting, henna brows, signature lash extensions, hybrid lash extensions, 2D volume extensions, 2 – 4 D volume extensions, 5 – 7 D volume extensions, mega volume extensions, derma-planing, facials, chemical peels, derma fillers, and Botox treatments.

Some products we carry in our building include bath products from Blackfalds, natural cleansers and detergents from Gull Lake, hair bows and baby items from Penhold, two clothing lines and scarves from Calgary, and tumblers from Penhold.

 Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

We are centrally located and that works well because we have people that come from out of town, the north end and the south end. It’s nice to be right in the middle and its central for everyone. We remain downtown because we want to help in its continued growth and be a part of a thriving community.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I love how they are starting to bring local art into the downtown such as the big mural that is displayed on the building right beside us. I really like the market and the food trucks that happen in the summer.

We are also a part of the Adopt-a-Planner program and we feel it has really helped make the front of our business visually appealing. I think all the programs offered by the DBA are helping bring the downtown back to life. There is a little feel about it, and I think the DBA is really trying to help create positive change downtown.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… It’s the hub of Red Deer! Everything is central and you can find a little bit of everything here. There is good food, shopping and everything you need is here!

Be sure to stop into this unique little studio soon and see for yourself the talent and excellent customer service that make up the team at Lashing Out Luxury Lounge!

 

Make sure to check out their website for more information or to book an appointment: https://lashoutluxlounge.ca/

Also, don’t forget to follow them on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lashingoutluxurylounge/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lashingoutluxurylounge/

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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You could win a $5000 shopping spree in Downtown Red Deer

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new campaign, “It’s Downtown!”, to encourage Red Deer residents and visitors to support local downtown businesses.

Starting August 3 and continuing through to November 13, participating businesses will be displaying ballot boxes and encouraging visitors and customers to enter their name for a chance to win over $5000 in gift cards to businesses located all around Downtown Red Deer.

“Shopping local is key to the success of Downtown. This 4-month campaign gives you a reason to visit downtown, experience something a little different and support your local economy,” said Executive Director, Amanda Gould, “With over 50 businesses participating, you are sure to find something you love, and you may even win $5000 in downtown gift cards!”

With 54 downtown businesses participating, there are many opportunities to enter your name. The winner will be drawn on November 17 by DBA staff and the winner will have two hours to claim their prize.

For more information and a complete list of participating businesses, please visit www.downtownreddeer.com/its-downtown.

The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play, and do business.

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For more information, please contact:

Amanda Gould

Executive Director

Red Deer Downtown Business Association

403-340-8696

amanda.gould@downtownreddeer.com

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The Red Deer Downtown Business Association opens up survey for downtown identity project.

(Red Deer, AB) – The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is proud to announce the launch of their survey to assist the DBA’s ongoing efforts of creating an identity for Downtown Red Deer. This survey will be used to gain feedback from citizens of Red Deer and surrounding communities on their thoughts of downtown.

The DBA is looking for 20 individuals that complete the 3 to 5-minute survey, to participate in a longer 20-minute interview in return for a $10 gift card to one of the specialty coffee shops in the core.

The survey will be available from March 30, 2020 to April 20, 2020 on www.downtownreddeer.com, the Downtown Red Deer Facebook page and the following link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KS25DRD).

 

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The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.

 

For more information, contact:

Amanda Gould

Executive Director

Red Deer Downtown Businesses Association

403.340.8696

amanda.gould@downtownreddeer.com

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Business Spotlight – Paige Koster Photography

This week we shine our business spotlight on Paige Koster Photography, located at # 2 4942 – 46 St. in downtown Red Deer. A local and very talented photographer, Paige absolutely loves what she does, and it shines through in her incredible work. We were happy to meet up with Paige so we could hear more about her thriving business.

What is your business?

At Paige Koster Photography we specialize in maternity and newborn photography, but we also offer milestones, cake smashes, family and weddings. Basically, anything that falls under photography events we will do.

When did your business open?

I photographed as a hobby for as long as I can remember for friends and family, on the side and just for fun. After my maternity leave in 2017, my husband encouraged me to do it full time. So, we took the plunge the first year and in November 2017 we were registered and ready to go. A year after that we had the studio and its been a year since we moved in!

What makes your business unique?

Our biggest focus is to be able to offer solutions to every parent. We can offer customized packages and all-inclusive packages including payment plans. For example, a cake smash all-inclusive package would mean mom just brings baby and we supply everything such as the decor, the cake, anything that is needed. For a maternity package, we can supply the gown and a hair and makeup team. Weddings are obviously a little different, but we will provide an assistant on the day for no extra charge. We strive to make it as easy as possible for the client and customize it to their needs.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Newborn and maternity are our main services and we focus mostly on newborn. With the newborn, portraits and 1st-year packages we offer tier pricing so it can fit every budget. It basically comes down to what the person wants, and we can customize to that.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

It is a central location, close to my home and most importantly we wanted to be somewhere that was easy for people to find and everyone knows where everything is in Downtown Red Deer. We personally love downtown in general so there really wasn’t much thought that went into it.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think its all the things we do for Downtown Red Deer. I lived in Oshawa, Ontario and I don’t remember events happening as they do here such as the Downtown Farmers Market. That to me is amazing. I love the shops downtown, they are so cute, quaint and historical which I like.

 I love Downtown Red Deer because… I love everything about Downtown Red Deer! I love that it is unique, quaint, small and historical portions. I think the DBA puts a lot of effort into maintaining it and striving to bring beauty back to the city.

Paige Koster Photography is truly a gem to have in downtown Red Deer. Paige’s professional and caring nature along with her ability to put her clients at ease have made her a favorite among Moms and Dads in Red Deer!

Her reviews on Facebook speak for themselves! https://www.facebook.com/paigekosterphotography/

Also check out her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paigekosterphoto/

And her website! https://www.paigekosterphotography.com/

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Country Cupboard

This week we shine our business spotlight on Country Cupboard, a quaint, very cozy gift shop with a rustic, country store charm. Located at 5022 Gaetz Ave in the heart of Downtown Red Deer, this business has enjoyed a long life in the downtown core. It continues to thrive due to its wide variety of unique items and the caring, knowledgeable staff, promising a ‘relaxing’ shopping experience. We sat down with Michelle Edwards of Country Cupboard to hear a little bit more about this distinctive Red Deer shop.

What is your business?

We are Country Cupboard, a gift shop, home decor and accessories such as jewelry. We are a little bit of everything.    

When did your business open?

The business originally opened in 1985 and my parents bought it in 2009. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary in November.

What makes your business unique?

The fact that there isn’t really anything else like it in Red Deer. We have a lot of space and it allows us to carry a lot of unique products. We are also located in a historic building, right in the heart of Downtown

What are some products/services that you offer?

We carry home furnishings, home decor, candles, home fragrances, bath & body products, a large Christmas selection, pottery, kitchen accessories, too much to mention! We strive to bring in Canadian made, quality products that are not available in most stores.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

My parents believed in the uniqueness of downtown and loved to shop in the area.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

With all the other businesses around us, you get a sense of community here. Personally, I love the historical brick buildings.   

I love Downtown Red Deer because… The sense of community here, the community is the main reason we have been hanging on so long and our customers make it awesome.

 If you are looking for rare, one of a kind gifts, or something unique for your home, you are bound to find it at County Cupboard! The staff are always working hard to create beautiful and creative displays to inspire shoppers all year round! Give yourself lots of browsing time, you never know what treasures you might find!

 

Checkout Country Cupboard’s website for more! https://countrycupboard.ca/Home

Follow Country Cupboard on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for all the latest news!

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CountryCupboardGiftShop/

 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/countrycupboardgift/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CouCupRedDeer

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Cafe Millennium

This week’s Business Spotlight is a tasty one! We stopped in to visit with Café  Millennium, located on the main floor of the Millennium Centre – Suite 111, 4909 49 Street. This café  is all about freshness! The delicious aromas of baking bread and gourmet coffee greet you when you first enter along with a friendly and helpful staff! A resident of Downtown Red Deer for the past 17 years, Café Millennium is a favorite breakfast and lunch stop for many that work and play in the area. We sat down with Louise Zanussi, owner of Café Millennium to learn more about her business!

 

What is your business?

We are a café/cafeteria style business. We offer catering, hot drinks, baked goods including bread so we can offer fresh sandwiches, lots of healthy options and hot lunch features. We do a little bit of everything. We can offer gluten-free options and we try to accommodate dietary restrictions.     

When did your business open?

I took over the business 17 years ago. It originally opened as a café with the opening of the building in 2000.

What makes your business unique?

Our customer service is amazing. My staff are always on top of things and always looking to do a little bit extra. I think also it’s the freshness of our products. Our bread is baked right here so you get that nice aroma. Our roast beef is done onsite, and we strive to keep things as fresh as possible. We make sure to have healthy options ready because a lot of people only have a half-hour for lunch and they come down here and must eat at that time, they want it fast. Most will assume when they see 20 people at the counter, they won’t have time. But then they see 6 people ready to serve them. We do our best to make sure things are fast and as fresh as possible. 

What are some products/services that you offer?

Our pumpkin cookies are certainly our signature item. It was something I tried years ago for Thanksgiving from a friend that brought me the recipe and my husband loved them! The first year we opened I knew we needed a pumpkin item and people just loved them! It is something we always make sure to carry. We also offer homemade chocolates seasonally, catering services for lunches and some evening events but focus mostly on lunches. This will include sandwich trays, soups, veggie and fruit trays, dessert/cookie trays, some hot foods such as pasta and quesadillas. We can also cater to special requests and offer delivery for a fee. Our catering menu is located on our website.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I didn’t really know downtown at all, it was just an opportunity that came up. It was here and was a good business, I don’t know why it didn’t succeed before. It was just an opportunity and we managed to get it. So, we have been here ever since. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

There are a lot of nice little shops in the downtown. At Christmas time, City Hall’s lights are beautiful and the flowers in the summertime are amazing. I love the cobblestone streets, the Farmers Market on Wednesdays, which we participate in, bring a lot of people downtown. It’s just a nice area!

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I think its just a nice little community. From the events in the summertime to the history and renovations on a lot of the buildings, and they look fantastic! We get a lot of people from downtown businesses that come in. We might not know their names, but we know what they like to eat! It’s just a little community gathering. Sometimes people will come three or four times a day. We get to know them, joke around and have lots of fun. I love it!

 Homemade meals, fresh ingredients, and expert customer service make Café Millennium a front-runner in their business! They have something for everyone on their menu whether it be a fresh sandwich, hearty soup or a sweet treat! We invite you to stop in and see for yourself everything Café Millennium has to offer!

Check out their website to see their tasty menu and follow them on Facebook for their weekly lunch specials!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafemRedDeer/

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Sunworks Living

For this week’s Business Spotlight, we popped into Sunworks Living, located at #110, 4913 Gaetz Ave in the heart of Downtown Red Deer. Visitors to this unique shop are treated to a shopping experience like no other in Red Deer. The selection of high-quality products and expert customer service allow Sunworks to stand out, and why people keep coming back. We sat down with Kathryn Harris of Sunworks to learn more about this exceptional downtown business.

What is your business?

We are Sunworks Living, quality gifts and local art gallery, we offer a unique shopping experience.

When did your business open?

The business opened May 10th, 1996.

What makes your business unique?

Our focus is on local products, so we try and bring in unique, local but very curated pieces. Some of our works in the store are from a few neighborhoods away, others are from as far away as Quebec. We try to stay as Canadian as we can. We do have an emphasis on staying environmentally friendly so some of our products do come from away, but they are a little more sustainable.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Local is one of the key things for the business. We showcase local art, we build special order pieces with local materials based on customer-specific requests, we are very particular as to what we bring into the store, it must be of a certain quality, not found anywhere else. In-store, we carry housewares, handmade natural soy candles, greeting cards, books, kitchenware, a little bit of everything.

 Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

When Paul and Terry started Sunworks, Downtown Red Deer was a desolate wasteland.  Paul grew up in Calgary and it was very important to him that the downtown be the beating heart of the city. At the time you could virtually hear the slamming of the wooden outhouse door and tumbleweed rolling across the street, but downtown is where they always wanted to put their business. I’ve heard Paul say to Terry,’ we need to do something about the downtown or we need to move’ so, they felt compelled to get involved and felt a call for change. The community has always been very important.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

The people that work here. I can stand outside in front of the store in the sun on a Tuesday afternoon and can greet people as they walk by. I will see businesses across the street, and we give each other ‘the nod’ in greeting. You must acknowledge the people that are here. 

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…

It’s where I work, where I play and it’s close to home. It’s close to pretty much all homes in Red Deer because it’s the heart of the city. You must go through the downtown to get anywhere anyway so why wouldn’t you stop?

The charm and relaxed atmosphere of this quaint shop make it a pleasure to be in. The perfect gift is easily found with the help of the friendly and highly knowledgeable staff, as the possibilities are endless. Give yourself time to browse, there is a lot to discover!

 

Make sure to follow Sunworks Living:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sunworks

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunworks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sunworksreddeer

 

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Junktiques

We were very excited to sit down with Vicki Finlay, owner and operator of Junktiques – Home Décor this week. Vicki is extremely passionate about her business and her commitment to her downtown community is inspiring! We were amazed at all the unique treasures and how welcoming her space is. Check out our interview with Vicki below! 

What is your business?  

My business consists of new, vintage, and re-purposed items. A little bit of everything and a lot of nothing! You never know what you’re going to find in here! Junktiques is really about anything that is cool! 

When did your business open?  

Officially it became Junktiques in December 2017.  

What makes your business unique?  

Everything makes us unique! Our location is great because we are in the center of everything! Our customers are unique, all walks of life come here. I sell products that I love, make my soul happy, and I believe someone else will love as well. I don’t accept consignment items, so I won’t sell ‘just anything’. I strive in the ability to be fluid and ever-changing. I don’t have to follow rules such as opening and closing times and what I can sell and cannot sell, I carry pride merchandise year-round and myself, because when you come into my store I try to make you feel like you’ve come over to visit.  

What are some products/services that you offer?  

I offer new home décor, jewelry, hardware, vintage treasures, and an all year-round pride selection. I offer a huge variety and selection. I can find someone an item they need for a project that they may not have considered. So, its re-purposing an item from one use to another use and that’s what I’m good at.  

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?  

I didn’t originally choose the location, but if I was given the option to move, I wouldn’t. Downtown is vibrant, unique, interesting and always changing, just like Junktiques. There is no other place it would work, and I love the spot I’m in.  

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?  

The people, the cafés, the atmosphere, unique & one-of-a kind stores, also the fact you can be outside. You are not inside a mall where you don’t see the weather or birds. It’s cold in the winter but it’s worth it in the summer because it’s the most beautiful place in the world.  

I love Downtown Red Deer because… Everything good happens in the heart of a city and Downtown is the heart of Red Deer!  

Junktiques – Home Décor is truly a pillar in our Downtown community. Vicki not only runs a successful and unique business; she is a champion advocate and stanch supporter of her Downtown and LGBTQ community. We invite you to stop in to Junktiques Home Décor and experience this hidden gem!  

‘You never know what you might find!’  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Junktiques-Home-Decor-261465131048237/  

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Barbershop on Gaetz

This week, we shine our ‘Business Spotlight’ on Barber Shop on Gaetz, located at 5020 50th Ave. Did you know Barber Shop on Gaetz holds the title of being the longest-running barbershop in Red Deer? Originally opening in 1947, this unique shop has been operating under Selene Fraser for the past 11 years and has a very loyal clientele. In fact, Barber Shop on Gaetz stills sees clients since its original opening!

We caught up with Selene to learn more!

What is your business?

We are Barber Shop on Gaetz.

When did your business open?

The business originally opened in 1947 and I am the 8th owner, operating for 11 years now.

What makes your business unique?

The customers! We have the best customers and I’m not kidding – I say that every time. I’ve worked in so many shops in my career, I’ve been doing hair for 35 + years and I’ve had the most fun here. Not because I own the place, it’s the people that make it great.

What are some products/services that you offer?  

We offer full services for men including hot shaves, colors, and highlights although we don’t do a lot of those. We do a lot of hot shaves. As for products, we offer the Maverick line, Crew line, Carina Organics line, beard oils, anything to do with shaving we supply. Ladies and children’s cuts are also available.

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

I knew a lady who worked here years before. It was a busy little shop with old-timers and farmers. The entire rural community knew about it because 50th Ave was the main road through town. This building has always been a barbershop. The history of it was one of the main reasons I chose the location. I like the downtown core, it’s diverse.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?  

The people! The small businesses, the ‘mom & pop’ owned places and the cultural aspect. 

I love Downtown Red Deer because…  It’s central and it’s community. I like the little shops, businesses, and the friendly, non-judgemental, awesome community.

Barber Shop on Gaetz brings a definite charm to Downtown Red Deer. Its unique, friendly atmosphere is a real reason people keep returning! Selene and her team are leaders in their craft and care greatly for their Downtown community. Make sure to stop in for your next hair or beard service!

Website: https://barberongaetz.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbershopOnGaetz/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barbershopongaetz/ 

 

 

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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Business Spotlight – Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies

This week, we shine our ‘Business Spotlight’ on a long-time staple in our Downtown community, Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies located at 4709 49th Ave. This year will mark their 27th year in business within the Downtown core and as they told us, ‘they can’t imagine being anywhere else.’ Check out our interview with Glenn Cline and Lorette Frank below!

What is your business?

We are a fine arts and drafting / design supply retail store.

When did your business open?

The owner opened the store in November of 1993 at 4709 – 49th Ave. We still have our grand opening flyer on file from all those years ago.

Original Grand Opening flyer from 1993.

What makes your business unique?

We like to believe that we are an artist’s destination, a boutique where creativity is first imagined and inspired. We have a loyal customer base and many people from out of town travel to shop with us. Our staff is very knowledgeable about the products we carry. The south wall of the building has been a wall mural that has been a landmark of the downtown for years.

What are some products/services that you offer?

AA&DS offers a wide range of products for the beginner to the professional artist, from drawing pencils to easels. In addition, we carry a range of drafting tools and media. We strive to support the local art clubs as well as the business community and local schools. Special ordering and shipping are also available, in fact, we ship Canada wide.

 

Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?

AA&DS was founded by Karen Walls’s early experience working at Walsh Galleries and her passion for art.  These catalysts continue to grow the business today. Choosing Downtown along 49th Avenue made perfect sense in 1993 and 27 years later we are still located in our original location. We are well established in Downtown Red Deer.

 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

We love Downtown. The Ross St. Patio, the musical activities, and the mature trees. City Hall Park festive lights during the holidays, flowers during the summer and of course all the different businesses that operate in the Downtown.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because… the positive vibe that can be created here.

From their wide selection of products, a helpful and knowledgeable team, and their love for their Downtown community, Alberta Art & Drafting Supplies is something to be proud of in Downtown Red Deer. Be sure to check out their website and follow their Facebook and Instagram pages for upcoming deals and events!

Website: https://www.albertaart.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/albertaart

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/albertaartanddrafting/

Check back next week for another business spotlight! If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or info@downtownreddeer.com.

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