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Movement to promote Canadian business amid pandemic born in Kelowna

FILE PHOTO - A pedestrian walks by BNA Brew pub and restaurant in downtown Kelowna.
April 04, 2021 - 3:30 PM

A group of Central Okanagan bloggers are hoping to establish a movement to promote local and Canadian businesses amid the pandemic.

Staycation In the Nation, which launched in March 2020, promotes products, food and services of local businesses and workplace equality, said Jamie Muno founder and CEO.

Muno worked in the event industry but with no events currently during the pandemic she decided to pivot and try something new, she said. 

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Since the blog's creation, they've also launched a clothing brand to cover the costs of the free promotions to businesses, she said. They have an office based in Kelowna.

“What we’re trying to do is build the economy,” she said.

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Their blog features companies from across Canada, but bloggers will work around current travel limitations by buying, shopping and supporting local, Muno said.

“We know the restaurants are closed for dining, so we’ll order takeout and blog about it,” she said.

Staycation is also working on connecting with Kelowna businesses to offer workshops to promote inclusivity in the workplace, she said.

Following the pandemic, she said there will still be a need to promote Canadian businesses so she hopes to see the movement continue for years to come.

For more information, visit Staycation’s website.

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