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Your guide to shopping local

This year has been a roller coaster for all of us, as we experience the ups and downs of powering through this pandemic. Numbers are again on the rise and more restrictions have come back — just in time for the holidays.

As COVID-19 shuts down borders, limits travel and shrinks our social gatherings, small businesses continue to confront the economic fallout wrought by the virus.

Now is the perfect time to support your local businesses in Clearwater. We have so many amazing businesses and shopfronts available to us in our community. If you’re not comfortable going in store, many local shops offer contactless payment or even curb-side pick-up options.

Consumers can show their support for locally owned businesses in their communities in various ways.

The Times has created your go-to Clearwater gift guide to help support local businesses and locals with their shopping this Christmas. Supporting local businesses also supports the local economy.

Many stores have adapted with out-of-the-box strategies this gift-giving season such as Old Town Gift Shoppe’s wish list registry to help with social distancing by allowing shoppers to see the wish list of their extended family and friends and cut shopping time.

Mystic Dreams has a little bit of something for everyone on your list, such as wax melts and other surprise gifts.

Another great way to support local businesses is with gift cards! They can purchase their favourite coffee and a yummy baked Christmas treat or signature sandwich from Wild Flour Cafe and Bakery or pick up a few dinner items from Buy-Low Foods.

More British Columbians will be spending the holidays at home and indoors, but many have said they will be upping their Christmas decorating game this year. Light up the neighbourhood with a few extra strings of outdoor lights and decorating accessories from Rona.

Stocking stuffers are a holiday favourite. Shop at the local Pharmasave for all kinds of cool stocking stuffer ideas. Don’t forget the wrapping paper!

The Clearwater Times subscription drive is on for the month of December. With the purchase of every new or re-newed subscription (for one or two years) $10 will go to supporting the local Appaloosa Allies Foundation horse rescue with their winter supplies and future rescue needs.

Shop smart, keep it local and support your community.