Showing Love for Our Business Community
While there have been shop local campaigns in the Kingston area for several years the need for a cohesive strategy has never been more important. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our businesses and community, and economic recovery will require extensive support.
Many community members will continue to shop locally but many have found alternative sources of goods and services due to online shopping patterns adopted during the pandemic. Online shopping was an emerging trend before the pandemic but it certainly has become an essential way of safely obtaining goods and services.
Some local businesses have responded expeditiously by creating ecommerce platforms while others have provided curbside, contactless delivery options for consumers to become or remain patrons.
There has been a growing awareness that local businesses need Kingston’s support and some residents are consciously making an effort to shop local. It is our time as community organizations to come together and rally the people of Kingston to support local.
Kingston Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Kingston! BIA, Tourism Kingston, the City of Kingston, the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, and Kingston Accommodation Partners have teamed up to launch Love Kingston, a campaign encouraging Kingston and area residents to shop, dine and be a visitor in your own city.
“Our business community is in survival mode and will be for some time to come,” added Donna Gillespie, CEO of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation. “By pooling our resources and working collaboratively, we have created a campaign to encourage and assist Kingstonians in navigating an online Kingston.”
Kingston’s economy has been particularly impacted by the pandemic restrictions, as nearly 23 percent of the local workforce is employed in the retail, accommodation and food service, arts, and entertainment sectors according to the Conference Board of Canada.
By visiting loveKingston.ca a user can quickly find restaurants, books, dry goods retails, health and medical support, and many other local options. Each listing includes a business’ location, photo, reviews, and details on how it is serving clients during COVID-19.