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How to Support Local Services During the Lockdown

Personal services including spas, esthetics, body waxing, make-up, piercing, tattoos, hair salons, massages, and all non-regulated health professionals have been forced to close in-person services due to the current rise in COVID cases. We all remember the last time these services closed down, and how much we missed their absence. In order for these businesses to stay a float during this closure, we must think out of the box and get creative with how we support them. Check out the list of different ways you can show your favourite service some support over the next month!

Reschedule or Book an Appointment in the Future

We all know how badly we needed a haircut, a pedicure, a wax, a massage, or a lash refill after the last lockdown, so why not reschedule your current appointment rather than cancelling, to guarantee your favourite service business once the restriction ends. Yes, you’ll have to deal with those pesky split ends or unwanted hairs a little longer, but it will feel so much better knowing you’re helping to support your local businesses, and you avoid the unwanted mess that often comes with DIY beauty projects. 

Buy Gift Cards

Most of your favourite services including hair and nail salons, spas, tattoo and piercing parlours, waxing, massage and other personal wellness services offer gift cards, and this is a great way to support them financially during the current COVID lockdown. It can be a future treat for yourself once the restrictions end, or it can act as a great stocking stuffer for someone special. Either way, this small purchase can make a big difference for local services. 

Buy Product Online

Although these local businesses are missing out on the income from in-person services, you can still support them financially in other ways. In addition to the purchase of gift cards, some of these businesses also have a selection of products and goods available for purchase either online or for curbside pickup. Get your go-to hair product from your favourite salon, or check out the different creams, gels and lotions your favourite spa offers online. 

Check out some of your favourite 17th Ave businesses and where you can shop them online, here!

Leave a Positive Review Online or Engage with Them on Social Media

Although this action may seem small, a positive online review or social media mention for a business can have a big impact for them. Give your favourite masseuse or go-to nail tech a shining online review, or head to social media and engage with their posts, share with your friends and family and throw them a follow! These are both easy, quick and free ways to remind your favourite businesses that you love them, and help them stay afloat during this time.  

Join an Online Class or Seminar

The fitness industry has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID pandemic, and while studios and gyms remain closed, many of them are offering alternative ways to continue your fitness regimes and connect with their communities. Some of them are offering free online classes or seminars, and some of them have paid membership options – either way, set up your phone or laptop to tune into your favourite instructor’s class and support our local gyms and studios. 

You can check out some of the different 17th Ave studios and the virtual classes and online training they are offering here!

Buy Take-Home kits and Gift Boxes

Now that we’ve all been through a lockdown once before, several businesses and services who aren’t able to remain open for in-person services are getting creative with ways they can still provide for their clientele. Various salons and spas have begun to put together self-care kits or gifting ideas with some of their product and gift card options. Check to see if your favourite local service is offering anything like this, as in addition to supporting them, it can help you check a few things off of your holiday shopping list! 

Take a look at some of the different take-home kits and gift boxes you can get from 17th Ave Businesses here!

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