There are so many reasons to shop local. For starters, your spending boosts the local economy and helps build the community, you are supporting local entrepreneurs who have new ideas, and you get to speak with the product maker or the local shop owner who has expertise in the products they stock. Also, you can find unique small-batch items that make the gifts you give at Christmas that much more special.
Here are our top 5 spots to buy gifts in St Catharines this holiday season.
Craft Arts Market is a stylishly curated home, gift, lifestyle and art retail store that sells beautiful pieces by mostly local artists on consignment. They also make delicious espresso coffees and hot drinks, so you can caffinate and shop.
Treat a loved one to thoughtful self-care items from Garden City Essentials. This boutique has its own line of small-batch skin and body care products, plus a beautifully curated selection of other natural skincare, beauty, lifestyle, gifts, and nutritional goods.
Located on Thorold’s Front Street South, Figg Street Co promotes beautiful craftsmanship and small batch unique items. Stationery lovers will be in heaven here. There are also unique home decor items, sweet items for bub’s nursery, artworks, puzzles and more.
From charming baby nursery decor to hand-crafted kitchenware, up-cycled furniture and fashion accessories, there are thoughtful items here for all. Pocket Changes’ collection is approximately 50 percent fair trade products from around the globe and 50 percent from local artists and crafters. A percentage of proceeds from the store also goes to four local charities that support education, health and wellbeing in the community.
You’ll find beautiful gifts for the interior design-lover in your life here. This collection of homewares and its presentation is so well curated that every shelf is an inspiration. Keepgood’s products are chosen from a variety of designers and creators from around the world who are influenced by Scandinavian design.