Supporting local businesses just got so much simpler thanks to Not Amazon.
There’s a growing movement across Canada to shop local instead of buying goods from e-commerce giants such as Amazon. Although it can be tempting to conveniently buy something from Amazon, the money from those purchased goods could instead go towards supporting businesses in the local community instead of large corporations.
That’s why many prefer to buy stuff locally, and doing so just got a lot easier thanks to the Calgary edition of Not Amazon. Created in collaboration by Ali Haberstroh and Becky Jones, this alternative to Amazon is a new shopping directory that allows you to search through an online list of local businesses in Calgary.
A Toronto woman is hoping to shift online shopping habits to local businesses during the holiday season by making the experience as convenient as Amazon. https://t.co/Dqv6qBuJto lists local stores by city and category to prioritize small businesses. https://t.co/NaJfTfouLY pic.twitter.com/wFhZwXRJ5e
— CBC Toronto (@CBCToronto) December 11, 2020
Hundreds of local mom and pop shops are listed on Not Amazon for us to support during these tough pandemic times and beyond. You can search through the full list of businesses or filter by several categories such as Books, Food, Wine + Beer, Jewelry, Floral + Plants, Home Decor, Vintage, and more. The website also lets you add more small businesses to the list in case any of your favourites are missing.
Even Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging us to shop local. He says, “we need to do our part, as Canadians, to lean on each other, to be there for each other, and to support everyone as we get through this pandemic.”
Whether it’s ordering takeout from the restaurant down the street or shopping for presents at the store around the corner, there are so many ways we can support our local business owners – so this holiday season, let’s keep them in mind. #SupportLocal pic.twitter.com/WgqQly3O0U
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 5, 2020
Whether you are looking to get some gifts for the holidays or to just buy something you need around the house, this buy-local initiative is a fantastic way to get that done while simultaneously discovering and supporting local businesses that exist in Calgary.
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