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Love Local. Shop Local. Let’s Celebrate Small Business Month

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It’s that time of year again for the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre’s small business pop up vendor show in celebration of Small Business Month. When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday life, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labour these hard-working individuals contribute to make their businesses come to life and stay competitive.
That is why, as part of Small Business Month celebrations, we are excited to host the 5th annual W.E. Shop Local Show — a free public event providing shoppers with access to a diverse array of Windsor-Essex products and services. Love local, shop local is what it’s all about!

Shop Local Show will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Fogolar Furlan Club of Windsor. This show will showcase 50 local independent small business products and services including food and drink, retail products, such as well as fashion, beauty, wellness, art, homewares and consumer services. This evening event includes giveaways, a cash bar and a networking lounge.

Below is just a sample of the featured vendors that will be participating in the Shop Local Show this year.

Red Lantern Coffee Co. 
Returning for a second year to Shop Local Show is Red Lantern Coffee Co., a small batch artisanal coffee roaster that recently expanded to a roasting facility and retail shop in Kingsville. Owner Craig Marentette provides a unique experience roasting fresh beans on site and offering brewed coffee by the cup as well as other retail accessories for purchase.

Little Foot Foods
Little Foot Foods is an independent, Windsor-based business that provides delicious, ready-to-heat food to those who just don't have enough time in their day. They pride their business on using high quality ingredients and ensuring exceptional service. Since 2015, Shop Local Show attendees have enjoyed their signature pierogis.

Stepping Out Fashion Boutique
For over 30 years, Stepping Out has been a one-stop shop for women's boutique fashion in Windsor-Essex. Influenced by the latest Canadian fashions with an added flair, Stepping Out aims to inspire customers to be the best version of themselves and to be confident in their own skin, and of course, outfits. Owned by a mother daughter duo, Stepping Out provides an exceptional shopping experience. Visit their vendor booth for this season’s newest threads.

Emerson Supply Co.
Designed and produced exclusively by owner Dan Desrosiers, Emerson Supply Co. offers a unique collection of beautiful and useful, high-quality hand-crafted home goods intended to simplify your life and help you reduce your environmental impact. Emerson Supply Co. is a new Tecumseh-based business and first-time vendor at Shop Local Show.

Dressed by an Olive
With two locations in Tecumseh and Windsor, Dressed by an Olive is led by a husband and wife team who are dedicated to changing the way people understand and consume extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegars. Daniel and Merja Avena have created a retail environment where customers can learn the facts about their high-quality products as well as taste the difference. Discover their fresh bold taste experience at their Shop Local Show booth.

Southwest Shores
Southwest Shores, an online clothing retailer, is a brand that celebrates this great area and the incredible riches it has to offer. Southwestern Ontario is experiencing a resurgence, the people here have never been prouder to call these lands home. That’s why Southwest Shores takes the hometown pride in each of us and puts it into every quality product they produce. Purchase their locally inspired shirts, hats and accessories at the Southwest Shores booth.

FRANK Brewing Co.
If you haven’t been visited this Tecumseh brewery, be sure to sample the award-winning suds from FRANK Brewing Co. at Shop Local Show. Named after the owner’s straight-shooting farmer granddad, FRANK embodies the same honest and no-nonsense character. From lagers to ambers, oatmeal stout and blondes, FRANK has a brew to satisfy every local beer drinker.

Smelly Wellness
Smelly Wellness is an aromatherapy company run by Patricia Julian and her daughter Tara Lecker. Using therapeutic grade and organic essential oils, their products include body sprays, body butter, bath salts and bombs, soaps, perfumes and more. Check out Smelly Wellness’ handmade, natural products when they return for a second year at Shop Local Show.

The above vendors represent a taste of the dynamic array of local artisans that will be present at this year’s Shop Local Show.  Visit our website to see a current list of all participating vendors.