The Community Effect: Milton Small Business

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The Community Effect: Milton Small Business

This week is Small Business Week across Canada. We thought it was appropriate to highlight the “Community Effect” that small businesses have on Milton. This year marked 44 years in business for our Owner, Hedi Nowak. When she was asked what her “secret to success was”, the answer was simple: great business relationships and a great community!

We are so grateful that before everything shut down we were able to participate in an amazing event. In January, local friend and business owner Mary Camastra approached us to be the location of the first Cash Mob Milton. We didn’t even know what that was, but Mary made it an amazing evening. So many friends and new faces came to support and show love for our local gallery and gift shop. The community effect was amazing. We can’t wait for the green light to start planning and attending local community events again.

Cash Mob Milton

We are so thrilled to be the first Cash Mob Milton recipient...happening right now! #cashmobMilton #community

Posted by The Gallery Upstairs at Bronte & Mill St. on Friday, January 31, 2020
Video from first Cash Mob Milton.

The Gallery Upstairs relies on their relationships with local artists and small business partners to ensure customers an authentic buying experience. Hedi supports many organizations by offering a home for their items to be displayed and sold to the public. Many products and services the gallery aligns with are advertised in our network at no charge to our partners; helping them grow their company reach for customer loyalty.

We couldn’t have made it this far without this amazing community! We truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please support by following these awesome small businesses on social media, ordering from them, referring them, buying from your neighbours, friends, friends-friends, family. Choose Milton first when you are deciding where to spend your dollars. Every cent truly does count.

Community Partners


Supporting your local economy has a ripple effect. Some may not have considered just how vast the ripple effect can be when communities come together. In a study done for Sustain Ontario it is estimated that if every household in Ontario spent just $10.00 a week on local food, we would have an additional $2.4 billion in our local economy at the end of the year, and create 10,000 new jobs.

Small Businesses Support Community
This year all businesses and services across the globe, big or small felt the effects of COVID-19. Some major corporations are having to close or choose drastic business plan changes in order to stay open.

Consider this when you are shopping for the holidays this year >>Buying local has advantages over Amazon and other big-box warehouse shopping!


  • usually available NOW, (no out of stock waitlists or delivery delays)
  • expert knowledge to help you decide/educate what you really need/want
  • helping your community and neighbours thrive


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