Celebrate Our “Mom & Pop” Shops!

March 29th celebrates National “Mom & Pop” Business Owner Day.  Our economy couldn’t run without small “Mom and Pop” businesses and with that we are pleased to highlight the five finalists for the Top Boutique Shops for the 2021 Best of Windsor Essex Awards.

Five Ways You Can Help

Now more than ever it is important to support local in all aspects! “Mom & Pop” Business owner day is a great way to appreciate all the hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business.  Show your support by:

  • Exploring our neighbourhoods and visiting boutique shops
  • Buying from local artisans and makers
  • Liking & sharing their social media posts to encourage others
  • Giving them a positive online review
  • Recommending them to others

Blimey’s British Gift Shop 

If you are looking for your favourite British treats, Blimey’s British Gift Shop in Harrow is proud to offer customers a huge selection of imported goods and unique finds. From puddings and pies to crisps and the finest British Tea’s, the shelves are stocked at Blimey’s with all things collectable, edible and fashionable!


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Cindy’s Home & Garden 

In addition to a long list of home décor, food and clothing, Cindy’s is of course known for their garden goods and planting season is in full swing as we get ready for Spring.  Pop in to their olive oil shop, cruise the showroom for unique gifts, or stroll the greenhouse aisles to see all that Cindy’s Home & Garden has to offer!


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My Cousin’s Closet 

Stroll along Main Street in downtown Kingsville and pop into My Cousin’s Closet to update next season’s clothing or grab some staples to freshen up your most loved pieces.  With clothing and accessories for both men and women, you are sure to find everything you need to feel your finest!

New SAXX display…lots to choose from! Join our SAXX Loyalty Program and when you buy 7 pairs of underwear at regular price you get your 8th pair free! ❤️ Local

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Whiskeyjack Boutique 

Tempt not only your sweet tooth with a stop in to Whiskeyjack Boutique along downtown’s Maiden Lane to pick up locally-made and small batch goods.  Letter writer? There are some cards and mailable chocolates! Admirer of sparkly things? Grab some crystal earrings, necklaces or even a ceramic pin to complete your outfit.  Get comfy with a great smelling candle or brighten up your home with some fresh new décor!


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Wolf & Rebel 

From shower steamers, to vegan treats this self-care shop located in the heart of Ford City is bright and beautiful and one-of-a-kind! Showcasing a number of locally produced items you will find everything from stationary, books, keychains, clothing and self-care items that are great as gifts (or gifts to yourself!)



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The finalists for this year’s Best of Windsor Essex Best Retail Shop offer more than just what is one the shelves – they are run by amazing local men & women who’s goal is to offer their customers great products and service.  Small businesses are a vital part of our economy, so on March 29, head to your favorite small business to say thank you!

For a more comprehensive list of our local small business retailers, make sure to check out #shopYQG highlighting our business districts and local small “mom & pop” shops!


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