Happy Monday Calgary! Tonight's guest blog comes from our friends over at Creative Nobility! Rebecca Frederick, owner of Creative Nobility, and her team of communication specialists have made it their mission this holiday season to shop local. Seeing as Creative Nobility is a local business itself specializing in branding and communication, Rebecca and her team find it necessary to highlight why it's important to support local. Please read and enjoy!
One of the noticeably larger trends seen in Calgary is the increase in entrepreneurs and small businesses, what some like to call the 'Maker Movement'. A recent statistic from Calgary Economic Development states that 95 per cent of Calgary companies are small businesses. As a small business ourselves, we are doing our part this holiday season to shop and support local and put our dollars into the pockets of our neighbouring entrepreneurs.
By shopping local it helps drive the entrepreneurial spirit, create hand-made one of a kind meaningful gifts and build community uniqueness within the Calgary landscape. By supporting local companies, you support local dreams and enter into a community of passionate and driven people. Community is one of the largest aspects of a local business. It’s quite an addictive feeling to feel apart of a community, to feel apart of something on a large or small scale. Typically when small businesses get off the ground and running it was through a network of family and friends support. By supporting a small business you, as a consumer, enter into that network of support.
This holiday season we encourage all Calgarians to support local. Our favourite places to shop locally this Christmas include Meraki, Outside The Shape, The Clothing Bar, Lukes Drug Mart and Greater Goods!
Nestled into Kensington’s 10th street, Meraki is one of Calgary’s local treasures. With a mission to provide a community of makers, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts, Meraki carries aesthetically appealing gear such as Local Laundry, Calgary Heritage Roasting Co and Camp Good Brand. Chelsea, owner of Meraki, and her shop dog Flea are at the shop Monday through Friday and are pleased to meet everyone who walks through Meraki’s doors!
Outside The Shape
One of Inglewood’s newest locally owned shop; Outside The Shape opened its doors to the public less than one month ago. A space geared to supporting the maker community, Outside The Shape is a retail, gallery and workshop space. Some of the brands Outside The Shape carries are our friends at Simply Polished, Milk Jar, Crooked Tree, Jambon Apparel and many more. Stop by and visit Francesca and her friendly pup, George. You’ll be sure to be in good company at Outside The Shape.
The Clothing Bar
Our most favoured consignment store, The Clothing Bar is a gem tucked onto Marda Loop’s 34th avenue. Katie Evans, Clothing Bar owner, specializes in creating a shopping experience for each person who ventures into the shop. Carrying other local brands such as, Silas and Ivy, our buds at Local Laundry, Adorn Infusions and more, The Clothing Bar caters to your every shopping need.
Lukes Drug Mart
Being Calgary’s oldest independent pharmacy, Lukes Drug Mart offers a friendly atmosphere and warmth that can only come from a small business. Lukes sells other locally made products such as Friday Sock Co, Local Laundry (these guys are everywhere!), Camp and many more! Looking to buy for the music buff in your family? Lukes has racks and racks of records and music. To top off your spending spree, grab beautifully made, roasted to perfection espresso on your the way out!
Right before you leave Lukes Drug Mart in Bridgeland, walk one more block and see our friends at Greater Goods. The gals at Greater Goods believe shopping is a relaxing and rewarding experience. Greater Goods is a product of collaboration between two like-minded Calgary businesses in Bridgeland’s historic De Waal Block. Functioning as both a tea and coffee house as well as a place to browse through a range of handcrafted goods, Great Goods offers a warm place of both luxury and craftiness. Products sold in Greater Goods are made by Canadian makers, so you can take pride knowing you are making a difference and supporting the Calgarian and Canadian entrepreneurial community when shopping at Greater Goods!
Happy shopping Calgary!
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