#AdoptAShopAB – Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial (May 2022)

May 16, 2022 Update:

Sign-up to #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition!

Let’s collectively support 100 food/drink businesses across Edmonton and Calgary this May!

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Here’s how to participate in #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial:

  • Browse the business list for either Edmonton or Calgary.
  • Each featured business has five slots available for you to sign up and spend.
  • Signing up means you’re committing to spend at least $25 at the shop you adopt over the course of two weeks (May 16 – May 30, 2022).
  • Everyone who signs up to support will be entered for gift card prizes from participating businesses thanks to ATB.
  • Everyone who shares about how they’re participating on social media will also be entered for gift card prizes! (details on post requirements to qualify for prizes below!).
  • Albertans are welcome to sign-up and shop at more than one business over the course of the two weeks, or spend more than the minimum $25 per shop you adopt, but there will be five official slots available at minimum per business.
  • Our hope is that Albertans will collectively spend at least $12,500 across 100 businesses in Edmonton and Calgary by the end of May, with even more $ cash supporting businesses thanks to gift card boosts by ATB Financial.

Featured Edmonton Businesses:

see sign-up sheet for addresses and other business information

* denotes the business is woman or BIPOC-owned

  1. 5th Street Food Hall *
  2. Acajutla *
  3. An Chay *
  4. Anagram Games Cafe
  5. Arcadia Brewing Co.
  6. Awn Kitchen *
  7. Bonne Vie Bakery
  8. Cafe BelAir *
  9. Caffe Sole *
  10. Calabash Cafe *
  11. Chocorrant Cafe + Patisserie *
  12. Coliseum Steak and Pizza
  13. Continental Treat
  14. Eat and Dip *
  15. Fleisch *
  16. Graham’s Jerkhouse *
  17. Green Ash Cafe *
  18. Green Onion Cake Man *
  19. Hathaway’s Diner
  20. HUMA Mexican *
  21. Jerusalem Shawarma *
  22. Kaengthai Bistro *
  23. Kazoku *
  24. King Noodle House Pho Hoang *
    Note: Cash only
  25. Kobachi *
  26. Krew Cafe *
  27. Mega Tonkatsu *
  28. Mesobena Restaurant *
  29. Milk and Cookies Bake Shop *
  30. Mini Kitchen *
  31. Mojo Jojo Pickles *
  32. My Tea *
  33. Nongbu Korean *
  34. Old Beverly Cafe *
  35. Paddy’s Cheese Shop
  36. Pocha Seoul *
  37. Poke and More *
  38. Ragazzi
  39. Saigon Taste Edmonton *
  40. Samosa House *
  41. Scoop n Roll Creamery *
  42. She Cooks *
  43. Soleilki *
  44. Super BBQ Delight / Nhon Hoa 2 *
    Note: Cash Only
  45. The Ark Cafe + Bistro *
  46. Tiffin India’s Fresh Kitchen *
  47. Uncle Brian’s Food Company *
  48. Whyte House Cafe *
  49. Yan’s Family Restaurant *
    Note: Call at least one day ahead to place an order
  50. YEG Smoked Meats

Featured Calgary Businesses:

see sign-up sheet for addresses and other business information

* denotes the business is woman or BIPOC-owned

  1. 4 Corners Wingstop
  2. Abbey’s Creations
  3. Alloy Restaurant
  4. Arin Hiebert Bakeshop
  5. Bowls Korean
  6. Bread Culture
  7. Bro’s To Go
  8. Cabin Brewing
  9. Carino
  10. Citizen Brewing Company
  11. Con Mi Tacos
  12. D’Served YYC
  13. Daydream Cafe
  14. Diamond Bakery
  15. Eats of Asia
  16. Empire Provisions
  17. Foreign Concept
  18. Gogo Chicken
  19. Golden Island
  20. Guilin Noodle
  21. Holy Cow Gelato
  22. Holy Grill
  23. Jerusalem Shawarma
  24. Jinbar
  25. Klein Harris
  26. La Boulangerie
  27. Little Lebanon
  28. Lola’s Filipino Kitchen
  29. Monogram Coffee
  30. Nila’s Taste of Indonesia
  31. Noble Pie
  32. Paper Lantern
  33. Pho Dau Bo
  34. Pure Kitchen and Bar
  35. Ramen Ichinen
  36. Rau Bistro
  37. Roy’s Korean Kitchen
  38. Safari Grill
  39. Saffron Street
  40. Shimizu Kitchen
  41. Sought x Found Coffee
  42. Sukiyaki House
  43. Sweet Relief Bakery
  44. Tandoor Kabab Hut
  45. Ten Foot Henry
  46. Two Pillars Brewery
  47. Umami Noodle Bar
  48. Yim Siam
  49. YYC Growers
  50. Zushi YYC

From May 16-30, sign-up and support local via #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition!

Let’s collectively support 100 food/drink businesses across Edmonton and Calgary this May!

Original Post:

I am so excited to announce that the support local business initiative I started in 2020 is BACK this May! And it’s bigger and better than ever thanks to support from my friends at ATB Financial!

I hope you’ll participate in: 

#AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial

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This May, we’re expanding the Adopt a Shop initiative to include both Edmonton AND Calgary businesses with the help of my friend Carmen Cheng (@foodkarmablog) from Calgary!

For those new to Adopt A Shop, or if you just need a refresher, since 2020, I’ve organized three support local initiatives, two of which were powered by ATB.

Hundreds of people signed up to participate and collectively spent more than $50,000 at local businesses (this figure included cash bonuses contributed by ATB) and injected much needed money to local businesses struggling during the pandemic.

Where previous Adopt A Shop initiatives have been Edmonton-focused, this year’s edition will look at drumming up concentrated support of businesses in both Edmonton and Calgary.

#AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition, supported by ATB, aims to mobilize Albertans to spend at and support businesses as they continue to navigate the impacts of the pandemic. Businesses are still struggling and could use our help!

AdoptAShopAB Foodie Edition with Linda Hoang and ATB
I'm spearheading the Edmonton initiative!
AdoptAShopAB Foodie Edition with Carmen Cheng and ATB
Carmen Cheng is spearheading the Calgary initiative!

Here’s how to participate in #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial:

  • From May 2 – May 5, 2022: Nominate a restaurant, bar, brewery or cafe in Edmonton AND/OR Calgary, who you think should be featured in #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition!
    • The nomination period is over! We received 300 business nominations. Thank you!

  • ATB, Carmen, and myself, will take all nominated businesses and curate a final list of businesses we’ll call on the community to support.
  • Our final lists will feature 50 food-focused businesses in Edmonton and 50-food focused businesses in Calgary. We are also committed to ensuring at least half of all businesses selected are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour-owned, and woman-owned. 
  • We’ll touch base with businesses to let them know they’re being featured so it’s not a surprise when people hopefully start flocking to support them! ;)

     

  • From May 16 – May 30, 2022: Final business nominees will be announced on my, Carmen and ATB’s social media channels and updated on this blog. We’ll then ask YOU (the community) to Adopt A Shop!
    • Each business will have five slots available for you to sign up and spend.
    • Participants will pledge to spend at least $25 at the shop they adopt over the course of two weeks (May 16 – May 30, 2022).
    • Everyone who signs up to support will be entered for gift card prizes from participating businesses thanks to ATB.
    • Everyone who shares about how they’re participating on social media will also be entered for gift card prizes! (details on that below).
    • Albertans are welcome to sign-up and shop at more than one business over the course of the two weeks, or spend more than the minimum $25 per shop you adopt, but there will be five official slots available per business.
    • Our hope is that Albertans will collectively spend at least $12,500 across 100 businesses in Edmonton and Calgary by the end of May, with even more $ cash supporting businesses thanks to gift card boosts by ATB Financial.
AdoptAShopAB - Foodie Edition powered by ATB
Nominate, then sign-up to adopt and shop (support) businesses in Edmonton + Calgary!

Why should you participate in #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB Financial?

  1. You get great food + drinks from great local businesses
  2. You’re supporting local businesses during a challenging time
  3. You could win cash to enjoy even MORE great food + drink!

Remember:

  • Everyone who signs up to support a business will be entered to win gift card prizes from participating businesses thanks to ATB.
  • Everyone who shares about how they’re participating on social media will also be entered for gift card prizes!

To qualify for social media gift card prizes:

  • Post about how you’re supporting businesses through #AdoptAShopAB on Instagram and/or Twitter
    • We will be randomly selecting people who post about the initiative to win $25 gift cards to selected nominees courtesy of ATB.
    • Make sure you’re following @ATBFinancial + me @lindork + @foodkarmablog
    • Make sure your post includes the hashtag #AdoptAShopAB
    • Make sure @ATBFinancial + @lindork + @foodkarmablog are tagged in your post (text or photo tag)
    • Please note: We love Instagram Story posts but only in-grid Instagram posts/tweets from public accounts shared between May 16-30, 2022 will qualify. We’d love to re-post your Stories!

Sponsor shout-out!! ATB was built to help Albertans. And they’ve been working hard during the pandemic to help keep the businesses we love in business. That’s why they’ve been such a perfect partner for my Adopt a Shop initiatives, and I’m so grateful for their continued support!

ATB connects Albertans with amazing local shops to support and to stimulate the economy. Every dollar we spend together helps get our province moving again! Providing Albertans a platform to contribute to a cause and make a substantiated impact for local businesses while creating connections and fostering a strong sense of community is paramount for ATB!

Why am I doing this?

  • I lifted this explanation from my original #AdoptAShopYEG blog post back in 2020 because it’s still true: I love supporting local businesses. I have my own business and I grew up working at my parents business (that is also a business that continues to struggle due to and during this pandemic).
  • I want to use my platform for good and this initiative is just one fun way to do that. Many businesses are still struggling and while we may not be able to support all of them, all the time, we can try to make an impact through initiatives like this. 
  • I’m also so grateful to ATB is partnering with me again as this initiative grows from just Edmonton into Calgary (and grateful to my friend Carmen in Calgary for helping spearhead the Calgary effort!)!

I hope you participate in this May 2022 #AdoptAShopAB: Foodie Edition powered by ATB!

Linda

Disclaimer: This blog post is part of a sponsored partnership with ATB Financial. This does not impact opinions stated in this post. As I regularly demonstrate, I love supporting local businesses! And I’m excited ATB has returned as a partner to support this initiative, supporting local businesses with me!

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