Businesses join for ‘shop local’ movement in central Alberta

Local businesses are joining forces to build community, trigger a shop local movement, and give back to those in need. Shoppers could win one of 110 locally donated gifts just for participating.

Meadow Farm Florals came up with the idea for the movement, reaching out to more than 100 other local entrepreneurs and businesses who, through their involvement, are calling on residents to shop local at a time when economic and social investment can benefit the entire region. 

“This is a rapidly growing initiative in Central Alberta, aimed at raising awareness of local businesses, incentivizing consumers to shop in their communities and raise money for the local Red Deer Christmas Bureau,” said Angela Hall, Meadow Farm Florals owner.

“COVID-19 is affecting us all differently, but to some degree we are all being impacted,” said Hall. “By coming together and forming this unique and somewhat cyclical support system, we are creating positive economic waves. Equally, if not more importantly, I am receiving countless good news stories every day about the joy, excitement, and connections that the initiative is fostering in the community.

“We have a responsibility as citizens, businesses and Central Albertans, to drive change and support each other in the ways that we are able,” added Hall. “Now, more than ever, it feels to me that the only way we can hope to thrive is by coming together.”

Between now and Dec. 12, shoppers who submit their receipts from local businesses to or via Instagram to @meadowfarmflorals, are entered to win.

On Dec. 13, five lucky entrants will be chosen at random to select one of the over 110 locally donated gifts. The remainder of the contributions will then be put up for silent auction through an online platform. The auction will run from Dec. 14 – 17. One hundred per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau. 

Please visit for more information about the #bettertogetherab shop local initiative. 

The list of businesses continues to grow, but currently participating in the #bettertogetherab movement is:

Meadow Farm FloralsBrindle Pet SuppliesHeart and Soul Design
Chia WallahMY HAPPYKerry Wood Nature Centre
Dance MagicTBS The Team & Corporate StoreDallas Olga Photography
Roberta Murray ArtMusic CentreNikki Collette Photography
Laser Cut By MichelleHumble HummusCafe Vero
Amy Lea DesignThe B Nest StudiosY Organic Oasis Spa and Salon
Aster and LunaBraydi Hoppus – Make Up ArtistInside Creative Consulting
Copper LaneKrystle Simmonds PhotographyProspector Visual
M. Co HairstylingLibra Last StudioP31 by Jhgowns
Under the Elm YarneryChani – Holistic AestheticianBlack Rock Therapies
Maker House Coffee Co.Taco MonsterLove Yoga Grace
Stems Flowers & CafeSkincare by JadeRed Deer Vitality Health
Wild Brewing Co.Ash MacLean PhotographyWillow and Wheat
Excel Beyond InsuranceThe Golden Touch GoldsmithsPoplar and Petal
Gian Lee – CalligrapherLashing Out Luxury LoungeTBS Hockey Sports Excellence Store
Iconic Beauty AestheticsFortboxxRed Earth Baby
Craft Beer NationCreated by CaitRed Earth Photography
Connections Paper Co.Scotty’s Gas BarLittle Farm on Wall Street
Hello Dear PhotosBreathing Room Yoga StudioAvaRose Design
Kaimend KreationsCheeky Coutures BoutiqueSimply Nested Designs
Stoney Field Cut FlowersMichelle Bailey Mindful PracticeWipe Out Ski and Bike
Ashley Jackson StudiosMagpie Textile Co.Meeting Waters
Petal and BLumDMLW DesignLisa Freeman Yoga
Normandeau Window Covering RDBat Your LashesAltered Aspects
t’s timberSimply Mortgages – TanyaSteel Pony Farm
Hattrick Design & Photographyyour HomeWatchPrairie Gold Pastured Meats
Eat CateringCentral Alberta SecurityRed Shed Malting
Alysia Lefleche PhotographyMud & LotusCanadian Closet & Storage
Lace & Twine (Calm Acres)Kaylee MacDonald PhotographyGreat Strides Red Deer
Pure Earth OrganicsCalyx Floral DesignLynx Photography
My Revolution Cycle and YogaTall Tails GroomingUrban Errands
Blue Door FloralsChai Co.Kelli Dean Mortgages
Go Travel – Hannah SmythClove Pink boxLilly and Lee Designs
The Bra LoungeNossack Food GroupJust B Clean
Ashabi WearsStuf’d MonstersCooper Arrow Designs
Dapper & Chic BoutiqueJeff Powers IllustrationsForest and Field Aromatherapy
FloraeBrenda Smith – ArtistDanielle Aichelle Photography