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Why Shop Local in Saskatoon? Part II

posted by My Saskatoon    |   February 5, 2015 11:13

Almost a year ago, we shared a blog post about the importance of supporting local businesses. We had just experienced Saskatoon’s first Local Local Super Sale featuring several great local retailers, and we were inspired by all the people who came together to make the event a success! To us it feels like the buzz surrounding supporting local has continued to increase, and over the past year so many amazing locally owned and operated restaurants, shops, and service providers have popped up in Saskatoon. We are so thrilled with the entrepreneurial spirit in which our city continues to grow. 

People tend to shop where they perceive to find the best value for their time and money. For some it may be the less expensive product or the quicker trip to the big box store that wins out in favour of the local option. We see and hear the ads of corporate chains every day, and as consumers we can easily be drawn to the lower prices and convenience of shopping “big”. But a deeper look proves that there is so much more to the equation than that, as there are many important values that independent businesses provide us with both individually and as a community.

Local businesses provide a unique customer service experience.

We all know the struggles of finding great customer service at many big box stores. The wonderful thing about most independent local businesses is the personal commitment to the business and the stronger sense of care that owners and employees tend to have toward customers. You may even get a better deal at a local shop or restaurant. Independent retailers have the freedom to use their discretion to reward regular customers and it can mean discounts on items you actually want to buy, rather than being tempted by multi-buy offers in big box stores. 

Local businesses offer more diverse products.

Not only are local businesses more likely willing to go above and beyond for customers, but the diversity of products is often far greater at a local shop. Just because a big box store is bigger doesn’t mean it has more to offer. The assortment of products found at a big box may be deeper, but it is not more diverse. When you walk into a local business, you will likely be surprised by the inventory options and unique items available. Buying from local shops means it is much less likely that you'll end up with the same winter jacket or coffee table as your friend. 

Local businesses incite tourism.

When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer a sense of being someplace, not just any place. Tourists are drawn to unique experiences and shopping opportunities they can't get elsewhere. Lately there has been significant buzz about Saskatoon as a desirable destination for travel, and this past summer Tourism Saskatoon said the number of visitors to our city had more than doubled over the past six years. We would venture to add that among our city's many festivals and tourist attractions, the vibrant local shops and restaurants contribute to the appeal of Saskatoon as a vacation spot!

Local businesses promote economic prosperity.

In addition to the economic benefits of a thriving local tourism industry, locally owned business have a huge role to play in fueling economic innovation and prosperity in our city. Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally, and in some sectors provide better wages and benefits than chains do. Entrepreneurship also serves as a key means for many local families to increase their financial security. Another benefit is that entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to settle in cities that preserve their one of a kind businesses and distinctive flavour, bringing with them new ideas and inspiring further investment. 

Essentially, local businesses make Saskatoon a more interesting place to live! If you feel like you are stuck in a habit of shopping big boxes and national chains, the concept of exploring local options may seem inconvenient or even a little bit daunting. Our recommendation is to pick a retail category you find yourself frequenting, and try substituting it for something local. Try switching up your big brand coffee shop for a local café, or pay a visit to a boutique downtown the next time you're looking for jeans. Remember that no matter how small the purchase, keeping dollars in our community is a win-win for everyone. 

Check out Part I of this post for more reasons to forgo the big box in favour of a local Saskatoon business!

December Events in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 3, 2014 12:25

It's here! By most people's standards, December 1st marked the appropriate time to set up the tree, buy egg nog, and start watching Christmas movies (although many of us starting in on this stuff midway through November!). There's a lot happening in the coming weeks that will help you to get in the holiday spirit if you aren't already. Here's whats on our radar for Saskatoon events in December. 

 

Evening Market | Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Thursday, November 4th at 4:30pm til 8pm // Saskatoon Farmers' Market

Chef Jenni will be in the the kitchen with 'Cook & Learn' sessions from 5-7. Amy Jo Ehman will be selling her new book Out of Old Saskatchewan Kitchens.


Winter Wonders Handmade Market

Friday, Dec 5 & Saturday, Dec 6 // St. Joseph's Parish Hall

One of Saskatoon's great craft events. Connect with Flock & Gather on Facebook to check out sneak peeks of the vendors. 

 

Free Holiday Movie Day

Thursday, Dec 18 // The Roxy Theatre

The Riversdale Community Association presents free movies all day long, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Connect on Facebook for details and showtimes. 

 

Do-It-Yourself Wrapping Paper | Free Family Fun

Sunday, Dec 21 // Mendel Art Gallery

Use printmaking techniques to design your own wrapping paper. Drop in from 2 to 4pm. 

 

It's a Wonderful Life | The Persephone Theatre

Through December 21 // Rawlco Radio Hall

One of the most beloved and enduring films of all time comes to life on the stage! Get your tickets here

 

Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour

Through January 10, 5:30 to 11pm nightly // Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo

Sponsored by BHP Billiton, this holiday season marks the 16th anniversary of this spectacular Saskatchewan family Christmas tradition. Get more information here

 

We hope you enjoy getting out and taking in all that Saskatoon has to offer for the next few weeks! If you capture your experience at any of these local events on Instagram, don't forget to hashtag and tag us @mysaskatoon!

#shoplocalyxe #eatlocalyxe #supportlocalyxe 

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5 Things: Black Friday Shopping in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 28, 2014 08:51

1. There's a big Black Friday event happening in University Heights Square today. Check out a ton of great sales, including 25-50% off at Georgia Mills Bed & Bath Boutique.

2. The Mall at Lawson Heights houses two of our favourite local shops, Believe Fit and Twisted Goods. Hit them both up for great deals and deep discounts today only!

3. Back Then & Again is extending Black Friday into a 3 day sale with longer hours all weekend long!

4. From today until Sunday, shop Stasia Boutique for unique clothing and accessories at discounts of 10-50% off.

5. If you're shopping in the Broadway area today, warm up at Calories with 20% off soups and hot bevies. 

Enjoy shopping local this Black Friday!

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Black Friday Shopping in Saskatoon's University Heights

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 26, 2014 10:36

University Heights Square. If you don’t live in the area, it might have been a while since you ventured over there, and there is probably at least a handful of great locally owned and operated retailers that you haven’t yet visited. The area is booming with local Saskatoon businesses to meet almost any shopping desire, from electronics to clothing to sports equipment to home decor, and much more. Black Friday (Nov 28) is the perfect opportunity to make your way over to University Heights and enjoy deep discounts for one day only. Here are some of the deals you can expect from a few of the local businesses involved in the event. 

 

 

Georgia Mills Bed & Bath Boutique

Save 25% on all regular price in-stock merchandise and up to 50% off select items. Open 10am til 8pm.

 

Two Fifty Two Boutique 

Buy one, get one free (selected styles). On all other purchases, TFT will pay the tax. 

 

Gallery 17 

20% off all items from 10am til 12pm. 10% off from 12pm til close. Enter to win gift sets with purchase. 

 

Krazy Kiley’s

Save up to 70%. View their flyer on the University Heights Square Facebook page. Open 9am til 9pm. 

 

Clancy’s Meat Co.

Order your all natural, free-run, Canadian, fresh turkey. Quantities are limited, so book early. 

 

Point Optical

60% off select ophthalmic frames, and 30% off sunglasses (plus tax). Open 9am til 9pm. 

 

Olympian Sports

See in store for Black Friday promotions. Open 9am til 6pm. 

 

Sell Off Vacations

Check out the Deal Hunter promotion and save $300 on your next vacation. Ends November 30th. 

 

Jules & Lace

Buy two clothing items at 20% off and choose a free item from selected racks. 

 

You can expect to see Black Friday happenings at other University Heights faves Elemental Spa, Hi-Tech GameTraders, Blast Kids Klothing, The Giggle Factory, The Chopped Leaf, and Tryst Boutique. Connect with University Heights Square on Facebook to keep updated on the offerings of all those involved in the Black Friday event. 

Enjoy shopping local on Black Friday! 

5 Things: Women's Clothing, A New Eatery & Event Space in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   November 24, 2014 12:14

1. Enjoy sips while you shop The Local Locals on Saturday from 9:30-5:30 at Anthology Home Collection - with popup shops by Durands Footwear and Tonic. 

2. Saskatoon blogger Wanderlust and Words recently shared that a new crêperie, Drift Sidewalk Cafe, will be opening on 19th Street next to Escape Sports. Sounds delectable!

3. Looking for a unique venue for a charity event, girls' night, or holiday party? You can book a private party in Era Style Loft's contemporary and open loft space. 

4. If you have high quality pieces that you just don't wear anymore, stop by local consignment shop Stasia Boutique. While you're there, browse the many racks of potential "new to you" clothing and accessories. 

5. This lovely winter wedding favour DIY could also serve as a stocking stuffer or Christmas party favour. 

Enjoy your Monday!

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