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Services in the Village of Empress

Those of us who live in tiny remote communities are always grateful for services available in our communities.  Most of the following are local businesses, but a few are from surrounding towns.

Installing Empress gas sign

Need Fuel?

Lucky you...we sell gas and diesel!!!  If you're desperate give us a call at 403-565-0009.

Open 6am  - 9pm seven days a week.

If you're traveling on Highway 41 there's a cardlock in Acadia Valley a half hour north of the Empress turn-off.  If you're south of the South Saskatchewan River I think there's a pay-at-the-pump outlet behind one of the stores in Burstall Saskatchewan. I think the machine only takes a charge card but I may be wrong about that.

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Need a Mechanic?

It really is your lucky day...there's a mechanic in Empress.  He's a bit of a night owl so don't expect him to get out of bed before 10:00am.

He does most of the work on my family's vehicles so I can personally vouch for his honesty and ability.

Mike isn't prepared to replace your transmission or give you a new motor and he may be handicapped by not having instant access to obscure parts...but he'll do his best for you.

Photo of a small truck overloaded with a bigger pick-up truck in its box

Need a Tow Truck?

You've got a couple of options:

If you have an AMA membership, give them a call and they'll dispatch a truck from Oyen, Alberta.  There's only one truck and one driver so even if it's a nice summer day and not a winter blizzard you may have to wait until he can make his way down the highway to wherever you are.

Plan B is to call Dennis Weiss at 403-664-8230.  Denis has a large flat deck truck, too, but towing isn't his prime occupation so you may or may not have luck getting him to come to the rescue.

If you're desperate give us a call at 403-565-0009.  We can't give you a tow, but if the weather is bitterly cold we'll try to get you off the highway to a warm place where you can wait for your car to catch up with you.

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 "Corner" Store Groceries

This is it...the Empress Corner Store...two bookshelves at one end of the art gallery, two refrigerators and three freezers!

We have milk, eggs, cheese, margarine, lunch meats, hamburger, canned fruit and veggies, juice, flour, sugar, salt and whatever else it is you might need to finish your baking or your Sunday dinner.

It doesn't look like much but it's seldom that we can't supply what's missing...even sambal oleek.

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Empressive Cafe

Doors Open at 6:00am and even if you don't want breakfast come on in and experience country culture in action.  The TV program, Corner Gas could have been filmed here and they wouldn't have had to go to the trouble of writing a script.

Come in for soup & sandwich, chili or the daily special.  Top it up with a slice of world famous chocolate cake.

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Coffee Break Restaurant

Full service diner in the arena that is open for dinner except for Mondays.  Dan has a great buffet on Friday evenings from 5:00pm and serves brunch on Sundays.

Elderly couple out walking

The Friendship Centre

A meeting place for seniors and their friends.

Card playing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Potluck Suppers on the second Monday of the month.  Bring your goodies early so that folks can be sitting down by 6:00.

Sing-a-Long Sundays are usually held every second week from 7:00 to 9:00 pm if the organizers aren’t seeding, harvesting or repairing equipment.  Phone Clinton Day  for the details 403-928-4214.

Hair Cuts by Rita

Rita Hegg drives in from a neighbouring village to cut hair in the every Friday at 10:00am.  The ladies of the town leave looking as beautiful as ever and the menfolk are happy because Rita was trained as a barber.

Although it isn't strictly necessary, it's best to call for an appointment rather than risk a long wait on your arrival.

Phone 403-972-2203

Hair and There

We also have a hair stylist who makes house calls!  How good is that?! 

If you have mobility issues or just want to be pampered in your home, give Alison Dean a call and she'll make you beautiful while you relax at your kitchen table.

In case you're wondering why her phone number has a Manitoba exchange, she says rates are cheaper than in Alberta.  Who knew?

Homecare nurse taking patient's blood pressure


Homecare services are available in the community.  Call 403-565-3795.

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