In a world where you can shop anywhere, we encourage you to shop local.
Why shopping local matters…
While the price, selection, and convenience of one-stop shopping sites are tempting, we encourage you to keep your dollars in our local community! When you keep your money where you live, you are supporting an economy of friends and neighbours, and building a community that thrives.
Small-scale, locally owned businesses create communities that are more prosperous, connected, and generally better off across a wide range of metrics. When we buy from independent, locally owned businesses a significantly greater portion of our money is then cycled back through our local economy — to facilitate purchases from other businesses, pay salaries, contribute to local charities, and support local innovation and community activities – ultimately strengthening the whole community.
SHOP LOCAL, EAT LOCAL and SPEND LOCAL – Stage 1
Please visit the business links to find out the complete details.
Apple Cheeks Consignment: 53 Bridge St.
Brown & MacFarlane Glass Co. Inc.: 21 Bridge St.
Capital Optical: 152 Bridge St.
Chasin’ Turkeys: 51 Bridge St. – Opening soon
Graham’s Shoes:139 Bridge St
Heritage Optical: 130 Lansdowne Ave. Suite 6
IDA Drugmart: 47 Lansdowne Ave.
Solace Hair Design: 6 Lake Ave.
Surrounding Memories: 77 Bridge St.
The Dress Shop: 141 Bridge St.
The Floral Boutique: 77 Bridge St.
The Granary Bulk and Natural Foods: 107 Bridge St.
The Pickledish: 24 Lake Ave. West.
The Queens Crafters and Antique Market: 142 Bridge St.
Wisteria: 62 Bridge St.
Please visit the business links to find out the complete details.Downtown Dining and Shopping Map
More Ways to Support Local:
- Outfit a home office/workspace – add some plants, flowers, prints and stationery to give it a personal touch
- Shane your GREAT experiences of using local suppliers or retailers, tag them in a FB post
- Do some spring cleaning -stock up on cleaning supplies to get you through the summer
- Get Crafty – take on a summer art project and buy your supplies from a local retailer
- Write your story – redesign your business card or rack card and get it printed locally
- Plan your garden – get ready now for planting this summer, add some soil and mulch to your favourite beds and pick up some must-have flowers and shrubs
- Take care of yourself – get a massage or schedule a treatment for later this summer
- Get organized – clear out the old and plan to donate or gift
- Redecorate – pick a room and make it at your home oasis with some scented candles, special artwork, or a new piece of furniture
- Get some takeout – and pick it up yourself
- Update your spring/summer wardrobe – check out our great local retailers online and order yourself something nice
- Pamper yourself or someone else
- Participate in a virtual class – learn a new skill, take a fitness class or take an online learning course
- Commit to Future work – hire a local contractor or tradesperson to take off some jobs you’ve been putting off
- Don’t stress – check out a local health store for supplements and foods that will lower your stress levels
- Donate to a local not for profit – if you can, donate your time, food, $$ or goods to a local, not for profit
- Book for tomorrow – make sure you are ready to go when hairdressers and estheticians reopen for business
- Buy now, use later – get yourself or someone you love a gift card
- Outsource – hire someone to do those jobs you don’t enjoy
- Refer someone – tell your friends about a great local service you can’t live without
- Unpause your membership – get ready to go back and support
- Eat, drink and be merry – order some takeout – many local restaurants and breweries can also provide beverages
- Plan a game night – rent a game, or book an at-home escape room locally
- Book a staycation – make some local plans for when things open up again
- Send flowers or chocolate
- Learn something new – borrow a book or movie from the local library
- Get more takeout
- Get some new shoes