If 2020 has taught us anything, it how important it is to support local business - and each other. Shop Local has been a catch phrase of the past decade or so, but is even more prevalent in the wake of the global pandemic. People realize that the best way to help their neighbours and their communities, is to support local business.
Why buy peppers from Mexico when they are growing right here on the Saanich Peninsula. Or maybe you need a cozy new toque – a local knitter could create you the perfect one. Whether it is food, clothing, health and wellness products, furniture or housewares, nearly everything you need can be found close to home.
But how do you find it?
Farmers markets are the obvious place to start but many of those are seasonal. And what about everybody else? Where do you find them?
Lately it seems every time I log on to my favourite social media sites, people are looking for recommendations for local crafters, makers and producers. And I realized just how difficult it is to find a comprehensive list of the outstanding, local businesses we have in Greater Victoria. And that’s where my idea for a local directory was born.
I’ve been writing about all the great things Victoria has to offer for some time now, and now I’m obsessed with helping you support local business by helping you find local businesses.
You see, I’m a solopreneur myself. I do everything for this site including writing and publishing all the content and taking the photos, while continuing to work full-time and manage a family and household.
I know how challenging it can be when you are a small independent business so this is my way of helping you and helping others.
Introducing Made in Victoria - the local small business directory of crafters, makers and producers in the Greater Victoria region.
Because of the daunting task of creating a directory of this magnitude (and I’m just one person), I’m starting with local, independent artisans and crafters who make, bake or grow their products in Greater Victoria.
To support local businesses in downtown Victoria, be sure to check out the Shop Downtown from Home directory of businesses with an online presence.
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