The Chamber office has had enquiries from a few local residents asking if shopkeepers are going to be extending their hours with the Christmas shopping season approaching. Many have been asking if retail business owners will consider being open past 4pm for residents who work and can’t get to the shops before 5pm most days. The feedback we received is that shopping local is important to the community at large but they are finding it difficult with the stores closing before the work day is done. We wanted to pass this feedback on to our members so they can incorporate this into their Christmas season planning.
It’s also expected that postal and courier services, which have been inundated since the pandemic, will soon be overwhelmed by online holiday shopping making package delivery before Christmas unreliable. Shopping local will probably be more popular this holiday season than ever and with a little careful planning businesses can take full advantage. The Chamber strongly encourages local shop owners to adjust or extend hours making it as easy as possible for locals to shop at a time that is possible and convenient for them. Of course, safety protocols are also important and the more you can do to let the public know about the safety measures you are taking the better.
If you’re looking for ways to get the word out about your holiday shopping adjustments and safety protocols contact the Chamber office. We can help. Also remember to check/submit your business info on the LADYSMITH OPEN FOR BUSINESS DIRECTORY.
The Ladysmith Downtown Business Association is in the process of planning a JINGLE BELL SHOP promotion. This is a 5 week program with late night Friday shopping, Five weekly $250 LDBA bucks prize draws generously sponsored by the Ladysmith & District Credit Union, selfie station, elf on the shelf and more! The Chamber encourages all member retail/hospitality businesses within the community to participate and make Jingle Bell Shop a great success, together.
It’s been a tough year but hopefully this holiday season will start the bounce back for a much more prosperous (and normal) 2021.
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