On July 10, Interac partnered with Black Owned Toronto to support the launch of its first storefront location at Scarborough Town Centre in Toronto as part of our continued commitment to supporting small businesses as we transition to life beyond the pandemic. Black Owned Toronto began as an online platform dedicated to highlighting over 130 Black-owned small businesses, but has now expanded to include this in-person shopping experience.
Following the move to Step 2 of Ontario’s reopening plan on June 30, which included raised capacity restrictions, hundreds of people were able to gather at a safe distance this past weekend to celebrate the storefront’s opening and show their support for community businesses. Some of the Black-owned merchants spotlighted at the launch who will have products featured at this in-person location include:
- Nautana, an environmental wellness brand centralized on self-care, sell eco-conscious scented candles.
- Baked by Te, which serves handcrafted delicious vegan cookies using high-quality ingredients.
- Ryan Lion children’s books, authored by Father-son duo Andre and Anthony-Marcel Wright.
The restrictions brought on by COVID-19 have caused unprecedented challenges for small businesses, which is why Interac has committed our support to helping small businesses across Canada rebuild, including through Black Owned Toronto.