A New Way to Support the “Shop Local” Movement in Smiths Falls

A New Way to Support the “Shop Local” Movement in Smiths Falls

When I broke to my friends that I was moving to small town Canada from San Diego, I got some pretty surprising responses. “You’re so brave. I wish I could do that – just pick up and leave. Your new little town is so beautiful. Have you had poutine yet?!” Millennials like me are fantasizing about living the small town life, homesteading, and getting back in tune with the earth. I imagine the problem is, they don’t know what to do when they get to a place like Smiths Falls. At least that was my biggest issue with the transplant.

Despite common belief, millennials like myself (people born between ’80-’00) aren’t all flocking to the city or suburbs. I’ve done both back in California for the majority of my life living in the city and a 3-year stint in suburbia and I don’t plan to go back any time soon. Check out this article for more on Millennials moving out of cities and suburbs.

As soon as I started really planning my stay here and feeling more than a little apprehensive about the big move to a small town, I remembered something I envisioned, was told, heard, or possibly hallucinated on hour 8 of an all day meditation New Years Day 2016, which was the phrase, “I choose me.”

For the whole year, my intention became to choose myself. I stopped waiting for invitations to manifest. In this case, I wasn’t going to wait around for someone to cultivate the nourishing entrepreneurial community I needed. I’m just going to do it myself. And that’s what I doing now for all of the other “me’s” in Smiths Falls.


Why Smiths Falls?

We chose Smiths Falls because this appeared to be the perfect case study for small town across Canada, the US, and beyond to thrive in the new economy. I want to create the same opportunity for others who are waiting to see if this thing will work in a place like ours.


A Call-to-Action for Smiths Falls Businesses

So anyway, here we are with Meraki’s opening day quickly approaching and I felt as if something big was still missing. Bringing people into Meraki won’t be enough to do our part to help Smiths Falls thrive. So we’re creating a mechanism by which Meraki members are encouraged to go out during lunch to a local restaurant or gym, then after a great work session to encourage moseying around town a bit more. Maybe to pop into the local’s bar or artisanal store.

In order to do this, we’re going to need a bit of contribution from the businesses of Smiths Falls as an incentive to our members.


Are you in?

Here are a few examples of deals and discounts you may be interested in offering to the new creatives, digital nomads, and entrepreneurs who are coming to town:

  • % off their purchase or service
  • 1 free drink or app with your purchase
  • $X off when you spend $X

With the new program, which we’re calling the ShareConomy Club, we’re encouraging people to live, work, play, and stay in Smiths Falls.

Please email me at jessica@merakicollective.ca if you’re interested in joining the ShareConomy Club Directory.






Comments (3)

  1. Ellen

    Sounds like a wonderful idea. I will discuss with my bosses at Smiths Falls Family Chiropractic, 22 William Street West, Smiths Falls, ON. to see what we might be able to offer. Nice to have you in Smiths Falls and hope you are enjoying our town.

    1. Jessica

      Thanks for supporting, Ellen 😀 We really are enjoying town. Never felt more at home. Hope to see you soon!

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