By Michelle Bailey (@MichelleBailey1)
WINNIPEG — Thursday nights are alright for finding the perfect Christmas gift and the owners of several local businesses in River Heights have launched a campaign to woo shoppers looking to satisfy their gift buying needs.
Owners of 19 unique storefronts along Academy Road, Grant Avenue and Corydon Avenue that offer everything from beauty and wellness products to diamonds are part of the inaugural Shop River Heights Thursday Nights.
The idea came to Diamond Gallery co-owner, Lisa Malbranck, who wanted to encourage people to come to the area to exercise their purchasing power at shops that are locally owned and operated.
“Most of us already open up on Thursday nights during the month of December, so I figured why not canvass other owners in River Heights to participate in a fun and festive campaign to attract shoppers to buy great products and receive personalized service while supporting the local economy and celebrating community spirit.”
Malbranck said it didn’t take much arm-twisting to get the owners of shops such as Tiber River Naturals, Kenaston Wine Market, Lake Life and As Time Goes By to get on board.
From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 7, 14 and 21, special promotions, free gift-wrapping, cookies and hot beverages will be offered to complement the local shopping experience.
“There are lots of options out there when looking for gifts from the box stores to going online,” said Malbranck. “But we believe buying from a locally owned and operated business not only helps families and the economy here at home, but makes you feel good doing it!”
For a list of stores participating in the campaign, visit Facebook.com/ShopRiverHeightsThursdayNights or #shopriverheightsthursdaynights on social media.