Why Shopping Locally Matters

In November residents and visitors across the GTA would have noticed the City wide November 30th campaign called “Shop The Hood” as well as Parkdale Village’s own campaign “Random Acts of Kindness” and “Shop Locally” which is still up & running. Although a majority of Torontonians prefer a highly walkable neighbourhood over an auto-oriented neighbourhood and although there are many proven personal and economic benefits to supporting local businesses, there still seems to be a gap between what Torontonians say and do. Random Acts of Kindness - Winter 2013Potentially, one of the culprits keeping us from actually shopping locally is habit. We understand how easy it is to head to the Mall during cold frigid temperatures or how gratifying it is to bargain for electronics at a super store, but the conscious effort in exploring your own neighbourhood and creating new local habits can be even more rewarding. As a continued effort to encourage residents to shop locally and support Parkdale Village businesses, below are links to some of our favourite benefits:

12 Reasons to Give the Gift of Local

5 Canadian Consumer Trends to Shape the Future of Retail

Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses


Ambassadors to perform Random Acts of Kindness in Parkdale


 TORONTO, July 5, 2013 – Be on the lookout throughout July for Parkdale Village (BIA) Business Improvement Area ambassadors brightening the day of residents, businesses and visitors! To say thank-you for visiting Parkdale Village and supporting Parkdale Village BIA member businesses, a team of eight ambassadors will be performing random acts of kindness along Queen Street West, assisting visitors, offering directions and demonstrating the community spirit that’s at the heart of Parkdale. There will be free water and newspapers handed out, street sweepers keeping storefronts clean, handy reusable branded shopping bags, even complimentary parking if you get spotted by an ambassador… all courtesy of the Parkdale Village BIA. The campaign coincides with new brochures highlighting businesses and community resources which will be distributed and on display in over 150 businesses – pick one up today! The Random Acts of Kindness Campaign within the Parkdale Village BIA proudly encourages everyone to shop local, support the community and pay it forward.

random acts of kindnessWho: Compliments of the Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area

What: Parkdale Village Business Improvement Area ambassadors, dressed in neon-green Parkdale t-shirts and aprons will roam Queen Street West and interact with residents, businesses and visitors by:

  • Handing out Parkdale bags
  • Handing out brochures
  • Handing out water bottles & newspapers
  • Paying for parking
  • Opening doors
  • Sweeping the street
  • Handing out yellow City garbage bags (to business owners)

Where: Along Queen Street West within the Parkdale BIA, between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue

When: Keep an eye out for Parkdale Village BIA ambassadors throughout July

Why: To welcome and say thank-you to residents and visitors exploring Parkdale Village and supporting its BIA members.

For more information or interview requests:

Anna Bartula, Executive Director [email protected]
Carolyn Grisold, Communications Associate [email protected]
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