Toronto startup selling gift cards to support small local businesses

Mar 24 2020, 1:39 pm

During a time when Torontonians — and Canadians at large — are staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, small businesses are taking a hit.

Because cafes and shops across the city have shuttered to foot traffic or completely closed down, they are suffering financial losses that will be difficult to recover from.

But one start-up has dreamt up a way to help.

“Help us support small businesses now with gift cards for later,” reads a post on The Neighbourgood’s Instagram page.

The newly launched not-for-profit is selling e-gift cards on behalf of local businesses that can be redeemed during more social times, in order to help those businesses stay afloat.

 

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Because the operation is entirely not-for-profit, there is — as a spokesperson says — “no catch,” and getting listed is free.

The startup serves as a risk-free way for small or independent businesses to connect through a secure payment, multi-vendor Shopify system.

All businesses need to do is sign up on the website to get a page listing at no cost.

 

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Some of the city’s most beloved small businesses that have hopped on board include La Carnita, Sweet Jesus, Bar Poet, HotBlack Coffee, Marben, The Maker Bean Café, and Project Spaces.

If you’re a business owner, check out this page to get involved. And if you have the ability to support a small business right now, you can grab a gift card for your favourite spot here.

 

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