Downtown Red Deer Business Association

Business Spotlight – Red Deer Downtown Business Association

The DBA has started a new project where we want to focus on showcasing the amazing businesses found in the heart of Red Deer. As part of this new project, we will be releasing a “Business Spotlight” interview every Monday! For the first business spotlight, we decided to take the opportunity to show what the DBA is all about!

 

What is your business/organization?

The Red Deer Downton Business Association.

When did your business/organization start?

1983.

What makes your business/organization unique?

The DBA is funded entirely by the businesses that we represent. We exist solely to support the business community and increase the vibrancy of Downtown Red Deer.

What are some products and services that you offer?

The DBA offers several programs to assist Downtown businesses in being successful. All programs have been created as a result of business needs and are available to all DBA members.

Some of the programs that we offer are:

  • Subsidized Radio Advertising
  • Adopt-a-Planter
  • Kiosk Advertising
  • Perpendicular signage
  • Façade & Shopfront Improvement
  • CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Host It! Event Support
  • Red Deer Advocate Online Advertising
  • Red Deer Scene Advertising

All of our programs can be accessed through our website or you can stop by our office and fill out an application form.

We also have a Clean Team that works all year round that keeps the Downtown clean by emptying garbage cans, cleaning sidewalks and litter picking.

What makes Downtown vibrant?

Downtown is the hub of the city, approximately 500 businesses are operating in the Business Improvement Area (BIA) alone. Downtown is bustling with the people from these businesses, people visiting these businesses and those coming to experience what Downtown Red Deer has to offer.

I Love Downtown Red Deer because… there is always something to see and do – especially in the summer months when the Ross Street Patio is thriving, the Downtown Red Deer farmers Market is running and the businesses have their patios out, it is a vibrant community!

Be sure to 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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Red Deer Downtown Business Association welcomes three new board members

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is proud to welcome three new
members to our Board of Directors. The following individuals will join existing members Kerstin Heuer,
Dulcie Timmons, Julie Oliver, Kathryn Harris, Vicki Finlay, and Clayton Ganson.
• Donna Hall – Academic Express
• Madison Marcil – Rob Rae Clothiers
• Deziree Bertin – Burgundy’s Food and Stage
“We are proud to welcome 3 new board members from businesses and sectors that have not served
before,” said Amanda Gould, Executive Director. “The 2020 Board will reflect entertainment, retail and
professional – the perfect mix to ensure all areas of downtown receive the best possible representation
at board level.”
The DBA will also welcome Ken Johnston as The City of Red Deer Council Representative and Corporal
Dwayne Hanusich of the Red Deer RCMP as a non-voting member.
The DBA wishes to thank departing board member Diana Heinzlmeir for her involvement with the Board
of Directors for the past three years.
Board members will meet in January 2020 to select the executive for the year.
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For more information, contact:
Amanda Gould
Executive Director
Red Deer Downtown Business Association
403-340-8696
amanda.gould@downtownreddeer.com
www.downtownreddeer.com

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Featured Vendors: Bloom & Basil and Cale’s Perogies

Bloom & Basil

How did you start your business?

I started my business when I moved to Red Deer 4 years ago and at the time I took a break from my practice as a tattoo artist and I decided to explore different venues and started to do floristry.

What kind of products do you sell?

I sell plant arrangements and flowers, we also grow flowers, when it’s in season, mostly peonies. I also do beauty products like soaps and bath salts using the ingredients from our bees, we also sell honey, so I use the beeswax and I use it to make the soaps.

What is your “must try” product?

Our honey and my soap.

What makes you unique?

I don’t know, I enjoy what I do, I’m versatile and productive.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

The soap because it smells good, and of course our honey, its something I do with my husband, so it is special to us.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Nope, it is exclusive to the Red Deer Downtown Market or at the Art Factory, we have a pop-up section and we sell some of these items.

Do you attend any other markets?

Nope, this one is the only one I have the time for.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

I heard about it from other communities of vendors, and I have a business right where the market is.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

The culture, its vibrant, there’s flowers, it’s pretty and I like the art scene in Downtown, it’s nice.

Cale’s Perogies

How did you start your business?

About 25 years ago, my husband retired, and he was bored. So, he said, “You make perogies don’t you?” I looked at him and said “yeah,” he says, “well why don’t we do a market?” So, we started at Blackfalds with 30 dozen, and we sold out in the first half-hour. Then we kept increasing, we started doing Blackfalds, Bentley, Rimbey, Lacombe, Innisfail and Olds, and Red Deer of course, and that’s how it all just worked out.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell three flavours of perogies and we have cabbage rolls, bacon and rice or beef and rice. The perogies are potatoes and cheese, cottage cheese potatoes and dill or the sauerkraut and bacon

What is your “must try” product?

The sauerkraut perogies.

What makes you unique?

I think I’m about the only one who does straight sauerkraut in their perogies that’s just cabbage and not the sauerkraut with potatoes. And Mine is just bacon, sauerkraut and onions of course.

What is your favourite thing to sell?

Selling the perogies and sauerkraut always pleases me, it gives me something to do when I’m old.

Can you find your product anywhere else?

Nope.

Do you attend any other markets?

No. Just this one, I’ve lost my husband, so I’ve lost my helper, it takes me a lot longer when I’m doing it by myself.

How did you hear about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We were doing markets at that time and we heard that they were starting a market Downtown and we inquired and had an interview and we started when it was in a parking lot.

What is your favourite thing about being in Downtown Red Deer?

Oh, just socializing with the people. The people are wonderful here, it’s a lot of fun, its nice to see all the young people too. It’s a place where friends and family can meet up too.

  

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Featured Vendors: Taste of Ukraine and Little Kitchen Big Taste

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Featured Vendors: A&D Milling/Henry’s Honey and Bamboo Dumplings

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Call for vendors for the Downtown Red Deer Car Boot Sale

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Red Deer Downtown Business Association welcomes three new board members

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