Shopping local always beats online


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This article was published 23/12/2020 (648 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

My inbox is drowning with promotional emails and both my Facebook and Instagram accounts are not too far behind.  Retailers far and wide are throwing everything they have at me and I have no one to blame but myself.

And what nefarious deed(s) did I do to deserve this?

Well, I have spent a good part of 2020 window-shopping, COVID-style. I have never claimed to be much of an online shopper, but that definitely changed this year. We did some renovations in the house and needed to replace some fixtures and furniture and, as we all know, in-person shopping was not nor is not currently encouraged — so we went online.

We looked for inspiration from retailers both here in Winnipeg and beyond. We browsed and yes, we bought which, admittedly, was much too easy. I think that I could get used to it and having the parcels dropped at our door was a bonus.

I say that I could get used to it but I don’t really want to. I am a touchy-feely kind of shopper — I love to feel the material of clothing before I buy. I like to sit in chairs to determine their comfy rating and when it comes to lighting and furniture in general, there is the visual appeal to consider.

Furthermore, I am a strong proponent of buying local. I believe that the small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and, most importantly, they contribute to the character and reputation of a city. We would be lost without them.

There is not much time left before the fellow in the red suit makes an appearance. If you have not yet finished your shopping, consider supporting a local creative, such as:

• A Crafting Spirit— Sona Singh, of Bridgwater Forest, sells decorative coffee mugs.  Not only does she hand-pick interesting mugs, she decorates each using acrylic paint. Designs vary from flowers to symbols. Visit her Facebook page for more information.

• Collective Creations by SDC — The artist behind the work is Bridgwater Centre’s Stephanie Dela Cruz. One of her specialities is digital reproductions — provide her with a favourite photo and she will reproduce it digitally for you. Prices and instructions can be found by visiting her site at

I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas! 

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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