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Junktiques – Home Decor – DBA Business Spotlight

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We were very excited to sit down with Vicki Finlay, owner and operator of Junktiques – Home Décor this week. Vicki is extremely passionate about her business and her commitment to her downtown community is inspiring! We were amazed at all the unique treasures and how welcoming her space is. Check out our interview with Vicki below! 

What is your business?  

My business consists of new, vintage, and re-purposed items. A little bit of everything and a lot of nothing! You never know what you’re going to find in here! Junktiques is really about anything that is cool! 

When did your business open?  

Officially it became Junktiques in December 2017.  

What makes your business unique?  

Everything makes us unique! Our location is great because we are in the center of everything! Our customers are unique, all walks of life come here. I sell products that I love, make my soul happy, and I believe someone else will love as well. I don’t accept consignment items, so I won’t sell ‘just anything’. I strive in the ability to be fluid and ever-changing. I don’t have to follow rules such as opening and closing times and what I can sell and cannot sell, I carry pride merchandise year-round and myself, because when you come into my store I try to make you feel like you’ve come over to visit.  

What are some products/services that you offer?  

I offer new home décor, jewelry, hardware, vintage treasures, and an all year-round pride selection. I offer a huge variety and selection. I can find someone an item they need for a project that they may not have considered. So, its re-purposing an item from one use to another use and that’s what I’m good at.  

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

I didn’t originally choose the location, but if I was given the option to move, I wouldn’t. Downtown is vibrant, unique, interesting and always changing, just like Junktiques. There is no other place it would work, and I love the spot I’m in.  

What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?  

The people, the cafés, the atmosphere, unique & one-of-a kind stores, also the fact you can be outside. You are not inside a mall where you don’t see the weather or birds. It’s cold in the winter but it’s worth it in the summer because it’s the most beautiful place in the world.  

I love Downtown Red Deer because… Everything good happens in the heart of a city and Downtown is the heart of Red Deer!  

Junktiques – Home Décor is truly a pillar in our Downtown community. Vicki not only runs a successful and uniquebusiness; she is a champion advocate and stanch supporter of her Downtown and LGBTQ community. We invite you to stop in to Junktiques Home Décor and experience this hidden gem!  

‘You never know what you might find!’  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Junktiques-Home-Decor-261465131048237/  

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#RedDeerStrong – Uncertainty and Stress can lead to deadlock. Brown Resolutions may be just what you need right now.

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What does your business do?

Brown Resolutions provides mediation and arbitration services to resolve legal conflicts by the most flexible, affordable and efficient means possible. We provide skilled facilitators and decision-makers who have experience assisting individuals in dispute to reach a resolution outside of the courtroom.

Both mediation and arbitration are tailored to meet the needs of the clients and give participants control of the process. Our services focus on helping parties get from dispute to resolution efficiently, effectively and economically.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

As a mediation and arbitration service that helps people resolve disputes outside the court process, we have had to modify our typical business practices as a result of Covid-19. Normally, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes occur in a face-to-face, in-person session. People have been, and continue to be, understandably nervous about interacting with others even in small groups. Initially, most clients were postponing matters as everyone waited to see how the virus would spread and what changes that might bring to their everyday lives.

What are you doing to adapt?

While we were forced to delay some matters as everyone learned what the new normal would be, at Brown Resolutions we have been able to accommodate our clients with new methods. To practice consistent with ongoing social distancing, we have installed high-quality video conferencing technologies in the office to facilitate mediation and arbitration sessions for clients. We have tailored many of the usual processes to encourage clients to provide as much information through documents and written statements to further reduce and eliminate in-person contact. We currently take all meetings by telephone or video conference. At Brown Resolutions we are doing everything we can to consider the clients’ thoughts and concerns about Covid-19 and still provide the effective, efficient and economic ADR services people need.

What kind of help do you need?

The uncertainty facing both our local and global society right now causes stress for many individuals. When faced with legal issues that are not being resolved, this can exacerbate the problem. While all of us are doing our best and working within a new framework, the most important thing we need from those we deal with is patience. It may take more time to accommodate your needs, some creative thinking might be necessary to find the best path forward, and the process may have to be modified, but with patience it can be done.

What do you want the community to know?

With the lifestyle limitations all of us are following as a result of Covid-19, assistance for individuals embroiled in legal disputes has been dramatically curtailed. Both the Provincial Court and Court of Queen’s Bench have limited the matters they will hear to those that are emergent, such as restraining orders, bail hearings and child welfare issues. As result, at Brown Resolutions we have started offering mini-ADR sessions that resolve only one or two elements of an overall issue to provide interim relief while people already engaged in traditional litigation wait to see when they can again participate in the Court process. We have been told that the Court of Queen’s Bench is very supportive of people using mini-ADR’s in the meantime and is encouraging people to look to that route to help reduce the backlog of matters facing the Court when it eventually returns.

Our economy and therefore most individuals in our community have been impacted by Covid-19. With most people facing negative impacts to their finances, it becomes more important to look for the most economical way to meet their ongoing needs. The services at Brown Resolutions can help reduce legal costs for those involved in legal disputes by tailoring a process which fits their budget and still focuses on getting a result. We can help make the best use of more limited financial resources.

Eventually our society will start functioning more fully. While some things will understandably have to be postponed, everything we can do to continue moving our lives forward, including resolving outstanding disputes, will help relieve the backlog and inevitable delay that results from the loss of weeks or months of productivity in service sectors. At Brown Resolutions, we want to encourage people to consider new methods and processes to resolve their disputes.

 

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#RedDeerStrong – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Network. Another not-for-profit battling through the COVID / Energy Crisis

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What does your business do?

The Central Alberta FASD Network is a non-profit organization offering community-based, cost-free services to persons living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) across the lifespan, and their caregivers. With offices in Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House, we are part of a system wide FASD Network model that has made Alberta a leader in service delivery, both in Canada and internationally. We offer education and training, outreach and prevention, and assessment and diagnosis services.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

For the safety of our clients, employees and the community the Network have moved to a “Working Remotely Protocol” meaning we are unable to meet with our clients and their caregivers in person to provide support, counselling and education. Our monthly support groups for caregivers and clients with FASD have had to be cancelled. We have had to place our diagnostic clinic on hold and will re-evaluate daily/weekly as to when we will be permitted to re-open. Unfortunately, we have had to cancel all face to face education, training sessions and events.

The Network board of director’s, staff and clinic staff are definitely taking this very seriously. The health and safety of all of our staff, office guests and clients served are of the utmost importance.

What are you doing to adapt?

We continue to provide support to clients and caregivers on a full-time basis via telephone, Zoom and other social media avenues. Our intake line has specific instructions on what we have put in place as a Business Continuance plan, and how to get in touch with a staff person for support.

We are providing fact sheets regarding precautions all staff and clients should take regarding COVID-19. We have also created a “Client Information Handbook” that we have passed on to our clients and would be happy to share with anyone who is interested. We are posting live video and print information on our website and facebook page and will be offering a free online training, FASD 101, in the coming weeks.

What kind of help do you need?

We welcome any questions or feedback that our clients or community members have.

We are a registered charity and are always accepting donations that assist in enhancing our programming and increasing our ability to continue to provide free assessment and diagnosis to those suspected of FASD. A single assessment costs between $4500 and $5000.

What do you want the community to know?

Although our offices throughout Central Alberta are closed, our intake line remains open and our Outreach Staff are available to offer support via phone call, facebook or video chat. Please contact the main office line at 403-342-7399 and please leave a voice mail; your call will be returned within two business days.

Please visit our website at http://www.centralfasd.org and our facebook page.

 

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