Did you know it’s BC Shop Local Week!? I’m sure it’s no coincidence that this designated week for shopping local falls at the beginning of December. As we all prepare for the holidays, it is a great reminder to support the local businesses and creators that are here year round supporting our community in so many ways.
When you shop local (all the time!) you contribute to the health and vitality of Salt Spring Island. But what does shopping local really mean? In our case, shopping local is more easily defined - Purchasing your goods and services on Salt Spring Island.
I think by now, we all understand the economic impact of shopping local as there have been many campaigns around these benefits in recent years. There are additional benefits to shopping local that include but are not limited to environmental sustainability, health, supporting local artisans, creators and farmers, quality personalized service, knowing where the products are sourced etc. I find this quote says it all: “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a dance”. This time of year, purchasing local may help islanders get through the holiday season, put winter tires on their vehicles, purchase warm clothing for their children and maybe even help those in need.
While you are planning your holiday dinners, gifts and entertainment, think about supporting your neighbours and island working folk and offering something unique to those you are spending the holidays with. You will have a special opportunity to do so on Thursday December 12th, from 4-8pm at the Ganges Shop Local Social, hosted by Christmas on Salt Spring. It is your chance to meet and greet with the businesses and their employees, enjoy shops that are open later than usual and spread a little bit of extra holiday spirit.
I wish you all the best for this Holiday Season!