This year, downtown Victoria is relying on local support more than ever.

 

That’s why we’re inviting you to meet downtown.

 

 

Downtown Victoria looks a little different right now, but our business community is working tirelessly behind the scenes to survive and thrive through the ongoing pandemic. They are keeping our streets clean, making spaces safer, and working hard to keep the doors open.

It hasn’t been easy for these business owners. Some have had to lay off staff, others have had no choice but to close up shop and say goodbye to their dreams. Everyone is pivoting, and pivoting again, learning and relearning amid this new, strange landscape. Those still here are fighting to make ends meet and are working harder than ever before to protect their livelihoods and craftsmanship – to keep staff employed and to protect the vibrancy of this city we call home.

It isn’t only the charming storefronts, hidden culinary gems, and ocean views that make downtown Victoria an inviting place to meet; it’s people – people like you and people like business owners — that bring energy and life to our streets.

Downtown Victoria is the place our businesses choose to meet everyday. It’s where they meet customers, opportunities, and challenges, too. Where businesses meet our community and hopefully soon, where we will meet you.

 

 

Meet some of the faces behind downtown small businesses

 

Meet Lili from The Dancing Lily:

Follow The Dancing Lily on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Jared from JagaSilk:

Follow Jagasilk on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Tarn from Dumpling Drop:

Follow Dumpling drop on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Rebecca from Farm + Field Butchers:

Follow Farm + Field on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Taylor from Cultured Swine Barbershop:

Follow Cultured Swine Barbershop on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Mackenzie from Upcycle Clothing Collective:

Follow Upcycle Clothing Collective on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Meet Tess from Aegean Cafe:

Follow Aegean Cafe on Facebook.

 

Meet Kurt from Guitars Plus:

Follow Guitars Plus on Facebook.

 

Meet Natalie from Stir It Up:

Follow Stir It Up on Facebook.

 

We are not asking you to step outside your comfort zone. If you do not feel safe leaving your home, we understand completely. But please, do not use staying home as an excuse not to support the local business community. Shop locally online, order meals from local restaurants, use your social media time to enter contests and giveaways from local businesses, write positive reviews, and reach out personally to the businesses you miss most. In whatever way is within your means, please support local.

We can’t stress this enough: local businesses keep our friends and families employed and our city vibrant, but they will not survive without our support. If we all order from Amazon now, Amazon will be the only business left after the pandemic is over.