Shopping Locally Made Easy!

Shopping Locally Made Easy!

By: Julia Prendergast

It’s becoming impossible to keep track of what businesses are open and closed in the city of Ottawa, especially for those trying to shop locally. In an effort to ease this stress and help out local businesses, the City has launched their ‘Buy Local’ campaign. This includes a webpage featuring local businesses who remain open in the COVID-19 era.

Shop Ottawa is an online directory for local businesses’ products and services, while Local Eats Ottawa provides a list of restaurants still offering food delivery and pick up.

For instance, Pi•Rho Grill, a Greek-inspired restaurant, is still taking orders online and offers ‘touchless takeout’! Just call them from your car when you get there (or sit at a designated table inside), and they’ll take care of the rest.

Natural Food Pantry, a local health care store with 4 locations in Ottawa, is also still operating! They feature gluten free products, supplements, organic products/meat, and more. You can still order online with contactless delivery, though their small in-store environment has been made even safer to protect customers grabbing their organic produce on the go.

Many other restaurants are open for both delivery and takeout, though if you’re interested in buying local produce to cook for yourself, has you covered. This site has an interactive map featuring local producers, with links to order fresh produce directly online.

Even services like School of Rock Orleans have gone remote, offering music programs and training, special events, and Master Classes online.

If you’re able to, even purchasing gift cards from some local shops to use at a later date can be extremely helpful. It’s amazing how we’ve come together as a community (from a distance) – buying locally is another great way to get involved!