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12 Days of Celebration – Shop Locally This Holiday Season

Dec 29, 2020 | News

The holiday season is right around the corner and here at AME Group we believe in the importance of supporting our communities. A great way to do this is by shopping locally this holiday season, whether it is supporting your favourite local restaurant by buying gift cards, getting your favourite coffee beans from your local coffee shop, or purchasing gifts for loved ones from a small business.

With the help from our team members here at AME Group, we have gathered a list of local businesses in the Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary area that are worth checking out!


Ubuntu Canteen
Instagram: ubuntucanteen

Located in the Fraserhood community of Vancouver, Canada. Ubuntu Canteen works to support local farmers, while serving ethically conscious and locally sourced food.

Basil Garden
Instagram: basilgarden

Basil Garden is a family run restaurant that brings the rich traditions and classic flavours of Vietnam to the Vancouver dining scene. They serve healthy, authentic Vietnamese cuisine using only the most carefully chosen, freshest ingredients.

Indish Food Truck
Instagram: indishfoodtruck

Indish is food inspired by the owner’s roots and travels. They serve balanced meals that are packed with flavor, with more than 80% of the menu being plant-based.

Instagram: bar.gobo

Serving tasty wines and tasty snacks, this wine bar is the newest member to the Burdock & Co + Harvest Community Foods Family.


West Point Cycles
Instagram: westpointcycles

West Point Cycles is Vancouver’s oldest bike shop, serving all types of bicycle riders by offering a wide range of excellent quality products and services at fair prices. West Point is passionate about catering to everyone’s needs, regardless of age or gender; for new riders to lifelong cyclists and casual riders to athletes.

Organized by Amy
Instagram: organizedbyamy

Amy offers organizational and design services to make your space as beautiful and efficient as possible!

Karma Teachers
Instagram: karmateachers
Karma Teachers mission is to build community and make yoga accessible to all. They offer free and by-donation yoga classes in downtown Vancouver and online to anyone who wishes to practice.

Bears Bloom
Instagram: bears_blooms

Bears Bloom is a flower delivery service based out of Vancouver, with a second location in Victoria. They source the best flowers that BC farmers have to offer and are committed to distributing reusable and recyclable packaging, buying local product whenever possible and cutting down on flower waste in the industry.


Rainbow Bridge
Instagram: shoprainbowbridge

Tie dye clothing made with love created by two sisters. Portion of proceeds donated to @bcspca

Buckshee Woodshop

Buckshee Woodshop does custom woodwork, serving the Vancouver, BC area.


Christies Carriage House Pub

Christie’s Carriage House Pub recreates turn-of-the-century Victoria with flair, charm and comfort. It is truly the living room of the neighborhood – a place where friends meet, chat and share good times. Drop in – it’s in the neighborhood.

Whistle Buoy Brew Pub
Instagram: whistlebuoybrewing

Whistle Buoy Brew Pub is a tiny brewery with big ideas. They make small-batch, experimental beers with high quality ingredients in the heart of Downtown Victoria. Their pick-up window, taproom, and patio are located on the courtyard level of historic Market Square.

Macchiato Caffe
Facebook: macchiatocaffe

A locally owned and operated family of cafes in Victoria’s Old Town, and Business districts. Their mission is to provide Victoria with superior coffee and Italian influenced breakfast & lunch fare in an inviting contemporary environment. It is also an office favourite for the Victoria team!

Fan Tan Café
Instagram: fantancafe

Locally owned restaurant serving Victoria for 35+ years. Located in Chinatown.


Dockside Physiotherapy
Instagram: docksidephysio

Dockside Physiotherapy offer a variety of quality services that we tailor specifically to your needs to help you get back to the things you love. They even offer services such as bike fittings and classes such as Meditation/Mindfulness for Stress, Anxiety & Chronic Health Issues.

Instagram: recyclistas

Recyclistas is the hub of Greater Victoria’s grassroots cycling community. They are a full-service bicycle repair shop, recycling depot and educational work space.


Kirby’s Source for Sport
Instagram: kirbyssfs

A sports store proud to service Vancouver Island with two locations in Victoria, and Nanaimo. They specialize in Hockey, Baseball, & Lacrosse, and have expanded their offerings with Field Hockey, Football and Soccer.

Capital Iron

Instagram: capitaliron

Second to none for selection and quality, Capital Iron is the place all Victorians go! It is something akin to a traditional General Store, with hardware, electrical, paints, clothing, housewares, fishing, marine, camping, barbecues, and a well-stocked lawn and garden section.

Instagram: anianmfg

Anián creates timeless, lifetime clothing that you can live your life in, and feel good about. The environmental impact of their clothing is something they take seriously. For this reason, Anián begun the transition into using entirely recycled natural fibre textiles from landfills. Find their store in the Downtown Victoria area.

Luna Collective
Instagram: luna_collective

Luna Collective is a small shop in Victoria, BC (Lkwungen Territories) showcasing a curated collection of handmade and vintage goods. Owner Eryn Beattie hand picks items that evoke feeling and are made with good intentions. With items from over 75 independent artists and small businesses from across Canada, there is something to be found for everyone.


Ma Pies
Instagram: ma_pies

Ma Pies is a local Calgary company that makes frozen pocket pies so you can save time in the kitchen while preparing dinner and still enjoy a flaky, tender, and buttery crust!

Sweet Indulgence YYC
Instagram: sweetindulgenceyyc

Sweet Indulgence offers hot Chocolate Bombs with Vegan/Halal Marshmallows in Calgary. Check out their website to place an order!


Aliyah Photography
Instagram: aliyahkm

Aliyah Photography is a weddings, mountains and lifestyle photographer based out of Calgary, AB.

Facebook: inkedbysana

Henna services for various occasions: parties, bridal/baby showers, dholki/mehendi events, weddings, or any festival.

Instagram: heratelier_

DIYs, decor, interior design & everything in between. Check out their Instagram to place an order!


Temper + Lace

Temper + Lace offer pure soy wax wooden wick candles, beautiful essential oils, and cozy apparel – all handmade in southern Alberta (High River, to be exact!).

Instagram: mwstudios_gifts

Mwstudios offer custom made gifts, furniture and re-modeled furniture, based out of Calgary. Check out their Instagram to place an order!

Eleven Stars & Company

Check out their Instagram and website to view their products made with laser cutting and engraving. Based out of Calgary.

Without Co.
Instagram: withoutcoyyc

Whether you’re making a list for Santa, or checking things off your shopping list, Without Co, have tons of great options to make gift giving easy. Curated, bundled, and low waste gift wrapped best sellers that are sure to be used and loved by those on your gifting list. Everything from kitchen and bath, to skin care and beauty, they have you covered!


Woodwork and paintings inspired by the Rocky Mountains and spiritual connection. Based out of Alberta.

Happy Holidays from AME Group!