Written and performed by Jordan Wiberg, “Up Here, in Canada” is closing in on 2 million views on youtube. Wiberg who is originally from Caronport, Saskatchewan is living and working as an artist in Kelowna, BC. He wrote the song while cooped up due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s bringing joy to a good number of Canadians and is spreading like a prairie wildfire. Check it out and you’ll see why. The tune is catchy and the video is excellent.
Downtown Business Spotlight: U Pick Koffee
This week’s Business Spotlight shines on U Pick Koffee! Located at 4710 51 Ave, this local shop has everything you need for your Keurig K-Cup stock. We sat down with the general manager, Ken Van Someren, to learn more about this business!
What is your business?
Our business is U Pick Koffee, here in Red Deer. We have only been in business for a couple of months. Our main product line is Keurig K-Cups. We specialize in the mix-and-match program, where you can buy many pods of different kinds to try and find a new favorite pod!
When did you open?
We opened officially on the 1st of September and our operating hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m, Monday through Friday as well as 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.
What would you say makes your business unique?
I think it’s unique because of the mix-and-match program. You can buy K-Cups in a number of grocery stores, but we have a much bigger variety. We are working towards getting up to 250 to 300 different varieties. We have regular coffee, decaf coffee, we have teas, we have flavored coffees, we have dark roasts—all the roasts that you could want! And we have some that are even on special. Also, we don’t have an exact date yet, but you can check our Facebook page and Website because we will be having a coffee tasting night in November!
What are some products/services that you offer?
The products we carry are of all varieties, we don’t carry just Folgers. We’ve got Timothy’s. Tim Horton’s, Van Houtte, Torani, and Starbucks. We have pretty much all of them and we’re getting more in all the time. We’ll soon have some Christmas special ones in— a Christmas hot chocolate is coming! We also sell regular bean and ground coffee from two suppliers right now. They’re both unique to this area and you can’t buy them in just any grocery store. One is White Frog Café, from Sylvan Lake. There is only a couple of us in Red Deer that sell it, and we have grounds and beans. We also have coffee from a company called Rampage Coffee, they are out of Saskatoon. We have beans and grounds from them, and we’re the only ones in Central Alberta that are selling that product.
Why did you choose Downtown Red Deer as the location for your business?
We wanted somewhere that there would be visibility. We didn’t want to go into a mall where we were mandated to the hours that we can open. We wanted good exposure and we found that in Downtown Red Deer.
What do you think makes Downtown vibrant?
I think it’s the people that are Downtown and working together to make it better. Although there is a lot of empty spots Downtown right now, the ones that are there are really into the Downtown and want to make it even more vibrant. I think the City is working on that as well, leaving the patio open this year. I think that’s a good idea. There are things that need to happen, and they will happen!
I love Downtown Red Deer because… The people are friendly, and the businesses are inviting. People don’t want to go to malls all the time!
If you’re looking for a place that offers a wide variety of coffee and specialized K-Cups, look no further than U Pick Koffee!
Vision for downtown Capstone neighbourhood beginning to come together.
From the City of Red Deer
Capstone redevelopment achieves new milestone with first major land sale
The transformation of Capstone has taken a significant leap forward with the announcement of the first sale of land, triggering approximately $36 million of multi-family residential development.
The City of Red Deer announced that Calgary’s Brad Remington Homes will deliver approximately 180 new condominium homes to the community. The deal represents the first investment of private equity into the Capstone community, and sets the stage for additional interest from both commercial and residential developers.
“This is a turning point in our city history, which will prove to be transformative as a former industrial area transitions into a modern, walkable urban community”, said Mayor Tara Veer. “Capstone is a city-defining project and represents the next generation of living, working and recreating in our city, and prioritizes our downtown through densification and sustainable community design. Most importantly, this significant private investment in Red Deer demonstrates confidence in our local marketplace and vision for downtown revitalization.”
Earlier this year, The City initiated a direct marketing program to identify developers with the financial strength, brand reputation and expertise in multi-family community development to help deliver the vision for Capstone.
“Developer selection is a critical step in a redevelopment program of this magnitude, and so our outreach was intentionally broad”, said Allan Seabrooke, City Manager. “We developed specialized tools, conducted site tours and shared information with capable developers from across the province and the country, in an effort to find the right partner to help us deliver on our vision for this community.”
Brad Remington Homes, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, has delivered over 3,500 homes in southern Alberta, and is known for its construction expertise and philosophy around home ownership.
“Our mission has always been to provide the highest quality home possible, while remaining affordable”, noted Brad Remington President and CEO. “I am impressed by The City’s vision for Capstone and believe that many Red Deerians will aspire to live in this riverside community. We’re thrilled about the opportunity to redefine a whole new neighbourhood, and revitalize downtown,” he added.
The vision of Capstone started in 2009 with the relocation of The City’s Civic Yards, which opened up the area to development. Since then, The City has been investing in the foundation for future growth, focusing on upgrading utilities and services in the area, building a Riverwalk pathway, road improvements, landscaping, increased parking and reimagined gathering spaces.
Capstone is on its way to becoming a vibrant, mixed-use community. The master plan vision, developed by urban strategists GEHL Studios, outlines character areas like the “Green Spine” and “Riverwalk“, which are intended to easily connect pedestrian and bicycle commuters to the Red Deer River valley and to the downtown core. With over three million square feet of residential opportunity, Capstone will be home to over 5,000 new residents when complete. Combined with an additional two million square feet of commercial and retail opportunity, the community represents a billion dollar real estate program.
Simultaneous to the land sale announcement, The City unveiled the highly anticipated 3D visualization of Capstone, giving Red Deerians and Albertans the first glimpse of what the community will look like in 2040 at full build-out.
“The release of the 3D visualization, and the sale of development parcels marks a significant milestone in the Capstone rejuvenation project and is a result of years of preparatory work and infrastructure improvements showing our commitment to the vision,” commented Tara Lodewyk, General Manager, Development and Protective Services.
Consumer Research conducted earlier this spring indicates that the future resident of the community – dubbed the ‘Cap Citizen’ – seeks to be connected to nature, while having the services and offerings of downtown Red Deer on their doorstep. Capstone is designed to be a prime riverfront address, an accessible city home, and a leisure destination for all Red Deerians.
For more information about Capstone or to view the 3D animation visit the website at liveincapstone.ca.
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