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Downtown Business Spotlight: Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

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It’s Monday and this week our Business Spotlight feature is Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria! This Italian inspired pizzeria is located at 5016 51 Avenue. We had the chance to sit down with owner, Ryan Curtis, to learn more about this business!

What is your business? 

 Famoso Pizzaria. 

 When did you open? 

 We opened in July of 2013. 

 What would you say makes your business unique? 

We’re pretty specialized in the type of pizza that we serve, obviously focusing on Neapolitan pizza, thin crust, and importing most of our ingredients from Italy. For example, Double Zero Flour from Naples, Campania tomatoes from the Campania region of Italy, just outside of Naples, which are grown in volcanic ash, fresh Fior di Latte Mozzarella, which is made fresh for us every week, locally of course. It cooks in our Italian Forno at 900 degrees for only about 90 seconds. So really thin-crust, softer style of pizza, rather than the typical North American style pizza. 

What are some products/services that you offer?  

Neapolitan Style Pizza, and we now have a different, thicker crust which is a more New York-Sicilian style pizza. Lots of craft beer, wine, cocktails, appetizers, salads, gelato—quite a few things here! 

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

We thought it would be a really great fit in the sense that we’re central to everywhere in the city. We’re 10-12 minutes from any given place. The nice part about where we are is, we do have free parking! For any perceived lack of parking, that’s something that unfortunately plagues Downtown, even though it’s not well founded, I think. 

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant? 

In terms of Red Deer, if your talking dining, I think we have the best kind of diverse dining scene. Occams Razor, Tribe, Dose—best coffee in town! —some really neat, unique offerings. I know we’re a franchise but we’re still pretty unique in the city. There’s just a lot of neat shops like Alta, Rob Rae’s, and products and services that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. I think it’s awesome, I mean, look at Downtown right now through the holidays with City Hall all lit up with the lights—it’s just beautiful! I think the sense of community that a lot of the businesses have, or at least I’ve experienced in our time here, it’s been great. It just makes us so unique.  

I love Downtown Red Deer because… of the community spirit down here and the DBA’s help and guidance to tie it all together. If I had to pick just one thing, I would say winter Downtown. City Hall lights, it’s just so nice when you are hanging out down here. Even though Red Deer Light’s the Night was a bit of a sad reminder of how much things have changed, it’s usually one of our busiest nights, the best of Red Deer is still on display and it’s a great way to show off our own area in Red Deer.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria is open for curbside pick-up and delivery! Check out their website for their menu and their social media for updates on new menu items and specials!

Website: https://famoso.ca/locations/red-deer/

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

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamosoPizzeria

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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Business Spotlight: Ewyn Weight-Loss Studios

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1. What is your business?

Ewyn Weight-Loss Studios support clients on their weight-loss journey through programing, healthy eating, stress management and much more; they are a hub for healthy living.

2. When did your business open?

This Ewyn studio opened in 2017, but Natalie has been running it since 2019

3. What makes your business unique?

Stabilization and maintenance are what make Ewyn’s weight-loss different, working with clients to reach their goals than helping them maintain the perfect balance for their individualized goals to make weight loss truly sustainable.

4. What are some products/services that you offer?

A FREE consultation followed by individual programming per client to help them reach their goals of healthy living and weight loss.

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

The business was already placed downtown when I took over, but I do find that we get about 15-20% of our business from people stating they saw us as they drove by.

6. What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?

The greenery and opportunity for living an active lifestyle with the tails and outside gyms.

7. Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…

I love the downtown Market, and it has such a sense of community and fresh, inexpensive vegetables. I often recommend it to my clients.

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It’s proving to be a lively summer on the Ross Street Patio

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By Mark Weber

With the new designation of being an Entertainment District, there’s an exciting new vibe resonating across Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio.

Earlier this year, City council approved Entertainment District status for the Patio, meaning that the Ross Street Patio is now a place where adults can consume alcohol outside of a licensed premises while taking in various forms of live entertainment. Prior to the May 24th council meeting, City administration determined a new bylaw was needed to support the DBA’s request and sought direction from council before proceeding.

According to the City, Entertainment Districts are new to the province, having been created last December through an amendment to the Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Act.  “We are getting brilliant feedback – it has been so well-received,”
explained Amanda Gould, the DBA’s executive director. There have been no issues either, she added, pointing out that folks have been responsible and simply enjoying the option to have a drink while listening to artists perform on the Patio each week. “They’re having a drink, they’re getting rid of their garbage, and then they are on their way. It’s been absolutely brilliant – it’s been a dream. “It’s great to be able to offer this to people who come downtown.”

Gould has also noted that the designation would help to further revitalize the downtown core by drawing more folks down to not only check out the entertainment that is running on the Patio all summer, but to also see all that downtown ultimately has to offer.

Business owners have also been saying it’s been a positive move. “Tribe, in particular, on Canada Day saw a 30 per cent increase in sales.”

The regular performances are also proving a major draw this summer. “We get people of so many different walks of life coming down to see them – it’s so interesting to watch the Patio right now. We get in at half past eight, and then you go around the corner to look at the Patio to check and make sure everything is good as we do every morning. People are outside City Roast having coffee, sitting on the picnic benches, having their breakfast, or just sitting down to have a chat – it’s just lovely to see. And then it gets full on the days that we have the entertainment going on.”

Thursday and Friday performances run from 12 – 1:30 p.m. with Wednesday performances going from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. “Wednesdays continue to be our best day as we have the market going on then, too.”

Visitors are invited to come down and purchase all their fresh fruits and veggies between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

The annual car boot sale will soon be happening as well – they will be on Wednesdays also, she added. “Wednesdays are ‘the day’,” she added with a laugh.

According to the DBA’s website, “Load up your car, truck, or van with any items from your house that you wish to sell (or that you would normally put out in a garage sale) and come down to Little Gaetz Avenue for the Downtown Red Deer Car Boot Sale.” Pre-registration & payment required for those wishing to sell.

And to top of the celebratory spirit, a special limited-edition beer created by Sawback Brewing specifically for the Patio has proven to be a hit as well. “People love it,” said Gould, adding the beer – available at several downtown restaurants – will be available through the summer. The musical performances and the market both run through to the early fall.

For more about the Downtown Business Association and all that is planned for the Ross Street Patio, find them on Facebook or visit www.downtownreddeer.com.

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