THE LIST: Local retail options during COVID-19 emergencyApril 8, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant changes to daily life. Public health and community officials are urging public distancing in order to slow the spread of the virus.
As part of the response to the crisis, Ontario Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in the province, with non-essential businesses being ordered to close. Although their shop doors may be physically closed, a number of local stores have turned online to continue offering their products to the world in a challenging time.
Cornwall’s shopping scene is full of trendy boutiques and passionate entrepreneurs who offer awesome products and great, friendly service in equal doses.
Given the challenging times we’re facing, there’s never been a better time to support local business – and you can do it without even entering a store.
In light of the provincial restrictions, a growing number of businesses have turned to offering customers a contact-free service.
Check out our list below of local retail shops offering online service during the COVID-19 crisis to get started.
Please note every effort is made to keep this list accurate, however circumstances are changing rapidly. Consumers are encouraged to verify directly with a store by either checking their social media pages or sending them a private message for the most up-to-date info.
Pure Organic Spa
A world of comics and pop culture are up for grabs at Fantasy Realm through the shop’s popular eBay store. There’s no better place to find that rare comic – or start a new collection!
Fantasy Realm eBay store
Play it Again Sports
Let someone know you’re thinking about them with flowers. Floral Expressions is taking phone-in orders for flower bouquets. Call 613-362-9706 to place an order.
Alpin’s will continue taking paint orders by phone, with payment accepted over the phone.
Total Cyclery & Sports
Olive oils, balsamic vinegars, spices, gourmet foods, kitchen gadgets, flowers and plants and much more can be found at Laura’s. Check out their Facebook page or call 613-936-1777 to place an order.
Find distinctive apparel for men and women at The Kingslea. This hip fashion shop has a variety of items available through its online shop. Find that special item to complete or create your perfect look! They even have hand-made fabric masks.
Ready or Naught
One of Cornwall’s oldest and most respected computer stores, Computer Sense provides IT sales and service to both residential and commercial clients. Hardware sales and service are being provided. Call 613-936-8008 or check their Facebook page for more info.
Life’s Little Pleasures
Love and Lee
Attention bridesmaids – online ordering and consultations are now available through Love and Lee! Shop for dresses and get direct shipping right to your door. Book your online appointment and set up your free video consultation to find your perfect bridesmaids dress!
Red Cart Books
Mrs. B’s Gifts & Home Decor
The Local Fill
This Downtown Cornwall staple is open for bicycle repairs (safe drop-off via the back entrance) as well as sales of bicycles and accessories. Check out the items on their Facebook page or give them a call for more details.
If music is your thing, Melody Music likely has it. Guitars, ukuleles, bass, drums, PAs equipment and more. They even have a selection of records! Call 613-933-0205 or check out their Facebook page for more info.
Connect with dozens of other businesses online through the new ShopCornwallandArea.ca website. This new initiative by the Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce provides an online platform to local businesses to list their products and services, hours of operation and ways to purchase. The Chamber will also be offering support to local businesses that wish to set up eCommerce platforms.
Cornwall Gift Certificates
Local entrepreneur Kelly Bergeron has set up a Shopify platform where residents can buy gift certificates from local businesses to be used at a later date. Over 160 businesses are part of the platform and it has already generated over $15,000 in sales.
Play it safe
We all have a part to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Pay close attention to the updates from public health officials. Wash your hands frequently, sneeze and cough into your sleeve, stay home if you aren’t feeling well and maintain a distance of at least two metres from other people. Stay home as much as possible and avoid all non-essential outings. Shop alone when possible and only when necessary.
For more safety tips and info on the fight against COVID-19, please click here.
Visit Choose Cornwall’s COVID-19 Business Digest for up to date resources and information.