Hot on the heels of the closure of non-essential businesses, Emily and John, two Torontonians trying to make a positive impact on the community, have started a not-for-profit initiative that aims to help local businesses stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dubbed the neighbourgood, the website sells e-gift cards on behalf of local businesses that can be redeemed at a later date.
Many small businesses across the city have been forced to close or remain semi-operational, and the neighbourgood offers support through an additional revenue stream. With the website, shoppers can support local businesses from the comfort of their own home.
Because the project is entirely not-for-profit, all local businesses across the city can join the neighbourgood network free of charge. Some businesses that are already involved include La Carnita, Sweet Jesus, Bar Poet, HotBlack Coffee, Marben, The Maker Bean Café, and Project Spaces.
If you want to help out those in your community, this is an easy way to show your support.
If we don’t support our favourite local businesses now, we might not be able to visit them later. Whether it’s ordering online or buying e-gift certificates on the neighbourgood to use later, every little bit helps!
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