1,100 holiday greetings written to local businesses!

Over 1,100 holiday cards were written to local businesses for Buy Local Week 2013! We asked people to send a holiday card to their favorite local business in BC. We all know local business owners work really hard so we thought let’s give their customer’s a chance to let them know what makes their favorite local business special. You can read all of them on The Tyee. Here’s a few cards written to LOCO members and other great local businesses….

 

Dear Soap Dispensary, Vancouver
I absolutely love the soap dispensary! Before I discovered the shop, I was reliant on Lysol wipes and other chemical cleaners. I had been composting and recycling in a conscious effort to reduce my waste. I knew I wanted to “green” my cleaning products– because it would be better for the environment and my own health– I just didn’t know where to start. Then I found the soap dispensary! Now I only use natural cleaning products, detergents and soaps and I refill all my containers, eliminating a good portion of unnecessary waste. I’m so grateful for this local business: for the fantastic (mostly locally made) and environmentally friendly products they carry, and the kind and helpful owner and employees.
 – Anonymous

 

Dear Caffe Divano, Port Moody,
Caffe Divano is a locally owned and operated caffe. They really care about their local clientele with taking our suggestions to heart. They do everything they can to be an environmentally responsible business not to mention they best brunch in Port Moody. It is a place you can go to in your sweats and runners and feel right at home. Thank you, Divano’s!! I’m proud to live down the street and call you my regular caffe. -Anonymous

 

Dear Saul Good Gift Co., Vancouver
Thanks for offering such unique and delicious gift options!! A wonderful thing to give and receive for the holidays. – Jennifer M.

 

Dear Cartems Donuterie, Vancouver
Cartems makes the best donuts ever. The people are refreshingly nice and love being social. I never go home to Saskatchewan without a box, or quite frankly I wouldn’t be let in the door. Thanks Cartems, love everyone you do!
 – Anonymous

 

Dear Cocoa Nymph, Vancouver
Cocoa Nymph is a really awesome local chocolaterie. Beyond the chocolate being amazing, particularly the Sea Nymph chocolate bar and superlative drinking chocolate, the owner, Rachel, supports local initiatives and culture.
 – Anonymous

 

Dear Earnest Ice Cream, Vancouver
Happy Holidays Ben and Erica, makers of the best ice cream around! I’ve been a fan of yours since you guys first rolled up in your trike at the Main St Farmer’s Market! So glad to see that you use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients — it really shows in the quality of your product!
Anonymous

 

Dear Fluevog Shoes, Vancouver
Happy holidays! I love coming into your store. It’s full of creativity and colours. It always brings a smile to my face. People are all so friendly. A big thanks for brightening up Gastown! 
– Anonymous

 

Dear Homesteaders’ Emporium, Vancouver
Amazing resource for mindful, sustainable, down-to-goodness living. They have an amazing, inspiring mix if products — from jam-making to chicken-raising and everything in between — and they are toughing it out in a not-so-lovely part of E. Hastings! Friendly, knowledgeable, fantastic resource for Vancouver. Love it! Will get lots of my Xmas gifts from there this year. – Anonymous

 

Dear Cookies Of Course, Vancouver
I’ve been a loyal fan since I’ve been working at SFU harbour centre. Your cookies always brighten up my day, and everyone who works here is so nice. I was very sad when your harbour centre store closed. I will definitely be getting some cookie dough from you for this Christmas. I hope you’re able to reopen a retail location soon. – Anonymous

 

Dear Nicole Bridger, Vancouver
It’s so exciting to know about a local, like Nicole who has been so successful. I love her genuine belief in supporting her own community and being eco-friendly. What a great leader in eco-fashion design to have so close to us in Vancouver! – Gail F.

 

Dear Tao Organics, North Vancouver
I love Tao Organics for what they stand for: healthy, vegan and organic foods. Their foods and treats are superb and amazingly creative. I feel so grateful to access places like this. – tasleem b.

 

Dear LaLa’s on the Drive, Vancouver
Lala (originally located in Deep Cove), has a nice store on Commercial Drive. This store carries lots of cool gifts and food items. It’s my favorite place to shop for party favors and holiday themed items. – Anonymous

 

Dear Salt Spring Coffee, Vancouver & Salt Spring Island
I’ll never forget the campaign you guys ran where you surprised random Twitter followers with a Wake Up Gift, delivered to their door. It’s refreshing to have such an incredibly unpretentious coffee company who wants to live and breathe the community mantra. Already looking forward to the next brew! 
– Anonymous

 

Dear Twigg and Hottie, Vancouver
Greetings We3 from Scotland. Thank you for your wonderful shopping experience in Main Street and via the internet. Your natural fabrics, ethical sourcing and flair for design is superb. I love all the purchases I have made with you and enjoyed the craic. Have a happy holiday. – Armida T.

 

Dear Vancity, Vancouver
Vancity should be the gold standard for every banking institution. Thank you for all you do in and for the community. The branch at Commercial Drive has been under renovation and the staff have continued to smile and provide excellent service through the saw dust and hanging wires.
Anonymous

 

Dear Rocky Mountain Flatbread, Vancouver
Rocky Mountain Flatbread is a local Vancouver pizza company. Not only does it provide great play area for kids and serves award-winning pizzas, Rocky Mountain Flatbread also invests in its community. I love going there because the food is great, the kids have fun and I’m doing good for my community!
 – Anonymous

 

Dear SPUD, Vancouver
Their website, quality of product and convenience of delivery makes Spud my favourite grocery store. I appreciate that they work with local farmers to provide as many locally grown options as possible. The only staff I have ever encountered in person is the delivery driver and although he is super busy he always has time for a warm smile and a quick hello. – Kara K.

 

Dear MODO, Vancouver,
Being able to share vehicles is such a tremendous advantage of living in Vancouver. Thanks to Modo, the car co-op, we no long have to worry about maintenance and insurance costs, and we get the flexibility of being able to use a variety of vehicles based on our needs. – Michelle H.

 

Dear Toy Jungle, West Vancouver,
Competing against the ‘big guys’ is never easy. As a locally owned toy-store, the Toy Jungle has some pretty stark competition. You will find everything that you lack in the Toy’s R’ Us’ es and the Walmarts of the world – that is, in-depth product knowledge, a beyond and above approach to customer service, and a love for local that is baked in to the very core of the company, and an ethical, compassionate mandate. Did I mention their devotion to specialty toys? Wooden toys for example, that last for years…Board games that bring families and friends together, infant toys that are made with the tenderness that babies deserve and need. Oh and the owners, Gary and Misti Mussatto, are easily the most accommodating, sincere store owners I have ever met – with a true passion for seeing joy and a love for fun in the eyes of adults and children alike. Thank you to The Toy Jungle for keeping the glimmer in our childrens’ eyes alive. The kind of glimmer that artists try to catch in their portraits of eager children, longingly staring into the toy shop windows in the days of yore.
– Madelynn F.

 

Dear The Sweet Tooth Cakery of North Vancouver,
This locally owned and operated bakery specialises in gluten-free baked goods. Even though I do not need gluten free goods, I love this bakery – always something new and special to try and amazing staff that really care about the customers. A rare gem in North Vancouver!
– Tracey F.

 

Dear Old Faithful of Vancouver,
I used to wander over here during my lunch breaks with my coworkers. It tends to be the go to place to find a gift for my hipster friends, or those who just appreciate something a bit more original. Staff are always eager for conversations, and love to tell you about new products on the shelves. 

I think it’s time for another visit!
– Anonymous

 

Dear Lunapads of Vancouver,
Lunapads helped me make a huge impact on my waste and my health. I can feel good wearing their products — organic and locally-made — and know that I’m supporting the wellness of people and the planet. These fabulous women have contributed so much good to the world and empowered women in ways I cannot describe. Thank you.
– Erika R.

 

Dear The Good Planet Company of Victoria,
This is one of our favourite stores. We’re not a big consuming family, we buy only what we can’t buy second hand or make ourselves, but our first stop when we need something is always The Good Planet Company. Their friendly, helpful and most of all knowledgeable staff have helped us get our family sleeping in non-toxic beds, using non-toxic personal and household cleaning products and even facilitated a great date night, a class on soap making. It’s our go to store not just for products but for information. We’re always impressed with their ethical business philosophy, ensuring they bring in the most ethical and healthy products available for their customers. – Michelle M.

 

Dear My Sister’s Closet (BWSS) of Vancouver,
Located in Yaletown, My Sister’s Closet is a jewel of a thrift store whose profits go to support programs and services for battered women and their families. Employment training, opportunities for local artisans, and lots of participation in local fundraisers and fashion events, like ECO Fashion Week, are only a few of a wide range of contributions to our community. Friendly, enthusiastic staff and a fabulous environment for all! Christmas all year long! – Colleen T.

 

BC Buy Local Week in the News

Check out all the great coverage of #BuyLocalWeek so far:

Global News: British Columbians Encouraged to Shop Locally During Holidays

News 1130: BC Retailers Band Together for 2nd Annual ‘Buy LocalWeek’

The Tyee: Five Ways to Take the Corporate out of Christmas

Metro News: Buy Local This Holiday Season, Vancouverites

Business in Vancouver: Buy Local Week Steers B.C. Shoppers Away From the Mall

BC Business: Buying Local Beyond Black Friday

Vancouver Observer: Buy Local Shopping Tips for the Holiday Season

Vancouver Is Awesome: Weekly GoodBomb: Buy Local Week 2013

Cowichan Valley Citizen: Shopping Locally Increases The Local Wealth

Whistler Pique: Shopping Local Will Keep Business Strong

Write a holiday card to a local biz & win $5,000 in prizes!

In celebration of Buy Local Week 2013 (Dec 2-8) we are giving away over $5,000 in prizes from local BC businesses including weekend getaways to Tofino & Whistler.

All you have to do is send a holiday card to your favorite local business in BC telling them how they made your year bright. Enter here

Did you know when you choose to spend your dollars locally, for every $100 you spend $46 is re-circulated back into the local economy? Local businesses help our communities thrive. Write a holiday card to your favorite local business today.

Grand prizes:

Tofino Getaway ($1,165 value)

Whistler Getaway ($916 value)

Vancity $500 Gift Card

  • Win a $500.00 Vancity Visa* Gift Card to spend any way you like – make an impact this season by spending it locally

Burnaby Heights Shopping Spree ($2,000 value)

  • One lucky winner will get to live large this season with a $2000 shopping spree in Burnaby Heights. Thirty four different businesses have contributed gift certificates and prizes: restaurants, specialty foods, florists, yoga, kids art classes and much more await you in your new favourite neighborhood!

Other prizes:

Clos Du Soleil Winery ($200 value)- Enjoy a private vineyard tour & lunch for two at Clos Du Soleil Winery in Keremeos, BC. Stroll through the tall Bordeaux varietal vines while learning about their sustainable practices and award-winning wines. Then, enjoy a locally-made lunch from the freshest ingredients while you take in the scenery.

Saul Good Gift Co. ($125 value) This prize will take your holiday entertaining up a notch (or two!). The Local Gourmand gift basket from Vancouver-based Saul Good Gift Co. is filled with locally sourced gourmet foods and artisan chocolates. Yum.

Toy Jungle ($200 value) Delight the special kids in your life with this $200 prize package from locally-owned Toy Jungle, with locations in Vancouver (Kits), South Surrey and West Vancouver.

Dayton Boots Gift Certificate ($100 value) – Handcrafted, comfortable, durable, and classic, Dayton Boots are made in East Vancouver to the same exacting standards and attention to detail that have gone into every pair since 1946. One lucky winner will get a $100 gift certificate towards a pair of their choice.

Dish the Dirt ($105) – For tidy and environmentally conscious folks, this five-month supply of ‘Dish the Dirt’ products — environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable — will come in handy. (By triple-bottom-line Vancouver business LFT Group Brands Ltd.)

Hazel & Jools ($100 value) – A long-time fixture on Cambie Street, and now on Main Street, Hazel & Jools is a one-stop shop for women’s, maternity, and baby clothes. With their own locally made stylish collection and a curated selection of other brands, you’ll find lots of uses for your $100 gift certificate.

Bird on a Wire ($75 value) – This eclectic contemporary gift and clothing boutique on Vancouver’s Main Street offers a stylish collection of handmade and independent design from around BC. One lucky winner will win their choice of either a $75 gift certificate or a $150 abstract painting by local artist Catherine Fields from Bird on a Wire Creations.

This contest is in partnership with Vancity and The Tyee.