While we all know that it’s better to shop local and shop small, some people are still going to shop with a big online retailer, especially if we’re trying to limit our outings during the pandemic.
You can still make the decision to support local businesses if you must use your Amazon account to shop this year. Amazon Storefronts is the place to find small and medium-size businesses across Canada, many of them right here in Vancouver. The business principles are featured in small bios on the page so you can learn a bit of what drives these entrepreneurs and their businesses. Even if you don’t shop via Amazon, it’s a great spot to discover some local businesses and then seek them out for yourself.
Amazon Storefronts feature items for kitchen fermentation and bread-making supplies, custom illustrations, cocktail recipe kits, and kombucha making. Hand-made crafts, candles, clothing and jewellery are also all found.
Here’s a few of the Vancouver-based businesses:
You +Me Candles – Apricot Coconut Wax Candles: Small batch, eco-friendly, hand-crafted candles made right here in Vancouver, featuring unique and delicate aromas. (I shopped You+Me Candles, and the aromas are really nice)
Knot Theory: A unique find. Safe, stylish silicon rings make beautiful statements on your finger while being a functional ring that you’re talk about and cherish for years to come.
De Almeida Illustrations: Prints and pretty customizable illustrations turn you and your family or friends into works of art that will look great on any wall.
The Cocktail Box Co: Make your perfect cocktail anywhere. Tis the season for entertaining, even if it’s just your own household, these cocktail kits contain everything you need to create your perfect: Gin & Tonic, Margarita, Champagne Cocktail, Old Fashioned, Classic Mai Tai or Moscow Mule.
Brew Your Bucha: Complete starter kits for brewing kombucha at home, from recipes, supplies and the mother scoby you need to make your own healthy kombucha and save money instead of buying it ready-made.
Masontops: Make your mason jars do more, with these accessories for home fermentation. Create sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi with Masontops easy to use kits and tools for fermentation.
Gingersnap’s Crochet: handmade contemporary crochet goods to keep you cozy and looking great, specializing in toques, with each one created with its own unique style, sizes range from 3 months to adult.
Pretty Warm Designs: Like jewellery for your knitting or crochet projects, these pretty beautifully made stitch markers make a great stocking stuffer for the crafter on your list.
Karet Design Jewellery: Made of hand selected items such as leather, real flowers and combination of natural gemstones with stringing + wire techniques, each piece from Karet Design aims to bring a smile to the wearer’s face.
Jan & Jul Rain or Shine Clothing: Parent tested, kid approved ethically produced outdoor children’s gear for all-seasons, that are made to last for growing kids, featuring Gro-With-Me adjustments.