Summer days are wonderfully long in Edmonton, but there aren’t nearly enough of them. Don’t spend your Saturdays this season stuck with a “honey do” list. From cleaning and outdoor chores, to tuning up your air conditioning unit and updating that bathroom fixture you’ve been meaning to get to – let Rümi, ATCO’s newest consumer brand, take care of that for you.
Rümi takes all the guess-work out of how to maintain your home – from small jobs to more complicated ones. For new homeowners, it’s a game-changer. The first service of its kind in Alberta, Rümi directly connects homeowners with experts and finds the right technician for the job, every time. A visit to Rumi.ca allows you access to trusted vendors for home and office maintenance, repair and installation services, products for purchase and helpful, straightforward advice about home ownership. Think of it as your one-stop shop for home maintenance, all at the click of a single button.
And don’t worry about how you’ll fill all that spare time – we’ve got some ideas for you to take your Saturdays back and start loving weekends again.
1. Get active – somewhere other than in your own yard
The Greater Edmonton Area was made for getting active – take a walk, bike, stroll or roll along the 160 km of multi-use paths throughout the city, or book a Segway tour around the Legislature grounds. Make it a weekend staycation by camping on your own private island right in the middle of the North Saskatchewan, or relax at the Accidental Beach near Cloverdale. And after your long sojourn, head to Devon to reward yourself with an afternoon lazily tubing on the river.
You’ll love all the fresh air this summer. And you’ll be able to breathe easily at home, too, because it’ll smell fresh and clean once your air filters and ductwork have been efficiently cleaned by one of Rümi’s trusted vendors.
2. Celebrate Festival City – and a clean home!
There’s a reason Edmonton has become synonymous with world-class festivals. Throughout the year, people flock to over 50 annual events to soak in the culture, diversity and art in Edmonton.
Don’t miss the largest food and entertainment festival in Western Canada, Taste of Edmonton, for its triumphant return to Churchill Square. Later in July, dive into the art, music, dance and food of this year’s Edmonton Heritage Celebration with hundreds of different cultures represented in our city. And this fall, see what’s on tap at Edmonton’s Craft Beer Festival.
And when you’re partaking in one of the many virtual festivals from home instead, you can set up your favourite backyard chair under the shade of your perfectly pruned trees, courtesy of the knowledgeable and talented experts at Rümi.
3. Visual arts – that aren’t on a screen
Edmonton is a city of artists, creators and makers, and our arts scene is second to none. In addition to the multitude of colourful wall murals hidden throughout the city, there are over 200 pieces of artwork in the city’s public art collection. And if gallery art is more your thing, visit the much-anticipated Black Every Day exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta. And until September, immerse yourself in Edmonton’s rich Indigenous culture with Mother Tongues, hosted by contemporary arts centre, Latitude 53.
There’s art everywhere you look – even in places you’d least expect, like high efficiency water filtration and plumbing systems Rümi can install in your home. With the beautiful, shiny chrome, it’s like having your own Talus Dome at home!
4. Food and drink – because you deserve a treat!
A global pandemic can’t keep a good thing down, especially not Edmonton’s food and drink culture. Restrictions over the past year inadvertently opened a niche market in outdoor catered picnics. Take a break from home ownership and let Rümi help install your EV charger, while you enjoy a luxury picnic experience provided by boutique companies like True North, complete with food and drink from local producers.
Hansen Distillery’s Edmonton-made Northern Eyes whiskey is a must-try for any whiskey lover, and you’ll find smooth vodkas from MD Distillery in St. Albert. Make it easy by selecting pre-made cocktail kits from local favourites Pip, Woodwork or El Beso and head to one of seven city parks with specially designated spots for you to enjoy a beverage under the trees. Your electric vehicle will be charged before you know it.
5. Markets and gardens – no heavy lifting required
Fresh is best, and with markets every day of the week during the summer months, you can be sure you’re supporting local farmers, food producers and artisans. From the Baseline Farmers’ Market in Sherwood Park to Stony Plain Farmers’ Market, and from Morinville to Millwoods, there’s always a market nearby.
If you’re keen on growing your own, let Rümi be your personal gardening expert with mowing and fertilizing services, while you visit dozens of local greenhouses to complete your backyard summer oasis. And don’t worry, Rümi can come back again when the leaves start to fall to get you ready for the fluffy white stuff, too.
Wouldn’t you rather be doing this than chores around the house? Take back your Saturdays and leave the rest to Rümi.
For a full list of services and to learn more, visit rumi.ca
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