Shop Local This Christmas…And Whenever Possible!

From The Blog

7 December 2020

There’s no doubt about it, Covid-19 is having an impact on the 2020 Christmas season.  Many families in larger centres and small towns are planning for smaller-scaled holiday celebrations this year, both due to economic constraints and in an effort to adhere to safety measures and restrictions as outlined by our government.  One of the bright spots to have emerged from these trying times is a renewed emphasis on the idea of shopping at local neighbourhood stores out of a need to stay close to home and an honest desire to help local small businesses stay afloat as they struggle through the pandemic.  Grey County’s Economic Development team recently distributed  “Shop Local“, a sort of guide book that highlights all of the wonderful small businesses in the area that are open for business and more than willing to help you cross each and every item off of your Christmas shopping list, this year and every year.

For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to live here, what follows is an abridged version of that mailer.  I encourage you to use it to help you locate everything you need to celebrate this holiday season, from a delicious family dinner to the perfect gift for your spouse and everything in between.    Visiting and shopping in our various small towns and communities helps to support the local economy, keeps unique stores, boutiques and restaurants in our store fronts and helps give back to the villages, hamlets and towns we love.  So stop by one of the art galleries, sip on a delicious hot beverage made while you wait, pick up a gift or two and enjoy a mouth-watering take-out meal once you return home at the end of a successful shopping trip!

Stay safe, stay healthy, shop early and SHOP LOCAL!


The ArtBank Collective     519-372-7971

Danfield Antiques & Fine Art     705-888-0242

Matilda Swanson Gallery     226-665-0401


ABC Flowers & Gifts     519-923-3063

The Junction Family Restaurant     519-923-3555

Nymph Floral     416-316-4250

Misty Meadows Market     519-323-4174

Rose Coloured Glasses     416-356-2920

Sanford & Son Second Hand Store


Mini & Me     519-477-2545

The Bookstore     519-369-2974

The Colour Jar     519-369-1283

Chickory Common Natural Foods & Cafe     519-369-2040 

Country Corner Eatery     519-369-3000


The Bicycle Cafe     519-924-2920

Arts On Ten     519-341-6135

Eco-Refillary     519-831-5449

The Bakery     519-924-1576

Local Colour     519-924-3560

Highland Grounds     519-924-0001

The Rusty Star (Maxwell)     519-922-2010


Lasting Memories Locker Room     519-364-0909

Harriet’s Flower & Gift Shop     519-364-3677

Norm’s Restaurant     519-364-1380

Temptations Gifts & Decor     519-506-1819

Saugeen Artists Guild

Ashanti Coffee     519-506-2233

Schultz’s Bakery     519-364-2040

Fabulous Fashions Consignment Boutique     519-506-8588


Justin’s Oven     705-220-1674 

Beaver Valley Orchard & Cidery     519-599-1001

The Grist Mill Winery     519-599-7979

Kimberley General Store     519-599-3451


The Market Shoppe     519-986-4144

PJ Knickerbockers     519-986-3119

Susan’s Deli     519-270-1520

Fire & Ice Roastery and Restaurant     519-910-1358

Markdale Flowers     519-986-2721

Markdale Home Hardware     519-986-3011

Peek Through My Window / Fancy That / The County Line     519-986-4650


Simply Unique Flowers & Gifts     519-538-9486

Czech It Out Antiques     519-377-7990

czech it out     519-377-6263

Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery     519-371-9565 


Neustadt Spring Brewery     519-799-5790

Noah’s Inn     519-799-6624

Atelier 522     519-799-2434

It’s My Pleasure Sweet & Savoury Bakery     519-374-7042


Georgian Bay Centre for the Arts     519-371-2200

Sour Cat Records     519-416-3100

Rocking Horse     519-371-9921

Wildflowers Consignment Store     519-477-4646

The Ginger Press Book Shop & Coffee Bar    519-376-4233

The Frog Pond     519-371-7000

Jan’s Candles & Gifts     226-664-6600

Lotus Hair & Body Studio     519-374-1818

Birgit’s Patry Cafe     519-370-2233


Jessica’s Book Nook     519-599-7361

Loft Gallery Inc.     647-296-9797

Cherchez La Femme Boutique     226-665-3131

The Georgian Artisan Shop     519-599-1188

Furbelow’s     519-599-5422


Williamsford Pie Company     519-794-2034


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