All of the information and advocation around supporting local might be a little overwhelming for some. Our capital city has tons of resources to make supporting local businesses easier than ever for residents (shoutout to the great work Obby Khan is doing through Good Local Inc.), but what if you don’t live in Winnipeg?
We’ve segmented the region into four groups—North, East, South, and West—and have included shop local platforms in those areas that you can give your business to today!
So, without further ado, here we go…
Resources for all Manitobans
We focused this post on support local businesses and initiatives in specific areas of the region, but we’d like to start it off with resources that are available to all residents.
We can’t talk about supporting the region without mentioning Travel Manitoba. This provincial resource is the first stop to find out about all the wonderful sights and experiences Manitoba has to offer. Find recent blog posts on 10 virtual things to do in Manitoba this week, 20 amazing Manitoba-themed gifts, and so much more.
Buylocal.ly provides a place where business owners can let people know if they are still open and what they are doing differently during these difficult times (reduced hours, now offering pickup or delivery, etc.). Take a look at the site’s interactive map to discover local businesses you may have never even realized were in your neighbourhood. From the south end of Winnipeg to the northern tip of Stonewall, this is a great resource for finding local businesses near you.
Support Small Businesses Manitoba—Facebook Group
So much of the “support local” conversation is happening on social media today, which means that there are a ton of hidden Manitoba gems to discover. This Facebook group might be one of the most helpful resources on this list because of the insightful conversations readers can access. Manitobans are sharing businesses, gift ideas, and so much more.
Supporting Local – North
– Find local initiatives, businesses, and virtual activities in the Selkirk, St. Andrews, and St. Clements communities—like the Holiday Yards of the Season Contest!
– Stay up to date with everything Interlake, from the latest news on events to at-home activities and more.
– Normally a cozy inn sitting in the middle of beautiful cottage country, this boutique continues to provide locals with gift items and tasty treats to order for pick-up.
– Health foods and supplements will always be essential, and Gramma Carol’s has those in the Selkirk and surrounding area covered as we all try to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
– Businesses helping businesses in the Selkirk and surrounding area. Find local recommendations for take-out, gifts, and more.
– This small-town go-to for all essentials is now offering online ordering and curbside pickup for groceries, coffee, baby supplies, pet care, and even British import products.
– While this antiques shop is closed to the public, staff are offering limited curbside pickups one day per week for familiar shoppers who know what they’re looking for. Find antique items, locally produced goods, and other gift ideas on its Facebook page.
– Find locally grown and produced meat products, free of hormones and antibiotics, as well as a variety of other locally produced food products from makers across the province.
– For some truly unique gift ideas you won’t find anywhere else, Dirt Road Creations is the place to look. For hilarious custom printed and embroidered blankets, coffee mugs, and apparel, check out this small-town shop and support a local maker today.
Supporting Local – East
– A local favourite in the Metro Region and beyond, this forest-framed gem is offering online ordering and delivery for delicious menu items and gift ideas from its boutique. Find a schedule of its delivery services—reaching from Lorette to Bird’s Hill and everywhere in between—on the website.
– Seeing a community come together is a beautiful thing. This organization is putting together a Shop Local Gift Certificate event from now until Dec. 20—making it easy for residents to support local businesses that may not be open right now. Customers can purchase a gift card to any participating local business and redeem that gift card any time in the future.
Manitoba Southeast Commerce—Facebook Group
– This group serves the communities of the RMs of Ritchot, Ste. Anne, Tache, and the Town of Ste. Anne. Find resources and recommendations for residents on the best services, businesses, and gift ideas from local makers.
– This coffee bar packs a lot of character, and even more caffeine, in the RM of Ritchot, but it services many communities throughout southern/central Manitoba. Customers can find goodies from local businesses here and can now order monthly or bi-weekly coffee deliveries for themselves or loved ones—a great gift idea to show someone you care.
– We can’t mention #SupportLocal without talking about Obby Khan’s Good Local Inc.—hence why we couldn’t help but mention it in the intro.
Good Local has been making waves in the local pool because of the profound impact its having on small businesses and makers throughout the Winnipeg and surrounding area. From groceries to apparel, home décor, health and beauty, and jewelry, Good Local has definitely got you covered for essentials and gifts. The organization is even offering delivery for customers within the Winnipeg perimeter and is currently working on expanding to be Manitoba-wide.
– This web / mobile app has been making it easy for Winnipeg and Brandon residents to support local for years now by offering a shop local rewards program. The free app allows customers to get 3% back on debit/cash purchases and 1% back on credit purchases. Help now, get rewarded later.
– Find guides for the best local doughnuts, gifts for everyone in your bubble, and virtual events that you won’t want to miss. Tourism Winnipeg has the scoop on everything our capital city is doing right now, and how to access it all safely.
– One of the region’s most popular farmer’s markets has shifted online to keep providing Manitobans with the fresh produce and locally-grown goodies they love. Choose from over 1000 products from over 60 local producers online and arrange your drive-in pickup.
– Turn a night in up a notch with fresh and local products from Gimli Fish Market. With three locations in Winnipeg and an online store, it’s easy to give the gift of fresh fish and seafood. Gimli Fish Market has even put together gift packages including gift cards, sushi-making kits, and build-your-own gift baskets.
Supporting Local – West
– Shop local. Shop organic. Shop fresh. That’s the motto of this local farmer’s market, where fresh food is now just a click away. Find its latest holiday menu of items like ham, turkey, dainties and cakes, and holiday gift baskets available on the online market.