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 – 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/ 

 

 

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Business Spotlight – LV’s Vinyl Cafe

This week Downtown Red Deer’s ‘business spotlight’ shines on a small locally owned and operated business, LV’s Vinyl Cafe. Located at 4928B 50 (Ross) Street, this place is a great business to stop into if you’re a fan of vinyl, food, drinks, live music, and a cozy atmosphere.  We had the chance to chat with Lisa Spencer-Cook, the owner of LV’s, and ask her a few questions about her business. Check out the interview below!

What is your business?

My business is LV’s Vinyl Café in Downtown Red Deer.

When did your business open?

My business opened in November of 2017.

What makes your business unique?

I sell new and used vinyl records and throw live and intimate house concerts and music gatherings. I also hold a space every Saturday for autistic teens and young adults to gather as there is not a lot of that going on in the City right now.

What are some products/services that you offer?

I offer live music, used vinyl for sale, a menu that includes food and alcohol.

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

I have worked in the downtown for a while for other companies and the downtown is the heart of the city. The community here I suppose.

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

The fact that everything is locally owned and operated. The art and cultural activities that happen in this city happen downtown. People really care down here and it’s a neat community to be apart of.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… of the great community.

Be sure to stop by LV’s Vinyl Café and try a delicious panini and a coffee (or alcoholic beverage of choice) and check out their house concerts that feature local musicians. For updates on house concerts or anything LV’s check out their Facebook page!

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

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

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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