At McGarr Realty, we love the magic of the holidays. It’s a season filled with warmth, cheer and the spirit of giving. It’s also the season for supporting local. 

As a boutique real estate brokerage in beautiful downtown St. Catharines, we want to remind you about why you should start your holiday shopping right here in our neighbourhood. This year has been hard for our local businesses and there’s no better time to show them some love! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite shops worth visiting for your Christmas shopping.

Garden City Essentials

Garden City Naturals’ products will make you feel good on the inside and out! The natural beauty and wellness store offers a curated collection of skincare products in addition to their own line. You’ll also find eco-friendly goods for your home, supplements and teas. Their friendly staff makes holiday shopping stress-free, whether you shop in-person or order from their online shop.

MindBomb Records

For the music lover on your gift list, we can’t recommend MindBomb Records enough! This independent music store has the best selection of vinyl in Niagara. From limited editions to hard-to-find gems, MindBomb Records has something for everyone. They even stock releases from local musicians, making it a true example of what a local record store should be. 

Little Chief & Co

If you’re shopping for a furry friend, Little Chief & Co is the place to go! This shop is not your average pet store. The owners are passionate about social responsibility and carry brands that are committed to reducing their environmental impact. Their knowledgeable staff will go above and beyond to offer helpful information about the health and wellness of your dog, too! 

Craft Arts Market

Our McGarr Realty team will fully admit that Craft Arts Market is worth visiting for their espresso alone! In addition to having one of the best coffee bars in St. Catharines and the Niagara region, the shop offers handmade goods from local crafters and makers. Their wide range of products are thoughtfully selected and include jewelry, cards and home decor. You’ll find unique items crafted with care, made right here in our community.

Beechwood Doughnuts

We couldn’t end this list without mentioning one of the sweetest places in downtown St. Catharines. For the kid in all of us, a gift card to Beechwood Doughnuts is the perfect stocking stuffer! One glance at their menu of doughnuts, cronuts and fritters will leave you hungry. And because Beechwood Doughnuts partners with local organizations like the Niagara YWCA, you’ll feel good knowing the money you spend goes right back into our community.

There are many great local businesses to support in St. Catharines, so let’s show them how much we appreciate them! 

If you’re looking to move closer to downtown, our McGarr Realty team would be happy to show you homes for sale in St. Catharines. There are many great neighbourhoods nearby that will make you fall in love with where you live.

Call our office at 905-687-9229 in St. Catharines, or 905-468-9229 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Or send us a message on our contact page, HERE.

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