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City of Red Deer expedites patio process for desperate restaurants

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City accommodates demand for patios

Summer patios are popping up throughout Red Deer as an extension to seating areas at local restaurants. Following the mandated closure of indoor dining by the Government of Alberta, outdoor patios are one way food and beverage businesses can continue to operate.

“We know local business owners are struggling to adapt to changing restrictions and wanted to find a way to expedite the application process so these businesses see minimal impact to their operations as a result of closure of indoor dining,” said Erin Stuart, Inspections and Licensing Manager. “The health and safety of Red Deerians is of utmost importance, and participating businesses must ensure that public health orders and provincial restrictions continue to be followed.”

Patios installed on private property require a development permit and may require a building permit. In an effort to offer immediate assistance to businesses, The City is modifying these processes to allow for installation of patios prior to permits being issued, following discussions with the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce.

A signed waiver is required by the business owner, allowing for the immediate installation of the patio. The business owner will be responsible for submitting a complete application, including a site plan outlining the location and measurements of the patio and the number of seats, within two weeks of the signed waiver being submitted. The permit will continue to be processed, ensuring safety and legislative requirements are met, and will be valid until September 30, 2021.

For patios within the downtown core, business owners are required to apply for a Seasonal Downtown Patio. Businesses within the downtown core require a boardwalk to be installed around the perimeter of the patio to provide a safe, accessible walkway for pedestrians (this excludes businesses located within Ross Street Patio). The City will build, install, remove and store these boardwalks at no cost to participating businesses.

Interested business owners can visit www.reddeer.ca/seasonalpatios for more information and to begin the application process.

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Downtown Business Spotlight : Barbershop on Gaetz

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This week, we shine our ‘Business Spotlight’ on Barber Shop on Gaetz. 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 who have supported the Shop even through a temporary relocation following a fire. You can find them in the basement of Evergreen Massage right next to the Club Café until they are able to return to their regular location. Selene would like her clients to know that she’s happy to go mobile for any clients that are unable to access the basement. Read on 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!

 

 

If you would like to see your Downtown business spotlighted, please contact us at 403-340-8696 or [email protected].

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Downtown Business Spotlight: Ross Street Ice Cream Co.

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This week’s Business Spotlight shines on Ross Street Ice Cream Co., located at 4924 50 St on the Ross Street Patio. We caught up with Michael Ubbing during the heat wave to learn more!

What is your business?

Ross Street Ice Cream Co.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When did you open?

When it was a lot cooler than this! A week before May long.

What would you say makes your business unique?

We have lots of dietary options! Lots of dairy free, gluten free cones, we have no sugar added ice cream, we have a special cooler to prevent any cross contamination and then we make what we call “Super Allergy Ice Cream”, which, if you are allergic to everything in the world, you’re probably not allergic to that ice cream!

What are some products/services that you offer?

We offer ice cream and ice cream accessories. Some of those accessories keep expanding including gourmet cotton candy, Saskatoon lemonade, soda floats with Mexican Jarritos pop, and we do banana splits now!

   

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

We chose Downtown Red Deer because its cheap! 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

Me, of course! I think Taco Loft makes it vibrant. The music scene makes it vibrant.

 Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…

It’s the center to everything and accessible to everyone.

Ross Street Ice Cream Co. is the place to check out if you’re looking for a cool treat on a hot day! Follow them for updates:

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

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

 

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