Naughty or nice? Gift-giving is on a lot of minds as we enter the holiday season in Cochrane. Now more than ever, your hard-earned dollars have the power to keep small businesses afloat, and our historic downtown is full of unique items just waiting to be found. Stuff your stockings at the Cochrane Farmers’ Market or one of the many boutique shops loaded with goods from local makers. We’ve made shopping locally and consciously easy with these three ways to support Cochrane businesses over the holidays.
Three ways to shop local this Christmas
1. Visit a Christmas market
Featuring many of your favourite summer vendors, Cochrane Farmers’ Market hosts the Cochrane Christmas Farmers’ Market on December 11-12, 2021. The Cochrane Christmas Market is a staple for any shopper looking for seasonal artisanal wares, or “make, bake, and grow” vendors. There’s something for everyone on your Nice List!
The Pop-up Holiday Market is back from November 6 to December 19 at the Social Spot. New vendors every week, so stop by often to check out the best of Cochrane shopping from local creators.
2. Find local alternatives to big-box stores
FOUND Books & Shop has all your cherished novels and local, handmade pieces that are perfect for stocking stuffers and Secret Santa. An eclectic mix of new and used books, peruse the shelves to be surprised and delighted by FOUND’s collection.
For the fashionista in your life, or to find the perfect Christmas party outfit, head over to The Paisley Boutique. Full of the most coveted brands and styles, the racks contain trendy women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. The shop only places small orders for each piece, so you’ll always stand out in a crowd.
Give the gift of hands-on learning at Saffron Collective Studios. The pottery studio offers both public and private classes for kids and adults, but also includes a gallery that showcases pottery and artwork created at the studio by local artists. It’s the perfect place to ignite the creativity and imagination of your loved ones.
3. Share your local favourites
Word of mouth helps local businesses reach more customers, and we want to know where you go to shop local! Use your social media platforms to tell how great your best-loved businesses are with Cochrane Loves Local. Simply shoot a short video of yourself, and rave about the businesses you love to support. Post the video to your social media, and tag #CochraneLovesLocal to be featured and for a chance to win exciting monthly prizes.
We can’t wait to see your most frequented Cochrane shopping spots!
Support small, shop local
Get out there and discover new hidden gems and revisit dependable favourites while you prepare for the most wonderful time of the year. Add the Christmas Markets to your shopping list, take a look at the local gift guide arriving in your mailbox, and don’t forget to pick up gift cards for all the hard to buy for people in your life.