44 Small Businesses to Support Across Canada Right Now
Now is the time to #shoplocal.
Date August 28, 2020
As COVID-19-related shutdowns forced many businesses to close for the past five months, there’s never been a more crucial time to support local small businesses than right now. This weekend marks the start of the Canada United initiative, a local movement designed to “show local businesses some love.” Below, we’re sharing a list of 44 small businesses that you can support this weekend – and beyond.
Montreal-based designer Naomi Caron specializes in creating standout swimwear made from sustainable materials. Her suits are good for you, and the environment.
Founded by Corrine Anestopoulos in 2005, BIKO pieces are handcrafted in Toronto and merge vintage inspirations with modern design elements. These new bouquet drops are a video-call worthy accessory if ever we’ve seen one.
By The Namesake
Made-to-order leather jacket brand By The Namesake is offering digital consultations, online chats and try at home kits right now to help you find your perfect fit.
With its selection of chic loungewear, Soft Focus is perfect for padding out your WFH wardrobe.
Viens Avec Moi
This Ottawa-based retailer offers up a variety of on-trend pieces, as well as items from local designers.
Brimming with luxe separates and accessories, Gaspard has no shortage of elevated WFH essentials.
Now that we’re all going outside a little more frequently, this Montreal-based store has all your sartorial needs covered.
If social distancing has taught us anything, it’s that good quality basics are key. GravityPope sells cool streetwear separates and footwear for men, women and children that you’ll wear for years to come.
Rose City Goods
After months of social distancing, why not indulge in a little at-home beauty treatment to treat yourself? Rose City Goods offers an array of luxe beauty products as well as other cool household necessities.
This Woodbridge-based store has been offering easy, wear-everywhere wardrobe staples for 28 years.
CUCHARA designer Edilou Canedo describes her designs as mixing “island bohemian chic and grimey city edginess.” Many of her pieces have vintage appeal, too, like these mini zodiac charms.
Vancouver-based Wardrobe Apparel celebrates both local and international designers who create standout pieces to cherish forever – like this David Rose-approved sweater.
Old Faithful Shop
Has there even been a better/more appropriate time to invest in a fancy soap dish? Vancouver’s Old Faithful Shop offers an array of stylish home decor pieces.
Ease offers customers pieces that are, as its name suggests, super easy to wear. From dresses to separates and just about everything in between, you’re sure to find a summer-ready piece to treasure here.
Nouveau Riche Vintage
You can shop Nouveau Riche Vintage’s prime selection of vintage finds in-store and online – so you can get your vintage fix whichever way suits you best.
Based out of Vancouver, Leah Alexandra Jewellery uses gemstones to create timelessly pretty pieces that will have people asking where you got them.
Offering men’s, women’s, home and beauty items, Secret Location has got something cool for everyone.
Now that we’re back out in the real world, put your best foot forward in a pair of John Fluevog’s standout pieces that are guaranteed to turn heads.
Keen to support vintage store Penny Arcade but don’t need anything new right now? The store is offering gift cards starting from as little as $10 through its online shop.
Given all of our extra free time right now, there’s no better time to indulge in a little at-home beauty therapy – and Province Apothecary has everything you’ll need to do just that.
Love & Nudes
This body-positive intimates brand specializes in skin-tone garments for POC – and celebrating all bodies.
Canadian store + Canadian designer collab = win, win. Treat yourself to a bag from the Opelle/Warren Steven Scott collab, or purchase a gift card from the brand’s online store to use later.
Blu Hummingbird Beadwork
There’s never been a more important time to support local Indigenous businesses, and Blu Hummingbird Beadwork’s pieces will keep you smiling for seasons to come.
Looking to switch out your sweatpants? Why not try these bike shorts from Mary Young. Made from bamboo rayon, they’re super soft and will see you from your desk to the couch in style. The brand also offers a selection of chic loungewear and lingerie, too.
Cool girl go-to Mejuri is your one-stop shop for ‘gram-worthy jewels.
Band of Sisters
Vancouver-based Band of Sisters will make all of your Blair Waldorf headband dreams come true. The handmade pieces are available to order via the brand’s Instagram page – and what better way to add a little polish to your next video call?
This Montreal-based store sells upcycled clothing crafted from reconstructed fabric meaning your purchase will truly be one of a kind.
Essentials by Temi
Founded by Temi Shobowale, this Toronto-based beauty brand specializes in face and body scrubs, mists, oils and butters.
Home to luxury brands like Chanel, Celine and Givenchy, VSP Consignment has an incredible offering of luxury and contemporary items available for purchase. The store recently introduced menswear, too.
Krane focuses on delivering cool menswear and quality leather accessories, like this briefcase/backpack hybrid. Perfect for when you’re back on the TTC.
Crafted using vegan materials, Ela Handbags are as good for your wardrobe as they are for the environment. You can support the sustainable brand by shopping its e-commerce site.
Loved by celebrities and editors alike, Canadian jewellery label Jenny Bird serves up timeless pieces you’ll reach for again and again.
Made in Canada, Fortnight delivers beautiful lingerie to help women feel comfortable and confident. Inject your WFH wardrobe with a little luxury with their standout pieces.
Serving up a selection of unisex loungewear made from ethically-sourced materials, Kotn will kit out your WFH wardrobe in style.
Merchant of York
Deck out your home with travel-inspired pieces to inspire your post-lockdown adventures. Merchant of York has a variety of prints, as well as bags, house plants and homewares, and offers same-day delivery in Toronto.
bluboho is known for its beautifully hand-crafted pieces, made using conflict-free diamonds. You can shop their entire collection via the brand’s online store while you’re at home.
Detour Coffe Roasters
Detour Coffee Roasters is one of Canada’s original specialty coffee roasters, delivering customers cafe-quality (or better!) coffee at home.
Smash + Tess
Inject a little fun into your loungewear, courtesy of Smash + Tess. Offering pieces across a range of sizes made using sustainable materials, the Vancouver-designed brand specializes in making sleepwear, stylish.
For the days when you’re over wearing pants, pull on these shorts (or any other item) from Knix and you’ll be thanking yourself all day long.
If you’ve been looking to purchase a Meghan Markle-approved piece of jewellery, there’s no better time than now to get your hands on this piece from Canadian jewellery brand Suetables.
The Detox Market
If you’ve been contemplating switching up your cosmetic and skincare stash to more natural alternatives, The Detox Market has you sorted.
With a focus on craftsmanship and quality materials, Toronto-based Ellie Mae serves up pretty pieces you’ll wear all season long.
Brunette The Label
Based in Vancouver, Brunette the Label’s mission is to empower women. Known for its slogan sweaters, this one is pretty perfect for right now.
Prepare for your post-lockdown travels with Vancouver-based luggage brand Monos. It has a variety of chic pieces on offer, and has long promoted the idea of mindful travel. Right now, it’s offering 35% off for everyone.