About Us

What we do

We started Best in Edmonton to help other Edmontonians figure out where best to spend their dollars.

There are so many great products and services here in Alberta’s capital that it’s difficult to know where you can get the most value for your money. Our crack reviewers – most born-and-bred Edmontonians, and city residents all – take on that challenge in your stead.

While we started out small, what began as a personal project among friends has now turned into a full-fledged company, covering myriad services and shops here in our city.

Meet our team

Here are the people who produce our reviews:

Brian Jones
Brian Jones
Co-founder & Contributing Editor
Brian worked as a web developer for 12 years before shifting his focus and creating Best in Edmonton with several friends. Having grown up in Edmonton, he was always keenly aware of the many things to see and experience in the city. With Best in Edmonton, he can share the very best of them with others who wish to see all Edmonton has to offer.
Scott Auriat
Scott Auriat
Contributing Editor
A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Alberta studying Economics, Scott is on his way to working as an applied economist. His passion for his field extends to applying the concepts of the discipline to different areas of life. Economics isn’t all he does, however. He’s also a music-lover, sports fan, and a believer in Web3 and its potential to transform the world.
Karsten Sturmay
Karsten Sturmay
Staff Writer
Born and raised in Alberta’s capital region, Karsten has always cherished the charm and spirit of Edmonton. His days are often filled with exploring the city’s culinary delights, reveling in the city’s vibrant cultural mix. An adventurer at heart, he seeks out unique, entertaining experiences around the city, and embraces all of the exciting things Edmonton has to offer.
Melanie Morales
Melanie Morales
Staff Writer
Born and raised in Edmonton, Melanie is a proud yegger and on a mission to find the next top spot in this ever-growing city. A passionate advocate of thriving local businesses, Melanie also writes, organizes events and helps curate marketing campaigns. As of late, Melanie has founded a drive-in brand called Flix For Hope, which partners with local foundations, including the University Hospital Foundation in Edmonton.
Sanyukta Srivastava
Sanyukta Srivastava
Staff Writer
Sanyukta is a food science professional with over 5 years of experience. Passionate about making the world of food better and healthier, she loves coming up with innovative ideas for new food products and processes. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, cooking, and watching documentaries. She’s also an animal lover and hopes to own a dog next year, with her ultimate goal being to become an entrepreneur and open a successful food business. In addition, she’s a person who tries to spread positivity wherever she goes everyday.

How do we do our reviews?

We research. That means doing full-bore investigations that may include anything and everything, from surveys of other consumers to tests of the services we’re assessing.

We follow the most rigorous standards we can find for each service to ensure we find the top option for each one.

Learn more about our methodology

How do we make money?

Best in Edmonton is reader-supported. There are cases where we may earn a commission from your selection or purchase of a service provider’s offerings, or when you click on a link from our site.

It’s worth clarifying, however, that we don’t sell reviews. We call things as we see them regardless of commissions and will not recommend a service we don’t think worthwhile.

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Whether it's feedback or ideas, we're always happy to hear from fellow Edmontonians. Email us at [email protected] or submit through this form.