Holiday shopping can be fun and rewarding, when you support local businesses!
Here are three great reasons why shopping locally throughout Edmonton and Alberta can benefit you.
Friendly & personalized service
Many local businesses know their customers personally which means you'll get a much more tailored experience for your shopping needs. When members of the community know and support each other, it creates a friendly bond that you likely won't find in a busy mall environment.
Unique gift ideas
When you are uncertain what to get your loved ones this year, shopping locally in Edmonton can provide limitless possibilities. Antique shops like Red Deer Antiques and Collectibles, hold treasures perfect for unique gift giving: vinyl records for the music lover, vintage clothing for fashionistas, and retro toys, comic books, or china for collectors. Also, local spas and services usually offer holiday packages, boutiques sell high end quality clothing and accessories, and bookshops like The Edmonton Book Store, feature bestsellers along with out-of-print and rare books.
Supporting your community and local economy
Shopping locally lets you forget about the crowds, parking lot woes, and holiday rush. But more importantly, it gives you an opportunity to help your community and support your local economy. Keeping money spent within your community comes with many benefits including helping to create more jobs. Additionally, local businesses like to support other local businesses: The café down the street sources their ingredients from local farmers, art galleries highlight local artists, and farmers markets invite local artisans, who cannot afford a storefront, to sell their items with other merchants.
So, this holiday season, skip the mall and find the unexpected at a local business near you!