Red Deer Downtown Business Association
Downtown Business Spotlight: Cafe Millennium
This week’s Business Spotlight is a tasty one! We stopped in to visit with Café Millennium, located on the main floor of the Millennium Centre – Suite 111, 4909 49 Street. This café is all about freshness! The delicious aromas of baking bread and gourmet coffee greet you when you first enter along with a friendly and helpful staff! A resident of Downtown Red Deer for the past 17 years, Café Millennium is a favorite breakfast and lunch stop for many that work and play in the area. We sat down with Louise Zanussi, owner of Café Millennium to learn more about her business!
What is your business?
We are a café/cafeteria style business. We offer catering, hot drinks, baked goods including bread so we can offer fresh sandwiches, lots of healthy options and hot lunch features. We do a little bit of everything. We can offer gluten-free options and we try to accommodate dietary restrictions.
When did your business open?
I took over the business 17 years ago. It originally opened as a café with the opening of the building in 2000.
What makes your business unique?
Our customer service is amazing. My staff are always on top of things and always looking to do a little bit extra. I think also it’s the freshness of our products. Our bread is baked right here so you get that nice aroma. Our roast beef is done onsite, and we strive to keep things as fresh as possible. We make sure to have healthy options ready because a lot of people only have a half-hour for lunch and they come down here and must eat at that time, they want it fast. Most will assume when they see 20 people at the counter, they won’t have time. But then they see 6 people ready to serve them. We do our best to make sure things are fast and as fresh as possible.
What are some products/services that you offer?
Our pumpkin cookies are certainly our signature item. It was something I tried years ago for Thanksgiving from a friend that brought me the recipe and my husband loved them! The first year we opened I knew we needed a pumpkin item and people just loved them! It is something we always make sure to carry. We also offer homemade chocolates seasonally, catering services for lunches and some evening events but focus mostly on lunches. This will include sandwich trays, soups, veggie and fruit trays, dessert/cookie trays, some hot foods such as pasta and quesadillas. We can also cater to special requests and offer delivery for a fee. Our catering menu is located on our website.
Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
I didn’t really know downtown at all, it was just an opportunity that came up. It was here and was a good business, I don’t know why it didn’t succeed before. It was just an opportunity and we managed to get it. So, we have been here ever since.
What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
There are a lot of nice little shops in the downtown. At Christmas time, City Hall’s lights are beautiful and the flowers in the summertime are amazing. I love the cobblestone streets, the Farmers Market on Wednesdays, which we participate in, bring a lot of people downtown. It’s just a nice area!
I love Downtown Red Deer because… I think its just a nice little community. From the events in the summertime to the history and renovations on a lot of the buildings, and they look fantastic! We get a lot of people from downtown businesses that come in. We might not know their names, but we know what they like to eat! It’s just a little community gathering. Sometimes people will come three or four times a day. We get to know them, joke around and have lots of fun. I love it!
Homemade meals, fresh ingredients, and expert customer service make Café Millennium a front-runner in their business! They have something for everyone on their menu whether it be a fresh sandwich, hearty soup or a sweet treat! We invite you to stop in and see for yourself everything Café Millennium has to offer!
Check out their website to see their tasty menu and follow them on Facebook for their weekly lunch specials!
Red Deer DBA announces Entertainment District events
With great enthusiasm and anticipation, the Downtown Business Association (DBA) is thrilled to share some exciting updates and plans for the future! After careful consideration and a deep understanding of our community’s needs, we are here to announce our latest developments.
Firstly, while we understand the disappointment caused by the cancellation of the upcoming season of the Downtown Saturday Market, we want to assure you that this decision was made with the utmost care and consideration. Our valued vendors and attendees have shown incredible support and enthusiasm for this new venture, and for that, we are truly grateful.
Though we faced time constraints and logistical challenges that hindered our ability to organize the event effectively, we have not lost sight of our mission to bring joy and entertainment to the community. Our plans for the Wednesday Market remain unchanged and we are are thrilled to inform you that the music programming meant for Saturday market entertainment will continue to thrive!
Every Saturday from 2-4pm, the public patio will come alive with soul-stirring performances from amazing artists from all over Central Alberta and beyond. Best of all, this event is free and open to the public, inviting everyone to share in the magic of live music. This will be in addition to the regularly scheduled Tuesday – Friday Programming, with an extra special open mic night every Thursday evening. Friday’s will take it up a notch with business-led events that will make your evenings truly unforgettable.
We have an incredible lineup of events and activities planned for this summer to enhance your enjoyment of the Ross Street Patio, day and night. To stay up-to-date with all the showtimes and artist line-ups, we encourage you to follow us on our social media channels.
In addition, our Host-It! Program offers community partners the opportunity to use the stage every Saturday throughout the summer. Imagine the possibilities—music, theatre, art galleries, and so much more. We are committed to providing a platform for diverse activities that will invigorate the heart of our downtown. And let’s not forget the festivals! The Downtown Business Association is proud to support several upcoming festivals on Ross Street and nearby this summer. These celebrations will infuse the area with a joyful and festive atmosphere, attracting thousands of visitors to revel in the excitement. After immersing yourself in these vibrant events, the Ross Street Patio will be the perfect spot to unwind and savor a refreshing beverage.
Our little Entertainment District has flourished, and we couldn’t be prouder. The first full summer season with this new bylaw in place promises to be an absolute triumph, as we are still the only Entertainment District in Alberta.
Looking ahead, the DBA remains dedicated to fostering a vibrant and thriving downtown. We are already hard at work planning an afternoon market for next year based on valuable community feedback. This revised schedule will provide vendors with greater flexibility and the opportunity to participate in other morning markets. We are committed to announcing and implementing these efforts earlier, ensuring that vendors have ample time to plan their seasons accordingly.
Together, as a united community, we will continue to create successful opportunities for all. Let’s embrace the vibrant future that awaits us and build a downtown that will inspire and uplift us all.
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