The holiday season is here. It's time to seek out the perfect gift for the special people in your life. Northeastern Ontario is continuing to grow with more and more independent entrepreneurs popping up everyday making it easier than ever to support local.
Wherever you are in Northeastern Ontario there are great local businesses which offer quality products that are responsibly sourced ensuring that you will be able to find that unique gift for everyone on your list while supporting your community. Whether you’re a local or from out of town traveling in the Northeast to visit friends/family we listed some of our favourite independent stores across the region for you.
outpost general store - Little current manitoulin island
The Outpost General Store works hard to provide unique, high quality and one-of-a-kind products. This beautifully designed store proudly showcases lots of products and apparel from Manitoulin Island as well as the surrounding area. If there is anyone on your list with a connection to the Island this is the spot to check out!
the isLand jar - little current - manitoulin island
Located in downtown Little Current The Island Jar is your one stop shop for everything to do with locally sourced health and wellness products. Offering whole food and organic groceries, self-care/beauty products, as well as other green products the Island Jar is an amazing store that will surely check a few things off your shopping list. "eat well, do good, feel better." is their slogan so if that reminds you of someone in your life this store is a must.
Looking to bring a little Joy to your home? These 100% soy wax candles are made locally by @joyful.home.ca . With so many pleasant scents, it's tough to choose just one! We are also carrying a special Joyful Home candle called Bri's Breath - Bri is a lovely young lady living with Cystic Fibrosis and in need of a double lung transplant. All proceeds from the purchases of these sweet honey-scented candles will help Bri and her family during this difficult time. Don't forget to return your empty candle jars for $1 off your next candle purchase!
the nickel rifillery - Sudbury
This is the first zero waste store in Northern Ontario and is doing a lot to reduce waste in Sudbury and is working to expand the community around zero-waste living. This is concept is becoming more common across the country and having our own store in the Northeastern is a big step in creating change. The Nickel Rifillery offers a brand-new market to Sudburians and with that comes some wonderful gift ideas for the eco-conscious person in your life (which is hopefully more and more of us).
stitch & stone - sudbury
Stitch & Stone is a modern fashion boutique that has two locations in Sudbury, one right downtown and one on the Kingsway. They also have a newly opened store called Wildflower by Stitch & Stone that is a speciality boutique for young girls. These locations are proud to support many Canadian brands and ethically produced products providing great gift ideas ranging from home decor to clothing to fashionable accessories.
the farm - north bay
The FARM stands for Fashion Art Retail Market and is a location supporting emerging and established designers working to share and support local products. This store provides not only a workspace for its members to expand on their skills but also a boutique retail front. If you are in North Bay or travelling through North Bay make sure to stop in and check out the FARM.
le fromage country market - Verner
Le Fromage Country Market is a newly opened market and general store on Highway 17 right in between Sudbury and North Bay making it a must stop spot for anyone travelling along the route close to the holidays. You can pick up fresh homemade food as well as a wide variety of other delicious packaged goods. In addition to their food section they offer home decor, jewelry, furniture, art, and much more.
port shores x Saturdays- port loring
Port Shores is your one stop shop for everything we love about the holidays. Located on the shore Wauquimakog Lake the Port Shores packages a snack bar, café, and gift shop all into one. Before you start shopping at Saturdays which is one of the most aesthetic gift shops in the region we recommend grabbing a delicious coffee and treat from the Lake View Cafe. Saturdays has everything from art, candles, homemade fudge, games, home decor, drinkware, and lots of locally produced goods.