This week’s Business Spotlight is the Artisan Food Market on Ross Street. Located at 4916 50 (Ross) Street and a newer addition to the array of businesses located on Ross Street, this spot brings local vendors from all over the province to one central place. We stopped in to chat with the Owner, Alexander Lobkov, to learn more about his business.
What is your business?
We are Artisan Food Market on Ross. And what we do is get a bunch of products from vendors from farmers’ markets and small-time business owners, and try to get them all into one store so people can browse their favorite selections.
When did your business open?
We opened in April, end of April of this year. What a time to be open, to be honest, but we survived through the first and we will see how the fall goes.
What makes your business unique?
It’s just the variety of different products that we carry from small little businesses, under one roof. So we carry 30 different vendors so it gives you quite a variety of what you see here and what to shop and try out and all that jazz.
What are some products/services that you offer?
So we do customer orders for the D Dutchman Dairy and our other vendors here and we offer various products from the following vendors:
- Adila Chocolaterie
- Ambrosial Cheesecake Shop
- Bamboo Dumplings
- Black Forest German Bakery
- Cain’s Mustard
- Confetti Sweets
- D Dutchmen Dairy
- Dad’s Sausage and Cured Meats
- Earth Group
- Edgar Farms
- Going Nuts
- Henry’s Honey
- Herbal Healing Tea
- Infused Mediterranean Foods
- Irvings Farm Fresh
- Latin Food Specialties
- Little Bear Gelato
- Longview Beef Jerky
- Lupits Kitchen
- Momma G’s Kitchen
- Moms Happy Kitchen
- Mountain Rhino Gluten Free
- Occam’s Razor
- Pat’s Greenhouse & Gourmet Jellies
- Rustic & Modern Home Cooking
- Shirleys Greenhouse
- Soupin It Up!
- Sunshine Blends
- Taco Loft
- Taste of Ukraine
- Tasty Kitchen Creations
- Thai Manna
- The Go Tu
- The Happy Kernel Kettle Corn Company
- Troubled Monk
- Wildrose Coffee Roasting
Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
We wanted to support downtown! This is kind of a personal endeavor for me. So, I’ve always loved downtown since I moved to Red Deer five years ago. So, I just wanted to support it and yeah, that’s why we came down here.
What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
Having the unique little shops around here is definitely what I love about downtown and that’s what draws me here and that’s why I made our business so unique is so we just fit in so perfectly down here.
I love Downtown Red Deer because… I love the live music that goes on, I love the Christmas lights, the parade, not so much this year, but definitely, in the future, I’m sure they’ll be back on again. And yeah, that’s why I love downtown. It’s a small town with a big city feel.
Next time you’re downtown, be sure to check out Artisan Food Market on Ross where they are always bringing in fresh local products to discover!
Follow their social media pages for updates on new vendors and products!
Former student lovingly remembered by classmates
From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools
A former Father Henri Voisin School student, Julie Burke, was lovingly remembered today through an outdoor blessing and dedication ceremony.
The Julie Burke Memorial Bench was unveiled to the Father Henri Voisin School community and blessed by Father Jan. Julie’s family, division senior administration and Grade 5 student leaders were in attendance in a socially distanced manner.
The memorial bench will be a friendship bench for students.
Julie’s former Grade 4 teacher, Jessica Maloughney, fondly remembers Julie as a girl who was full of kindness and bravery, despite her illness, and says that the bench will, “be a symbol of Julie’s love and bravery. Even though Julianna is no longer here with us, she lives on in all of our hearts. When a student is brave enough to sit on the bench, waiting for a friend – Julie will be there with them. When one of you sees someone sitting on this bench, and invites them to play – Julie will be with you too.”
Father Henri Voisin School Principal, Jeff Tuchscherer, added, “we feel extremely blessed and privileged to have been provided this bench by the Burke family. It will honour Julie’s memory and provide a powerful reminder of the value of friendship, as well as the importance of bravery. Present and future students will vastly benefit from this legacy of a child that lived her life with steadfast love in her heart for all.”
The Julie Burke Memorial Bench faces the school playground and will serve as a reminder to all the students at Father Henri Voisin School that nothing is more important than friendship and kindness, just like Julie believed.
Father Henri Voisin School serves over 385 Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 students in Red Deer. As a learning institution, Father Henri Voisin School is committed to serving students with a complete offering of learning opportunities delivered within the context of Catholic teachings.
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