Academy Road festival today

Remember to visit the Academy Road festival today. The event is great for families, entertainment and visiting all those shops. Many merchants and businesses have special sales and promotions. The weather today is terrific, too, so it’s one of the best days of the year on Academy Road.

It all kicks off at 11  am Saturday.

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Christmas shopping locally

As shoppers brace themselves for last minute gifts and the crowded malls, this is a great time to remember that our own local collection of retail merchants provide a convenient and superior shopping experience.

Most of our shopping opportunities are conveniently focussed along Academy Road and Corydon Avenue. Most of the shops are clustered, allowing you to easily walk from shop to shop.

Another strength of the shops in the Sir John Franklin area is that they are not typically part of large chain stores, and so offer a more interesting array of options and products you are less likely to find duplicated in major shopping malls.

Here are some good reasons to buy your gifts locally this year:

  • more unique selection of gifts
  • support owner-ooperated small businesses
  • eco-friendlier shopping by walking to shops
  • courteous and relaxed atmosphere
  • personal attention to your needs

Also consider asking local retail and service providers whether they offer gift certificates or gift cards. These are perfect for local residents who can easily take advantage of shopping close to home, and bring people from elsewhere to our area to continue supporting our neighbourhood.

Ideas for gift certificates/cards include:

  • coffee shops and restaurants
  • massage therapy and chiropractic services
  • clothing, shoes, fashion and accessories
  • gift shops
  • knick-knacks
  • specialty foods
  • beauty services
  • activities like bowling
  • convenience stores
  • and more!

Let’s make the shops in Sir John Franklin an important part of our shopping for this season and throughout the year. What are your favourite shops, and why? Share your thoughts with a comment.