Businesses with a long history in Edmonton

It’s well known that businesses often disappear as quickly as they pop up. Seventy per cent of new restaurants that make it past the one-year mark close their doors before making it to five years. Many start-up businesses face similar odds. But, in Edmonton, there are the exceptions – shops and enterprises that have stood the test of time. [Image credit:iStock.com/wsfurian]

Mikado

1
10350 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4X9

Mikado holds the title of Alberta’s first Japanese restaurant! It opened in 1972, on 116th Street, in a location that has since been repurposed as a tattoo parlor. They now have three locations in Edmonton. They have always had fresh fish flown weekly from Tsukiji, Japan (the world's largest fish market), California, Nova Scotia, and the B.C. Coast. Because, hey, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it!

Acme Meat Market Ltd

2
9570 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K2

Not only has ACME Meat Market been in Edmonton for 95 years (no, that’s not a typo!), they’ve been at their current location in the city’s Ritchie neighbourhood for the last 30 of them! Owner Corey Meyer comes from a family lineage of German-trained meat cutters, so quality is upheld to an impeccable standard here. Stop by to experience their personal service and expert cuts for yourself!

Bonton Bakery

3
8720 149 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5R 1B6

This unique destination bakery first opened its doors in Edmonton in 1956. Owner Eugene Edelman created a name for the bakery with its premium-quality, natural, handcrafted goods. When he retired in 1988, couple Hilton and Michelle Dinner took the helm and, while they have expanded the menu of goods available, they remain true to the original concept and recipes.

Earth's General Store Ltd

4
9605 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0Z9

This grocery store is more that just a place to pick up everyday items, it’s a team of experts with a wealth of knowledge about green lifestyles and organic products. They have been in Edmonton since 1991, and now have two locations – one in the heart of Whyte Avenue, the other in the downtown core. With their experience and success in their niche, this is the place to go for all things earth-friendly!

Wee Book Inn

5
10310 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1Z8

Started in 1971 by Edmontonian Darwin Luxford, Wee Book Inn is a prominent name in our city. This used bookstore business now has three locations in Edmonton with an expansive collection of books, movies and music. What could be better, you ask? Cats of course! There are “resident cats” at each location that you can pet in between browsing shelves!

Commodore Restaurant

6
10712 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2A7

This tiny restaurant has been owned and operated by the Gee family since 1942. This old-fashioned diner serves a mix of Chinese staples and simple Canadian fare at budget friendly prices, and its no-frills approach has kept customers coming back for decades! Picked as one of the 50 things that define Edmonton, this is as much a monument as it is an eatery. A must try, for sure!

Regency Refrigeration (1981) Ltd

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12510 123 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5L 0H8

One of Edmonton’s five original refridgeration companies, Regency Refridgeration has been providing maintenance, installation and air conditioning services in our city since 1976. Their loyal customer base and positive testimonials are proof that happy customers equate to industry longevity. You could say these guys are the masters of keeping it cool! (Get it?)

Pioneer Press Ltd

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5638 103A St NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 2J5

This full service printing agency’s roots expand further than just Edmonton. They are the oldest continually operated commercial printing company in all of Alberta! With more than 120 years of experience doing what they do, the success of Pioneer Press is far from a coincidence. Their philosophy has been and remains consistent – always go beyond customer expectations.

While your kids may beg to differ, McDonald’s can get monotonous after awhile. Is it too much to ask for a dining option that satisfies both parent and child? Absolutely not! These Edmonton restaurants serve up delicious grown-up dishes, while also keeping the kiddos smiling. From mac and cheese to bento boxes, Edmonton has so much more to offer than another happy meal! [Image credit: iStock.com/bhofack2]
To have the perfect dining experience, there has to be a balance of quality food, impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere. The restaurants listed below have hit at least one of these must-haves completely out of the park. When it comes to a warm, welcoming dining environment, they will not disappoint. And, don’t worry, we’re confident they’ve got the other elements in the bag too! [Photo: Hardware Grill]
In a world full of princess cut rings and tiny rose gold necklaces, some of us prefer to be a little more vanguard with our jewellery choices. If you prefer one-of-a-kind trinkets for your collection, then these Edmonton locations are the best places to look. From beads and bobbles to gold and gems, you'll feel like you found hidden treasure, and in a way, you will have! [Image credit: iStock.com/wundervisuals]
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