We’re always proud of the city we’re headquartered in, but even more when they launch amazing initiatives like #BuyLocalYYC to support local businesses. While we may be growing, we’re still a small business at heart and our focus is and always will be supporting the local culture and communities in which we operate.
The initiative, launched by the City of Calgary yesterday, aims to put money back into the Calgary economy by promoting local business and encouraging Calgarian’s to shop in-person rather than through online retailers. Mayor Naheed Nenshi said of the initiative “This is all about all of us coming together and Calgarians looking after one another”.
Annie MacInnis, executive director of the Kensington Business Improvement Area, said every dollar spent locally in Calgary generates $6 for the local economy. That’s an impressive ROI in terms of supporting Calgary’s economy. And with the burgeoning local culture in Calgary, there is no shortage of ways you can support local businesses.
Did you know, wherever we can, we buy from local vendors and source items that support the local economy? Our bags are produced in Airdrie; the Dewbie and Notorious Glassworks pipes are made by small businesses in Calgary; the HerbalAire is produced in Bragg Creek and our staff uniforms and swag are all sourced from local vendors – to name a few items! It’s our commitment that wherever we grow, we will continue to purchase locally and support other small businesses.
Here are some of our favourite ways to shop local in YYC:
Market Collective has been a massive proponent for supporting small local businesses and shining a light on the amazing products made here in Calgary (and all over Canada!). The Market is hosted several times throughout the year, growing each time. The energy at Market Collective is infectious; the excitement of connecting with so much amazing talent is palpable. Market Collective returns for three weekends leading up to Christmas making it the perfect avenue to shop local for the holidays (and pick up a treat for yourself too). We will be on-site this year collecting donations for the Calgary Drop-In Centre, so be sure to pop by and unload some stuff for those in need (additional details coming soon!)
Local Laundry has worked to keep their entire supply chain as local as possible, ensuring their items are produced here in Canada and representative of the communities that held influence for the Creators. Not only are their products ridiculously comfy, but 10 per cent of all sales go towards supporting community initiatives and charities. You can find Local Laundry at a ton of places across Calgary and Alberta, including Meraki Supply Co. and Liz & Lottie.
Factory Create Shop
The new warehouse houses two of our favourite local brands, Milk Jar Candle Co. and Skwiik Skin Co. Both brands are at the top of the game in terms of quality, but they also take social responsibility seriously. Milk Jar donates $1 from each candle to varying special needs programs for youth in Calgary. Skwiik Skin Co. is natural, certified vegan, cruelty-free and fair trade and has launched products where 100 per cent of proceeds go to impactful causes, such as the Biji bar. The proof is in the pudding, you can get amazing goods and support the community while doing so. We love guilt-free shopping.
Canary goods is a really interesting new concept shop focused on zero waste and promoting sustainability. The green trend only continues to grow, and they are a one-of-a-kind shop here in Calgary doing amazing things. Going green has never been so easy!
And that’s just scraping the surface. There are so many amazing businesses popping up every day and we think that’s an amazing testament to the resiliency and entrepreneurial spirit here in Calgary. Get out and #BuyLocalYYC & for our followers beyond Calgary, we hope you relay this sentiment in your community!