Welcome to our Home for the Holidays Series! We asked our employees for their favourite shop local spots in the KW Region… and we’ve got the deets! Discover the best spots to shop for the home décor lover, the foodie, the eco-warrior and more! Support these businesses online, visit their shops or purchase a gift card this holiday gift-giving season. Let’s support small businesses and shop locally!

Let’s explore local shops in the KW Region:

home decor

For the home décor lover:

The one who can’t get enough of decorative throw pillows, chunky blankets, scented candles and knick-knacks for the home! Check out our round-up of places to shop for the home décor lover in your life!


playing a game

For the kids (and those young at heart):

The ones that love new games, vintage games, superheroes and comic books! Check out our round-up of places to shop for kids (and those young at heart).


For the foodie in your life:

The one that loves all things food & drink. Check out our round-up of local distilleries, breweries, chocolate and cheese… what more could you want in life?

home decor

For the one with too many plants:

The one who has way too many plants, but always wants more (we don’t judge). Check out these local spots for the plant lover in your life!


For your eco-warrior:

The one who loves consignment stores, vintage clothing and zero-waste products. Our eco-friendly round-up is sure to please!


For someone special:

Who doesn’t love a little extra sparkle during the holidays? Check out our round-up of local spots for that special person on your list!


For the fitness lover:

The one who loves to be on the move! Check out these local fitness studios to purchase a gift card, personal training session or membership for the fitness lover in your life.

film buff

For the movie buffs:

The one that loves all movies, new and old! Support these local cinemas by purchasing tickets, or buying some merch!

  • Apollo Cinema the best in contemporary, classic, and cult films
  • Princess Cinemas –  a true Canadian independent cinema, owner-operated and owner-programmed

For the bookworms:

Independent bookstores are cornerstones of the local community, providing a haven for those who are passionate about reading. Expand your literary horizons and visit one of the many local bookstores the Region has to offer.

Why shop local?

Support your local economy

Supporting local businesses means supporting the owners, the employees and their families. Feel good knowing the money you are spending will directly help the owners put food on the table, and keep their lights on.

Find unique and creative gifts

Typically, small communities have incredible local talent, especially when it comes to unique and creative products on shelves from local business owners who are passionate about what they do!

A better shopping experience

Local shop owners and employees are generally more knowledgeable and typically provide a delightful personalized service when selling their products.

Shopping locally is better for the environment

Shopping locally is a great way to help the environment stay cleaner. If you’re lucky enough to be able to walk to local shops, it cuts down on emissions from your car. Shopping locally also eliminates the carbon footprint of delivery and packaging materials associated with online shopping.

Generate future growth in your community

Your purchase from a small business has a far-reaching impact on the community. Shopping at a small store helps them stay open and thriving. This way the business can add new products, maintain its physical storefront, and create a genuinely great brand.


Get social with us

Do you plan on supporting one of these small businesses during the holidays? We want to hear from you! Follow and tag @builtbyactiva on Instagram or Facebook for a chance to be featured on our social pages!


Happy Shopping!