New Product Listing at Earth's General Store

Whew – It has been a L-O-N-G since I added a list of new items to the website.

Barry, our Health and Well-Being Manager, is really expanding the offering that he has in his section of the store.

So hang on – here is a long list:

National Coffee Day – September 29th, 2014

National Coffee Day

Yes – a day to celebrate a ritual, a habit, and even a necessity for some. A day to celebrate the humble cup of Joe! Your choice of what and where you spend your money on this beverage does make a difference.

Coffee drinkers are faced with a myriad of choices to indulge in this beverage. Coffee is huge business. Large corporations are out on social media drumming up the concept of National Coffee Day – they need more of your business it seems. They want you to switch to their coffee because... well they are greedy. More Market Share!

"Best Sustainable Goods/Gift Store" Award by Vue Weekly Readers

I was just notified that we were awarded the "BEST SUSTAINABLE GOODS/GIFT STORE" from Vue Weekly readers.
 
Thank you everyone that has voted for us and submitted a response on their survey.
 
- Posted September 25th, 2015 

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.