Category Archives: Buy Local

The World Cup, Canada and Buy Local – A Mixed Bag

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We’re done. The Canadians are mathematically out of the FIFA World Cup. But not without making a statement. After a historic run, Canada’s men’s soccer (or football, and vice versa) made The World Cup for the first time in 29 years and scored their first goal ever. And Canadians were watching. In fact, over 3.7 […]

Gifts for Men – Local Options for the Gift Giving Season

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Gifts for men. Let’s be honest, like ‘gifts for women’, the whole concept is a bit simplistic. People are complex. Trying to pin down a stereotypical gift for these ‘guys’ – it’s nearly impossible. Not to vent, but I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking for good gifts for my father. I’ve […]

Five Unique and Local Nova Scotia Gift Basket Ideas 

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The holidays – they’re stressful. Cooking, cleaning, baking, gift giving, gift wrapping, planning, and planning noise. Noise noise. I’m starting to stress myself out already. I think all of us, at some point, loaded up Google and threw in “Christmas Gift Ideas For…” x, y, and z.” I’ve always found researching gifts helpful and all. […]

Nova Scotian Local Deals this Canadian Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

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Here we go again, Canadian Black Friday shopping. We’ve all seen those clips on YouTube – the ones of endless shoppers and pandemonium in a Walmart. Don’t get me wrong. Black Friday is tempting. I have had the same laptop for longer than Cyber Monday has even existed. And, unfortunately, even a sustainability nerd like […]

How credit card fees affect local small businesses

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Credit card fees and debt are a staple for the life of a consumer. After all, probably most of the adults you know have at least one credit card. Why? Well, because they are quite handy, if used responsibly. Buy now, pay later? That mindset is appealing to most of us. Interestingly, the origin of […]

6 Small Business Tips to Maximize your Potential

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6 Small Business Tips that will help you on your entrepreneurial journey. Because we know it’s HARD! Let’s first take a look at just how hard, before delving into some solutions. Yup – small businesses are everywhere. But that doesn’t mean that they always succeed. In fact, statistics show that the small business failure rate […]

3 Must See Halifax Local Comic Shops and Game Stores

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Luckily, there are plenty of fantastic locally owned comic book shops and game stores in the Halifax area – each with their own specialties. Some have lots of different video games, while others have a broad range of comics. Some even have a big section on tabletop role-playing games – *swoon*. As I’m passionate about […]

Sustainable Shopping that’s Affordable Too

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Sustainable shopping that is also affordable is hard. But even harder is global warming – a real, looming, and ever-growing problem. Recent hurricanes Fiona and Ian are very real proof of that.  Global warming truly is a persistent and universal problem. And, for me, this knowledge gives this sense of powerlessness. I’m sure many of […]

Local Fall Products And Where to Get ‘Em

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Me, one fine Wednesday morning. Phone buzzes and I flip it over to find a text with those faithful words – “On my way to go get a pumpkin spice latte.” Fall products. They’re back. Yep. It’s that time of year again. Leaves are starting to change, mornings are getting colder, and the smell of […]

How to Shop Local in a Time of Inflation

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How to Shop Local in a Time of Inflation. You know it, I know it, and it seems everyone’s talking about it – prices for everything are rising fast. In June, Canada’s inflation rate spiked to a record-breaking 8.1%. That’s an increase of 7.1% compared to the previous year. Those gas prices that seem to […]