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How To Support Your Favourite Small Businesses

October 19, 2022

Did you know this week Canada is celebrating Small Business Week, from October 16 to 22, 2022? This is an opportunity to celebrate small business owners and entrepreneurs in our city, province, and country. Luckily, Downtown Rideau is fortunate enough to be home to hundreds of small businesses.

If you are looking to show your support for small businesses, but do not know where to start- you’ve come to the right spot.

Take A Walk

Supporting small businesses can be as simple as taking a walk through your favourite neighbourhood. Come and enjoy the fresh air and the diversity of Rideau Street and see what you discover. On every walk you are bound to stumble upon a new shop which you may not have noticed before. Have you seen Soup Fairy Malatang nestled right off Rideau Street on Cumberland? Or have you had the opportunity to venture to Witch Chest and experience the magic of mystics?

From beauty shops, food spots, jewelry and more. Stop by, strike up a conversation, and engage with new and old small businesses!


Reviews can make a big difference. If you have had a positive experience with a small business owner, or staff, let it be known. Positive reviews allow potential customers to see a business’ legitimacy and can have the power to convince them to visit.

Did you know out of over 3,800 reviews, Shawarma Palace has a 4.4-star rating on Google? Customer feedback and word of mouth is just one way in which the restaurant can grow its customer base.

Whether you decide to leave a Google Review, Facebook Review, or choose the classic Word of Mouth, sharing a positive experience goes a long way from small businesses.

Gift Giving and the Holiday Season

Special occasions and holidays are a great time to think local. If you’re on the hunt for a gift for an art lover, ditch mass produced Amazon prints for some local art found at Anaya Arts in the Rideau Centre. Is your aspiring rock star in need of new drumsticks? Look no further than Steve’s Music Store on Rideau Street. Are you shopping for a fashionista? Visit Cantas on Sussex for the latest trends any fashion lover is sure to love.

Supporting small businesses does not have to be complicated, expensive, or extravagant. If you are looking to show your support, remember popping by with a hello goes a long way.