Owner Chris Brayshaw says loyal staff and large inventory 80,000 new and used titles are behind their success. The indie bookstore’s expansion is in sharp contrast to the strains small businesses are facing in a city where rising costs in rent, wages and property taxes are forcing them to close, which Brayshaw calls “enormously concerning” as it could jeopardize the diversity and livelihood of the city’s neighbourhoods.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business(CFIB) is handing out their annual "Paperweight Awards," and the City of Moose Jaw is one of the "winners".
According to the CFIB, the Paperweights "shine a light on the worst examples of red tape headaches for business owners across the country, ranging from the eye-rolling to the downright destructive."
"The City's lack of communication with businesses located on High Street West, really was beyond appalling," said CFIB Executive Vice President, Laura Jones. "It's not that you don't expect some delays with some construction projects. But we do expect governments to be proactive in communicating with business owners."
Winnipeggers are ‘tidying up’ their homes, and local thrift stores are benefiting.
"Typically in January, we often see a drop off in donations," Robin Searle, chief operating officer of the Kildonan MCC Thrift Shop (445 Chalmers Ave.), said. "But we have not seen a decrease this year. In fact, we’ve seen an increase. At one point last week, both our trucks were full."
"For our store, for sure we’re seeing it," said Janice Howard, manager of Prairie Crocus Thrift Store (930 Nairn Ave.) "We’re seeing lots of new clothes, brand names, new household items, and lots of vintage items that people wouldn’t normally purge."
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