Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses (CFIB) estimates potential permanent closures of up to 222,000 small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how the situation evolves. That’s 21 percent of all Canadian businesses. The corresponding job losses would range between 962,000 and 2,951,000 Canadian workers.
While most of us are struggling financially right now, it is extremely important to support local small businesses whenever we can. Not only is it stimulating our economy, helping each other is simply the Canadian thing to do. Over the last few months, I have been trying to be more conscious of where I am spending my money. Although it’s not always possible for me to support local because—lets face it—shopping at Walmart or Dollarama is often less expensive and more convenient.
So, to support local business, I have compiled a list of small and medium-sized businesses that deserve a shout out. This week, I’ve got a list of my finds in Red Deer, Alberta.
Dose Coffee Co.
Compostable and carbon neutral cups, filled with locally roasted organic coffee and local organic milk, made for a better today and a sustainable future.
Best coffee in town! Dose Coffee Co. has two locations: Riverfront and Downtown. Dose describes their Riverfront location as “the perfect cafe to slow down, grab your brew, and hit the wonderful trails that connect this city. With the river just a stone’s throw away you are guaranteed to see all sorts of wildlife”. Meanwhile, Downtown, “beautiful heritage building will give you the sunlight you search for and the delicious coffees you need”.
One Eleven Grill
An inviting and stylish steak house restaurant tucked into the heart of Red Deer just waiting for you to discover or rediscover. Our passion is STEAK! We are committed to quality, serving only the very best locally-owned, grass fed Alberta Prime Beef in both classic and unique cuts. Our warm, inviting ambiance is the perfect backdrop for everything from a romantic evening, a gathering with friends and family and even a quiet business lunch during the week. For amazing food, great music and good times with family and friends, keep One Eleven Grill in mind.
One Eleven Grill was opened on November 1st, 2011 (hence the name). If you’re looking for a more up-scale dining experience—this is it. Pre-COVID, there was live music every Friday and Saturday night. Hopefully “the best musicians from our city and Alberta” will be able to entertain patrons again soon.
Bo’s Bar and Stage
Established 1996, Bo’s Bar and Stage is Central Alberta’s institution for great dining, local beers, hand crafted cocktails and live music. Our mission is to showcase an elevated and unique experience delivered with passion, quality and comfort.
For something a little more casual, Bo’s Bar and Stage is the place to be. Not only is the food amazing, there is always something going on, like the upcoming NYE 2022: LOSE YOURSELF TO DANCE event.
Bo’s also has a meal subscription box, allowing you to “enjoy a high end dining experience at home or an opportunity for culinary exploration without leaving the couch” (yes, please!). The box includes a three-course dinner for four, including appetizers, a main course and dessert; as well as 12 double hand-crafted cocktails paired perfectly with your regional cuisine.
I recognize that all of these businesses are based in Red Deer, so if these aren’t local to you, I hope this article can encourage you to research the small businesses and services available in your hometown. Let’s work together to stimulate the economy, practice environmental responsibility, and support our communities.