|Collingwood, ON [Monday, April 20, 2020] – Local businesses feed us, clothe us, entertain us, and care for us. In this time of uncertainty, it’s time for the community to show them how much we care. Help them stay open through these challenging times. Show them some love by shopping local, ordering takeout, and buying their virtual services.
To make this as easy as possible for shoppers and businesses, several tech experts, restaurants and media companies have been working with the Business Development Centre in downtown Collingwood to create a new, integrated online shopping marketplace.
Brandon Houston, who initially conceived of the idea and founder of The Foundry Co-Working Space in downtown Collingwood, had a very clear vision when he started working on www.CollingwoodCommons.com as his contribution to supporting local businesses. “The Collingwood Commons is a resource portal for the collective benefit of the community, based on the very definition of the commons…a place where cultural and natural resources are accessible to all members of a society, managed for individual and collective benefit.”
At www.CollingwoodCommons.com, browsing is made easy by making it easy for the shopper to choose what they are looking for:
- Order Food – View menus from some of Collingwood’s best restaurants and order pick-up or delivery from a common marketplace where you can easily shop all the great establishments of Collingwood.
- Shop Local – Shop online from a range of local Collingwood businesses or buy gift cards for friends and family for when shops re-open.
- Experience Events Virtually – Find online events and virtual consultations offered by local businesses and organizations in South Georgian Bay.
The food and beverage ‘corner’ of the Commons already has more than 15 companies listed, with details on how and when to order, if they do takeout and/or delivery, and where they are located. Additional features include being able to search restaurants by meal type, browse the full list, or search for favourite spot. Menu visibility also makes it easy to choose items, plus ordering and payment can be done online or by phone for quick service. It also has an integrated feed from the new facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery.
Sue Nicholson, Manager of the Collingwood Downtown BIA, observed, “We’ve taken the things that make Collingwood’s downtown farmers market such a success and put it online. It’s a place where Collingwood’s businesses are coming together to help the community and each other.”
A growing group of partners are joining the original team. This includes MyCollingwood.ca, Be Visible Web Design, members of The Foundry, and the facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery.
“This is such a great example of the entrepreneurial #CollingwoodStrong spirit that the community has become famous for. We’re all in this together, so it has been inspiring to see how incredible collaboration has helped create this new marketplace,” commented Mayor Brian Saunderson.
At the Council Meeting on Monday, April 20, Mayor Brian Saunderson is putting forth the challenge to all Collingwood residents to join the national campaign to make Wednesdays #TakeoutDay by shopping at www.CollingwoodCommons.com, following the facebook group Collingwood Take-out & Delivery, and giving our local restaurants a shoutout with #CollingwoodStrong.