Who needs the city when there are so many great local shops in our rural communities? If you’re looking to support local and shop sustainably, your own backyard might be the answer! This holiday season, Saskatchewan Blue Cross is excited to share a handful of our favourite small businesses to support this holiday season.
Northern Saskatchewan has so much to offer!
- Fresh Air Experience – Prince Albert
You’re sure to find everything you need for your next adventure! From Stand Up Paddleboards, camping and hiking gear, summer and winter bikes, and more, Fresh Air Experience is a great place to stop if you need a gift for an outdoor lover!
- Prince Albert Brewing Co. – Prince Albert
This hometown micro-brewery is a great place to meet your friends who are in town for the holiday season! If you’re a Prince Albert and area local, why not pop in today?
- Body Mechanics Salon & Spa – Prince Albert
Whether you treat yourself or treat someone else, with the extensive menu of self-care treatments at Body Mechanics, you’ll find just what you need.
- Austin’s Saddlery – North Battleford
If you have a country-loving person on your list, Austin’s Saddlery is your place for all things western wear, tack, custom work and saddle repair, and handmade saddles. If you’re not a local, they have a great website so you can shop online!
- The Allen Sapp Gallery – North Battleford
This gallery is focused on the life and work of Indigenous artist Allen Sapp. With a great gift store, programming, and gallery, Allen Sapp is a great place to visit and support. Pick up a gorgeous piece of Indigenous handcrafts or a beautiful print for an art enthusiast on your list and support Indigenous cultural programming in the Battlefords!
Why not stop to shop in Central Saskatchewan?
- The Painted Parasol – Lumsden
This toy and gift shop in the heart of the Qu’Appelle Valley is a great place to find treasures for anyone on your list! There are seemingly endless local gift options to choose from toys, puzzles, decor, and apothecary. It’s always a beautiful drive into the valley! Why not reduce your holiday stress by planning a great outing?
- Polinsky Honey – Theodore
The small hamlet of Theodore might look unassuming, but it is home to delicious honey! The Polinsky honey farm, which has been in business since 1977, offers delicious raw honey, beeswax candles, ultra-cute and sustainable beeswax food wrap, and apothecary products.
- Alexander’s Men’s Wear – Yorkton
For a well-made and practical gift for your father, husband, or son, Alexander’s is the place to shop. With 35 years in business, their great team will be able to help you find something to put under the tree this holiday season.
- The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
The Godfrey Dean Art Gallery is a wonderful destination in eastern Saskatchewan. Every Christmas, they transform the small gallery into the best place to find locally made crafts, art, jewellery, and cards. Stop in, view the current display work, and pick up something special from the Parkland region.
- Hansen Ross House – Fort Qu’Appelle
This historic artist residency is also a great place to find fantastic artwork and locally made artisanal objects. If you’re making a day trip out to the valley, be sure to make this a stop.
- Nokomis Brewing – Nokomis
This local brewery is a staple. If you need a host gift or a last-minute addition to a holiday potluck, Nokomis brewery is a must. While it’s stocked all over Saskatchewan, popping by the brewery is a special treat. You can shop Nokomis merch, glassware, and gift cards online if you need a great stocking stuffer for a local brewery lover on your list.
- Wolf’s General Store – Craven
If you need a beautiful bottle of wine for a small-town dinner party, look no further than the extensive biodynamic and natural wine selection here. Plus, grab a snack or two! Wolf’s is a great local shop with everything you need for a relaxing holiday.
Say hello to Southern Saskatchewan this holiday season!
Happy Gifting to all our Small-Town Members!
Supporting local businesses is the best way to find a little gem in your RM and build entrepreneurship in your community! If you want to stay well this holiday season, read our wellness weekly to get our best tips and tricks.