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We Love Local Businesses!



The Smith Proulx team, along with Valentine Panda, wanted to support our West Toronto local businesses this Valentine’s Day!

We know that times are very difficult for restaurant owners and their employees particularly, so we wanted to see if we could help out in some small way. We created an event to support the local businesses in the Bloor West Village, High Park, Junction and Swansea neighbourhoods: we purchased gift cards from various local businesses to give away to residents in West Toronto in a Valentine’s Day draw.

We selected eight local businesses and ended up with eleven amazing gift card prizes to give away! Residents of the Bloor West Village, Junction, High Park, and Swansea neighbourhoods received flyers in their mail with the logos of all the restaurants involved and were invited to enter into a draw to win one of the $100 gift cards from each local business. We also promoted the events on social media to get the word out about the draw and about all the amazing businesses involved. Over two hundred West Toronto residents entered, and many tuned in on Facebook and Instagram Live as we drew the winners. Eleven happy neighbours won prizes.

Valentine Panda went around Bloor West Village, Junction, High Park and Swansea to deliver the prizes to the winners in person. The recipients said hello to Valentine Panda and took a socially distanced photo with Panda and their prize. We would like to thank all the businesses that participated in this event, as well as all the residents who entered the draw. We wouldn’t have been able to hold this event in support of our local businesses without you. We encourage everyone to keep supporting our local businesses during this difficult time, and to continue supporting small, local businesses in the future!

The local businesses involved in the draw were

– Thorn Floral
– Botham’s
– Annette St Food Market
– Delight Chocolate
– The Alpine
– Queens Pasta
– Gatto
– Nodo

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