‘Tis the season: SHOP LOCAL

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Shop the Neighbourhood

Along with a number of nationwide cities, the GTA recently celebrated Shop the Neighbourhood. An initiative of the Yellow Pages, the annual event promotes local commerce and “reminds Canadians how local shopping makes a difference.” Having expanded its reach this year, residents across the country were encouraged to take advantage of exclusive event deals offered by participating businesses. Connected by splashes of yellow throughout storefronts and shopping bags, Shop the Neighbourhood united not only competing businesses, but also local consumers for a full day.

(Photo/www.novacancyart.com)

(Photo/www.novacancyart.com)

Sugarplum: Holiday Art Market

Residents of Burlington have a special reason to continue expressing this spirit into the holiday season. The non-profit charitable arts organization, No Vacancy, has created Sugarplum: a pop-up holiday art market in the heart of downtown. Best known for transforming vacant or non-typical space into an art experience, No Vacancy has taken over Village Square (finally giving life to the abandoned, yet promising landmark). The organization’s website notes, “Sugarplum features handmade art from local artists and artisans all from a 50km radius of the city.”

Instead of fighting crowded parking lots and competitive shoppers for your loved ones this holiday season, make a conscious choice to give back to your community. As a welcome treat, enjoy a cup of hot mulled apple cider while browsing.

Sugarplum will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday (noon – 9 pm) and Sunday (noon – 6 pm) until December 19th.

Visit No Vacancy’s website to learn about participating artists: http://bit.ly/1vLXuNt

For more information, follow No Vacancy on Twitter: @NoVacancyArt

Laura is a University of Guelph alumna with an Honors Degree in Theatre Studies. She is interested in attempting to understand and express life through art.