Supporting local is the Edmonton thing to do and this holiday season shopping local is more important than ever before! We’ve teamed up with some local businesses to highlight their holiday features and promotions. You can help by shopping locally, buying gift cards, and re-posting content to your social channels.

Each week we’ll bring you a new list of businesses to support, in partnership with Scotiabank.

Remember to practice physical distancing and follow AHS guidelines while you support local businesses.

Treats N’ Eats

1. Confections Cake Co.: Artistic and delicious! A cozy little dessert bar tucked into the Perron District Courtyard in St. Albert. Custom cakes for any occasion. Get lost in the warm atmosphere where desserts always come first. Beautifully plated confections, smooth local spirits and awe-inspiring artwork. Come get to know us.



2. The Italian Centre Shop: From Italian mortadella sausage to Argentine Mae tea, Greek Taramasalata fish paste to Himalayan Lake Salt, we carry the best-known World and European foods. We’re a European-style market where shopping is a joy. A ritual. A culinary expiernece. A destination. Now with three warm and lively locations in Edmonton’s Little Italy, Southside and West End.



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3. Bloom Cookies: It started with a cookie sheet, a hand written recipe card and a love of making treats for friends. The idea for Bloom grew from a warm house filled with friends and food. A desire to make a food that included everyone, regardless of allergies or dietary restrictions. Bloom began selling in farmers markets in and around Edmonton, and soon grew to offering wholesale options to numerous cafes around town. In 2018 Bloom opened their first storefront on 124th Street.

Holiday Spirits


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1. Situation Brewing: We are YEG’s got-to brew pub for a simply great beer. We found a spot where Edmontonians were looking for more than just beer, situated ourselves there, and Situation Brewing was born. Join us for top-notch brews and bites, just off Whyte. Whether you want to learn more about beer and brewing, tour our microbrewery or just want to enjoy a pint, Situation Brewing is the place to be.



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2. SYC Brewing Co.: Some of us are brothers, dads, and moms. Some are Gen Z’s, some of us are Millennials, and some of us, well… will always be young at heart. But most importantly we are all big dreamers and doers. We took a big leap when we started SYC (Show Your Colours) Brewing. We wanted to make beer for the believers and the give a try-ers. For those who are not scared to show who they truly are.


3. Rig Hand Distillery: Rig Hand Craft Distillery is a grain to glass distillery and is in the unique position of being the first craft distillery in the Nisku – the greater Edmonton area. Our family business makes vodka, rum, whiskey, gin, moonshine and coffee cream liquor that is locally sourced, produced, and distributed.

Arts and Crafts

1. The Edmonton Christmas Market: The Edmonton Christmas Market is back! This year’s market will allow folks to celebrate the holidays in a safe way – whether you stop by in person, or enjoy the experience virtually. The Edmonton Christmas Market features a combination of online, in person and free programming featuring local artisans, celebrities, culinary experts and more!


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2. ReWrapt: Every year in Canada, thousand of tonnes of wrapping paper and gift packaging are used once and then discarded. Most of it contains plastics such as glitter or foil and is not recyclable or compostable, so it ends up in landfills. ReWrapt gift wraps are a beautiful, earth-friendly alternative to traditional wrapping paper. Each one is made of printed cotton with matching ribbons attached – everything you need to wrap a gift is always right there! No scissors, tape or waste. They are reversible and can be used again and again for many different occasions.



3 MacDuff’s Soap Company: We take great pride in providing you with unique scents in our products. All of our scent lines are formulated in house and we are always expierementing with new and exciting ideas. From using special landmarks in naming out products, to making soap using fresh mountain water from Kananaskis Provincial Park, we find inspiration in our love of the outdoors and Alberta.


1. Holiday Hamper: The Holiday Hamper Program make a difference in the lives of Edmonton families in need. Participants become Hamper Elves by adopting a local family – then shopping for a health festive meal and small gifts for the kids. In 2019, the program officially became its own charity, which allows for tax-deductible donations. With the ongoing support of JCI Edmonton and community partners, the Holiday Hamper programs looks to provide support to 1000 families! This would not be possible without the support of generous Edmontonians like you.


2. YEG Candy Cane Lane: As an event run by volunteers and residents, there’s a special kind of magic that brings YEG Candy Cane Lane to life year after year. YEG Candy Cane Lane is approaching its 50th anniversary as one of Edmonton’s must-see events of the holiday season. This year, Candy Cane Lane is drive-through only and monetary donations to the Edmonton Food Bank are recommended.


The Local Holiday Shopping Guide brought to you in partnership with Scotiabank.  This season, shop local and shop often!

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