It’s time to support our local business, it’s time to shop local!

This year has been especially tough on local businesses in Oakville Downtown. We have faced unprecedented times, which none of us in the community could have predicted. The impact on our local businesses has been huge. Combined with the redevelopment of Lakeshore Road, it has been an extremely tough 2020 for businesses in Oakville.

But now is the time for small businesses to recover, for all of us to shop local. To help with getting local stores back on their feet, and help promote them, Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area (BIA) has launched their Hometown Holiday Campaign to support local and has teamed up with TELUS Small Business Solutions and DMX Marketing, who are sponsoring the promotion to spread the word and reach all residents of Oakville. The campaign is all about getting you connected with the local stores you love and help get them up and thriving once again.

For the campaign, a virtual gift guide to Downtown Oakville’s businesses has been created, to help you find exactly what you are looking for this holiday season, whilst also helping support local businesses. And to make it even better, as part of the campaign, TELUS Small Business has supported (3) $500 gift cards to be won, that can be redeemed at your favourite downtown Oakville business of choice! For the chance to win one of these cards, head to our website, signup and view our Gift Guide! And you might be a lucky winner!

With the gift guide, you have a fantastic guide to Oakville’s local businesses, where you can find a wonderful selection of Christmas products from small businesses in Oakville, such as fantastic skincare products with Rosewater Spa or wonderful jewelry at Bluboho.

Finishing on November 20th, the renovations on Lakeshore Road have been completed, fully opening the downtown once again. After plenty of hard work, the road construction is complete and it looks simply beautiful. And with the newly laid roads, traffic can flow smoother than ever, making shopping in Oakville even easier.

With the reconstruction finished and the gift guide ready and waiting, all you need to do is get shopping! After the hardships of this year, it’s time for the community to come together and rally behind our local stores. Oakville is ready for business once again and just in time, as the Christmas season is nearly upon us. Whilst the current situation means we cannot celebrate how we normally would, we can make sure it won’t dampen our Oakville spirit! So it’s time to get out and shop local.

With the new gift guide, you can make sure that you find exactly what you are looking for. Across the downtown core, there are a variety of fantastic stores, each of which will have a special something for the holidays. Maybe your secret Santa is quite the fashion enthusiast, in which case Must Boutique has what you are looking for! If you are looking to get back on the bike this Christmas, then a trip to Racer Sportif is in order. Or maybe you are looking to buy a bouquet for that special someone in your life. If so, FIORI can help make that special moment all the more perfect.

And in such a time of cheer and festivity, you cannot go wrong with a fine place to eat and drink. In Oakville, we are in luck to have many catering to both! For those looking for something sweet, then you are in luck, with Sugar Suite Cakes and Black Forest Pastry Shop baking up some utterly delicious treats. Looking to dine in, then you have options aplenty! Seasons Restaurant, Borgo Antico-Cucina Bar, Paradiso Restaurant and Riyasat Indian Restaurant and Bar are just a few options when looking to grab a bite to eat!

Don’t want to head out? Don’t worry, as many of our restaurants, bars, cafes, bakeries and more deliver! Get the tastes you want to deliver right to your door, giving you the satisfaction of knowing you’re not only helping the local community but also getting some amazing food too!

This Christmas season, let’s go from the big box store to the small business in our community and make a real difference by supporting our families. By supporting our Oakville. It’s time for local small businesses to shine, so let’s shop local!