Photo by Nada Grocery.
We are proud to have been locally-owned and operated in Canada since 1994, and have always loved working with local businesses who share the same values as we do. The term “buy local” can be interpreted in many ways. Some may define it as products that are grown and processed, then sold in local markets. In our dictionary, it means to buy from a business in your area that is owned and operated by a member of your community. What is so important about shopping locally? Find out what the three E’s are!
Vancouver is all about diversity and we take pride in that. The Workshop Vegetarian Café is a great example that merges various cultures into one. This Japanese-inspired eatery combines elements of Eastern and Western culinary traditions. We love that they also cater towards health-conscious locals. Foodies can expand their palettes or get a taste of their ancestry!
Let’s take Nada Grocery as the next example. Nada has created a huge buzz across the city for being one of Vancouver’s first zero-waste grocery stores. This is definitely a milestone for Vancouver. The biggest reason why Nada has become so successful here is that people are able to empathize with their vision – to create an “unpackaged future”. This benefits the health of our community and our planet. After all, we are the ones to bear the consequences for what we do, so why not start changing now?
Needless to say, shopping local reduces more carbon footprints than purchasing overseas products. The more distance accumulated during transportation, the more fossil fuels that are consumed.
Did you know that at Westpoint, we package everything in our warehouse by hand? Minimizing the use of machinery means less energy consumption. From production, packaging to distribution, local businesses operate on a smaller scale. They are usually labour-intensive as opposed to capital-intensive. Not only is this good for the environment, it is also the key to a better economy. This leads to our next point!
Labour-intensive industries create more employment opportunities. When you buy local, your money stays local. Successful businesses are more likely to give back to the community in various ways. For instance, owners might invest more on their employees’ training and education. Many local companies love to donate to local organizations. We have always enjoyed participating in community service projects. Strong community ties are a great way to create bonds, making sure we all succeed together. In the end, it is a win-win situation for all!
LOCAL COMPANIES THAT WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE WORKING WITH!
The Soap Dispensary – The place to go if you want to go zero-waste. They are an eco-friendly shop with products ranging from groceries to household and personal care products. We’ve always enjoyed working with their enthusiastic team!
Yellow Basket Baking – Comfort foods for everyone? Yes! Yellow Basket makes delicious baked goods that are vegan and nut-free. Their croissants are a total classic!
Lemonade Gluten Free Bakery – Another one of our favourite bakery that allows people to enjoy sweet treats without restrictions. Tracy is a talented pastry chef who creates gorgeous gluten-free baked goodies!
Body Energy Club – If you’re a local, you’ve probably heard of them. BEC has everything you need to stay fit and healthy. For those who live further away, they also offer online shopping!
The Polly Fox Bakery & Bistro – First of all, they have the most aesthetic Instagram feed. Located in Abbotsford, they make very eye-pleasing allergen-free baked goods and healthy bistro foods!
Famous Foods – A community grocer that carries rare and hard-to-find ingredients in bulk and retail sizes. We have loved working with them since 2004 and enjoy seeing all the support they provide towards local businesses. Their team has a great passion for their job and for food. They do their best to find what customers need and bring it to them!
Surrey Natural Foods – This family-owned store is run by a father-son duo, Dean and Dan, who are both very passionate and knowledgeable about health foods and wellness. If you have questions, they will have the answers. Please check out their “Natural Health Hour” segments on Facebook!
Jul’s Gluten Free Bakery – No one can ever get enough of sweet treats. Located in Chilliwack, Julie is one of the first and only operations in BC that is certified gluten free. More reasons to stock up on healthy baked goods!
The Gourmet Warehouse – They have everything from kitchenware to ingredients. On top of that, they even offer cooking classes! There is so much to browse around on their website. Make sure you check them out!