Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Buy Local Recap

It's All About Local

Today wraps up our local holiday gift guide! As an Uptown Waterloo small business, one of the things we love best is the community, the other small businesses and the unique Uptown atmosphere and experience. Here at The Coach House, we have made out own pledges to buy local as much as possible. We started our local holiday gift guide last year to help you discover some of the other amazing small business gems in Uptown Waterloo. There are so many reasons why shopping local is important for the community and economy.

"Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more selfsufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.” Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local 

Shopping local supports job creation, keeps money in the community, increases community investment such as charitable contributions, keeps the community unique, creates more consumer choices, reduces environmental impacts, support economic growth, provides better customer service, saves tax dollars and promotes entrepreneurship. (Michigan State University: Why Buy Local?)

So, let's recap some of the amazing Uptown Waterloo stores we featured in the gift guide. And remember, if you shop at any of these locations between now and December 12th, be sure to mention to gift guide or The Coach House to receive your ballots to enter to win the shop local gift basket!

And just in case you missed it....Here's the recap!!

The Coach House Therapeutic Centre

The CHTC was founded in the Fall of 2015 offering Registered Massage Therapy and Naturopathic Medicine. Since then we have grown to also offer Chiropractic care, Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Physiotherapy including Pelvic Floor.

Nimira and her team celebrated their 10th year in Uptown this past spring! Tadpole carries unique, functional and well-made products from around the world. With each item, we aspire to help children play, grow and imagine!
You can find the perfect gift for expecting mothers, babies and toddlers. The customer service and guidance makes anyone's shopping experience enjoyable. The team is there to help you find the perfect gift that they will cherish. Open 7 days a week

Ashley is the owner of the new shop Burrowed Goods which just opened September on Regina Street in Uptown Waterloo! This little gem sells new and re-purposed home decor, decorating accessories, pillows, picture frames, candles, accent furniture, scarves and light fixtures. The stock is always changing and you will never leave empty handed! Pick up pieces to transform into something unique or purchase things Ashley has created for you! Open Tuesday - Saturday for your shopping needs. 

Andies is located street level on King Street in the heart of Uptown! If you need a dress, work attire, casual wear or outer wear you go to Andies. The team is always willing to help you navigate their large selection of beautiful clothing and help you find something you look and feel great in. A new dress for the upcoming Christmas party or simply an excuse for a new every day outfit are always in order.
In case you missed it.... in Spring, Andie's will be offering a great selection of footwear!

Gifted is a unique shop located on Park Street. I can confidently say there will be something for everyone!
Sylvia brings in Canadian and locally made items to help support local production, which we love!
You must stop by to pick up a new tree ornament, decor, cookware, home decor and much, much more!

Cocoon Apothecary
Jessica Burman is the founder of Cocoon Apothecary, a Kitchener-based natural skin care company. She started it in her kitchen in 2003 with a passion for aromatherapy, skin care, and chemistry. What started out as simple remedies has turned into an international brand with over 40 skin care, bath, and men's products. Everything produced by Cocoon is made small batch with certified organic botanicals and their meticulous formulas are created for long term results. This is the perfect line to introduce someone to green beauty as the textures, absorbency, and scents are similar to conventional luxury brands but the performance surpasses them all.

Charmed Flowers and Gifts Inc. , is bursting with unique gift ideas, local merchandise along with custom handmade, heart felt and beautiful fresh arrangements.

Haley's design skills speak for themselves. The arrangements are unique and high quality.
Take a trip to Charmed today, order your Christmas arrangements for yourself or someone you love, pick up a potted plant and browse her great selection of holiday decor and ornaments.

Relish Cooking Studio is located on Regina St. and offers a fantastic selection of cooking classes with various instructors in a fun group environment. A gift card is perfect for your special someone to spend on a class because not only is it fun but they can take away skills and memories!
Yet, it's not just cooking classes, Relish has an amazing selection of cookware and kitchen gear including Le Creuset, tea towels, place settings, cast iron pans and much more.

Words Worth Books is packed with a wonderful selection of books, art, journals, colour books, children books and hard to find books! Located in Uptown Waterloo on King St street level you cannot miss it! Mandy and team are extremely knowledgeable and helpful! They can help direct you to the perfect book for anyone on your list! Nothing is better than curling up with a great book, a cup of tea and a fuzzy blanket during the cold months! If you haven't popped in to Wordsworth before, now is the time!

Death Valley's Little Brother is a personal favourite of mine! I get my java pick me up and I get to try new single malts from their large selection. The ambiance is exquisite here and they regularly host live music and whiskey tastings! The perfect stocking stuffer or a gift basket would have to include a gift certificate from DVLB or a few bags of their roasted coffee beans! Stop by today, get yourself a coffee and a delicious baked good and start adding some local love to your gifts this year!

Everyone loves chocolate and add the fact that it is handmade and local makes it even better. Esta Chocolates is a family business, founded by Abraham (Abe) Hacioglu, a master European Chocolatier and a third generation member of a Chocolatier family. They use the finest ingredients, most of which are imported from Europe, and the end result is a delicious truffle. Ebru and Abe combine experience, passion and inspiration to bring you the richest truffles at affordable prices. . Esta Chocolates maintains the same high standards for service and reliability. You can get individual truffles, beautiful boxes and even ball ornaments filled with truffles to give as gifts.

Loop Clothing is in heart of Uptown and if you have a man on your list that needs some new attire, this is the place! The exceptional quality of the products and the unique pieces will make anyone happy to receive a gift from here.
Alnoor, owner of Loop, has ensured the store remains at the forefront of the Street wear fashion industry by providing customers with friendly "down to earth" service and of course, exclusivity on many fronts.

Happy Holiday Shopping!!!

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