Local Business Profiles
Bling By Bev
Wednesday, June 15th 2011
Bling by Bev is a new business to the downtown area that opened up in February 2011. This charming shop is owned by Bev Anderson who was born in Central Alberta and just moved back to Red Deer from Calgary. She is an entrepreneur who enjoys designing jewelry with Swarovski Crystal, and also carries a unique variety of Ladies Fashion Accessories and a large variety of Swarovski Charm Beads.
Bev opened her store downtown because there is lots of foot traffic and activity going on. Most of the traffic that makes their way into her store are women. "They come in to browse and we usually get carried away chatting. We also have a lot of fun designing jewelry and picking out accessories” says Bev. When asked what her most memorable customer experience is, she said all of them.
The Barbershop on Gaetz
Wednesday, June 1st 2011
The Barber Shop on Gaetz is a historical landmark of the downtown. The business was established almost 100 years ago, and has its eighth owner, Selene Fraser, managing the business and taking care of clients. Selene has 26 years experience as a barber, and she credits her longevity and success to loving the people who she helps every day. “Being a barber is a great profession,” she claims, “I just love hearing the stories and jokes from my customers. I meet people from every walk of life, and I love hearing the stories from all of them.”
The shop is unique, it is small and intimate, and you can feel the history in the shop. The throwback styling of The Barber Shop on Gaetz makes you feel like you are in a different time, and the one on one interaction between Selene and Innes and their customers helps build that feeling. “Every customer is a new experience” says Selene, “my customers make this all worth while”.
Paper Crane Gallery
Wednesday, May 18th 2011
Paper Crane Gallery opened officially May 17th, 1999. And they are proudly celebrating their 12th year this week.
When Paper Crane first opened they featured the authentic silk Japanese wedding kimono, tableware, sushi making supplies and other Japanese themed gift wear. Fairies and real crowns came later. The product mix reflects the Paper Crane philosophy on retailing. The paper crane is a symbol of hope, peace and good fortune. Each purchase should come with a small paper crane, yes they fold them all!
Intuition Massage and Pilates Clinic
Wednesday, May 4th 2011
Intuition Massage and Pilates Clinic has been open in our downtown since 2006, when Peggy Glasgo, owner and operator and STOTT Pilates Instructor, purchased Stephenson Muscle Therapy and Rehab Services and moved her business to Red Deer. Peggy had previously operated Intuition out of Medicine Hat for five years. Peggy is a classical dancer with a background in ballet and contemporary dance, which lead her to Pilates, yoga and fitness. This opened the door to personal training and instructing, which led Peggy to massage therapy, and opening her own Massage Therapy clinic, Intuition Massage and Pilates Clinic.
Thursday, April 21st 2011
A downtown shopping staple since 2002, housewarmings has re-opened the doors of its Ross Street store on April 8. It is once again stocked with some of the most unique and interesting handicrafts you will find in Red Deer. The store contains a wide variety of products, focussing most heavily upon art and crafts from Thailand, as well as some artwork from local artists. Robb filled an entire container with carefully selected products from Thailand. All the imported products are produced by small businesses, individuals and families who specialize in one product. These products are not massed produced, and it is likely that most will only be found in one place in the entire province, housewarmings. One example of these unique pieces is the clay animal pots she is selling. They are a sight to behold, with wide smiles and gaping mouths, these pots are truly an exotic and fun addition to the store.
Thursday, March 24th 2011
ALTA is a unisex clothing boutique, located in the heart of the downtown at 4930A Ross Street. ALTA carries fashion forward brands such as Nudie Jeans, Insight, RVCA, and Toms Shoes, just to name a few. Noel Wyman, owner and operator of ALTA Boutique is constantly on the lookout for new brands.
Venture Tax Services
Thursday, March 10th 2011
Tax season is one of the most stressful times of the year for many people. Mark Poty, owner of Venture Tax Services, is the man to go see to ease these stresses. Venture Tax Services is one of the many small businesses located in the downtown and a shining example of a downtown business that is a leader in its industry.
Shop Local, Shop Downtown: A Associated Health and Wellness Group
Thursday, February 24th 2011
Since opening his practice in 1974, Dr. Garry Didrikson has been helping people take charge of their health. At that time, Garry was one of the few chiropractors in Red Deer, and was very pleased to move back to Red Deer after having an academic career that took him to Edmonton, Toronto, and even to the United States. “Red Deer is home” claims Garry, an active volunteer and member of the community.
Shop Local, Shop Downtown : La Petite Jaune Fleur
Thursday, February 10th 2011
After 25 years of work as a safety specialist in the petrochemical industry, Laura Cadrin decided that she needed a change. Growing plants and flowers was always a joy of Laura’s, and she decided to make that her new career. After considering opening a greenhouse, she found her current location, and saw a perfect opportunity to open a floral design studio, La Petite Jaune Fleur.
Shop Local, Shop Downtown: ...comforts the sole
Wednesday, January 26th 2011
When Lorna Watkinson-Zimmer decided to open …comforts the sole, just after Easter of 1993, it was just as much necessity as desire. Lorna had been selling her Birkenstock shoes through a home based business, selling to friends and at the Red Deer Market. Soon, Lorna found that she was simply too busy and did not have the space in her home to continue selling, so she decided to leave her teaching position, and open one of Red Deer’s most pleasant shops.