Local initiatives boost awareness of small businesses

By Sharon Yeo

Two new local initiatives have launched to highlight some of the caffeinated and culinary pillars of our community.

CoffeePass is the brainchild of Edmontonian Eric Remagni, who was inspired to create the program after an eight-month international adventure.

“I began working on building the program in May of this year, and it has really been spurred forward by the challenges the pandemic has created,” he told Taproot. “Now more than ever, our cafes need the support of coffee lovers to help them make it through the pandemic.”

The pass, priced at $35 (plus tax and shipping), entitles the holder to 22 coffees, one at each of the 22 cafe partners. Participating businesses include more established cafes Little Brick and Doughnut Party and newer additions to the scene such as The Dapper Beaver and ch. cafeteria.

CoffeePass (Instagram)

CoffeePass (Instagram)

“Our goal is to help people discover new cafes, and for the community to continue supporting each cafe by making additional purchases when they visit – whether that’s picking up some locally-roasted coffee beans, dining (or takeout because of Covid), or grabbing some merch,” Remagni said.

Passes must be redeemed by March 31, 2021. CoffeePass is available online, or in-person through their cafe partners.

Eat. Love. Eat Again! was put together by seven establishments that hope to encourage diners to patronize other independent restaurants. In the month of December, dine-in or take-out at one of the participating businesses, keep the receipt, and show it at one of the other businesses for 10% off the bill.

Participating restaurants include Filistix, Kanto 98 St., Mercer Tavern, Otto, Three Vikings, Toast Culture, and Yelo’d.