The Christmas season is upon us, and if you haven’t started your shopping yet, you’re probably starting to panic a little! With about four weeks to go until the big day, the malls are getting busier and stores are preparing for the mad December rush. But why brave the busy, crowded shopping mall when there are plenty of small, local shops right here in Calgary? Here are four reasons why you should shop local this Christmas season:
Canadians are known for our cold winters, flavourful poutine and being polite. Whether we’re apologizing for something that wasn’t our fault or listening carefully and agreeing with a resounding “eh”, we’re a group of people who collectively believe in helping the common good. This belief is especially lived out right here in Calgary. We’ve heard stories of neighbours shovelling each other’s sidewalks, drivers letting others merge peacefully and coffees being paid for with the pay-it-forward mentality. However, we wish we heard these stories more often!
Some may consider Airdrie a small city, which it is compared to many, but did you know that it is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada? People are flocking to this ‘smaller’ city that has all the amenities without the traffic. With new neighbourhoods being developed on all edges of the city, there is constant talk of community development, green spaces and where parks should go. When a city grows as fast as Airdrie has, there needs to be open communication between the residents and their city council so that everyone can help better their city.
It’s National Volunteer Week in Canada, and the spotlight is on volunteerism and all the amazing things it does for organizations and communities. According to Propellus, a volunteer matching website in Calgary, volunteerism is worth $3.9 billion to our local economy — that is huge impact!