New Shop Local Campaign on Stony Plain Road

     The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA (Business Improvement Area) is encouraging Edmontonians to shop local with their new Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge. Starting August 5, 2020, the BIA will be posting challenge questions every second day on their Facebook (StonyPlainRoad) and Instagram (StonyPlainRoadBIA) channels for participants to answer. Winners for each challenge will be chosen 48 hours after the initial question has been posted, and prizes include a wide variety of goodies from the unique businesses on Stony Plain Road & Area! The BIA hopes to get people talking about businesses in the area and make them aware of what is out there! 

“Right now, more than ever, our SPR (Stony Plain Road) businesses need the support of their community,” states Megan Lala, Communications Coordinator of the Stony Plain Road & Area BIA. 

The Scavenger Challenge initiative was brought about by the BIA’s Shop Local Marketing Assistant, Jane Anderson, as a summer project. She knew that creating a shop local campaign during a pandemic would be difficult, but through social media, many could participate and complete challenges while social distancing and in some cases, from the comfort of their own homes. The Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge will end on August 25, 2020 with a grand prize giveaway of an ultimate SPR gift basket, featuring gift cards and items from a variety of Stony Plain Road & Area businesses. 

“We have items from a variety of diverse businesses as prizes for the 10 challenges and then the grand prize,” says Lala, “Participants will have the chance to win prizes from restaurants, specialty stores, local independent businesses, chain retailers and more!”

The first challenge was sent out on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and featured a coveted Oilers flag from The Flag Shop and two $15 vouchers to Neo Juicery as a prize. Participants commented their favourite Edmonton themed drink from Neo Juicery’s drink menu, tag a friend and follow the BIA on the respective platform. The next challenge will be announced at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020. Keep an eye out on the Stony Plain Road & Area BIA social media platforms to get in on the next challenge! For each challenge entry, the participants receive one entry into the grand prize draw on August 25, 2020.

Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge

Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge

You may have noticed some buzz around social media regarding out Secrets of Stony Plain Road: Scavenger Challenge! Beginning on August 5, at 10 a.m, our newest shop local campaign will test the knowledge of participants on Instagram (stonyplainbroadbia) and Facebook (stonyplainroad). A variety of businesses in the Stony Plain Road & Area have partnered with us to bring fantastic prizes to those who choose to participate in the challenge! Every second day a challenge will be issued and a prize will be drawn for the previous challenge. This will amount to 10 challenge prizes and one grand prize that will be given away on August 24th! 

Keep your eyes on our social media to see what sort of prizes will be up for grabs! Could it be a gift card to your favourite restaurant? A selected item from your local specialty store? Stay tuned! Please feel free to share our contest with your customers, and if your business would like to donate an item to contribute for the grand prize draw, please contact Jane at

Speeding Through Summer with Revolution Cycle

  For Jesse Aronyk, Revolution Cycle, located at 15103 Stony Plain Road, is more than a bike shop, it’s home. In 1991, Aronyk’s father, Dennis, and his father’s older brother, Al, founded Revolution Cycle. Al has since retired, but Dennis remains in the office and on the sales floor daily. The concept of the shop was simple; to create a bicycle shop and hub for the cycling community that didn’t exist yet. Their mission was to build a store that catered to beginners and enthusiasts alike, while housing the largest inventory within the bike industry. Nearly 30 years later, they have brought that vision to life while exceeding their own expectations. 

Revolution Cycle provides a number of different services to the community including a full service repair shop, spin classes, rentals, maintenance courses, a party venue for renting as well as selling bicycle related things such as bikes, accessories, clothing, tools and parts. It is truly a one stop shop! 

“Revolution Cycle has always been unique due to its physical size and large inventory,” Aronyk tells us, “But this year we developed a new online store that truly sets us apart from any of our competitors.” Shopping online with Revolution Cycle has never been easier! 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created some challenges for the store, but they have already come out stronger since the start of it all. Their hours have been cut down, and they have created a line up outside the store for any customers wanting to come inside and shop. Revolution Cycle have taken many precautions to limit people in the store, and create a safer shopping experience. This has resulted in a smoother buying experience for their customers. Once a customer is let inside the store, they will be assigned a salesperson who will walk them through every step of the sale. This ensures the customer finds exactly what they need in a more efficient way rather than just browsing and guessing.

The online store has made life easier for customers who prefer to not shop in public, and they can also request curbside pickup or delivery of their items. Overall, the pandemic has created a buying surge for bikes and bicycle related products! 

“We have never been busier, and our stock is getting low, but luckily we were able to secure several shipments of quality bikes to replenish the stock for Edmontonians with any budget to come and shop,” states Aronyk. 

Shopping local during times like this is very important to Revolution Cycle as it keeps locally owned companies from going out of business. 

“Keeping these businesses open prevents massive corporations from taking over all of Edmonton’s fun and unique small businesses,” says Aronyk.

For a full list of Revolution Cycle’s product and service offerings, you can visit their website.

If your Stony Plain Road & Area businesses would like to be featured on our blog, please reach out to

Weekly COVID-19 Update – May 5, 2020

Gold’n Loan Pawn Takes On COVID-19 

Ron and Sue Buryniuk, owners of Gold’n Loan Pawn, have been in the Stony Plain Road area since July of 2012 and are located at 15311 Stony Plain Road NW. Along with their son and daughter, the Buryniuk’s wealth of experience combined with customer-oriented service make Gold’n Loan Pawn the hit that it is. 

Gold’n Loan Pawn prides itself on caring about its customer base. A prime example of this is how the family-run business would rather their customers who own their things, get these things back. This means that the store is willing to do their best to hold on to items, within reason. 

“We are not like other places where as soon as your time is up, your stuff goes.”

At the start of the pandemic the store went through the steps of learning how to adapt, like many other businesses. For a long time, the store offered curbside pickup for their customers as a temporary fix. However, now the store has revamped and put up plexi-glass for the safety of their family and customers. The store is also running on shortened hours: Monday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

The store is excited to be allowing customers back inside with the added safety precautions. Ron Buryniuk tell us, “I put all the bikes out, just a couple days ago, and they all sold out that same day.” 

Some exciting promotions that Gold’n Loan Pawn is running during COVID-19 are: 

  • Lowering rates for people who are borrowing money for the next 6 months
  • Lowering their fee from 25% to 20% 
  • Extending their redemption period from 30 days to 45 days. 
  • Extending their early pickup discount from 7 days to 15 days. 

“We’re trying to make it as as cheap as we can, and still stay open,” states Buryniuk, “We know the economy is tough right now on everybody, so we’re trying to help by lowering our rates.”

For more information on Gold’n Loan Pawn you can visit:

SURVEY: The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA Wants to Hear From You Regarding COVID-19

The Stony Plain Road & Area BIA wants to hear from you! As the pandemic continues to unfold in Edmonton, we want to check in and see how we can support you during this time! Please take some time to answer some questions about COVID-19 and your business.

Alberta Relaunch

The Government of Alberta has put in place a recovery strategy to relaunch our economy. According to the Government of Alberta website, Alberta’s relaunch strategy puts safety first while gradually reopening businesses, resuming activities and getting people back to work. 

While we face a long road to recovery, there are signs our collective efforts are helping slow the spread of COVID-19. We must ensure the sacrifices already made are not wasted. To be successful, we must stay vigilant to slow the spread; follow public health measures, practice physical distancing and good hygiene, and continue acting responsible. 

For more information on Alberta’s relaunch strategy and which businesses will be affected on May 14, please visit:

Workplace Relaunch

As the relaunch will allow many of you to re-open your business, we would like to ensure that the safety and well-being of you and your customers is a top priority. 

To read the updated Alberta Workplace Guidance for Business Owners, visit the link here:

CMHA Mental Health Week

This year CMHA Mental Health Week is being observed May 4-10, 2020. You can connect on social media using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek. The theme this year is ‘Social Connection,’ and its importance for mental health. The campaign this year calls for us to #GetReal about how we really feel. 

Each year, 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness or mental health issue, but 5 in 5 Canadians has mental health – we all need social connection. 

Even before there was COVID-19, loneliness and social isolation were already of major concern in our society. People with weak or few social connections are at increased risk for anxiety, depression, anti-social behaviour and suicidal behaviours. Lack of strong relationships affects the risk of morality in a comparable way to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. 

By providing emotional support, companionship and opportunities for meaningful social engagement, social networks have an influence on self-esteem, coping effectiveness, depression, distress and sense of well-being. 

Some experts have argued that social distancing should actually be called physical distancing, because we actually need each other socially. Phone calls, video calls and other digital technologies offer excellent opportunities for connecting face-to-face, even when we can’t be in the same room. 

The pandemic can bring us together in unexpected ways. Canada has been at the forefront of a campaign for caremongering, which has seen members of the community helping one another during these difficult times.