illustration: Jason Schneider

Boost Alberta: Our Favourite Locally Owned Stores and Services

By Sandra Sperounes

It’s more important than ever to support local. More than one in five Alberta businesses are at risk of closing due to Covid-19, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Help boost Alberta and save money at over 300 local AMA Rewards partners. Together, we’ve got this.

PARIS JEWELLERS
What started as a small repair shop in a St. Albert mall has grown into one of the shining lights of Canada’s jewellery industry. Sisters Chau Lui and Trang Wong took over the business from their parents in the early 2000s—they now have 23 locations and 230 employees across western Canada. “It’s really an honour when customers choose us,” says Lui. “They’re trusting us be part of their special occasion—their birthday, their anniversary, their wedding.” Save 25% on all in-stock jewellery, plus save 10% on custom designs, special orders and repairs

LUBE CITY
It’s “oil” in the family for this 31-year-old company. Wayne and Susan Kallis started the first two locations in 1990. Their sons, Jason Kallis and Greg Paul, now run 27 express oil-change shops with 130 employees across Alberta. They’re also part of AMA’s network of Approved Auto Repair Service (AARS) facilities. Among other things, members can get their vehicle battery tested and replaced at any Lube City location. Earn 15% in reward dollars (up to $100) on most products and services

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DERKS FORMALS
It’s a family affair for the Derks and their three generations of men’s fashion and uniform connoisseurs. Launched in 1939 by master tailor Stephen Derk and currently run by his grandson Landon, Derks is dedicated to offering quality products and expert service. They have locations in Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Calgary. In-store appointments and virtual consultations are available. Save 15% on men’s fashions and uniforms in-store at Derks

COOKIES BY GEORGE
One bite of a Double Trouble Chocolate Chunk was all Faye Mowers needed to apply for a job at Cookies By George. She started as a store manager 35 years ago; now she co-owns the company with Judah Busheikin. They ship small-batch treats across Canada and the U.S., but Alberta cookie monsters can also pick up their favourites at 11 locations, including three in Calgary and five in the Edmonton area. Save 5% on online orders or buy 12 cookies in store and get 1 free

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YARDLY
With its mission of helping homeowners and communities maintain safe, thriving outdoor spaces, this tech-enabled yard-maintenance company is revolutionizing Canada’s residential snow removal and lawn care industries. Founded in 2015 by Terry Song and Sheldon Zhang, two former engineers in the oil and gas sector, Edmonton-based Yardly now operates in 22 cities and towns—including Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto—and has served more than 8,000 homes. Save 10% on lawn mowing and snow removal services

LOCAL LOVE
Support even more made-in-Alberta businesses near you

• Pick up your gardening supplies at Blondie’s Gift & Garden in Dunmore, just southeast of Medicine Hat. Save 10% on flowers, gifts and more

• Activate your mind and body at Yoga You4ia in Medicine Hat. Save 10% on punch cards and unlimited passes

• Treat yourself to gourmet sweets at Red Deer’s Babycakes Cupcakery. Save 10% on cupcakes

• Upgrade your vehicle with new electronics or accessories at Edmonton’s Certified Radio. Save 15% on regular priced retail products

• Refresh your summer wardrobe at Calgary’s Care Cleaners. Save 25% on dry cleaning services

HOW TO SHOP
Save in-store at these local AMA Rewards partners, and get more member-exclusive deals at AMARewards.ca/Save