Keepin’ it local for Mother’s Day


Since a public health emergency was declared on March 20, and social distancing measures were initiated, Edmontonians have found creative ways to stay connected. Birthdays have been celebrated virtually, Easter too. Ramadan is now being observed by many Edmontonians, and next up is Mother’s Day.

Local businesses have found creative ways to provide their goods and services to Edmontonians during this crisis, and they are making no exception for Mother’s Day.

The Marc (9940 106 Street) is offering a French Picnic Basket for 2. It goes for $110 and includes everything you need to make the classic cocktail, French 75, as well as a full cheese platter and desserts. You can call 780-429-2828 to place your order for curb-side pickup.

The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (10065 100 Street) is known for its fabulous brunches, especially the Mother’s Day brunch. They’ve found a way to bring the experience to your home. They have a package for 2 people priced at $60 or a package for 4 people priced at $200. They will bring the package straight to your vehicle in the driveway. It’s worth noting that all service fees are being donated to the University Hospital Foundation. Advanced booking can be made at 780-424-5181.

If you’re looking for flowers, both The Artworks (10150 100 St; 780-420-6311) and Best Buds (10340 121 Street; 780- 488-1302) are offering curb-side pickup and delivery. Please check their websites or give them a call for hours of operation.

If your mama loves chocolate, both Jacek Chocolate Couture (10140 104 Street; 780-705-9927) and Sweet Lollapalooza (Commerce Place, 10155 102 Street; 780-436-3190) are available for delivery. 

Now, if you’re reading this and feeling intimidated by curb-side pickup, let me assure you it is the easiest thing in the world.

I tried this at Woodshed Burgers (10723 124 Street; 780-752-2874) a month ago for my virtual birthday dinner. The order was placed on their website, including the time I would be able to pick it up. I called upon arrival and they brought it out to my window, old school drive-in burger shack style. 

The business associations in Ward 6 have done a great job of supporting and promoting curb-side pickup and independent delivery. The Downtown Business Association’s Shop in the Heart page has more opportunities to shop local. There’s also a city-wide website called Things That Are Open.

And as always, please feel free to connect with my office by sending an email to scott.mckeen@edmonton.ca or using the Contact Scott form.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers or mother-like figures out there.

By Scott McKeen, City Councillor Ward 6