Six Ways To Support Small Businesses Right Now

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.

During these challenging times, it’s the support of the community that keeps our small businesses and entrepreneurs alive. A lot of them are still opening their doors to serve you food, providing you drinks, or crafting spectacular pieces which are perfect for gifts and additions to your home.

For those who are able to we’ve put together 6 easy ways you can support small businesses right now and help keep the vibrancy of our community alive.

Order Take-out or Delivery

Pictured: Jack’s Gastropub in Kingsville

The Windsor Essex food scene is vibrant – small restaurants and locally owned joints providing you some of your favourite meals. Though you can’t dine in right now, a lot of them are providing take-out options. Get your favourite burger, pizza, tacos & more to enjoy at home. Check out our Windsor Essex Take-Out Guide for a list by area and make sure to check back as it is updated daily.

If you are a local restaurant providing take-out or delivery you can always get featured for free in this list.

Drink some Craft Brews

Pictured: Walkerville Brewery

The craft breweries in Windsor Essex are award winning – including the best pilsner in Ontario (courtesy of Walkerville Brewery). And you can still pretty much get every single one of our breweries beers to enjoy during your downtime in self-isolation. Click here for our local craft brewery & distillery guide to see who’s retail is open for pick up and even some who are providing home delivery if you order a case or more!

Buy Local – Online

Pictured: A variety of artisans from Urban Art Market (including Simon Steeps, Four Eleven Pottery, Red Lantern Coffee Co., River Rock Pottery, Stray Sheep Co. and more)

Check out for our W.E Made It program – a guide full of locally made goods from Windsor Essex artisans and makers. Most, if not all, of their shops are closed but you can order a lot of their hand made and unique items online, or just order a gift card to use later, but will help them with cash flow now.

Drink Local Wines

Pictured: CREW Winery

If you are going to be home, may as well have a glass of local wine in hand.  Our wineries are making it easy with door-to-door delivery or curbside pick-up so you can keep social distancing while still sipping bold reds & crisp whites. Click here for our winery guide of which of our EPIC Wineries are open to keep you stocked up.

Take Part in #TakeoutTuesday

Pictured: Armando’s Pizza

This Tuesday we’re encouraging you to order take out or delivery from your favourite restaurants. Click here for our Take Out Guide and plan to order in some of your favourite grub.  Many will drop off on your porch or allow you to pick-up curbside so you can keep your distance.  Ensure to call your orders in ahead and be ready with debit or credit to limit cash handling.

Share your pics with us on social media all day on Tuesday using #TakeoutTuesday and #YQGStandsStrong to show our local restaurants and entrepreneurs how much we love our food scene in Windsor Essex!

Pre-Plan Your Next Staycation

Pictured: Sunset paddle with Urban Surf Co.

You can help a Windsor Essex small business right now by buying a gift card for a future adventure in the region. Check out our experiences page at for some of the behind-the-scenes and highly engaging experiences available in Windsor Essex.   Pre-book a tour now for a later date (or order a gift card) – outdoor adventure tours, food tours & more.

Or plan ahead! Make your own future staycation itinerary using our MyTrip planning app and start to think of what and where you will explore right here at home in the months ahead.


Published on Friday March 20th, 2020 by Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

For more information and resources on how Windsor Essex is dealing with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) please click here.



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