Now is the time to support local businesses


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This article was published 10/11/2020 (934 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Rising cases of COVID-19 and inadequate government planning to protect seniors has been devastating for many members of our community. My heart is with those families. Amidst the pandemic, families are deciding how to celebrate upcoming holidays in a way that honours traditions while ensuring the safety and well-being of those they love and our community as a whole.  

I encourage folks to support local businesses as part of your holiday plan. Right here in the Wolseley constituency we can eat cuisine from around the world, purchase locally produced coffee and honey or have a guitar custom made. We can take a knitting or cooking class, learn to sing, dance or play an instrument, visit a perfumery, engage in nature camps, go to the spa, and pick up inspiring books to read. Our neighbours are soap makers, brewers, tailors, and clothing designers.  

I had the opportunity to recognize one such group of business owners in the Legislature last month. Tall Grass Prairie Bakery recently celebrated 30 years of delighting us with cinnamon buns while supporting local small-scale organic farmers and paying fair wages to employees. The bakery now employs over 60 people and continues to mill their own grain. During the pandemic they even gave away batches of sourdough starter to community members learning to bake their own bread.  

Supplied photo Lisa Naylor, MLA for Wolseley, presented a framed member statement to the owners of Tall Grass Prairie Bakery — Tabitha Barkman, Lyle Barkman, and Paul Langel. The fourth owner, Loïc Perrot, is not pictured.

We also said goodbye to Casa Grande Pizzeria, a longstanding family owned restaurant on the corner of Sargent Avenue and Wall Street. The pizzeria has been serving up classic Italian fare since 1977 and its candlelit tables and warm welcome will most certainly be missed by the community.  

In addition to shopping local, you can get your flu shot close to home, as well. Flu shots are free and safe. They help to protect us and our loved ones from serious illness. They help to reduce visits to doctor’s offices and hospitals, a key priority in our fight against COVID-19.  Flu shots are available in or near the Wolseley constituency:

• Red River Family Medical, 724 Ellice Ave., 204-786-4673;

• South Sherbrook Health Centre and Pharmacy, 88 Sherbrook St., 204-774-7196, ext. 2;

• Shoppers Drug Mart, 917 Portage Ave., 204-775-5008;

• Rexall, 676 Portage Ave., 204-783-0151;

• Safeway Pharmacy, Maryland Street and  Sargent Avenue, 204-775-2576;

• Remedy’s Rx, 1065 Portage Ave., 204-774-0043.

Please reach out to us by phone 204-792-2773 or email if you know of a local person or business we should celebrate. 

Lisa Naylor

Lisa Naylor
Wolseley constituency report

Lisa Naylor is the NDP MLA for Wolseley.

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