The last few weeks have been a trying time, to say the least. And while we can’t say that things have been easy, we have had the opportunity to see our local small business community come together to both take care of themselves and their friends and neighbors. The order of the day remains self-isolation, and social-distancing and these local businesses have helped us do just that. Moreover, small companies often do so much for their community and have helped with fundraisers, events and overall good causes in the cities/towns they call home – and it has now come full circle – as now they need our help.
To continue to support local businesses, many communities have started programs to let residents know who is offering new services like delivery, or curbside pickup. Similarly, if one of your favourite places sells gift cards, purchasing some now to use at a later date can really go a long way to helping small businesses survive through unforeseen events like this. While there is so much to be said for having access to big box stores available to us that have a constant flow of things we need, there are so many other local producers and providers that have been affected by this too, and they are an integral part of the local economy.
We absolutely understand that not everyone is able to go out and spend extra money supporting local companies right now, and that is okay. Don’t spend more than what you can afford, but simply just try to vote with your dollar when you can and be mindful of what options you have in your area!
Moncton: The Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce has started the Love For Local program. You can find a list of businesses here: https://ccgm.ca/loveforlocal/. There are even some places that are banding together with other local businesses to try and help support each other.
Sackville: The town of Sackville has curated a list of local businesses. https://sackville.com/2020/03/updates-from-local-businesses/
Halifax and Dartmouth: Information regarding Halifax and Dartmouth businesses and events is available here: https://www.halifaxtoday.ca/local-news/covid-19-heres-whats-cancelled-or-closed-2161848
All Coastal Inns locations are locally owned and operated, which means your money stays in the community when you stay with us. Our locations in Dieppe, Sackville, Halifax, and Dartmouth are still open to support our community with discounted accommodations for anyone who needs a safe clean place to self-isolate.