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FEATURED LOCAL BUSINESSES

Firon Roofing Inc.

June 5, 2017

Since 2008, Firon Roofing Inc. has been working hard to provide the Ottawa community with an honest and trustworthy roofing company. Using only the best materials, tried and tested by our own roofing professionals, we ensure our...

We provide tours  of local breweries. Every one of our tours includes samples, tours of each facility, an education session on craft beer, a custom notes sheet for the day and plenty of water to stay hydrated.  Our Saturday and...

Right Bike is a social business that provides jobs and training for individuals in the community who are working to overcome barriers to employment. We deliver a community-based bike share service in Ottawa, Canada. http://right bike.org...

Apt613 is a volunteer-run not-for-profit organization. Our main activity is apt613.ca, an award winning blog dedicated to uncovering the best of Ottawa’s arts and culture. All of our editors, photographers and contributors contribute...

Specializing in urban sustainable projects, such as back yard growing domes, root cellars, cold storage systems including Brick and Stone work, sourcing hemlock wood, local materials as well as supporting and benefiting our local...

StrayDog Brewery The Stray Dog Brewing Company is more than just craft beer; it represents the spirit of adventure and the courage to pursue the passions that enrich our lives. Many people choose to give up on their dreams because of...

GuyTel Guytel provides a wide variety of legacy Telecom Products & Services Such as On-Site Service, Installation, Repairs, Cabling, Smart Wiring  . We serve, small medium business and custom home offices anywhere in the National...

Wabi Sabi Wabi Sabi is Ottawa’s unique destination for knitting, spinning, and weaving. 1078 Wellington Street West, Ottawa, ON, K1Y2Y3 (613) 725-5648 Saturday June 10th 11-2 Event: Knit In Public Day...

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Why Local First?

We hear a lot about supporting and buying local but why is it so important? How does it benefit us?

  • Your daily cup of coffee

    Instead of buying coffee from a national chain, try a local coffee shop or roaster. Small coffee houses tend to have more variety as well. You may even discover a new way to get your caffeine!

  • Produce

    Try going to a farmers market or small local grocer. Your food will be fresher because it has travelled less and you may get to meet the person who grew your food. A farmers market is also a fun way to spend an afternoon!

  • Clothing

    Support a local retailer next time you need some new duds. The offerings at local stores tend to be more unique then their mass produced counter parts. Be fashion forward and community minded, it’s a win-win!

  • Restaurants

    Local restaurants and pubs are a great way to sample some of the delicious products your community has to offer. Local restaurants are more likely to support local producers so your food will be as diverse as the people who helped produce it.

Shift 10%

We know the many benefits to supporting local but sometimes it can be tough to identify ways we can support local businesses. Just shifting 10% of your purchases to independent local businesses can have great effects on your community. Shifting 10% doesn’t mean buying or spending more, it means spending different.

Some easy ways to start supporting local are:

  • Choosing a local independent business over a chain means more money stays and circulates through our community. This creates a stronger local economy with more diverse and unique businesses.

  • Independent businesses and organizations are more likely to reinvest in our communities. Local sports leagues, charities and organizations all benefit when we support local.

  • Supporting local is better for our environment. Creating thriving local centres prevents sprawl and keeps our communities accessible and walkable, cutting down on pollution.

  • Supporting local helps our communities stay unique. Local businesses and organizations give our communities a distinct character and culture, making our communities as diverse and special as the people who live in them!

  • When we think ‘local first’ we support our friends, family, neighbours and ourselves! These are people who are invested in your neighbourhood. We all have a vested interest in where we live, let’s celebrate that!

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