Curated samples of local goods provide positive exposure


By Sharon Yeo

Many consumers are looking for ways to support small businesses, and there are a couple of recent examples that offer compiled collections of local goods.

The Alberta Box, an initiative of Sobeys, is a package of 22 locally-produced products, including candy, soda, soup mix, and oats. Participating companies, including Gramma Bee’s Honey, appreciated the exposure. Priced at $49.99, the boxes were very well-received and are 90% sold out. As a result, Sobeys will be releasing an additional box featuring new vendors in the spring.

Silver Skate Celebrate Edmonton surprise bag

Silver Skate's Celebrate Edmonton surprise bag. (Sharon Yeo/Flickr)

The Silver Skate Festival has created its own version of an Edmonton box, in the form of Celebrate Edmonton surprise gift bags. The bags not only support the suppliers highlighted, but also the festival itself. This promotion ran over the Christmas holiday and was so popular that the festival has brought it back again for Valentine’s Day. Vendors for this version include Caramunchies, Smokey Bear, Acquired Taste Tea, and Token Bitters. Bags start at $25 and orders must be placed by Feb. 9.