#LocalLove in The Time of COVID19

Across the globe, small business owners are rising to the unique challenge of adjusting daily operations based on essential community demands and the urgent need to adapt, pivot, and survive while waiting to hear back about critical government financial relief programs.

In London, a fashion rental brand ‘Rotaro’ has temporarily become a food delivery company promising fresh food and vegetable boxes delivered to your door in 48 hours.

In Silicon Valley, an animal sanctuary ‘Sweet Farm’ is raising funds by allowing people to pay for Zoom cameos from llamas, goats, turkeys, pigs and other animals – with prices ranging from $65 to $250.


Here in Gerrard India Bazaar, we have a number of small business owners stepping up…

Lazy Daisy’s Cafe offering groceries via pickup or delivery through the newly launched ‘Daisy’s General Store.’ Here locals can get quick and easy access to essentials like bread, eggs, and milk, without increasing their risk of infections by visiting a big box. grocery store.

Chandan Fashion has closed their doors physically, but continue to keep touch with clients though. face time appointments. An effort that truly reflects their dedication to building relationships.

Blue Crow Gallery Inc. continues to support and represent Canadian Artists as they establish and expand in their work. An important catalyst of vibrant community life and enriched inner life.

Culinary Adventure Co is coordinating the ‘Little India + Gerrard East Food Tour in a Box™’ A easy but thoughtful way to support our local small businesses, with delivery available throughout the GTA. 


Restaurants have closed their dining rooms, but have kept the kitchens open. Along with increased health and safety best practices, these business owners have embraced the use of online platforms to keep quick and easy meal options widely accessible throughout the neighbourhood.

A number of other shops have stepped up to the challenge by coordinating local pick up and delivery for essential goods or virtual services.

The Cornerstone Studio is launching virtual dance and fitness classes to help us keep moving and promote reestablishing healthy habits while staying home.

Furballs Pet Stuff have you covered for any pet needs – food, toys, grooming, and more.

Kala Kendar Music is currently offering free delivery across Canada.

The Pantry is serving up some great delivery kits for ‘Netflix and charcuterie.’ If you have to stay home, why not do it in style!

IC CLEAR Optical is offering free delivery for anyone running low on contacts.

Ashbridge’s Bay Animal Hospital Toronto is here for anyone with pet parent concerns during this time.



It’s a somewhat frightening and uncertain time for us all, but we continue to move forward together, offering kindness and support to neighbours as we practice physical distancing.

Udupi Palace is giving back by offering complementary meal combos to health our care heroes during this difficult time. A truly heartfelt consideration!


If we have left anyone out please get in touch! We are eager to support all of our small business owners during this trying time and share your stories of embracing courage, creativity, and compassion in these unprecedented times 💖



STAY // Chand Kapoor – Chairman (Property Owner, 905 Ink)

HOME //Inder Jandoo – (Vice Chair) Sonu Sarees

STAY // Gurdip Khorana – (Treasurer) Kala Kendar

SAFE // Chandan Singh – Chandan Fashion

AND // Govind Mahtani – Nucreation

PLEASE // Yasmin – Forever Young Salon and Spa

CONTINUE // Vivek Ummat – Sangam Silk Store

TO // Sharon Minhas – Bombay Chowpatty

SUPPORT // Hubert – Upupi Palace

SMALL // Amber Prentice – PetiteCare

BUSINESS // Dawn Chapman – Lazy Daisy

WE’RE // Rajat Ram – Regency Restaurant

ALL // Gulshan Alibhai – Lahore Tikka House

IN //  Saleem – Desi Burger

THIS // Pawan – Maharani Fashions

TOGETHER // Azim Popat – Kohinoor Foods

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