"And, that’s when we thought of an ice cream artisan village.” - Ian Sand.
In February 2020, Ian and Carrie Sand moved into a character home that is walking distance from downtown Medicine Hat. The two are originally from the Island in British Columbia and say the city resembles the homes they grew up in.
Living in Vancouver for 22 years and then Calgary, the couple says they missed the small town feel of their hometowns on the Island. Medicine Hat was able to provide them a perfect sized city and inviting community with an affordable cost of living.
The couple had always known they wanted to own a business, and in June 2021 they opened the Moose and Squirrel Artisan Village, where they host markets and events with live music almost every night and serve buttermilk ice cream, sundaes and milkshakes. The business is located on Second Street downtown and is in walking distance from their house.
The Sand’s say Medicine Hat’s business and residential communities are supportive and tight-knit, and they both look forward to building their business in a city they love living in.
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Move to Medicine Hat is actively supported by these lead community minded organizations, and made possible in part through funding / sponsorship.
The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services. Les gouvernements de l’Alberta et du Canada travaillent en partenariat et financent conjointement des programmes et des services d’aide à l’emploi.