Advertisement

IDC Shop Adapts to Support Local Businesses

Share:

Idc Florist Crop
Branda Chaput, owner of Fleuriste XO Flowers and Gifts in Île-des-Chênes. Brenda Chaput

In the summer of 2019, Brenda Chaput of Île-des-Chênes opened a new business, Fleuriste XO Flowers and Gifts, a full-service flower shop with plants and gifts, including a comprehensive delivery service.

Like many others who have launched new businesses in the months leading up to the COVID outbreak, it’s been tough sledding throughout 2020.

“Opening a new business just before a pandemic was not ideal,” Chaput says. “But it did force us to reflect on the goods and services we provide, and how we provide them. It became apparent early on that in order to survive we would need to be flexible and adapt without changing the vision of who we are, and who we want to be.”

She says there have been a few positives amidst all the challenges and hardships, and one of them is a renewed community spirit and desire for people to support local small business.

“This is so true for our boutique,” she says. “Previous to COVID days, much of our 1,000-square-foot store was used for meeting space and craft classes. We have now dedicated this space to supporting and promoting local producers and artists by displaying and selling their locally made products, such as candles, honey, bath products, pottery, jewellery, spices, candy, and gifts. With the closure of markets and craft sales, many producers lost opportunities to promote themselves and sell their merchandise.”

At the shop, customers can find products from Dooryard Pottery by Mike Astill and locally roasted PERK coffee beans (Île-des-Chênes), Crescent Acres Soap and Honey, as well as The Little Wood Chipper (Grande Pointe), DC Hot Sauces (St. Adolphe), Smooch Bath and Body (Lorette), Ferrmont Farms and Prairie Penguin Candles (Niverville), L&G Custom Creations (St. Malo), and Spice World, Tasty Tidbits, Soy Harvest Candles, and Mordens Chocolate (Winnipeg).

“The pandemic may have stolen some of our freedoms and choices, but it has not stolen our freedom to choose where we spend our money,” says Chaput. “For us, buying products from local artisans is a way we can contribute to healthy and thriving communities.”

She adds that even in terms of the shop’s main service—selling and delivering fresh flowers and plants—they support local as much as possible by purchasing fresh from local market gardeners and supporting area greenhouses.

The business has also expanded its delivery service, including to Winnipeg, as far east as Richer, and as far south as St. Malo.

“An anxiety still exists for us, as a new business, that consumers will forget how important their support is during these uncertain times,” Chaput says. “And there is a real insecurity that if COVID infections continue to rise in the southeast, we could face harmful changes or closures to local businesses. As a small family-run business, we depend on its survival for ours. Just as every vendor in our boutique does. We are all in this together. The more we can collaborate, the stronger we all are.”

Advertisement
More LOCAL NEWS

Providence Appoints New President

On December 1, the Board of Governors of Providence University College and Theological Seminary announced its new President. Dr. Kenton C. Anderson will take over the position following David...

Read more

On December 1, the Board of Governors of Providence University College and Theological Seminary announced its new President. Dr. Kenton C. Anderson will take over the position following David...

Read more

Ritchot Council Increases Vigilance Over Home-Based Businesses

Home-based businesses are on the rise in our current economy, fostered by both the work-from-home atmosphere fostered during the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall rise of the self-employed or those...

Read more

Home-based businesses are on the rise in our current economy, fostered by both the work-from-home atmosphere fostered during the COVID-19 pandemic and the overall rise of the self-employed or those...

Read more
Advertisement

New Cannabis Retailer Seeks Opportunity to Operate in Niverville

A public hearing will take place in Niverville on December 15 at which town council will hear from a new applicant seeking to open a cannabis retail outlet. The proposed location is at 41 Main...

Read more

A public hearing will take place in Niverville on December 15 at which town council will hear from a new applicant seeking to open a cannabis retail outlet. The proposed location is at 41 Main...

Read more

Veteran to Offer PTSD Therapy through Artistic Blacksmithing

St. Adolphe resident Cameron Bennett is about to launch a new grassroots project which he believes could help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of the not-for-profit...

Read more

St. Adolphe resident Cameron Bennett is about to launch a new grassroots project which he believes could help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The goal of the not-for-profit...

Read more
Advertisement

Local Couple Builds “Friendship Trail” in St. Adolphe

The pandemic has taken away a lot of our entertainment opportunities, but a couple from St. Adolphe took advantage of some unseasonably warm weather in November and put in the hard work to give the...

Read more

The pandemic has taken away a lot of our entertainment opportunities, but a couple from St. Adolphe took advantage of some unseasonably warm weather in November and put in the hard work to give the...

Read more

Niverville Animal Hospital Open to Furry Clientele

The Niverville Animal Hospital is now accepting new patients—those of the furry and four-legged predisposition, that is. Since November 3, the new hospital has been fully staffed and available...

Read more

The Niverville Animal Hospital is now accepting new patients—those of the furry and four-legged predisposition, that is. Since November 3, the new hospital has been fully staffed and available...

Read more
Advertisement

Updated December 4: Local Active Cases at 498

The entire Province of Manitoba is currently in code red, with broad restrictions in place to curb the spread the COVID-19. Only essential businesses are allowed to open, and social gatherings are...

Read more

The entire Province of Manitoba is currently in code red, with broad restrictions in place to curb the spread the COVID-19. Only essential businesses are allowed to open, and social gatherings are...

Read more

Niverville Business Expands to Second Location

A Niverville business is getting ready to expand to its second storefront. RuffMutts, which opened its first retail location just two years ago, is on the verge of opening a new shop in Altona...

Read more

A Niverville business is getting ready to expand to its second storefront. RuffMutts, which opened its first retail location just two years ago, is on the verge of opening a new shop in Altona...

Read more
Time until next issue
Citizen Poll

Is the province providing enough pandemic support to teachers and school divisions?

For related article, see link below.
https://nivervillecitizen.com/...