9 Ways to Support Local Now

  1. Eat and Drink

It’s never been easier to support local! All you need to do is eat. Plan for some take-out at one of our great local restaurants and help them get through these challenging times. Whether your family enjoys fish and chips, pizza or something a little more exotic like Indian or Chinese, there are lots of great local choices. Or check out a local café for a take out (or sit in) coffee and treat – you might even want to try a pumpkin spice latte.

  1. Fall Fashions

If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to invest in your fall wardrobe. Even if you’re not at the office just yet, there’s always room in the closet for another comfy sweater, wrap, or great pants. And don’t get me started on fall boots and shoes! Carleton Place is flush with great clothing shops for both men and women so it will be easy to find a special piece that you love. Check out the trendy fall fashion at Acquisti Life, or the classic styles available at The Real Wool Shop.  Both places carry some great footwear options as well, as does Graham’s Shoes in Downtown Carleton Place. If the kids still need some back to school threads, check out Apple Cheeks and Carousel for the coolest back to school clothes and accessories.

  1. Look for Treasure at Local Thrift Stores

Many of us spent quarantine cleaning out our closets so the local thrift stores are stocked! The Storeroom Family Thrift has tons of great furniture – perfect for university students or anyone looking to refresh their home. As Good As New has amazing styles for men, women, and children. Not only that, but 100% of the profits go to Lanark County Interval House so you can feel great about shopping there.

  1. Stock up on Masks

Over the past few months, masks have become a necessary accessory. Why not pick out some fun designs or a mask to match every outfit at The Real Wool Shop or personalize a mask with any design you can think of at Brown and MacFarlane? You can also go online and order direct at Pretty Yellow House.

  1. Spruce up Your Home with Floral Arrangements

Both Thanksgiving and Halloween offer great opportunities to dress up your home with the colours of Autumn. Add some beautiful colour and wonderful smells to your home with some amazing local floral arrangements. The Blossom Shop and The Floral Boutique have everything you need to bring some beauty into your home.

  1. Enjoy Local Patios While You Can

It won’t be long until the cold, snowy weather is here. Enjoy some delicious meals and the remaining nice weather by eating on the patio at Waterfront Gastropub, Boulton House, Freska, Smith and Barrel, and The Good Food Company while you can! Many local places have heat lamps or bring your own shawl or blanket and stay toasty warm!

  1. Bake Some Fall Treats

Stop by The Granary to pick up everything you need to make some yummy fall treats perfect to pack in your lunch box for school! Check out their Tea Party to enjoy with your treats running Thursday, October 1 – 3 and they will be featuring sweets from Taste Blooms, The Good Food Co, and the Beckwith Kitchen.

  1. Redecorate Your Work From Home or Homework Space

Find some great office space accessories to spruce up your space at Little Loves Co. and Country Ridge or stop by Surrounding Memories to get some paint to give your existing furniture a makeover.

  1. Try a Fun Family Activity

Do something fun as a family this month. If you’re looking to do something creative, try painting ceramics at The Blossom Shop,  just make sure to call ahead and let them know you’re coming. If you’re looking for something active and competitive, rent a lane and bowl for a few hours at Chasin’ Turkeys. Treasures ‘n’ More has a huge selection of puzzles – guaranteed to have all the pieces – and board games. Take one home for a fun family game night!