7 Ways to Continue Supporting Local This Holiday Season and Beyond

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Over the course of this past year, local businesses in Kelowna have had to adapt and persevere, working hard to keep their customers and employees safe while continuing to offer top-notch products and services. As we head into a holiday season unlike any we have seen before, continuing to show support for these local businesses in any way you can is more important than ever.

Over the course of this past year, local businesses in Kelowna have had to adapt and persevere, working hard to keep their customers and employees safe while continuing to offer top-notch products and services. As we head into a holiday season unlike any we have seen before, continuing to show support for these local businesses in any way you can is more important than ever. With Buy BC Local Week upon us, we wanted to take the opportunity to once again highlight some of the ways you can support Kelowna businesses, whether you’re a local or a visitor. 


Shop Local

Products at Visitor Centre

Kelowna’s local shops have a wide array of unique items so you can gift the best of the Okanagan this year. Businesses are ready with COVID-19 protocols in place so you can shop safely in store, while online options are available for those who prefer.


Like, Comment, and Share

From near or far, an easy way to show support for your favourite Kelowna businesses, products, or services is by interacting with them online, whether it’s liking, commenting, or sharing posts, following them on social media, or showcasing them in your own posts.


Eat and Drink Local

Dinner at Skinny Duke's Glorious Emporium (2)

Savouring local is made easy in Kelowna, whether you want to dine out safely with your bubble, order take-out to enjoy at home, or purchase goods from a local market to prepare yourself. You can also pick up your favourite wine, craft brew, or cider to enjoy at home with your holiday meals (or have it shipped as a gift!).


Take Time to Write a Review

Spending a few minutes to give a shout out to your favourite local spots and tourism-related businesses on Facebook, Google or Tripadvisor will put a smile on a business owner’s face and help others find out about all the amazing places they can support here in Kelowna.


Purchase Gift Cards

If you weren’t able to visit Kelowna this year, have friends and family who are planning to visit in 2021, or simply want to support businesses in the community, why not purchase gift cards for future use? From accommodations, activities and attractions, restaurants, and more, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect gift card for those on your list.


Postpone, Don’t Cancel

If travel restrictions or individual circumstances related to COVID-19 mean you won’t be able to visit Kelowna this holiday season as originally planned, consider postponing your trip instead of cancelling. Many small businesses rely on deposit payments to continue operating so if you’re able to visit at a later date, please do.


Book an Activity or Attraction for a Future Visit

Golf Kelowna

If you’re considering a Kelowna getaway in 2021, why not see if you can book an activity or attraction, now, for you (or someone you love) to enjoy at a future date? Most businesses have put flexible booking and cancellation policies in place for COVID-19 so you can book with comfort knowing that things can be adjusted should your plans change.

 

On top of all the ideas above, a simple note of thanks goes a long way, especially in a year like 2020 when businesses have had to work hard to stay afloat and keep people safe. Whether it’s a quick note on social media, an email, or a phone call, letting local businesses know you appreciate the work they do will mean more than you know.

Over the course of this past year, local businesses in Kelowna have had to adapt and persevere, working hard to keep their customers and employees safe while continuing to offer top-notch products and services. As we head into a holiday season unlike any we have seen before, continuing to show support for these local businesses in any way you can is more important than ever.

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