A range of products from Yellowknife's Laughing Lichen is pictured at a July 2023 open house. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio
The City of Yellowknife is running an entrepreneurs’ week and a shop local campaign in a bid to help businesses recover from a disastrous summer.
The city was evacuated for three weeks in August and September because of a nearby wildfire. Some businesses needed much longer to return to anything resembling normal operations.
Multiple stores and companies have either closed or folded in the weeks since residents returned home, though the extent to which the evacuation was a factor is not always clear.
“This year has been tough and, for those who can, we encourage you to support our local businesses who are in need,” said Mayor Rebecca Alty in a press release announcing this winter’s shop local campaign.
While the campaign is an annual event, the prize fund for this year’s edition has doubled in an effort to attract more shoppers to Yellowknife stores.
The city is contributing $5,000 and a further $5,000 is coming from the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce’s business relief fund, for which the chamber held a gala fundraiser last week.
The campaign, known as #ShopYK, begins on Monday, October 30 and runs until November 26. Here’s how you enter:
Spend $50 or more at a participating Yellowknife business