5 Ways to Support Local Businesses this Summer

1. Shop Local Online

Many local businesses have developed an e-commerce presence, or have begun to offer other ways for you to support them with just the click of a button. Whether you want items delivered to your door or you prefer curb-side pickup, always look to local shops before ordering from big box stores online.

Gift certificates are the perfect way to plan ahead for your next visit, to support your favourite business, or to share the gift of Coastal splendor with friends and family. It’s fast and it’s easy. Visit Support Local BC to purchase a gift card from over 100 local businesses on the Sunshine Coast.

Shopping for someone else and not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice! You can purchase a generic gift card from Support Local BC, which enables the recipient to purchase a gift certificate from any of the participating businesses on SupportLocalBC.com

Tip for Local Business Owners: Don’t currently offer gift cards? Sign up here to have gift cards for your business included on the Support Local BC website.

2. Shop in Store or at Local Farmers Markets

Local businesses have been working hard this past year to keep us safe. Don your mask, sanitize your hands, and shop safely in store!

In addition to regular shopping hours, there are several Farmers Markets and Special Events happening on the Coast this spring and summer:

  • Gibsons Farmers Market and Car Free Day: Sundays, May 23 – September 5, 10am-3pm.
  • Roberts Creek Community Farm Market: Wednesdays, Year Round, 1:30-5:30pm
  • Roberts Creek Farm Gate Market: Wednesdays, Year Round, 1:30-5:30pm
  • Sechelt Farmers Market: Saturdays, April 3 – September 5, 9am-2:30pm
  • Taste of Sechelt: At participating businesses, May 14-16

Remember to Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe and Buy Local!

Got an event to add? Send an email to smallbiz@scredo.ca

3. Put Local on your Table

Local Pubs, Restaurants and Eateries

Here on the Sunshine Coast, we enjoy an abundance of locally owned and operated hot spots for food! Just hop on over to maps.google.com and search for “restaurants near me” for the best listings with hours and menus posted.

Coastal Takeout

If you are self-isolating or simply more comfortable eating from home this summer, you can still support local restaurants! The Coastal Takeout website offers an easy-to-navigate list of restaurants and eateries on the Sunshine Coast that offer takeout options.

Local Grocers, Food Stores and Food Producers

When possible, choose to buy local and support our Coastal makers, bakers and small-scale producers when you’re shopping for groceries this summer. Local grocery stores carry Coast-made food products and fresh, Coastal-grown produce – keep your eye out for signage showcasing these fantastic local brands. Every bit counts!

Gibsons:

  • Gibsons Public Market
  • Good Acre Market
  • Fong’s Market and Gift Shop
  • IGA Gibsons
  • Sunshine Coast Olive Oil

Roberts Creek:

  • Coastal Organics
  • Jeans Organic Foods
  • Roberts Creek General Store
  • The Folly Artisan Food Shop

Sechelt:

  • Claytons Heritage Market
  • Dave’s Butcher Shop
  • Galiano Italiano
  • Gourmet Girl
  • Halfmoon Bay General Store
  • IGA Wilson Creek
  • LL Meats
  • Plethora Fine Foods

Pender Harbour:

  • IGA Madeira Park
  • Oak Tree Market

Did we miss something from this list? Send an email to smallbiz@scredo.ca and we will happily add you!

4. Buy Locally Made

Home to hundreds of unique businesses from art galleries, bakeries, and boutique gift shops to fine foods and fabulous flowers, the commercial districts of the lower Sunshine Coast offer something special for everyone.

When you buy locally made products, you support talented Sunshine Coast artists, makers and manufacturers. They need your purchases now more than ever!

The list of Sunshine Coast vendors, crafters, makers and artists is magnificently diverse and growing by the day. There is always something new to discover. Below are a select few places where you can find a number of locally made products in one place.

  • Gibsons Farmers Market
  • Fresh from the Coast
  • Redecor & Design
  • Roberts Creek Community Farm Market
  • Roberts Creek Farm Gate Market
  • Sechelt Farmers Market
  • The Kube
  • Wildflower and Twiggs

Did we miss something from this list? Send an email to smallbiz@scredo.ca and we will happily add you!

5. Write Referrals and Reviews

Leaving positive online reviews or sharing great experiences on social media is one of the best ways to support local businesses – word of mouth is a powerful way to help bring in new customers and it means the world to small business owners.

Tip for Business Owners: If you own a business don’t be afraid to ask customers to leave a review! If you left a positive impression, your customers and clients will likely be more than happy to share their experience – you could even offer a discount on future purchases for leaving a review or sending a referral!

LOCAL SUPPORT FOR
SUNSHINE COAST BUSINESSES

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Call us at 604-747-4696 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday to speak with one of our local business advisors to help you get started. You can also email us at help@SCBRC.ca.

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