Posted 31 Oct, 2020
Showcase on Barrie's Local Shops and Businesses
Small businesses have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. They don’t have the financial safety net that big corporations do, and many of them are struggling to keep their doors open while so many people are cutting back on their spending and their time spent exploring local shops and restaurants. Luckily, it’s easy to do your part in supporting the local businesses you love. Local markets are one of the biggest contributors to making our homes unique, and shopping in your favourite local stores is all they need to survive and even thrive in these trying times. To that end, we’re celebrating some of the local businesses located close to Urban North. Take a look at our list of stores in and around Barrie. Who knows? You may even find a new favourite!
First on our list is Habitat for Humanity, an organization that works to bring communities together and help families through affordable homeownership. Their vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live, and that is a message everyone can get behind these days. The Huronia Habitat ReStore, in particular, is a great way to help the community and also find some unique and beautiful items for your home. ReStores accept and resell quality new and used items, and by shopping at a ReStore you are not only helping to fund local homebuilding projects, you’re also making an environmentally conscious decision to recycle, reuse and repurpose items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Habitat ReStores are a great source of not just furniture, decor and appliances, but also windows, doors, tools, lighting fixtures and much more.
Your mattress is often one of the most underappreciated pieces of furniture in your home. A great mattress means a great night’s sleep, and we all deserve that. If you’re looking to replace your old mattress, there are plenty of big brand stores to choose from, but we recommend Mike The Mattress Guy. They sell 100% Canadian-made, high-quality mattresses at an affordable discount, and guarantee that their prices are the best in the area, as well as having a wide selection. Best of all, if you buy from Mike The Mattress Guy you can have your new mattress delivered for free in exchange for a donation to the local Food Bank or Women and Children’s Shelter, giving you the opportunity to give back to those who need it most.
DJ Meats is Barrie’s premier butcher shop, with 100% Canadian, high-quality meats and the best hamburgers in town. They have a fall freezer pack on sale right now, that will stock your freezer with pounds upon pounds of meat to keep your family going all winter long.
Allandale Wine Crafters is a brew on premise wine shop in Barrie. You can choose from hundreds of wine varietals, and Allandale Wine Crafters will do all the hard work of making your wine of choice for you with a selection of 4, 6 or 8 week wine kits. You can enjoy wine you created yourself for a fraction of the price of commercial wines. Their shop is fully automated, from bottle sterilization to corking, and they are happy to accommodate one-on-one in-store appointments for your safety and peace of mind. They also carry all the supplies you’ll need if you want to make your own wine at home.
Chelsea Chocolates is a family owned, family run business that makes unique chocolates by collaborating with local producers of the finest raw ingredients in the form of maple syrup, honey, and even garlic, as well as spirits for adult tastes. They offer an astonishing array of chocolates, from buttercreams to truffles, and even caramel too. Their chocolates are also available at a wide range of local shops in and around Barrie, so if you see them don’t hesitate to indulge!