Shop Local – My Favourite Canadian Brands & Small Shops

Photos by Substance

There’s lots of great reasons to shop locally, but now during this pandemic it’s more important than ever before to make the shift and adjust those shopping habits if you weren’t already doing so.

So let’s refocus, get in the right mindset and talk about some of the perks to shopping locally. Here’s a few reasons why I like to shop local…

  1. Local businesses not only help the economy but the community too! They help keep communities green, safe, it brings people together, and the money you invest will create a ripple effect.
  2. Exception Customer Service – majority of the small shops and businesses I support are friendly and have far exceeded those of big chains. A lot of local businesses are now offering curbside pickup, free shipping/delivery, or site wide sales and promos so now’s the time to take advantage of these great services your neighbour is offering.
  3. Shopping locally creates jobs in the community and positively impacts individuals, families, communities and Canada as a whole.
  4. Most local businesses and B Corps. donate consistently to charities and non-profits to help people and the planet.
  5. Unique brands and one-of-a-kind products means not everyone is wearing and using the same thing.

There are so many amazing businesses across Canada, and talented artists and makers as well as local shops. So the next time you need to shop, take a look at the list and let’s spread some love around…

Artwork & Stationery

Big Bear + the Wolf
Carleen Kennedy Lettering & Design
Little Blue Canoe
Merrily Designs
Moon and Sparrow
Resonance Art Studio

Baby Items & Children’s Clothing

Ami & Emme
Birdz Children & Co.
Bloom (Underwear) Kids Essentials
Electrik Kidz
Fresh Kids (Consignment)
Hatley
ilovemyblank
Kasual Kiddo Handmade
Littles & Spice
Loop Kids (Consignment)
Mi & Fi
Mini Mioche
Parker & Posie
Poppys Collection
Posh & Cozy
Refluff
Sew Nest
Simply Love YYC
OLE Design
Young Fam
*Follow Common Threads for the latest on YYC children’s apparel

Beauty, Body & Skincare

Beautycounter
Rocky Mountain Soap
Routine Deodorant
Somerset Moss
Unwrapped Life

Eco Products & Zero Waste

After the Rain YYC
Eco + Amour
Glass Sipper
Growing Co.
Harper Ridley
The Apothecary
The Better Farm Co.
Wild Roots & Co.
Your Green Kitchen

Food & Drink

Analog Coffee
Brewsters Brewing Company
Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.
Crave
Flora Fromage
Gull Valley Fresh Produce
Innisfail Growers
Long-Run Ranch Beef
Organic Gold Mustard
Our Daily Brett
Pie Junkie
Pretty Sweet
Rooted Meal Plan Kit
Saskatoon Farm
SPUD.ca
The Silk Road Spice Merchant
True Buch
Village Ice Cream
Vintage Caffeine Co.
Yum Bakery

Health & Wellness

Health Hut
Saje Wellness
Well.ca

Home, Decor & Gifts

Amborella Floral
Black Earth Floral
Blossom Boutique
Cedar Mountain Studios
Crafted
Drake General Store
Flashblock
Grow & Co.
Inspired Findings
kerAMikk
Lemonceillo
Liz & Lottie
Low Poly Crafts
Marbella Dish
Ninth & Brick
Out of the Woodwork
Pico Charlie Cole
Plant
RC + Smith
Sweet Bloom
You Grow, Girl

Jewelry, Bags & Accessories

Apostle Boutique
Chelsea King
Gold and Ginger
La Patria
Merry Mae
Tiny Zen Memory
Wild Roots & Co.

Maternity Shops

Ani + Wren
Baby & Me Maternity Boutique
Ella Bella

Women’s Apparel

Adorn Boutique
Aritzia
Buttercream Clothing
Camp Brand Goods
Collins St.
Daub
Era Style Loft
Ivory Lane Boutique
Kit & Ace
Knix
Local Laundry
Mad About Style
Pink Liberty
Poppy Barley
Seven Saints Boutique
Soia & Kyo
The Happiest Collection
Tuck Shop Trading Co

YYC Local Services

Alexandra Kurta Photography (Wedding & Brand)
:AM Cleaning YYC (House & Condo)
Anthony at Your Service (Delivery)
Ave Beauty (Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists)
Coco & Ash (Wedding Planning & Design)
Cover Story Styling (Stylist)
Grey Lily Photography (Wedding & Lifestyle)
Melissa Dawn Designs (Event Plannter)
Mojo Counselling (Counselling with Marcey Heschel)
Orange Trunk (Vintage Styling & Rentals)
Resume Restoration (Career Transition Support)
Substance (Photography & Marketing Services)

Photo Details:
Photos by Substance
Planner & Design by Apostle Boutique and Coco & Ash
Jewelry by Apostle Boutique
Hair & Makeup by Ave Beauty
Wardrobe by Mad About Style
Shoes by Poppy Barley
Models: @simplystyledinspo @missmabes @theshopguideca
Sustainable Produce Bags by The Better Farm Co.
Florals by Black Earth Floral
Makeup Bags by Wild Roots & Co.
Coffee by Calgary Heritage Roasting Co.
Pottery Mugs by Leanne Dubray

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the directory! Happy shopping! xo

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