Get acquainted with Lake Country shops

Small Shop Saturday goes Sept. 28 when Lake Country stores will be showcasing their businesses.

Businesses in Lake Country will be putting their best foot forward this weekend as Small Shop Saturday arrives in the area.

The Lake Country Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Lake Country Calendar in presenting a unique opportunity for the business community and all residents and visitors to Lake Country.  Lake Country stores will be showcasing their businesses, offering promotions and special deals throughout the district this Saturday, Sept. 28.

It’s a way of promoting the local business to neighbouring communities of Lake Country but also to local residents who may leave Lake Country to do their shopping elsewhere.

“We’re really hoping to get people to be aware of the products and services available in Lake Country,” said Corrinne Cross, Lake Country Chamber of Commerce manager. “It’s designed to make people aware of the local businesses and what they carry so the next time they are thinking about it they will shop local. If we can get 10 per cent more people shopping in Lake Country that’s a win.”

At least 15 vendors will be set up on the bottom of Hill Road in Lake Country (across from the kangaroo farm), while other businesses are being asked to set up sidewalk sales with balloons to invite customers to see all of the Lake Country business community.

“As shop local campaigns are an integral part of any community we invite everyone to pick up your shop local passport and start visiting the businesses on the map to receive a stamp in your passport,” said Cross. “Your stamped passport is your entry to win great prizes. No purchase is necessary but we do want people to visit and be aware of all the great businesses in our community.”

Cross says it’s the first time that she knows of that a small shop event is being held in Lake Country and she hopes it will create a level of excitement throughout the region.

“The goal is to create a buzz within the community,” she said. “Sometimes there are residents that have never been in some locations and are not aware of the products.”

Small Shop Saturday takes place Sept. 28 in Lake Country. Shop local passports will be available from two Lake Country Calendar tents that will be set up—one at the Royal LePage office and one on Main street.