Fall is a time to start fresh. Spending more money with local businesses is always an excellent routine to begin or ramp up, particularly as we head into the holiday shopping season. 

Approximately $68 out of every $100 stays within the community when you shop local instead of $43 out of $100. Local businesses also tend to support other local companies and nonprofits.

Local businesses contribute to the overall character and uniqueness of our community. For example, small local retailers offer a more unique product selection than national retailers, who all carry the same thing. In addition, local businesses innately have a better understanding of the community and its people; and customer service at local businesses is often much more personalized and attentive. Local businesses are also much more likely to go above and beyond to win a sale than a big box store would.

During our Fall 2021 mentorship program launch in September, we asked all participants to tell us their favourite local businesses.  The chat box in Zoom was “on fire” as all of our participants reminisced about their shared love for these businesses and enjoyable experiences with them. This is an exciting list, and we hope you’ll find some new places to enjoy and check out. Of course, we’ve included our wonderful program sponsors here too.  

Restaurants and Cafés:

ACME Meat Market

Belgravia Hub

Biera Edmonton Restaurant | Food + Beer

Bon Ton Bakery

THE BOWER

Buco Pizzeria + Vino Bar

Cafe Bicyclette

Chartier – Beaumont

Doughnut Party

Duchess Bake Shop 

European Sweetness 

Farrow Sandwiches

Graham’s Jerk House 

Kind Ice Cream

LOCK STOCK COFFEE

Old Country Inn

Mood Cafe

Nomiya Japanese Restaurant | Ramen | Tapas | Sushi

RED STAR 

Swagat India Bar & Bistro | Indian food 

Transcend Coffee & Roastery

Tzin Wine and Tapas 

The Workshop Eatery 

Yelo’d Ice Cream + Bake Shoppe

Retail

Biera Market – Blind Enthusiasm

Fabloomosity | Wedding Florist and Floral Atelier in Edmonton

Face Ginch 

Kent Of Inglewood 

LAYERED By Rissa 

Mandolin Books and Coffee Company

Token Naturals | More than a plant | 

Zocalo: Edmonton Plants, Garden Centre, Flowers and Gifts

Miscellaneous Awesomeness

Alair Homes Canada

Canajan Inc.

Crimson Empire Tattoo 

Downtown Business Association 

Escape City: Escape Rooms 

Fringe Theatre Adventures

Incite

Klyment

Park Power

Rapid Fire Theatre

RSM – Canada

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Check out our blog post from Holiday Season 2020 that featured some fantastic local businesses shared by other mentorship participants. 

Are you a local business wanting to connect with mentors and protégés? We accept support in ways such as venue space, audiovisual equipment, live streaming capabilities, catering, and event prizes such as gift cards. Please reach out to connect@intervivos.ca  to tell us more about how you can help!