At Earth's General Store we offer visitors information and products that will help them reduce their ecological and social impact on the planet and all inhabitants. We are a distributor of information and knowledge, encouraging people to consume less, consume wisely, consume locally, consume fairly and love lots more! We do this by offering items that have beneficial advantages - local, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, in bulk (less packaging), water and energy efficiency products, information, and support to act! We are attempting to offer a way of life that is balanced and respectful of the planet and all its creatures. I know this sounds a little wishy washy but I believe that is our ultimate goal in life - do as little harm as possible and leave the world better than when we arrived. One of the intimate ways that we interact with the environment is through the food we eat. We have the power to choose food that has less impact on the environment, society and other beings. We can eat less meat, choose food that is grown locally and organically and to buy in bulk. In February 2010 Earth’s General Store moved and expand our inventory to include food products. We now offer fresh, packaged, chilled and frozen organic products. We are a real Health Food Store - offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet. We continue to carry the products that we have offered the citizens of Edmonton since 1991 like worms for composting, cloth diapers for the green parents, animal free personal care products, and reusable menstrual products. We have the most experience of any store or organization in Edmonton on green lifestyle. If you want to help make the world a better place Earth’s General Store may be of great assistance to help you along the path.

Scout Card - “Shop Local. Get Rewarded.” - at Earth's General Store

Many small stores can't create loyalty programs due to the cost and management it takes. A local company, Scout Card, approached me a while ago with their simple loyalty program. It is an app people can download onto their phone and a simple scanning of their QR code off their phone after a transaction is made.

If you are interested you can download the app on your mobile device – just search Scout. You can also visit their website for more information.

This is your opportunity to get a reward when you do your routine purchases at the store.

Earth's General Store is presently offering the following rewards (these will change over time – just to mix it up):

50 Frozen novelty: So Delicious, Coconut Bliss, Julies Organic

Equipment still being my bane!


Running a business is a balance – providing our customers with something they want, at a price that is fair and reasonable for them, in a convenient location, provide service when needed – while providing the business enough ‘profit’ to pay their staff a reasonable wage, pay their suppliers and landlords when needed, and to have a profit of time and energy to work on items that enrich their community.

Unfortunately I feel like I am failing our customers and a lot of it has to do with providing the services and products that people want. A large amount of this failing is being created by equipment failure. When we first opened it was refrigeration and now it is coffee roaster that we use to roast our in-house coffee and one of the point of sale (till) computers at the Downtown store.

Our coffee roaster has been down for over a week now and has cost quite a bit of money to repair but it finally looks like it is repaired. Neal is presently roasting lots of coffee to refill the bins at both store. We apologize for any stress this caused anyone.

Earth's General Store - Downtown Core's Community Food Store and Deli!


Open for the downtown communities!

Despite what some people may think about downtown there are lots of people that live here. Thousands in fact. It is moving beyond just being an employment centre.

Several downtown businesses specifically cater to the business crowd and several focus on the visitors and people in the area – some both.  Some businesses close up when the business community exits the area. There are people that have needs after the 4:30/5:00 office hours. People that live in this area and are looking for good quality food for supper.

When we first opened downtown we were only open to 6pm as we tried to work out some of the systems that make a business work. We then extended our hours to service the downtown community - the people that live right here downtown. We extended our hours to show you that we know this and wish to be here for you. There was a person that wrote a Tweet to me about just this issue – not being able to find real food in the downtown core after 6pm. We are here to fill this need.

Extended Store Hours for Earth's General Store - WHYTE AVENUE

New expended hours at our Whyte Avenue store!

We are now going to open at 9am at the Whyte Avenue store. This will be the same weekday hours as our downtown store.

Monday through Friday 9am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Please take advantage of this earlier opening so that the staff feel useful

Thanks!

- Posted September 8th, 2014

Earth's General Store - A Celebration of Our 23rd Anniversary

We started off small on September 3rd, 1991 and thanks to your support we have grown steadily over the years.

In honour of this passage of time, our valued relationship with you, and an opportunity to celebrate we are having one of our rare 15% OFF store wide sale!

This discount applies to your total bill.

So drop by this Wednesday so we can personally THANK YOU and offer you a gift of some savings. Come and join us!

This discount will be available at BOTH Stores an includes the deli downtown.

Edmonton's best Organic Prices just got better!

Great time to pick up a dehydrator or a fermentation crock pot!

-Posted August 31st, 2014

Third Annual Community League Member Appreciation Day - September 21st, 2014

For the past couple of years the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues has been coordinating a citywide Community League Day. This year it will be happening on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Deli Manager Employment Opportunity for EGS Downtown

Unfortunately we are going to loose our deli manager. London is Calling :)

Mithalee will be moving to London, UK to pursue more culinary arts training with a variety of food establishments. This will leave Earth's General Store without a Deli Manager.

Mithalee has done an excellent job of getting the deli up and running. She has been fundamental in developing the feel and flavours of the Earth's General Store deli and we greatly appreciate her gift to the store. Her presence and skills will be sorely missed.

Mithalee has provided the following description of the skills  that are needed for the person to possess to take on this position.

If you are interested please drop me a line or know someone that might be interested please forward them the link.

Update on the Downtown Location

Tomorrow marks our two weeks in business at our downtown location (10150 – 104th Street).

Tomorrow we will be having a sidewalk presence – samples from the deli and offering some organic vegetables and fruit for sale. We will not be offering products that are available elsewhere in the farmer's market.

When it was first announced about the store opening our second location in the downtown core we were quite worried by the overwhelming response on social media that we would not be able to service the people in this community. Then Sobeys closed their store down the street from our downtown location (see my blog on this). This added to the stress of being able to service the community.

Note of Appreciation for the Staff at Earth's General Store

Earth's General Store is so fortunate to have such great staff. I am humbled.

Today I watched as everyone working at the downtown store gave 125% and more to get the store ready for opening tomorrow.

We could not be doing this without the excellent support and cooperation of the staff at the Whyte Avenue store. They keep things going, reminding me to take care of certain things, do the ordering for their store, put together shipments to the downtown store, take care of customers, and everything else that is needed to keep that store going – as well as doing what they can to support the downtown store. I greatly appreciate knowing that the store is in good hands and is guided by a steady hand. Tammy takes care of the store when I am there and when I am not. It just looks like I am 'in control' :).

Sobeys Closure - Possibly Good for Our Business but BAD for the Community

You may have heard that Sobeys on Jasper and 104th is slated to close at the end of July 2014. Check out the article in the Edmonton Journal. Here are my thoughts on it.

Many people have mentioned that with Sobeys closing that it should be good for business. Perhaps. But it is a great lost for the community.

Healthy and vibrant down towns should have grocery stores. It is where people live. There should be hardware stores, inexpensive eateries (not inexpensive fast food chains), places to sit and gather, lots of space to walk, ride and park a bicycle, schools, and entertainment. But it is grocery stores that provide the daily or weekly needs of those living and working in the downtown core.