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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.

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 15% on all regular price in-store jewellery

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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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

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 and in-store orders

How an Edmonton couple supports their community through socks

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

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