Buying local improves our community’s economy and helps us connect with our neighbours. Here are a few creative ways to support our local stores and restaurants that are struggling during these challenging times:

Mom & Pop Shops
Try to shop at your local greengrocer or hardware store instead of the larger, national chains or massive international online retailers.

Pay it Forward
Prepaying for services such as your next couple of haircuts or purchasing gift cards can make a huge difference to those whose businesses have ground to a halt.

Open for Business
Reach out to your favourite stores and restaurants. Although their storefront is closed, they may have set up online ordering options that offer delivery or curbside pickup.

Virtual Classes
Some businesses, such as fitness studios and children’s playgroups, have moved their classes online so if you’re able to continue paying for your monthly membership, consider giving their new format a try.

Spread the Word
If there’s a local business you really love, sign up for their newsletter and forward it to your friends. Also, follow them on social media, like and share their posts, and leave a positive review for them on Google and Facebook.

Our local small businesses are integral to the character of our community. Now’s the time when we all need to support one another, whether it be family, friends or those who are trying so hard to keep their businesses afloat. In times like these, the slightest gesture can make a huge difference!