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Downtown Business Spotlight: CopiesNow


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This week’s business spotlight shines on CopiesNow! Located on the corner of Little Gaetz Ave and Alexander Way this one stop shop for all your printing needs is the place to check out. We met up with owner, Doug Free, to learn more about this business.

What is your business? 

CopiesNow is a Digital Print Center.

When did you open? 

We opened in 1987, just a block from our current location.

What would you say makes your business unique? 

CopiesNow was started and named with the concept of offering people the opportunity to make their own copies. A unique concept 30 years ago. Today we are much more than copies.

What are some products/services that you offer?  

CopiesNow offers full printing and bindery services, with 9 colour and black and white copies, envelope printers, wide format scanners and printers. We also have laminators, folders, a numbering machine and various bindery options. This combined with our in-house Design Team makes CopiesNow a well rounded business solution for all your printing needs. We have also partnered with some quality companies, who specialize in products beyond our in-house capabilities (such as cheque production). This combination offers our customers a broad range of printing options and products. With over 30 years of experience we are positioned to help you succeed, because: “We succeed when we help you succeed.”

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

33 Years ago the Downtown was the hub of business in Red Deer and as we are m ore a destination business the centre made sense. Today the world is at our fingertips thanks to the internet so why change a good thing?

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

We live and work in downtown Red Deer because there is an expectation of “quality of life” and Red Deer has much to offer at a calmer pace than the big cities. Our economy isn’t based on one commodity, but a broad mixture of products and services. When times are slower we all feel it, but we also dig in to ensure our diversity fortifies us even amidst the tough times. We are better together.

I love Downtown Red Deer because… I was born here and have always felt this is the best place to raise a family, have a business and experience a quality of life that allows me to enjoy the various characteristics of Red Deer and all it has to offer. 

If you’re looking for a place to get all of your printing done, whether its business cards, posters, banners, etc. CopiesNow is the place to go! Check out their website and social media for their latest deals!




We serve approximately 500 businesses and property owners in Downtown Red Deer, Alberta. Our Mission is to build an engaged Downtown community, develop a Downtown brand and enhance the Downtown experience.

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Red Deer DBA announces Entertainment District events

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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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Downtown Business Association announces Saturday market for Red Deer on Little Gaetz

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Red Deer Downtown Business Association launches Downtown Saturday Market

The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is proud to announce the launch of a brand-new downtown market for Red Deer, starting Saturday, May 20th at 10am, located on Ross Street and Little Gaetz. 
This open-air urban market will have no restrictions on vendors and can accommodate everyone!  The downtown business community are thrilled to welcome visitors to the core and their offerings are sure to delight.  Attendees can enjoy the many benefits of the Entertainment District, which includes revelling in the numerous food and beverage options on the Ross Street Patio while taking in the local live music.
The cost to be a vendor in the new DBA Downtown Saturday Market is an affordable $40 per week and all vendors must complete an application form to attend.  The application will be live on on Thursday, April 27th, 2023 (tomorrow) at noon.  The application can be both completed and submitted online.  Once the application is approved, vendors will be contacted by the Market Manager to confirm the online payment process and be provided with a booth number and map for access.
To follow along for the latest information, head to the social media accounts:
Instagram – @reddeerfarmersmarket
“This is an exciting opportunity for the DBA to really showcase the downtown and its businesses.  It will enable visitors to shop local with both the vendors and brick and mortar businesses while exploring some of the other attractions, including the many murals that are located all over downtown”.
Amanda Gould, DBA Executive Director.
“The new DBA Downtown Market will be transformative for downtown Red Deer as it shows the community the countless positive things we have to offer while attracting various demographics.  This is not just a win for the downtown, but for the community, and if we want to succeed in revitalizing the downtown core, this is the biggest and most effective step we can take”.
Brandon Bouchard, DBA Board Chair and General Manager at Tribe Restaurant.
The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for 40 years, serving approximately 450 business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.
For more information, please contact:
Amanda Gould Executive Director
Red Deer Downtown Business Association
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