Local Businesses You Can Support for the Holidays in New Brunswick

Local business is what gives our community its personality. It is what sets us apart, keeps us vibrant, and flavors our everyday life. Sure, shopping on Amazon is easy but trust us, they will be fine if you choose to spend your dollars elsewhere.

This holiday season, more than ever before, we all need to come together to support local business. We’ve rounded up some of our local favorites that you can support this year. Your support could be the difference in these business keeping their doors open.

Snapology Class


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Give the gift of play with Snapology! Snapology believes kids are meant to learn through play. Children can participate in classes, camps, workshops, and/or birthday parties- in-person and virtually- focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Snapology engages children ages 1-14 using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Kids all ages can build, experiment, and solve problems while having fun! Snapology of New Brunswick is a local business serving Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe, Saint John, Quispamsis, Grand bay-Westfield, Fredericton, Oromocto and surrounding areas.

Barakat African Cuisine


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Barakat African Cuisine

Barakat African Cuisine, located at 331 Elmwood Drive, Moncton, NB E1A 1X6, specializes in unique and delicious African cuisine. The menu is full of homemade meals and traditional beverages. This restaurant is a great place to experience African culture through food. Some of the most popular menu items include Beef Skewers, Chicken/Lamb Choukouya, Touba Coffee, and Ataya Tea. Barakat African Cuisine offers eat-in, take- out, delivery services, and catering options.

Close to the Heart Shop


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Close to the Heart

Close to the Heart is a local handmade and baby boutique located at 1966 Mountain Road, Moncton, NB. Close to the Heart carries a wide variety of products including baby balms and powders, baby bows, diaper bags, games, books, toys, clothing, blankets, and more. This is a fantastic place to shop for gifts for all new or expecting moms. When open, there is also an area for kids to play while you shop. Consider going online and shopping with Close to the Heart this holiday season to support them and the many local brands they carry.

*Brick and Mortar location is currently closed due to COVID-19.*



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Sequoia offers organic and natural bulk foods, supplements, beauty and skin care products, lunches, groceries, meats and produce. Sequoia has great relationships with local growers and entrepreneurs to make sure products meet Sequoia’s natural and/or organic requirements. In stores, there is always a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) available for you if you have any questions about the products. Some of the top sellers include essential oils, gluten-free brownie bites, diffusers, probiotics, and more. Stop by one of the three locations today!



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Itacast Jewellery

Find the perfect gift for your loved one at Itacast Jewellery. Itacast is a locally owned and operated family business that carries beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, and more. Being a family owned business, they truly know the importance of choosing an engagement ring or finding the perfect gift for occasions such as the wedding, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, the birth of a new baby, retirements, or just as a treat to oneself.

We understand times are tough and not everyone can afford to financially support local business. But, there are plenty of free ways to support these businesses too.

·      Follow them on social media

·      Share a review on google or Facebook if you have loved their service in the past

·      Sign up for their newsletters

·      Share their information with your social circle

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