In response to the challenging times that we’re all experiencing together regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to spread love and levity across the community.
We brainstormed various ways we could do this and one of the things we landed on was highlighting some of the incredible local businesses who are stepping up and modifying their services to continue to serve the community through these tough times. These are local businesses who have local champions who are doing what they can to be leaders through this unprecedented historic time.
Featured this Week…
Muskoka Natural Food Market, Bracebridge
“Helping families live naturally.”
Located in downtown Bracebridge, the Muskoka Natural Food Market has been a staple in the town for over 30 years. It began as a labor of love for a young woman who had an intense passion for holistic health and wellness. Her vision was to create a space where those looking for natural health products could not only come to shop, they could stay and enjoy a variety of delicious ready-to-eat whole food meals that cater to virtually all dietary restrictions. The health food store became quite a hit, so much so that a few eager local entrepreneurs took notice and expressed serious interest in keeping the health food store alive, once the current owner decided to embark on an incredibly deserved journey into retirement.
The young entrepreneurs worked tirelessly to find a new home for the old store for they had a huge vision and the refashioned Muskoka Natural Food Market was born. The new store is home to a massive living green wall that welcomes you into the space like a fresh hug from the great outdoors. Round the corner and the incredible smells of fresh baked goods and hearty home cooked meals will lead you straight to the Deli Lama and Buddha’s Bakery. The gift section is filled with beautiful creations from local artisans and the grocery section provides healthy options that cater to all dietary needs. The vitamin and supplement collection has been carefully selected and is made up of the highest quality products on the market.
Through the global pandemic, the Muskoka Natural Food Market has stepped up and constantly evolved their business to continue serving our amazing community. From modifying their hours, limiting numbers through their space, offering a sanitization station and more, they have worked hard to prioritize safety while still providing their patrons with all of their favourite and much-needed products.
Way to go guys, keep up the exceptional work!
Ontario SPCA Muskoka Animal Centre, Bracebridge
The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of animal welfare communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal welfare charity.
We are proud to say that we have had a long relationship with the local OSPCA Muskoka Animal Centre here in Bracebridge. For many years, we have been donating $5 from every Doggie Bandana sold directly to their initiatives. With the help of our passionate supporters, we managed to donate over $13,000 in 2019.
Although the centre has been temporarily closed due to COVID-19, the animals in their care continue to receive excellent love and support. Providing additional exercise and activities to keep them engaged and comfortable is keeping both their staff and the animals busy.
We want to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible hard work that the OSPCA Muskoka Animal Centre and their team have been doing. We believe their work is vital to our community and we are grateful for all they do.
If would like to make a donation to the OSPCA Muskoka Animal Centre, please visit www.ontariospca.ca/how-to-help.
If you know a local business who deserves a shout out, send us a direct message with a photo and why they should be featured.
• And Remember • #StayHome #StayHealthy #StayComfy