Nominees
Meet the
Businesses Making A Difference Award
nominees . . .
Hyperspace Comics & Games
Hyperspace Comics & Games
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: Great place for people from young who are a game enthusiasts. Great staff. Fun, friendly, and knowledgeable.

 

About the Business / Owners: Hyperspace Comics & Games is owned and operated by Jonathan & Stephanie Mallett. After many years of searching for the right location, Hyperspace opened May 3rd, 2017 at #110, 319 McLeod Ave in Spruce Grove. Prior to having the store they attended small comic and collectible shows selling back issues and key comics.

Stephanie says, of their experience “Hyperspace Comics had been a dream of ours for a long time. Our hope was that it would fill a huge gap for those people who love comics, games and collectibles, but were having to drive a long way just to get them. We wanted Hyperspace to help introduce what we love to a whole new generation of people in the area who have never visited a comics and games shop before. So here we are now, seeing so many excited faces who are enjoying being in a local store that loves what they love, and for many others that are now experiencing this type of shop for the 1st time!”

Ripley Construction
Ripley Construction
Leduc, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: John Ripley is a very humble man who cares deeply for his employees and community. Like many small business owners he takes on significant risks and has faced many challenges most recently with the devastating fires in Fort McMurray.

 

About the Business / Owners: A trusted contractor, Ripley Construction caters to the needs of home owners, business owners and the municipality. Our general contracting and concrete services are ideally structured to meet the needs of the commercial and private client base.  Ripley Construction is locally owned and operated. In his own words, John says, “We had built our business to roughly 15 employees and had managed to get on solid ground and start saving some money. Oil prices tanked but we had a plan and were weathering the slow down well. Then entered the beast a devastating fire that burned large portions of the city. The entire city of Fort McMurray was evacuated. Every contract we had was canceled or suspended. We luckily were able to find a little work in the Edmonton area and kept our core employees working. We didn’t cover our own wages or overhead as we still continued to pay our employees Ft Mac wages. We didn’t think asking people living in trailers with nothing more than the clothes on their backs to take a pay cut was good business.”

Anew Dance
Anew Dance
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: They work hard to provide affordable recreational dance programs to all children, no matter ability, financial status, or age.

 

About the Business / Owners: Anew Dance has existed for over 13 years. We are a group of dance teachers who love to impart a passion for dance and movement.

Jack's Drive IN
Jack’s Drive-In
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: If you ever met Mandy Kennedy, she is always giving back to the community through her church and business. She is part of the Rotary and is willing to donate to any event. She will give you everything she has if you ask for it.

 

About the Business / Owners: While the little restaurant has gone through many changes and owners over the years, the people of Spruce Grove and the surrounding area have always considered Jack’s Drive-In theirs. The basic menu has been the same for decades and customers are fiercely loyal. From its humble beginnings 50 years ago to the thriving, beloved restaurant it is today, Jack’s has stood the test of time and taste.

EconoLube
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: I get my oil changes done there regularly. I went in one time when my Jeep indicated it was time for a change. They looked at the oil and told me it was still good for a long time. No charge at all. Prices are very reasonable. Staff are polite and knowledgeable.

 

About the Business / Owners: Since 1990 EconoLube has been servicing the Spruce Grove area with the value and attention to detail they have become known for. They are a father-son team, involved in every aspect of their business, from management and operations to working on the vehicles themselves. The first EconoLube shop opened in 1990 followed by the second location in 2007. Customer loyalty has always been a huge part of their longevity in the community. They are proud to serve Spruce Grove and the surrounding area and will be for a long time to come.

Blake’s Bakery
Stony Plain, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: They give away free baked goods all the time to people who are taking things to the hospital, as well as to the fire hall and police station!

 

About the Business / Owners: At Blake’s they bake small batch recipes so everything is always fresh. The only preservatives that they use are salt and sugar (regular ingredients in baking). Come on in and give it a try!

Laberge Engraving & Gifts
Laberge Engraving
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: I have known Pauline for a few years now. She is one of the most selfless people I have ever met. When my business needed some custom engravings she was there. She always charged me a fair price (sometimes, it even seemed like she wasn’t charging me enough). I knew she always put my needs and satisfaction ahead of her own. Her business has been doing this for 38 years now. If there is anyone that is deserving of a token of our appreciation, it is Pauline and Laberge Engraving Ltd.

 

About the Business / Owners: Laberge Engraving provides trophies & gift items for anniversaries, babies, graduations, home decor, weddings & religious events. They engrave & glass etch on-site.

Taylor Made Construction
Taylor Made Construction
Stony Plain, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: Alastair is a very honest and reliable contractor. He listens to what his clients want and does amazing work.

 

About the Business / Owners: Taylor Made Construction is your interior and exterior remodeling expert. Based out of Stony Plain, AB they serve Parkland County, Edmonton, and all surrounding areas. They strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and they are committed to not resting until you are happy.

CrackMasters
CrackMasters
Spruce Grove, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: Crackmasters at this location has the best warranty bar none. While some companies will give you a warranty of a month or so on chips, Crackmasters at this location gives you a one year warranty, and they always make good on their promise. Life happens and I have needed to get more than one windshield replaced and George and Rebecca have always been so gracious and kind to us when we come. They go out of their way to make it an awesome experience for me as a customer.

 

About the Business / Owners: They are a family run business specializing in all types of auto glass replacement. Windshields 1 yrs free chip repairs.
They also offer window tinting.

Pet Foods Etc
Pet Foods Etc.
Stony Plain, Alberta

Reason they were nominated: I discovered this business this summer. I needed a good quality dog food as my dog was having some major issues. I did some research on my own, but was still needing some assistance in finding the right food for my dog. Cynthia was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I ended up talking to her for about an hour and she “educated” me about different kinds of foods available. There was no pressure to buy a certain product but she helped me make an informed choice. The food ended up solving the issues that my dog had. I recently went in again and asked about another issue with my dog. I was once again pointed in the right direction by one of the staff members and yet again the recommendation had excellent results. It doesn’t hurt that when you walk in you are greeted by a couple friendly dogs either! This business sells quality products and has excellent, knowledgeable staff.

 

About the Business / Owners: Wes and Cynthia Hohnstein, owners of Pet Foods Etc have been serving the Tri-Municipal area since 2006. In their lifetime, theyhave had a variety of pets, and as a result they understand many of your pet’s requirements. They pride themselves on their customer service as well as product knowledge and experience. By many standards they are a small store, however their goal is to strive to accommodate their customer’s requirements any way we can, as they have access to many products that can be brought in specifically for you. They offer Pet Foods Etc customer loyalty points program on everyday purchases. They invite you to phone or e-mail them with your order so it is ready for pick up if you are in a hurry. They have a large selection of fresh and frozen pet foods as well bones to help keep your pet healthy. In addition, they also donate the dog waste pick-up bags to the Town of Stony Plain trail systems and off-leash park to keep our community clean! 

 

We invite you to visit their store to see how they can assist you with your pets needs!