The City of Kirkland recently launched ShopLocalKirkland.com, a new online market that offers a variety of premium goods and services conveniently located in one place and also helps support the Kirkland business community.
The platform makes shopping easier than ever with an expansive list of participating business services providing everything from food and drink, to health and lifestyle, to interior décor, and gift item options, with delivery and contact-free pick-up alternatives available.
“We are thrilled to provide this platform to connect Kirkland businesses to consumers and promote the exceptional goods and services that Kirkland businesses offer to shoppers,” said Kirkland Mayor, Penny Sweet, in a press release. “We are fortunate to have incredible businesses in Kirkland, and ShopLocalKirkland.com makes it safe and convenient to buy from businesses we know and trust. I signed our own retail business up and am looking forward to the results.”
With businesses continuing to face financial burdens related to COVID-19, they need local support now more than ever. The initiative is a direct response in helping them to persevere through changing WA State restrictions and guidelines, both today and in the future.
With more customers shopping online, an important part of the effort has been in assisting small businesses that depend upon daily interactions with customers to transition to digital platforms.
“Current data shows that more than 80 percent of consumers purchase online, however, not every small business has an online presence,” said Samantha St. John, CEO of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, earlier this week. “The Shop Local Kirkland initiative and the Shop Local Kirkland website aim to create a ‘safety-net economy’ designed to help small businesses weather disruption and downturns, build e-commerce capacity, and survive and thrive in a digital as well as physical marketplace.”