EDMONTON – As people began shopping online during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Calgary man saw an opportunity for a company – and showcase products from Alberta.
Ryan Corry founded localhops.com to serve Alberta customers and support local businesses when they needed it most.
“Much of that money left the community,” Corry told CTV News Edmonton.
“We want to compete directly with Amazon, but with all local products. If you dig into the weeds of your own community, all of those products are within us, so the only thing is to aggregate them so that they are easy for them to find. ” Consumer. “
The online marketplace – which includes clothing, beer, and art – currently sells products from Edmonton and Calgary, but has plans to expand to other Alberta communities.
Ommas Kimchi co-founder Alyssa Lau told CTV News that she took the chance to bring her products to Made in Local Shops.
“I’m really very interested to see if this will increase our local presence,” she said.
“I understand how powerful the local support is, especially from Edmonton, and Edmonton is a great city to have a local business in because they are so willing to support their local businesses.”
Corry is also considering adding a “SkipTheDishes” element to allow drivers to get these products to your doorstep as quickly as possible.
For Courtney Hanak, the owner of William Raw Designs, having your products online is a must, especially during a pandemic.
“People who might not have heard of us may have heard of this website … it’s just another avenue for customers, customers, and just more business.”
With files from Amanda Anderson of CTV News Edmonton