For this week’s Business Spotlight, we popped into Sunworks Living, located at #110, 4913 Gaetz Ave in the heart of Downtown Red Deer. Visitors to this unique shop are treated to a shopping experience like no other in Red Deer. The selection of high-quality products and expert customer service allow Sunworks to stand out, and why people keep coming back. We sat down with Kathryn Harris of Sunworks to learn more about this exceptional downtown business.
What is your business?
We are Sunworks Living, quality gifts and local art gallery, we offer a unique shopping experience.
When did your business open?
The business opened May 10th, 1996.
What makes your business unique?
Our focus is on local products, so we try and bring in unique, local but very curated pieces. Some of our works in the store are from a few neighborhoods away, others are from as far away as Quebec. We try to stay as Canadian as we can. We do have an emphasis on staying environmentally friendly so some of our products do come from away, but they are a little more sustainable.
What are some products/services that you offer?
Local is one of the key things for the business. We showcase local art, we build special order pieces with local materials based on customer-specific requests, we are very particular as to what we bring into the store, it must be of a certain quality, not found anywhere else. In-store, we carry housewares, handmade natural soy candles, greeting cards, books, kitchenware, a little bit of everything.
Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
When Paul and Terry started Sunworks, Downtown Red Deer was a desolate wasteland. Paul grew up in Calgary and it was very important to him that the downtown be the beating heart of the city. At the time you could virtually hear the slamming of the wooden outhouse door and tumbleweed rolling across the street, but downtown is where they always wanted to put their business. I’ve heard Paul say to Terry,’ we need to do something about the downtown or we need to move’ so, they felt compelled to get involved and felt a call for change. The community has always been very important.
What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
The people that work here. I can stand outside in front of the store in the sun on a Tuesday afternoon and can greet people as they walk by. I will see businesses across the street, and we give each other ‘the nod’ in greeting. You must acknowledge the people that are here.
Finish this sentence: I love Downtown Red Deer because…
It’s where I work, where I play and it’s close to home. It’s close to pretty much all homes in Red Deer because it’s the heart of the city. You must go through the downtown to get anywhere anyway so why wouldn’t you stop?
The charm and relaxed atmosphere of this quaint shop make it a pleasure to be in. The perfect gift is easily found with the help of the friendly and highly knowledgeable staff, as the possibilities are endless. Give yourself time to browse, there is a lot to discover!
Make sure to follow Sunworks Living:
#RedDeerStrong – Group focussed fitness studio F45 offers fitness opportunities for isolated athletes
F45 is for people who are already in shape and want to maintain, and for those who really want to kick their cardio up a notch. The business is just a few months old and finds itself fighting to pay the rent as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on group gatherings.
What does your business do?
Our studio is a community and group training focused fitness studio. We are the fastest growing fitness network in the world and are happy to bring this to our hometown of Red Deer. We are adaptable for all fitness levels and deliver a 45 minute high intensity Functional training workout. F45. Click here to see our website.
How has COVID-19 affected you?
Due to the concern for our members we made the decision to close our doors. Days later it was mandated by the government. We are only operational for 5 months so this was a huge shock to our new community and finances. We went to zero income overnight.
What are you doing to adapt?
To adapt we are offering live Zoom workouts to members at less than a 50% discount off their regular membership rate. F45 HQ has also produced workouts that are available on our app. This has been amazing to help our members mental and physic health while social distancing.it also has helped cover a few of our needs to pay within the studio.
What kind of help do you need?
Being a very new busy within Red Deer any advertising and awareness to our studio would beneficial . The government has offered some very helpful solutions foe small businesses which we are grateful for.
What do you want the community to know?
We want our community to know that they are not alone. We offer fun and interactive F45Live video workouts that will keep them healthy physically and mentally at a reasonable cost.
We did our first ZOOM live Friday…we worked out the kinks so now we are ready for a full week next Monday! Today we did the new F45 Program GOAT! Awesome Strength workout with a killer Pod 3! It was so great to feel your energy and see your faces again!
If you would like to join the F45Live ZOOM and F45 Gravity ( adding more programs soon) home workouts, today is your last day to join for 19/week. After today it is 24/week.
Just send us a message and we can hook you up! Thanks to over half of our members who have joined.
If you have family members or friends who may be interested and live anywhere across Canada they too can join our F45Live and receive these programs as well. We would appreciate the referral!
The Red Deer Downtown Business Association opens up survey for downtown identity project.
The Red Deer Downtown Business Association (DBA) is proud to announce the launch of their survey to assist the DBA’s ongoing efforts of creating an identity for Downtown Red Deer. This survey will be used to gain feedback from citizens of Red Deer and surrounding communities on their thoughts of downtown.
The DBA is looking for 20 individuals that complete the 3 to 5-minute survey, to participate in a longer 20-minute interview in return for a $10 gift card to one of the specialty coffee shops in the core.
The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for over 30 years, serving approximately five-hundred 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, contact: Amanda Gould, Executive Director, Red Deer Downtown Businesses Association 403.340.8696
(originally published March 30, 2020)
And Money Flowed in the Streets….
Liberals delay release of wage subsidy details
U.S. Coast Guard rules cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard
Premier Kenney addresses the province about a 1.5 billion investment in Keystone XL
Creator1 day ago
Turn off the relentless news and escape – India part 4: The Spices of Kerala
#RedDeerStrong1 day ago
#RedDeerStrong – If you’re struggling and you need to consolidate debt through a mortgage refinance, Kristen is here for you.
Business News1 day ago
Keep It Simple S…ubsidy
Central Alberta2 days ago
6 more cases of COVID in Central Alberta, 57 in total – (April 1 update)
COVID-192 days ago
Red Deer Public Schools keeping Educational Assistants on for an extra month
Community1 day ago
Good information is the miracle drug
#RedDeerStrong1 day ago
#RedDeerStrong – Protecting your vehicle investment is more important than ever. Line-X is here to help!
Top Story CP1 day ago
Appeal court nixes fresh lobby probe of Aga Khan in Trudeau vacation case