We are members of a customer-owned Cooperative store at home and we found that the 'save-on-foods' store located very close to our daughter's housing subdivision was very similar in its operation and food selection. Being located on the edge of the city, there never seemed to be a long wait at the check-out lines and they had a really good selection of fresh and packaged items to purchase. The bright and modern decor made shopping there a pleasure. Membership also entitled their customers to a discount on gasoline prices at the adjoining petrol station, just as it does in New Brunswick.
Red Deer also seemed to be teeming with the usual 'brand-name' stores located in various malls throughout the city. In the course of our travels, we visited quite a few of them, including Bentleys, Shoppers Drug Mart, Zellers, Wal-Mart and Chapters. The second photo shows a view of a typical array of stores as I waited in our vehicle with the dog Copper while the ladies amused themselves nearby!
You know how most places you go to, and you pick up a little souveniour, and it says "made in china" when you aren't in China?
At the gift shop in the Capri Centre Hotel, they actually carry local crafts, and chocolate, made right in Red Deer. What a concept!
They also have books on Canadian Heros and such, and only carry Canadian magazines.
What to buy: The chocolate is soooooo good! And again, made right in Red Deer!
Once you step in the door, you will relize why it is so special. They have very beautiful crafts and my favorite, wind chimes!! It is just a lovely store to browse in and you can find really unique gifts for all of those people that you left back at home.
What to buy: Wind chimes would be what I would buy, they are such an excellent quality!! And they pack up fairly small to take home as presents.
What to pay: From $20 CAD and up... (for the wind chimes)