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Montreal Families

Support local merchants this season

City representatives and businesses have a special request this holiday season: please support local merchants.

Montreal is home to thousands of independent stores, enticing restaurants, service providers, and home-based vendors. When you shop local, you’re supporting all of them during a particularly difficult time and making a positive impact on your community — all while discovering unique gifts for your friends and family, and maybe even a little something for yourself!

Grab your coat and mask, go for a walk, and meet the retailers who can deliver personalized, tailored-to-you service to help you find that perfect gift. 

Support local merchants this season

Hobbies and Crafts

Ted’s Hobby Shop
269 St. John’s Blvd., Pointe-Claire, H9R 3J1

Located inside the Pointe-Claire Plaza, this store has been serving hobbyists since 1958. At Ted’s you can find puzzles, paint-by-number, models, and everything else to keep you entertained at home this winter. Curbside pickup and shopping by appointment is available, simply give the store a call at 514-697-1810.

Chez Geeks
1663 St. Denis St., Montreal, H2X 3K4

Products at Chez Geeks include collectable card games, tabletop board games, RPGs, dice, books, Dungeons and Dragons, Bobble heads, action figures, anime, gifts, statues, and more. Store-side pickup is available. Order online or by phone, and pick up without leaving your car. Call 514-903-3433 to see what they have in stock. Free delivery in the Montreal area on orders over $100.

Game Keeper
4430 Wellington St., Verdun, H4G 1W5

Game Keeper has a large selection of games, miniatures & figurines, puzzles, sports cards and collector cards such as Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! Shop online or in-store. You can also order online and pick up and/or pay in store.

Le Valet d’Coeur
4408 St. Denis St., Montreal, H2J 2L1

Opened in Montreal in 1981, this store sells tabletop and board games, role-playing games, puzzles, outdoor games, cards & dice, and an extensive collection of eclectic objects from around the world. They’ve also been online since 1996 with a selection of unique and exceptional games. Shop in-store or online. Standard shipping fees are 5$ for orders in Canada or you can choose the option of picking up at the store.

Lézard Creatif
120 Laurier Ave., W., Montreal, H2T 2N7

This boutique and creative space has knowledgeable staff who can help you choose between drawing pencils, markers, watercolours, acrylic paint, calligraphy materials, oil and dry pastels, paper, scrapbooking materials, and other creative materials for children and adults. Safety precautions (limited number of people, distancing, mask, and hand sanitizing ) are in place while you shop in the store.

Multiple locations, you can find your local store here.

This family-owned business inspires imagination and offers products to creatively engage children and adults. You can find painting mediums, crafts, scrapbooking materials, educational games, and puzzles. Contactless pick-up is available in all stores and can be chosen as an option during online checkout.

Teddy Bear Loft (online)

This family-owned, online store offers one of a kind stuff-your-own teddy bear kits and teddy bear clothing for kids of all ages. Get the kits delivered straight to your door with everything you need to create a new friend including your chosen teddy, stuffing, a bilingual birth certificate to fill out, two  heart inserts, instructions, and a stuffing stick. E-gift cards are available and everything in the store is $22 and under. Delivery is available for most West Island cities for $2, and shipping is available across Canada.

Todsky’s Magic Shop (online)

The Amazing Todsky has had a successful career for more than 40 years years in Montreal. At his online store, you can find the entire Murphy’s Magic line of products, books and DVDs about magic, Illusionist products, Magic Makers, Beginners Magic, as well as thousands of playing cards. If there’s something you’re looking for, they can help you find it. Flat rate shipping in Canada for $15, and free with orders of $100 and over.

Robot-in-a-Can (online)

Explore the world of technology with your own Robot in a Can Kit. This robotics kit enables kids to use everyday and recyclable materials to build projects and learn about programming and electronics and teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts Math) concepts.


Support local merchants this season

Clothing and Accessories

Ecomuseum Zoo (online)

At the Ecomuseum Zoo’s newly opened online store, you can shop carefully selected products from Quebec artisans featuring local wildlife. Some of the products include tuques and scarves, jewelry, plantable cards, and stationary. All profits will be dedicated to the Ecomuseum Zoo’s mission of education, conservation, and animal well-being. In Quebec and Ontario, shipping fees are $6 for purchases of $100 and less, and free for purchases over $100.

Les Petits Voyous
4860 Sherbrooke St. W., Westmount, H3Z 1H1

You can shop for soft bodysuits, swimwear, snowsuits, sweaters and dresses, and more at this Westmount boutique that carries brands like Silly Silas, Oeuf NYC, and Petit Bateau. Shop online or in-store. In store pickup can be chosen as a delivery method.

Comme des enfants
901 Marie-Anne St. E., Montreal, H2J 2B2

Find apparel at this boutique such as fleece booties, dresses, mitts, pajamas and more for children up to the age of 10. There is also a selection of toys, books and decorative objects and a curated Shop Local page right on its website. Shop in-store or online, where you can choose “in-store pickup” or delivery.

8875 Salley St., LaSalle, H8R 2C8

Goldtex sells just about everything you need for babies and kids including baby clothing and accessories, baptismal outfits, maternity products, slippers, snowsuits, car seats, strollers, cribs, playpens, high chairs, and tons more. Shop in-store and online. All online items can be picked up in-store and worldwide shipping is available.

4358 St Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC H2W 1Z5

Schreter has been family owned and operated since 1928 and carries a wide selection of clothing and footwear for men, women, and children. You can also find accessories and everything your child might need for summer camp. Shop in-store and online. Free shipping for orders in Canada with a minimum purchase of $100 (some exclusions.)

1238 Notre-Dame St., Lachine, H8S 2C6

This Lachine-based company designs clothing and accessories for babies and tots and makes all of them in Quebec. Many of their products are multifunctional like their Drool Bibs and the 3-in-1 Trimini (one of my favourites) that’s a hat, a neck warmer, and a balaclava. In addition to the Glup products, you can also find items from Quebec artisans, household and body products in bulk, games and toys. Shop in-store or online. You can save on shipping costs by picking up your order at their studio in Dorval. (By appointment only.)

Jack & Jill
5330 Queen Mary, Montreal, H3X 1T7

This small, family-owned business specializes in trendy clothing and the hottest items for children, teens, and adults. If your kids have been asking for a particular accessory or cool gadget, they probably have it here. Shop in-store or online. Free shipping on all orders over $100 (before tax) anywhere in Canada and contactless curbside pick-up is available for local customers.

Two locations: Fairview Shopping Centre in Pointe-Claire and their new store in Dix30, Brossard.

AidenAston is an organic children’s clothing store that was developed in Montreal by founder and designer Kelly Baik. You can shop for clothing and accessories such as muslin overalls, bamboo bath towels, sleepsacks, and bathing suits that are stylish and affordable. Shop in-store or online. Free shipping over $50.

Melons and Clementines
5659 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, H4A 1W6

This boutique specializes in breastfeeding products, such as nursing clothing, breast pumps (sales and rentals), herbals & supplements to help with milk production, baby carriers and accessories for winter carrying. Their professional staff can offer you personalized service and advice. They also offer the services of certified lactation consultants, workshops, and a café. Shop in-store.

Baby Sew Chic (online)

Handmade bows and hair accessories for children and adults. Doggie handkerchiefs now available as well as headbands, bow tie & suspender sets. This season they’ve also teamed up with Bonnie Biscuit Shoppe for their Holiday Cheer Christmas Gift Baskets, which include a book, a Home for the Holidays bow OR Bow tie of your choice, and two cookies; all for $25. Local pickup only in D.D.O. or Ile Perrot (delivery and gift wrapping available upon request for a fee.)

Metalomania (online)

If you have a young heavy metal, punk, or hard rocker, this is the store where you can find official & licensed merchandise from their favourite bands. The online selection consists of T-shirts, hoodies, long sleeves, baseball shirts and hats, beanies, flags, stickers, patches, buttons, wristbands, fridge magnets, and more. Free Canada and US shipping on orders over $99.

To see our great list of local toy and book stores, click here.

For a list of local stores offering sporting activities, artisinal gifts, and food services, click here.

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