If you’ve been in Halifax for long, you probably know of a business that makes our city an exciting and vibrant place to live. A patio that you enjoy in the summer, a boutique you can’t walk by without stopping in—places that Halifax wouldn’t be the same without.
During the third wave of COVID-19, a number of these small businesses have had to pivot their operations or close completely as we work together to flatten the curve. Here’s a list of ways you can support your favourite local businesses during the current restrictions:
Support Your Local Coffee Shop
The third wave has seen a resurgence in the walk-up coffee window. So if you are out and about and in need of a caffeine fix, skip the large coffee chain drive-through in favour of an alfresco coffee pick-up.
And while you're there, grab some beans to go! If there is anything I can guarantee, it’s that you’ll need that coffee for the next few weeks. (Especially if you’re working from home with your kiddos there!)
Consider paying it forward with an act of kindness by paying for the order behind you. Now’s the perfect time to bring a smile to someone else’s face.
Support Your Local Restaurant
Feel like kicking back and skipping the dishes for the night? Call your favourite local restaurant directly to order meals to-go rather than using apps to order where possible. Restaurants lose up to 30% of your order when you order using an app instead of calling for curbside pickup.
Bonus Tip: Add a gift card to your order to use on take-out or to save for later when dine-in is available.
Support Your Local Brewery/Winery
Order a six-pack to enjoy at home.
Stock up on different wines or beers and plan to do a mini tasting at home as a “date night in.” If you’ve ever eyed a cool mug or t-shirt at the pub before, now’s the time to buy merchandise to help your favourite local businesses. Picking up a set of matching tasting glasses will bring an authentic feel to your home tasting event.
Support Your Local Gift Shop/Boutique
Many shops are still open for curbside pickup and have worked hard to make sure their full selection is available online. Many have their current hours, ordering procedure and pickup times available on their website and social media accounts.
You can also buy gift cards online and gift to your friends for birthdays/special occasions, or save them to use around the holidays to make Christmas shopping easier.
Nothing breaks up the boredom of being at home like taking a short trip out within your community to do a curbside pickup.
Support Your Local Bakery
Miss going out for coffee and baked goods? Order ahead and pick up goodies for the whole family to enjoy at home, or while taking a walk through a park or trail in your community.
Bring a smile to friends and neighbours by picking up some extra goodies and slipping them into mailboxes for a surprise. (Making sure to text them in case they already checked the mail!)
Need a large order? Be sure to call ahead so they have plenty of time to get your order right.
Support Your Neighbours
You never know what your neighbours might need unless you ask. Find out if they need help picking up an online grocery order or need someone to help arrange appointments for testing and vaccines online. Maybe they just need someone to chat with safely from your respective yards.
Or buy some extra canned goods and drop them off at a shelter/food bank or look into other local programs that help at-risk populations.
No Extra Money?
You can still support your favourite small businesses by:
Planning your March break staycation in halifax
It's March again and this year's March Break is stacking up to be a #Staycation instead of a vacation off in sunnier locals. That doesn't mean it can't be an adventure! One of my favourite parts of being a Realtor is exploring neighbourhoods across Nova Scotia, so here are my top picks for family-friendly March Break activities around the HRM.
downtown halifax art walk
Did you know that there are over 20 murals located in Downtown Halifax? A self-guided tour of these murals and other public art pieces can be found on the Downtown Halifax Business Commission’s website:
Downtown Halifax Art Walk
Because it's outside, this activity would make for a good chance to join up with close family friends for a walk downtown in the warming temperatures.
I recommend starting your exploration at 5151 South Street where you can pick up one of Rousseau Chocolatier's house hot chocolates before heading to the core of downtown. Make sure to have your camera ready!
Weather not cooperating?
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be open for extended hours —March 11-21, consecutively— over March Break. You can explore their current collections including Gigante's Mechanical Eye: Views Of 19th Century Naples which is running from February 1st to May 9th alongside their extensive regular exhibitions.
Photo by @pie_humble on Instagram
Lunch In Downtown Dartmouth
Looking to make a day of it? Take the Ferry to Downtown Dartmouth where you can grab a Humble Pie to refuel, before checking out the 15 public art pieces on the Downtown Dartmouth Art & Selfie Walk.
Photo by @adelenatalieb on Instagram
Skating at the oval
Enjoy a skate time at the Emera Oval. Over March Break, The Oval will be offering 6 one-hour skates per day. Skaters can register up to 48 hours in advance of their desired skate time, meaning if you hope to skate at noon on Wednesday you can book as early as noon on Monday.
You can book online here or by calling 902 490 6666 between 8:30 am- 4:30 pm daily.
Photo by @acorn_art_photography on Instagram
Take a Drive to Peggy’s Cove
The winter is the perfect time to enjoy this iconic Nova Scotia tourist attraction without all the crowds! Bundle up and head out to watch the waves and explore the rocks. On the way, stop by the new coffee shop/café Labour Day Picnic Café located at Paul’s Hall in Glen Haven. Grab a soup or sandwich off their “Lunch(ish) Menu” or a coffee and a sweet treat from Lure Caramels for the road.
Photo by The Discovery Centre
Visit The Discovery Center
Explore over 40,000 sq ft of fun, hands-on learning experiences or check out their latest feature exhibit, JoyLab!, and discover how your surroundings can spark joy. The Discovery Centre may just be the #1 Stay-cation March Break Destination
Tickets for March Break, March 13-21, can be reserved on a 72-hour rolling schedule. Meaning you can book up to 72 hours in advance of your desired visit date. Tickets will start selling on March 10th at 8:30 am for visits on March 13th and will continue on a rolling basis for the duration of March Break.
Make it an overnight stay
Looking to make your visit to the Discovery Centre extra special? You can pair it with a downtown hotel stay. Check out this great package from the 4 Points Sheraton.
DISCOVERY CENTRE PACKAGE (From $129 per night):
- Overnight Stay
- Free heated underground parking ($25.00 value)
- Discovery Centre family pass ($48.00 value)
- 2 $5 vouchers for Cabin Coffee
Bonus Tip: Dine around Halifax has been extended until the end of March! Check out my top picks for Dine Around Here.