How To Support Ontario Retail Businesses This Holiday Season

We all know how hard this year has been on local businesses. As you’re preparing for the holiday season, we encourage you to shop locally as much as you can to help our community thrive. By using these tips, we can keep Ontario strong and support the businesses we love.

Stay Up-to-Date On Health Guidelines

As health and safety guidelines change, it’s hard to know what to expect. Before planning any in-person shopping trips, make sure you’re up-to-date on the latest information from your regional and state regulators.

Plan Your Visit

Many stores are open for in-person shopping, but they may have reduced hours, limited capacity, or other policy changes. If you plan on visiting stores, plan ahead for these types of changes. Make sure you know what to expect and be flexible during your shopping experience.

Buy Gift Cards

If you don’t need to purchase anything but still want to support local businesses, buy a gift card. Gift cards make the perfect gift for your loved ones (or yourself) and give your favorite business additional cash flow. If your favorite shop is temporarily closed, contact them to see if you can buy a gift card to use when they open back up.

Explore Delivery Options

To help customers practice social distancing, many local businesses are now providing delivery or curbside pickup options. Before purchasing from an online store, check with a local shop to see if they have the item you’re looking for and what delivery or pickup options they offer.

Give A Positive Review

If you’ve been visiting a store for years and haven’t left a positive review on Yelp, Google, or Facebook, now’s the time. Positive reviews can boost a business’ credibility, gain customer trust, and encourage new shoppers to make a purchase.

Support Them On Social Media

While you’re leaving that positive review, show your support by following your favorite businesses on social media. Liking, commenting, and sharing their posts can help spread awareness and encourage others to become customers.

The holidays can be stressful under normal circumstances. This year, employees, business owners, and other shoppers are feeling even more pressure than usual. By shopping local, being flexible, and supporting our community, we can strengthen our community and spread joy this holiday season.