Help put Archive Magazine in a store near you!

by Shari Johnston

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Apr 28, 2017


Jun 12, 2017




Help put Archive Magazine in a store near you!

by Shari Johnston in Grande Prairie

Business Plan

Archive Magazine began as a crazy idea between two friends. Just over a year ago, Shari floated the idea to Heather. “Maybe we should start a magazine." The more Heather thought about it, the less crazy it sounded.

We soon realized that a magazine was the perfect way to make use of our talents and maybe do something amazing at the same time.

Archive is a 100% independent, Alberta-based magazine featuring unique stories from across Canada. Our goal for Archive was to inspire people to enjoy the simple things in life, step outside their comfort zone and try new things.  

Known for it's creative and friendly design, Archive is printed quarterly on matte paper with a finished size of 8.375" x 10.875".

Each issue showcases a story in each of our main categories: Eat, Create, Explore and Enjoy. Recent stories include a quick food tour of Haida Gwaii, an introduction to Pierre and Candace of Food on your Shirt, a canoe trip through Wells Gray Provincial Park and an interview with Francine and Nicole Gomes of Cluck N Cleaver in Calgary.  

48 pages of goodness also includes:

  • Something boozy
  • A drool-worthy centerfold (Food Porn)
  • A collection of items we think our readers would enjoy, ranging from books to read and attractions to visit (Forward)
  • Quick road trips, mainly to cool places near an urban centre (Escape Route)
  • Fun interviews with well-known Canadians such as Rick Mercer and Clara Hughes (Take Five)
  • Local makers, artisans and businesses who are taking the time and effort to do what they love (Create)

Archive Magazine is available via subscription, distributed via Canada Post. You will also find Archive at local Grande Prairie retailers, such as Al's News, Grande Prairie Coffee Company and Homesteader Health (Gateway) and at approximately 40 independently owned convenience and book stores from coast to coast.  With your help, we can stock Archive in more towns and cities across Alberta.

Comments (33)

Gina Sutherlans says:

Way to go guys!

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Cate Sazwan says:

Congratulations on your successful campaign, Shari!

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Chelsey Boyne says:

Congrats! Yay to local magazines <3

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Alex McGillivray says:

Wish I could give more. Thanks for sponsoring me on my ride. Looking forward to picking up a hard copy at my local chapters soon!

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Ben Sopher says:

For a great cause! from your bickersville roomie :-)

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Tom Lennox says:

Sorry I'm so late to the party!! I like to drag my heels lol. Way to go guys...looks like you hit your mark!!

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Crystal Seppola says:

Great job!

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Rebecca Minor says:

Boosted on Behalf of Poop Minor! Go Archive Go! You got this!

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Tamara Burch says:

Hey you guys! Would it be way too confusing if you sent the cookbook to me ('cause it sounds really good) and the subscription to my sister (who doesn't cook)?

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Nicola Peacey says:

Really looking forward to some inspirational ideas from your summer issue!!!

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Paula Backer says:

Very happy to support you Shari! you are an inspiration!

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Angela Harris says:

Wish you girls all the luck

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John Patrick says:

Nice work!

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Jens Gerbitz says:

Good luck!

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Michael Merriam says:

Keep up the great work Shari and Heather!

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Wanda Moen says:

In one short year, Shari and Heather have accomplished something pretty amazing! Keep up the great work ladies!!

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Dale Kardas says:

Shari - Congratulations on publishing Archive, so interesting, useful and fabulous!

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Amber Livingstone says:

Happy to help with this great endeavor!

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John Patrick says:

Good Luck!!

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Neil Gordon says:

You are amazing! You are beautiful! Cheers! πŸ‘πŸ½β€οΈπŸ”₯🍺🍻

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Kim Sanderson says:

Way to go!! Keep up the great work.

21 seconds ago

Milissa Rush says:

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Tracy Gemmill says:

Best of luck, ladies!!! :)

32 seconds ago

Kelly Manuel says:

Love this magazine!!!!

48 seconds ago

Nicola Peacey says:

Good Luck !!!

54 seconds ago

Darlene Browning says:

Good luck girls!! Keep up the good work!! xoxo

24 seconds ago

Janine Samuelson says:

Grear work Lady Bosses! Your paper nerd superfan. J9

18 seconds ago

Sonia Crichton says:

I love it that your accepting no one's definition of you and exploring what it means to be truly creative. I love Archive. Continue to boldly go.

41 seconds ago

Amy Richards says:

Love my subscription and can't wait for more!

38 seconds ago

Elly Nordstrom says:

Anything to help Hotdog! Looking forward to my quarterly read. :)

2 seconds ago

Darlene MacDonald says:

I have enjoyed every issue to date and I look forward to many more! Way to go!

47 seconds ago

Scott Carroll says:

Good luck, you guys deserve it.

44 seconds ago

Kristina Van Dr Walle says:

Go for it! Can't wait until you are a media mogul!

52 seconds ago


Shari Johnston


Shari loves to eat, drink and cook. She loves being outside. She loves to entertain. She loves to travel. She loves to tell stories. For five years, these stories appeared on her blog, Tales from a Small Kitchen. As a result of her blog and love of food, she has also done some freelance writing, event planning and workshop facilitation. It only seemed to be a matter of time before she decided her words were worthy for paper.

Heather Smith


Professionally, Heather has worked in various communications roles for over 15 years. She is also a printmaker and artist and sold handprinted cards and prints on Etsy for five years under her shop, Cosmikgoo. A self-described crafty nerd, she has tried just about every handmade method from spinning yarn to stained glass. Heather is super excited to take her obsession with paper to an unhealthy level.

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With less than two weeks to go, we figured it was time for a campaign update...

We're so close to our goal! Only 14% to go thanks to your support!  We're hopeful we'll reach our target and, due to our optimism, we've already started working with distributors and independent retailers to expand our reach within Alberta (and the rest of the country, actually). 

Beginning in July, Archive will be stocked in fifty Chapters/Indigo locations nationwide, but with a focus on Western Canada. We'll also take part in a promotion in the fall which will feature Archive (and other Alberta magazines) in a dozen or more Chapters/Indigo stores province-wide.

Alpine Book Peddlers will begin listing Archive, meaning we may be picked up by stores in Banff, Canmore, Waterton, Jasper, Edmonton and Calgary. Additionally, we’ve been working with some new independent retailers in northern Alberta and expect to be on their shelves beginning with our summer issue.


Slowly but surely, we’re taking over Alberta. Next, we’ll tackle the world!