Ontario’s most recent COVID-19 lockdown has been difficult for everybody, but small business owners around the province have been some of the most affected. When the lockdown is lifted and small businesses are back in action, it’s important to support them in any way possible. While many of these businesses continue to offer curbside pickup and other alternative shopping solutions, many of them rely on foot traffic and a more traditional shopping experience.

Once the lockdown is lifted and shopping is deemed safe, head on over to your favourite local businesses and show your support. Here are just a few of our favourite Muskoka businesses you might want to consider supporting post-lockdown:

Lilibird is the perfect place to find gifts for everybody in your life
There’s nothing quite like finding that perfect gift for somebody special in your life. Whether it’s for your spouse, parent, child, or a good friend, Lilibird in Bracebridge, Ontario has a wide selection of amazing gifts at all price ranges. From unique household items to snowglobes, socks, and even light-up products, Lilibird’s wide assortment of interesting, unique, and high quality products serve as the perfect gift for anybody in your life.

For more information about Lilibird, visit their website.

Soapstones offers natural skin care solutions
You deserve to be informed about the products you buy, which is exactly why Soapstones in Huntsville, Ontario is the region’s leading provider of natural skincare products. Soapstones skincare products not only work, but leave a minimal footprint on the environment thanks to their all-natural ingredients that are as gentle on the world around us as they are on your skin. Soapstone products aren’t tested on animals, and are sourced from high quality Canadian ingredients. Their line of products includes everything from bath bombs and salts to body wash, hand soap, lotion, scrub, shampoo, and so much more.

To find out more about how Soapstones is changing the skincare game, visit their website.

Minds Alive! carries the latest in educational, fun and inspirational toys
Kids around the province are counting down the days until they can once again set foot in the toy store and beg their parents for the latest and greatest in the toy world. Originally created in Midland, Ontario, Minds Alive! has become a staple of the Muskoka region with stores in Collingwood, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and Huntsville. Minds Alive! offers a wide selection of fun and inspirational toys that not only entertain, but educate too. From building toys like Lego and high-tech toys to craft kits, science kits and board books, there’s something for kids of all ages and interests. The staff at Minds Alive! have made it their mission to help you choose the right toys for every child in your life, using their expert advice and knowledge to help you make the right choice.

For more information about everything that Minds Alive! has to offer, check them out online.

The Record Shoppe is a vinyl collector’s dream
Vinyl records have seen a major resurgence in popularity over the last few years, thanks largely to small businesses like The Record Shoppe in Huntsville, Ontario, who have worked tirelessly to revive the medium by offering carefully curated selections for clients of all ages and music preferences. The Record Shoppe has been a downtown Huntsville hotspot since its introduction in late-2018, offering music lovers a wide selection of vinyl from all genres from classic rock and indie to hip hop and modern pop. In addition to their large selection of new and used records, The Record Shoppe offers turntables, accessories, and are always ready to take special orders and offer suggestions.

To find out more about The Record Shoppe and their impressive selection of vinyl, visit them online today.

The Muskoka Store is the region’s favourite cottage outfitter
Finally, no list of great local businesses would be complete without The Muskoka Store, a long time favourite in the Muskoka region and a must-visit location for all visitors. The Muskoka Store, which dates back to 1979, offers a large selection of unique products with the longstanding Muskoka tradition in mind. From high quality men’s and women’s apparel, camping gear and outdoor must-haves to home decor and gifts, The Muskoka Store is the region’s top cottage outfitter for a reason. No matter what you’re looking for, you can be sure that the Muskoka Store will have something that lets you take a little piece of Muskoka wherever life takes you.

For more information about the many products and services offered by The Muskoka Store, visit their website today.

These are just a few of our favourite Muskoka-based small businesses that we feel deserve some love once Ontario’s lockdown is lifted. There are far more incredible small businesses out there – so many that it would take all day to list the local businesses which deserve your support.

If you wish to explore more great local businesses, check out the following business directories: