Featured Vendors of the Week: Field Stone Fruit Wines and Nixon Honey

Feature vendors are back and this week’s vendors are Field Stone Fruit Wines and Nixon Honey. Check out their interviews below!

Field Stone Fruit Wines

How did you start your business?

Field Stone Fruit Wines’ story began in 2005, when we received the first-ever estate winery license in Alberta.  Our family-run winery and farm are nestled into 50 acres of mature berry orchards located forty minutes east of Calgary — just outside Strathmore — one of the sunniest regions in Canada.  Owners Elaine and Marvin Gill are both the farmers and the winemakers.

We’re proud to tell you that all Field Stone wines are made from 100% Alberta-grown crops of raspberries, strawberries, wild black cherries, black currants, red cherries, and saskatoon berries, 75% of which is grown on our own orchard.

We planted our orchards in 1998.  For more than a decade, our popular “U-Pick” Bumbleberry Orchards was known for its exceptional fruit — harvesting plump, extra-sweet, sun-kissed berries.  When our growing yields began to exceed our ability to sell all our crops as fresh fruit, we transitioned into crafting our wines.

We offer five unique Fruit Wines – ranging from our off-dry “Black Currant” to our semi-sweet “Strawberry-Rhubarb” –  as well as five unique Dessert Wines – also ranging in sweetness and style.

Our goal is to produce quality fruit in our own fields and transferring that excellent fruit into a delicious product that customers love.  We bring the taste of summer to our customers all year long – a labour of love from field to glass

What kind of products do you sell?

Fruit Wines and Dessert Wines.

What is your “best selling” product?

Bumbleberry Fruit Wine.

What makes you a unique vendor?

We are Alberta’s very first estate winery, growing 75% of the fruit in our wines right on our own orchard.

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

We are located south of Strathmore, Alberta, but sell our products at many farmers’ markets and retails stores around the province. See our website for details.

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

Since 2013!

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

A lovely setting in the heart of the city with great vendors and great customers!

Nixon Honey

How did you start your business?

I began by becoming a vendor for Nixon Honey.

What kind of products do you sell?

Honey and Maple Syrup!

What is your “best selling” product?

Flavoured honey and bourbon aged syrup.

What makes you a unique vendor?

All of our products are organic!

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

You’ll be able to find Nixon Honey at your local grocery store!

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

Approximately 5 years.

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

The ease of being a part of the market and the manager.

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

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Business Spotlight: Collegiate Sports Medicine

We turn our business spotlight on Collegiate Sports Medicine Main Clinic, located at 51 21 47th St. This exceptional downtown business is leading the way in sports medicine in central Alberta. The clinic offers a wide variety of treatment options to everyday people and the team at collegiate strive to help everyone get back to being their best through knowledge, training, and expertise. We spoke to Melanie Tuck, founder and owner of Collegiate Sports Medicine to learn more!

What is your business?

We are Collegiate Sports Medicine. The word ‘collegiate’ means like a college so it has to do with teaching and continual learning.

We are an interdisciplinary clinic that is collaborative based. The idea came from the sport model of care where an athlete will receive access to services and collaborative teams of care providers immediately after an injury. For example, an athletic therapist with the team can assess the injury, will immediately talk to the team doctor, will contact imaging or a surgical consult if needed, and get back to the therapist who is doing the rehab.

So, the process is very timely and collaborative, and in keeping with the sport model of care, we are educating the athlete.

From that perspective, we felt very strongly that every person, whether they are an athlete or not, deserves the same level of care. We wanted to advocate on behalf of the client and bridge the gap between clients and other health care professionals.

We are always striving to be better for our clients, they in turn push us to stay educated on new and better treatment options to give them the best possible outcome in their recovery.

When did your business open?

Our original location on Ross St opened in 2003. This location opened in 2013.

What makes your business unique?

We are a values-based organization and strive to hire people with the same mindset and aligned philosophies such as learning/teaching, responsibility, ethics, and integrity. To us, that’s more important in our hiring then if they have the right credentials. We tend to look for people that live an active lifestyle and have backgrounds in sport, kinesiology, and movement sciences. It is what sets us apart.

What are some products/services that you offer?

Our primary services are physiotherapy, athletic therapy, massage therapy, and chiropractic with a sports specialty. The practitioners that specialize in these disciplines offer additional services:

  • Injury assessment & rehabilitation
  • MVA treatment
  • Manuel & manipulative therapy
  • Headache & TMJ treatment
  • Postoperative treatment
  • Male & female pelvic health
  • Injury specific client education and home programming
  • Personal training/rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture/IMS/dry needling
  • Chronic pain & acute injury care
  • Running gait analysis and biochemical eval
  • Gait and posture assessment
  • Active release techniques
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Functional capacity evals
  • Myofascial release and cupping
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Sport and therapeutic massage
  • Deep tissue & trigger point massage
  • Courses/workshops
  • Athletic, k taping, and taping for dysfunction
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy
  • Custom foot orthotics & custom knee bracing

We have a store in our main clinic that carries items such as sports medicine supplies, a variety of braces as well as exercise and rehab equipment. We only carry high-quality items, that are sports specific and that we endorse.

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

I was honestly just looking for a place and came upon the original location. We remained in downtown because our clients found the location central for them to get too.  We were able to move to this current location and offer our clients free parking which was the issue on Ross St. We are well-positioned here.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think the arts and entertainment that is available, the things that were added recently such as the flowers, music, sculptures, and restaurants. As well, the patio that was put in for people to have more outdoor seating in the summer, the markets, and the sandwich boards that are out in front of businesses, all give it a small-town feel and I think people really like that.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… It is where we started our business! We have extended outside of downtown with a clinic in Olds and at the college but downtown holds a special feeling because it is where we began.

Along with the downtown location, Collegiate Sports Medicine has two other locations to serve you!

Red Deer Campus

Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

Unit 104 – 120 College Circle in Red Deer

And in Olds:

5114 – 51 St.

 

Be sure to follow Collegiate Sports Medicine on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/collegiate.sports.medicine/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CollegiateSpMed

And check out their website: https://collegiatesportsmedicine.ca/

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: City Center Vacuum

This week’s Business Spotlight is with City Center Vacuum Sales & Service. This business has been in operation for the past 27 years, in the same location at 5311 – 50th Avenue. They are known for carrying high-quality products, fair pricing, and excellent customer service.  Its no wonder they have people that travel from out of town just to shop with them! We sat down with James and Rose-Marie Sherman to learn more!

What is your business?

We are vacuum sales and service with janitorial products as well. Our products include portable vacs, built-in vacs, carpet shampoo, vacuum bags, belts, and service repairs.

When did your business open?

We opened in May of 1993 and have been in the same location ever since.

What makes your business unique?

It’s a go-to business, it’s a destination. We supply what people can’t find elsewhere and our products are of high quality, people come to us when they are tired of buying disposable products. Customers like our 1 on 1 service. They like the honesty and sincerity we offer when they come to us for repairs. James is awesome with customers over the phone as well, he can assess what’s going on by asking the customer to perform different tests they can do at home, and then go from there. A lot of times the customer ends up being able to fix it at home and we can help them through it. It saves them from having to make a trip down here or us having to go to them.

What are some products/services that you offer?

As mentioned, we do repairs on most models of vacuums, we carry items that are hard to find elsewhere, Canadian Tire or Walmart won’t carry all the accessories for vacuums that we carry. We have a whole wall in the store dedicated to bags, filters, belts, and shampooing parts. We also carry janitorial supplies for commercial use. Some of these products are also for household use too. If you need something to clean toilets or hard water stain removal, then we have that available.

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

 I ran another vacuum store downtown for several years before we opened this one. It was a partnership but when that ended, we moved to this location. This was a built-in vacuum store called Air Stream, so we just absorbed it and went from there.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

I think it’s about retailers and family business owners that believe in building and supporting downtown. We’ve had a lot of bad representation and even gossip that’s not always true. What is happening in downtown is happening everywhere in Red Deer. We want to stay in downtown and help to support the other businesses in the area.

Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…The sense of community, family, local businesses, and its always in motion. It has taken care of me and my family for the past 27 years, it helped me raise 5 kids by providing me with a good location for a business. I find most of the downtown people support each other.

City Center Vacuum Sales & Service are truly experts in their field. Their highly knowledgeable team will make your shopping experience a pleasure and you will know you are getting exactly what you need for a great price.

 

Make sure to check out their website for everything in the store!

http://citycentervacuum.ca/

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

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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Summer Student Opportunity

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association is seeking an upbeat individual to provide reception duties and support to the Marketing and Event Coordinators for a fixed period. This position will provide the successful applicant the opportunity to develop skills in the following areas:

 

Administrative Duties

  • Answering the phone in a professional manner, transferring calls and taking messages
  • Greeting guests when they arrive at the office
  • Electronic filing and other office-related tasks
  • Maintenance of reception area
  • Providing support to the Executive Director

Event Planning

  • Assist with the development and coordination of DBA and/or downtown events as required
  • Assist Events Coordinator in set up of events
  • During events, all DBA staff are required to participate with an ‘all hands-on deck’ approach

Marketing and External Communications

  • Assist with distribution of content for marketing initiatives
  • Establish participants of marketing initiatives

Social Media Management

  • Social media (including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) management as required to connect with DBA members, local partners, supporters, performing artists, and to promote DBA programs and events.  Responding to general inquiries

Other duties as assigned.

 

Start Date: Immediate

This will be a part-time position that will require a flexible schedule on Tuesdays, Wednesday’s and Thursdays.

Application Process: Interested candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, resumé, and 3 references.

Application deadline: August 21, 2020

Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Featured Vendors of the Week: West Country Kettle Corn & Vin L Den

We’re bringing back Vendor Spotlights for the 2020 Downtown Red Deer Market season to showcase some of the wonderful seasonal vendors that we have! This week’s vendors are West Country Kettle Corn and VinLDen. Check out their interviews below!

West Country Kettle Corn

How did you start your business?

I have family in Edmonton that does kettle corn and loved the product. So I thought I would rig up an outfit and do kettle corn in Central Alberta!

What kind of products do you sell?

Aside from kettle corn, we have added nine other flavours to our popcorn.

What is your “best selling” product?

Dill pickle ranch, Carmel, Chicago mix and kettle corn!

What makes you a unique vendor?

Popcorn is a fun product. It’s a product for all ages. Kids love our tutti frutti for the colourfulness of to and of course the flavour. The smell of the popcorn draws people to our table.

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

We do six markets a week. Wednesday’s Ponoka and Red Deer. Thursday’s at Rocky Mountain House, Friday’s in Lacombe and Lakedell and Saturday’s in Rimbey

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

I’ve been with the market for 10 years.

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

The atmosphere of the market. You meet a lot of different people from different walks of life!

Vin L Den

How did you start your business?

We obtained a storefront, got a license, carried stock into the store, and got a cash register.

What kind of products do you sell?

We sell records, t-shirts, movies, books, coffee & ice cream treats!

What is your “best selling” product?

Our best selling products would have to be records and t-shirts.

What makes you a unique vendor?

We have some of the best deals in town!

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

My business is located in Historic Downtown at Veterans Park on Ross Street, right on the patio!

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

This is the first market we have ever done, and we’ve been a part of it for 7 weeks now!

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

Raven and her team!

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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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