Shop local, read local

By Jeff Morris

From the Manotick Messenger

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary as your community newspaper this year, we want to say thanks to everyone who voted for us in the recent Faces Magazine Awards as the top publisher in the city.

Congratulations to all local businesses who won awards and were nominated. The local business community has shown fortitude and resilience over the last year, and the support shown to them by residents has been incredible.

The Manotick Messenger is also a locally-owned small business. We live here, work here, and shop here. Since the pandemic forced us to work remotely and close our office in Manotick, the Messenger is published from the basement of our home in Richmond. We provide a service to the community that delivers hyper-local news and content in one of the best and most respected community newspapers in the province. We do this on a number of platforms, including RichmondHub.ca, Facebook and Issuu.com, and we will soon be relaunching our website and Manotick Messenger podcast.

While what you read in print and online is our product, our business is advertising. Simply put, our business is letting people know about your business. The support of local businesses is crucial to the survival of the newspaper. Having said that, if you are an avid reader and fan of the newspaper, please make a conscious effort to support the businesses that advertise with us.

To the business community, we want to say thank you for supporting us. By advertising with the Messenger, you are getting your message onto every doorstep in the community. Not only are we in every home in Manotick, but we are in every home in Richmond, North Gower, Munster and Kars as well. No search engine optimization or social media platform can do that for local businesses.

In this day of online shopping and curbside pick-up, what we can do is get your message into every home and drive them to your online store.

We reach everyone in the community. Everyone. And when businesses support us by advertising, they are supporting local, which is exactly what they are asking you to do.

Like many other local businesses, sometimes we are thanked for the support we give to the community. All businesses greatly appreciate the support they receive from the community.

For more than 30 years, we have been a strong supporter of the Richmond Fair and the Richmond Agricultural Society. Recently, they put our logo on their electronic message board in front of the fairgrounds on Perth Street in Richmond. For that, we want to say thank you and let you know that the support you have given us is both appreciated and invaluable.

At the Messenger, we have been sending the Shop Local message into every household in the community for years. Now, more than ever, will continue to do so.

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