#ShopYQG to Celebrate Independent Retailer Month

The below blog was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is designed to be used as inspiration for a future trip to Windsor Essex. Due to current circumstances, some of the locations listed in the blog may currently not be open, or may not be offering full services at this time.

Please contact any business prior to planning a visit.

July marks Independent Retailer Month and how lucky are we to have so many indie retailers, artisans and unique shopping areas across Windsor Essex? Independent Retailers are our neighbours and fellow community members who may be running the local market where we can buy fresh grown produce or handcrafting furniture and housewares to adorn our homes.

By shopping locally and supporting those in our community, we can work together to create sustainability and strengthen our local economy.  Though we encourage shopping independent and small retailers year-round, this month is a great reminder to celebrate those who help sustain our cites, towns and communities.

W.E. Made It

W.E. Made It is your exploration guide to the hundreds of creatives that design, stitch, build and brew amazing products here in Windsor Essex. Shop local and support the businesses that embody our region’s true creative spirit.  Discover locally made products like gourmet dishes, crafted jewellery, home goods, apparel, art, furniture as well as local coffee, teas, wine, beer and whisky.

#YQG Made Retail Shops

Whiskeyjack Boutique

If you are a local, you’re sure to be a fan of Windsor-style pizza! Why not grab a few unique pieces from Whiskeyjack Boutique to brighten your home or office and show off that YQG Pride!


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Urban Art Market

From soaps and scents to stunning pieces of jewellery and pottery, look no further for the perfect gift (for yourself or someone special) than the Urban Art Market!


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Unique Local Shops

Blimey’s British Store & Gift Shop 

Needing something unique? Have an ex-pat who is craving a taste of the British Isles? Head out to Harrow and spend some time perusing the shelves of Blimey’s British Store & Gift Shop.


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Jones & Co.

From one-of-a-kind vintage clothing and accessories to cards, gifts and home goods you can plan on spending hours scouring through the racks and shelves at Jones & Co in Walkerville.  If there is a gift on your list, you will definitely find it here.


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Priscilla’s Presents

A hidden gem out along Iler Road, Priscilla’s Presents is a specialty shop that has quite the selection of products to satisfy everyone who walks through the door. Bath and body products, home decor, baby, women’s fashion and accessories just to name a few!

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There is definitely no shortage of places to explore across Windsor Essex to fill your shopping needs! Check out our local BIA’s, our Main Street shops, our farmers markets and our local artisans.  Discover that hometown feel you get when you shop local.  Plus you’ll likely find some really great treasures! To start your list of shops to explore, visit our #ShopYQG section and plan your next shopping adventure!


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