Business Spotlight: Advocate Law

This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Advocate Law! Located at 1-4820 47 Ave, Advocate Law offers Criminal Defense Lawyers for those that have been charged with criminal offenses. We sat down with one of the founding lawyers, Maurice C. Collard, for more information about the business!

What is your business? 

We are criminal trial lawyers. We help people who have been charged with criminal offenses through the justice system. 

When did you open? 

 November of 2016.

What would you say makes your business unique? 

We are a boutique criminal law firm. Criminal defense is the only service we offer as lawyers. It allows us to dedicate all our time and energy on one area of law so that we can get the best results for our clients. 

What are some products/services that you offer?  

We offer criminal defense against all Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act charges as well we are able to help people get pardons or record suspensions. The services that we offer start from pre-charge advice, to bail, to docket appearances, to negotiations with the Crown, to trials, to resolutions of matters and appeals.

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

We appreciate the proximity to the Courthouse and other offices of justice stakeholders. As well, we think the Downtown office serves our clients better as many of them come from throughout Central Alberta. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

I think one of the key pieces of Downtown Red Deer is City Hall Park. It is enjoyable throughout the summer and into the winter, with both the flowers and lights. It is a center for all members of our community to congregate and enjoy their time. Working Downtown at lunch hour really allows me the opportunity to see that park being utilized to its full potential. It is a beautiful and enjoyable space. 

I love Downtown Red Deer because… Downtown Red Deer offers my business the services it needs, with easy access to the Courthouse, the Red Deer Remand Centre, the Provincial Crown Prosecutor’s office, the Federal Crown Prosecutor’s office, and other lawyer’s offices all in a nearby and easy to access space.

 

If you or someone you know is in need of a criminal defense lawyer, contact the team at Advocate Lawyers!

Website: https://www.advocatelawyers.ca/

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

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: CopiesNow

This week’s business spotlight shines on CopiesNow! Located on the corner of Little Gaetz Ave and Alexander Way this one stop shop for all your printing needs is the place to check out. We met up with owner, Doug Free, to learn more about this business.

What is your business? 

CopiesNow is a Digital Print Center.

When did you open? 

We opened in 1987, just a block from our current location.

What would you say makes your business unique? 

CopiesNow was started and named with the concept of offering people the opportunity to make their own copies. A unique concept 30 years ago. Today we are much more than copies.

What are some products/services that you offer?  

CopiesNow offers full printing and bindery services, with 9 colour and black and white copies, envelope printers, wide format scanners and printers. We also have laminators, folders, a numbering machine and various bindery options. This combined with our in-house Design Team makes CopiesNow a well rounded business solution for all your printing needs. We have also partnered with some quality companies, who specialize in products beyond our in-house capabilities (such as cheque production). This combination offers our customers a broad range of printing options and products. With over 30 years of experience we are positioned to help you succeed, because: “We succeed when we help you succeed.”

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

33 Years ago the Downtown was the hub of business in Red Deer and as we are m ore a destination business the centre made sense. Today the world is at our fingertips thanks to the internet so why change a good thing?

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

We live and work in downtown Red Deer because there is an expectation of “quality of life” and Red Deer has much to offer at a calmer pace than the big cities. Our economy isn’t based on one commodity, but a broad mixture of products and services. When times are slower we all feel it, but we also dig in to ensure our diversity fortifies us even amidst the tough times. We are better together.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I was born here and have always felt this is the best place to raise a family, have a business and experience a quality of life that allows me to enjoy the various characteristics of Red Deer and all it has to offer. 

If you’re looking for a place to get all of your printing done, whether its business cards, posters, banners, etc. CopiesNow is the place to go! Check out their website and social media for their latest deals!

Website: https://copiesnow.ca

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/copiesnow

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: Bottoms Up Scrubs

This week’s business spotlight shines on Bottoms Up Scrubs! Located at 4913 48 Street, this specialty uniform store has everything you need if you’re in the medical professional field of work. We sat down with the manager, Jenny, to learn more about this business!

What is your business? 

We are Bottoms Up Scrubs. We’re a specialty uniform shop for medical professionals and chefs, we do a variety of quality uniforms, shoes, accessories. Our customer base has kind of expanded over the last six months with COVID. We’re getting everything from teachers, to eye clinics—a whole gambit of folks looking for scrubs. We’ve definitely gone past that medical professional’s side of things, but that’s still majority of where our niche is.

When did you open? 

The current owner [Linda Stevenett], took over the business in November of 2013, but the business has been around for over ten years, with two previous owners as well. 

What would you say makes your business unique? 

There are a few things that make us unique. For Red Deer, we’re the only specialty uniform store in the city, so that sets us apart. In terms of what makes us unique in the uniform world, we cater to everybody. We carry everything from plus size—in stock—to men’s, maternity, shoe sizes up to a size 43. We definitely make sure to cover the full range, instead of making you special order everything in just because you’re outside the box. 

What are some products/services that you offer?  

We offer everything from uniforms, shoes that are suitable for those long shifts, stethoscopes, watches, all the little accessories, badge reels, that kind of stuff that folks may need to get their day-to-day job done.

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

When the owner took over the business in 2013 it was already an established business. This was the location it was in when she took it over, so we kept it for that reason because customers knew where we were at still, at that point. The central location for us works well. Were not that far from the hospital, were close to transit, we’re close to a lot of corporate companies like dental offices, theres a lot of that in the area as well. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

The diversity of people and the variety of business in the area is a big one for us. There isn’t much in terms of products and services that you can’t find in the Downtown area. The variety of activities hosted by businesses and the DBA adds to the charm that is Downtown. 

I love Downtown Red Deer because… it’s where our story began. Since 2013, we have expanded our business; we do have a location in Calgary, as well. I was down in Calgary for two years setting up that store, but definitely, Red Deer is home, Downtown Red Deer is home—that’s where we start!

 

For all things, scrubs and accessories, go check out Bottoms Up Scrubs and follow their social media for all the latest deals and events!

Website: https://www.bottomsupscrubs.ca/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BottomsUpScrubs

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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Featured Vendor of the Week: Caroline Meats

As the season come to a close, we have one more featured vendor to show off this week! This week’s featured vendor is Caroline Meats, check out their interview below.

Caroline Meats

How did you start your business?

We took over the business about two and a half years ago and had to start from scratch.

What kind of products do you sell? 

All kinds of meat and sausages. Smoked pork chops, smokies, pepperoni, salami, jerky, steaks, roasts, ribs, etc. As well as Dog food and Dog Bones.

What is your “best selling” product?

Pepperoni, pork chops, jerky and breakfast sausages.

What makes you a unique vendor? 

Everything we have is home-made in our store. We buy local beef and pigs only.

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations? 

We are located in Caroline, AB and soon opening a second location in Innisfail at Henday Mall.

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market? 

Two Years!

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market? 

Good location and well organized.

Although there are only a couple of markets left this season, be sure to keep updated on our Facebook page on when we will be back next year!

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Business Spotlight: Artribute Art School

We stopped by Artribute Art School for this week’s Business Spotlight! Located in the Old Court House on Ross Street this quaint art school offers after school art classes for kids. We sat down with Erin Boake the owner of Artribute Art School to learn more!

What is your business? 

We are Artribute Art School and we’re an art school for kids.

When did you open? 

Well the school has been open for over ten years but I took over about three years ago. It was opened by Galia Kwetney, and she’s moved on now, so I picked up where she left off. 

What would you say makes your business unique? 

Well the classes we offer are on-going for kids, so it’s like if your kid was in gymnastics or piano lessons, it’s something that goes for the whole school year. So, we’re a little bit different like that, because a lot of other classes are maybe like an eight week session. So we can build on our skills throughout the whole year.

What are some products/services that you offer?  

We offer art classes for kids from ages 5-18. We learn all sorts of different techniques and we learn art history. We do drawing, painting, clay sculpture, print making. We try and cover all the bases. It’s fun!

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

Well it was here when I took over, but I love it being here. I love being downtown and I think it’s the heart of the city. I like feeling a part of the community and I appreciate that most of the local businesses are downtown. It’s a great space – nothing compares to it [The Old Courthouse]. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

I just think the sense of community, I mean there’s always people walking around, the efforts with the Ross Street Patio and just having local business open here. I think that’s what makes it special.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I think it’s the heart of the city. I’ve always spent lots of time down here, even before I had a business here. I like the community; I like the people down here –  And I don’t think it’s scary! I think it’s great.

If you have an aspiring artist in your family, check out Artribute Art School, you can find their class schedule on their website and any updates on their social media.

Website: https://www.artributeartschool.com 

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

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

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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Downtown Red Deer Business Association

Downtown Red Deer ideal for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is pleased to announce that vacancy rates have dropped in the downtown and downtown Red Deer continues to be the ideal location for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

According to Salomons Commercial, in the second quarter, retail vacancy rates in the downtown have dropped from 10.83% to 9.27%. Also, the average price per square foot downtown is the lowest in the City at $13.39, this positions downtown as the best place for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses.

For anyone interested in starting a business downtown, the DBA offers a number of subsidies including façade improvement and radio advertising programs to members. For more information about any of the programs the DBA offers, please visit our website (https://downtownreddeer.com/programs/).

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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Business Spotlight: Stella Bean Sweets

This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Stella Bean Sweets! We stopped by the coffee shop located at 100, 4808 50th street and talked with the owner, Estie Van Der Velden, to learn more about this business.

What is your business?

Our business is Stella Bean Sweets. We’re a coffee and pastry shop and do breakfast and lunch. But our specialty is sweet, all things sweet!

When did your business open?

We opened three years ago in 2017. 

What makes your business unique?

Think what makes us unique is we try and do something different than all the other businesses when we can. So we do specialty cakes and cupcakes, lots of different sweets. And then we do ‘High Tea’ events, and we just brought those back. So basically, you can sit down and have a cup of tea and enjoy a three-tier platter of goodies like sandwiches, scones, and other sweet treats. They’re so much fun!

What are some products that you offer?

So we’re famous for our lemon meringue tarts. And like any tarts, really so there’s lemon, salted, key lime tarts, and then we have like a caramel apple toffee tart. And then we have lots of doughnuts, which we switch those up every week. We also offer cannoli’s as well as various other items such as coffee, teas, lattes, specialty drinks, etc.

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

Well because I love downtown Red Deer. I just think it’s such so cute and quaint like if I had to pick anyone anywhere in Red Deer, I wanted it to be downtown to so I could add to the culture of it.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

So much! It’s like all the different activities, like Ross Street Patio, which was bumping last night. And then the Downtown Market which is so awesome! So just like all these different activities and then such a wide range of businesses, I would say, that all carry unique things. You can come downtown, it’s not for the same businesses. Like every business you go to is so uniquely different and they bring something else to downtown. 

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I like what it has to offer for Red Deer. I always encourage my friends to come down because I love not just one thing, I love everything. I love that there are flowers in the park, I love that there are patios, I love that it’s all local. If you come to downtown Red Deer, you’re supporting local. So downtown is to me, the heart of Red Deer. And that’s where all the local businesses are. So if you love downtown then you love supporting local and you love supporting families that live here.

If you’re looking for a sweet treat be sure to stop by Stella Bean Sweets, they have something for everyone! Keep an eye out for their high tea events and their weekly donut lists on their social media pages.

Website: https://www.stella-bean-sweets.com/

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

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

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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Featured Vendors of the Week: Klein Farms & Shirley’s Greenhouse

This week’s featured vendors are Klein Farms and Shirley’s Greenhouse! We caught up with them at last week’s market to learn a bit more about their business!

Klein Farms

How did you start your business?

A growing demand for humanely raised free-ranged poultry for our local community.

What kind of products do you sell?

Humanely raised free-range poultry, locally grown berries from our orchard.

What is your “best selling” product?

Klein Farms makes seven different kinds of delicious chicken sausage.

What makes you a unique vendor?

Klein Farms is family owned and operated.

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

Klein Farm is located 40 minutes East of Red Deer on 19th street on Highway 595

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

As long as I can remember Klein Farms has been part of the Downtown Market.

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

Klein Farms loves the cheerful atmosphere and vendor camaraderie.

 

Shirley’s Greenhouse

How did you start your business?

Shirley’s Greenhouse started with a greenhouse that produces tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, and a 20-acre vegetable field has been incorporated over the years.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and field vegetables such as brassicas, root crops, leafy greens, herbs, corn, and much more!

What is your “best selling” product?

The “candy” grape tomatoes have become the most popular product that we produce. They are so sweet and our amazing customers eat them like candy!

What makes you a unique vendor?

We grow everything that we sell, here in Didsbury, Alberta! When you come to our booth, the veggies are local, fresh, and pesticide-free!

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

We are located off the Bergthal Road, east of Didsbury. You can find our veggies in Red Deer at the Artisan Market on Ross and the new Gasoline Alley Indoor Market, opening in November. We are also at The Uptowne Market in Olds, The Farm Table in Carstairs, Symons Valley Ranch Market, and Avenida Food Hall in Calgary.

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

This is our second year at the Downtown Red Deer Market, and we look forward to many more!

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

Our loyal supporters of the market, who come every week to consume the veggies we grow! We love supporting local and connecting with the community of Red Deer.

 

Be sure to check them out at this week’s market and stay tuned for next week’s featured vendors!

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Business Spotlight: Artisan Food Market

This week’s Business Spotlight is the Artisan Food Market on Ross Street. Located at 4916 50 (Ross) Street and a newer addition to the array of businesses located on Ross Street, this spot brings local vendors from all over the province to one central place. We stopped in to chat with the Owner, Alexander Lobkov, to learn more about his business.

What is your business?

We are Artisan Food Market on Ross. And what we do is get a bunch of products from vendors from farmers’ markets and small-time business owners, and try to get them all into one store so people can browse their favorite selections.   

                                                                                  

When did your business open?

We opened in April, end of April of this year. What a time to be open, to be honest, but we survived through the first and we will see how the fall goes.

 What makes your business unique?  

It’s just the variety of different products that we carry from small little businesses, under one roof. So we carry 30 different vendors so it gives you quite a variety of what you see here and what to shop and try out and all that jazz. 

What are some products/services that you offer?  

So we do customer orders for the  D Dutchman Dairy and our other vendors here and we offer various products from the following vendors:

  • Adila Chocolaterie
  • Ambrosial Cheesecake Shop
  • Bamboo Dumplings
  • Black Forest German Bakery
  • Cain’s Mustard
  • Confetti Sweets
  • D Dutchmen Dairy
  • Dad’s Sausage and Cured Meats
  • Earth Group
  • Edgar Farms
  • Going Nuts
  • Henry’s Honey
  • Herbal Healing Tea
  • Infused Mediterranean Foods
  • Irvings Farm Fresh
  • Latin Food Specialties
  • Little Bear Gelato
  • Longview Beef Jerky
  • Lupits Kitchen
  • Momma G’s Kitchen
  • Moms Happy Kitchen
  • Mountain Rhino Gluten Free
  • Occam’s Razor
  • Orgali
  • Pat’s Greenhouse & Gourmet Jellies
  • Rustic & Modern Home Cooking
  • Shirleys Greenhouse
  • Soupin It Up!
  • Stawnichy’s
  • Sunshine Blends
  • Taco Loft
  • Taste of Ukraine
  • Tasty Kitchen Creations
  • Thai Manna
  • The Go Tu
  • The Happy Kernel Kettle Corn Company
  • Troubled Monk
  • Wildrose Coffee Roasting

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

We wanted to support downtown! This is kind of a personal endeavor for me. So, I’ve always loved downtown since I moved to Red Deer five years ago. So, I just wanted to support it and yeah, that’s why we came down here.

 What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?  

Having the unique little shops around here is definitely what I love about downtown and that’s what draws me here and that’s why I made our business so unique is so we just fit in so perfectly down here.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I love the live music that goes on, I love the Christmas lights, the parade, not so much this year, but definitely, in the future, I’m sure they’ll be back on again. And yeah, that’s why I love downtown. It’s a small town with a big city feel.

Next time you’re downtown, be sure to check out Artisan Food Market on Ross where they are always bringing in fresh local products to discover!

Follow their social media pages for updates on new vendors and products!

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

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

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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Featured Vendors of the Week: Innisfail Growers & Troubled Monk

This week’s Downtown Red Deer Market featured vendors are Innisfail Growers and Troubled Monk. Check out their interviews below!

Innisfail Growers

How did you start your business?

Innisfail Growers is a co-operative of 5 local farms established in 1993.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell central Alberta’s freshest, best local produce.

What is your “best selling” product?

So many! Beck Farms Carrots, Edgar Farms Peas, Upper Green Farms Potatoes, Jungle Farm Strawberries and Hillside Greenhouses Tomatoes.

What makes you a unique vendor?

We grow fabulous fresh produce right here in Central Alberta.

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

The 5 Innisfail Growers Farms are located in the Innisfail Area. We do attend several other markets in the Central Alberta area: https://www.innisfailgrowers.com/markets

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We’re proud to say we’ve been part of the Downtown Red Deer Market right from the very beginning! We sat on the committee that planned the first market and developed the guidelines for the market.

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

Everything! The outdoor ambiance and atmosphere. We love our loyal customers at this market and the vendor mix is great. The Red Deer Downtown Market is one of our favourites!

Troubled Monk

How did you start your business?

Charlie started brewing beer in his garage. We have come a long way in 5 years.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell craft beer, spirits, and craft soda.

What is your “best selling” product?

We have a few for sure! Troubled Tea, Epitaph Gin, Daycation, and Juicy Gossip. Saskatoon Soda is also another popular one.

What makes you a unique vendor?

We have such a wide variety of products, something for everyone!

Where are you located and/or can you find your products at other locations?

5551 45th Street, Red Deer. Located really close to the Market.

How long have you been a part of the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We have been part of it for a few years now.

What is your favourite thing about the Downtown Red Deer Market?

We love supporting local and helping to build a wonderful community.

Check them out at this week’s market! And check back next week for our next vendor features!

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