As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, many Ottawa residents and shops have had to adjust their day-to-day operations. And, with a number of stores already closed, finding creative ways to stay afloat can be tough. However, despite the recent provincial closures of non-essential services, there are still a few creative ways you can support Ottawa local businesses.

Shopping locally is always an excellent way to get behind your community but at a time like this, your support is probably more important than ever. 

With creative online solutions popping up in the capital every day, you can still enjoy and support your favourite restaurants, music stores, clothing shops, and more. 

So, whether you’re craving an Italian feast, want to feed your online shopping obsession, or are seeking new forms of entertainment during social isolation, the city has you covered. 

Most companies are offering semi-regular products and services during this time, while others are asking for donations and gift card purchases until they can re-open. 

It’s important to remember that as this COVID-19 pandemic continues, deliveries and services are subject to change daily. 

In the meantime, though, take a look at the list below and get ready for a little retail therapy.

Virtual Brewery Tour

Price: Free (tips accepted)

When: Friday, April 10 @ 3 p.m.

Address: Instagram Live

Why You Need To Go: You can tune in to the Brew Donkey Tours Instagram for live virtual brewery tours in the area. The events are free, but you can leave tips on the website. Virtual cheers!


Free Local Ice Cream Delivery

Price: $12 pints

When: Pick-ups on Wednesdays & Saturdays, delivery times vary

Address: Online orders only

Why You Need To Go: You can now buy delicious ice cream online. This shop is offering free local delivery for healthcare professionals and immuno-compromised individuals. Alternatively, they are currently offering free pick-up from the store for online orders.  


Save Some Thyme In The Kitchen

Price: Prices vary

When: Doorstep delivery Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Address: Online or phone only

Why You Need To Go: You can get fresh and frozen meals along with some dessert options as well. Perfect for those who don't want to cook right now. 


Update Your Wardrobe @ BBxCollection 

Price: Pricing varies

Address: Online orders only

Why You Need To Go: If you want to support a local business and spread a helpful message, then these adorable "Stay The F*** Home" shirts are the perfect way to do both. 50% of profits from the shirt go to charity. Currently, the shop is offering free shipping as well. 


GameZetera Retro Game Night 

Price: Prices vary

When: Usually same-day delivery

Address: Online orders only 

Why You Need To Go: This local retro games shop is now offering delivery on video games so you can relive your childhood while you practice social distancing.


North & Navy

Price: Prices vary from $4 to $32+

When: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Address: Online/phone orders only

Why You Need To Go: If you're craving some classic Italian eats, you can still order them from this gorgeous Ottawa restaurant. They have shared a special take-out only menu on Instagram and it will make your mouth water.


Doggo Delivery

Price: Prices vary

Address: Phone orders 

Why You Need To Go: This family-owned pet shop is offering home delivery and curbside pick-ups so you can keep your doggo full and healthy.


Bread By Us 

Price: By donation

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: This Ottawa bakery is accepting donations on GoFundMe so they can continue to bake and donate bread to the Parkdale Community Centre. 


Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar

Price: Prices vary

Address: Online orders

Why You Need To Go: Looking for new ways to entertain yourself? Well, you can order a mystery box filled with books from this local spot. A perfect way to show your support and keep yourself busy too. 


Pure Yoga

Price: By donation, $5 to $40

Address: Online only

Why You Need To Go: This yoga studio is offering free classes online via Instagram TV. The classes are free to consume but donations are welcome. Simply purchase a "virtual drop-in" from the website to show your support. 


Small Pony Barrel Works

Price: $60 to $90 for free delivery/shipping 

Address: Online only

Why You Need To Go: Did you forget to stock up on boozy bevs? Don't worry, you can still order drinks from a number of local Ottawa breweries, including this one. Here, you can get free local delivery and free shipping on qualified orders. 


The Record Centre

Price: Prices vary

Address: Online orders only

Why You Need To Go: Calling all music lovers! This local record shop may be closed, but they are currently posting daily record flip-through videos on their Instagram. You can still purchase records for local no-contact delivery via email and e-transfer. 


 

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