With the holiday shopping season now fully underway, there is no better time to talk about the positive impact of shopping local. Local is more than just a buzzword, it’s a societal shift in our understanding of the many benefits of supporting locally owned businesses. The convenience of online shopping and big box stores is undeniable, but the diversity of products, services and experiences to be had exploring local small businesses is truly unparalleled. From quirky vintage stores to carefully curated gift shops, and from gourmet bakeries to eclectic coffee bars, there is no question that Mount Pleasant is one of Vancouver’s top spots to discover unique small businesses. To celebrate this facet of our community we have compiled a list of 4 reasons to shop local in Mount Pleasant this holiday season!

One of a Kind Finds

Mount Pleasant’s independent establishments offer a one of a kind experience for patrons. The finds to be discovered in them simply cannot be matched by traditional big box stores. Impress your loved ones with something original this Christmas from stores like F as in Frank, Bird on a Wire, Burcu’s Angels and Dandelion Records & Emporium.

Exploring Is Fun

There is a spectacular experience to be had meandering down Main Street, wandering through unique shops and eateries that constantly surprise with eclectic storefronts full of interesting products. Grab a friend and make a day of your holiday tasks by stopping for coffee, treats and lunch while you shop the neighbourhood.

More Money Back in Your Community

Buying from locally owned companies puts more of your spending dollars back in the hands of your neighbours. Research done by BC Buy Local shows that “BC local businesses create more than double the economic impact of their chain competitors.”

Connect with Your Neighbours

Frequenting smaller establishments leads to repeat engagement and real relationships with individuals working in your neighbourhood. One of our favourite things about Mount Pleasant is the true neighbourhood vibe amongst each of the small businesses, their employees and their customers. This leads to less competition, more collaboration and a greater sense of community spirit among business owners and shoppers.