It is vital to support local businesses right now. While Amazon is incredibly convenient, consider spending a little extra time and effort getting to know local vendors of the products and services you are looking for leading upto the holidays—many of them have new online stores or other ways to shop safely during covid-19. With hundreds of businesses at risk in Saskatoon, your dollar could go a long way toward sustaining them. Keep your money in our city to support local services and job creators. As a community, let’s make an effort to support our neighbours by shopping local this year.
Reasons to shop local
- Support awesome local businesses
- Better, more personal customer service experience
- Opportunity to interact with real people and build community
- Get to know the makers, appreciate their passion and feel good supporting them
- Elevate the local economy and create more local jobs
- Reduce your environmental impact
- Keep your community unique
Just because you don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
Many small local businesses don’t have sophisticated digital marketing and may be difficult to find online—but it will be worth it to spend a little extra effort tracking them down! If they don’t have a website, try finding them on Instagram or Facebook, giving them a phone call, or even going down to their brick-and-mortar location if they have one.
How to find local businesses in YXE:
- Explore the links to local business directories provided in this blog
- Share links to your favourite local businesses websites on social media and ask your friends to do the same!
- Poll your friends on social media for small local business ideas
- Do a google search and make a couple of phone inquiries
- Listen to CFCR or CBC local radio for small business ads and leads
- Walk through the Broadway, Downtown and Riversdale areas for window shopping
Some of our favourites:
- Sparrow Coffee
- Escape Sports
- Botté Chai Bar and Persian Kitchen
- Crossmount Cider Company
- Blok Dental Studio
- The Gras Shop (indoor gardening and more)
- Brigadier Security (home automation and more)
- Aroma Restobar
Other Online Resources for Shopping Local in YXE:
Shop Local, Online!
Are you keen to help each other find great local businesses to source the products and services we are each looking for this holiday season? What local businesses will you be spending your money at? We want to hear from you—connect with us on Facebook or Instagram and let us know where you think we should shop!