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Calgary organizations come together to connect citizens and local businesses

Solita Works hopes to draw attention to local businesses and artists in Calgary with their Neighborhood Boxes. Photo: LiveWire Calgary

There’s a real push to shop locally, and two local organizations are coming together to create monthly, subscription-based gift packages to help local businesses struggling with COVID-19.

Reworks Upcycle Shop and Calgary Dollars have teamed up to create monthly neighborhood boxes.

The box makeup is still in progress, but the idea is to create a limited number of monthly themed boxes that Calgarians can purchase. The items in each box are from local companies struggling with COVID-19 restrictions.

In addition, the boxes come with Calgary Dollars, a local currency redeemable at other Calgary companies.

Solita Work, owner of Reworks and organizer of Neighborhood Boxes, hopes these boxes will help support local businesses and protect Calgarians from economic fluctuations.

“I was hoping with the boxes that we could keep more dollars on site because Calgary seems to have an appetite right now to support the locals,” she said.

“A lot of people don’t know where to find the (local) shops or what’s available, so I thought we could kill all these birds with one stone.”

How it will all work

The two themed boxes – the party box and the staycation box – will be accessible to the public this month via the online shop.

Party box This includes a live roadside performance by a local musician and all the essentials needed for a great party like beer or cider, pizza, snacks, and party supplies.

The Staycation Box Contains a lunch bag, local snacks, bird watching books, hiking maps, and outdoor skin care products or other personal travel accessories.

When you buy a box, it comes with Calgary Dollars. This local currency can be used at participating Calgary businesses that are in their market.

Sierra Love of Calgary Dollars said the whole idea for this alternative currency is to create community resilience and economic stability.

Love hopes that through these neighborhood boxes, the Calgarians are exposed to more local artists and businesses.

“I think people don’t know how many cool local businesses there are. It’s a cool way to get to know another local company or two, ”she said.

“When you buy the box, you are introduced to a whole bunch of local companies and, depending on the package, some of them have musical talent. I just find it very exciting. “

For more information and to find out how to take part in a subscription, please contact: Solita Work at 403-263-4366 or Sierra Love at 403-270-3200.

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