Halloween has spirited away, and the holidays will soon be upon us. Heights merchants, as everyone else, are already working on making sure local shoppers have the goods and services they need to get ready for all the festivities!
With the strain, uncertainty and economic impact of the pandemic, keepin’ it local during the holiday season and supporting your local businesses have never been so important. Here are a few reasons why.
Support the Local Economy
Shopping and eating locally goes far beyond what you think. According to BC Buy Local, for every $100 spent with a BC local business, $63 is re-circulated back into our BC economy versus the $14 for multinational corporations. Your local Heights business will spend your money on other local suppliers and vendors. The online giants will definitely not.
Find Unique and Creative Gifts
You can always find the most unique gifts from a local gift shop, boutique, or specialty store. For example, here in the Heights, you can find vinyl records from Hooked on Phono (4251 Hastings St), handmade goodies from local artisans at Muckabout Gift Gallery (4759 Hastings St) and L’Atelier Sandie Bell (3908 Hastings St), vintage decor from Moi Vintage (4132 Hastings St), one of a kind jewelry from Moonstone (4287 Hastings St) and Metropoli Jewellers (4068 Hastings St), and captivating books and rare literary pieces from Companion Books (4094 Hastings St) or Brown’s Books (3740 Hastings St).
Fun and Better Shopping Experience
Because of the wide range of shops found in the Heights, the shopping experience is the biggest perk of them all. Shopping locally means that the customer service experience is personalized by passionate store owners and staff. Unlike big box stores and online giants, half of Heights merchants live in the community and are committed to you and the neighbourhood. You’ll feel like part of the family as you search for that one-of-a-kind gift.
It’s more important than ever to keep our small businesses top of mind when going through your holiday shopping list. With plenty of free parking, more than 330 shops and services, and many businesses offering curbside pick-up, Heights merchants can offer choice, convenience and a special local touch to your gift buying this season.
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