#BuyBasin: There's no better time to shop local

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Here’s your chance to get to know dozens of creators, entrepreneurs and change-makers all over the Columbia Basin. Say hello to B.C.’s newest festival, the #BuyBasin Festival.

Local businesses, artists, and performers are going LIVE on Facebook with expert tips, giveaways, demos, music, behind-the-scenes fun, and more.

This free festival takes place on Facebook on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through April 30.

Catch up on all the Facebook Lives you've missed.

Giveaway alert! Share a video from a #BuyBasin Festival business on Facebook and you could win $100 towards a Basin-area business of your choice, or a $50 gift certificate to the Shred Kelly online store! Click here to check out some of the videos from Basin-area business to start sharing now. Every video you share is another chance to win. We'll draw four winners in May.

Local businesses interested in joining the #BuyBasin Festival can apply here.

Tune in to a new lineup of producers, creators and entrepreneurs each day and listen to a range of musical acts and performers from the Columbia Basin, including Shred Kelly. They are all ready to broadcast live to you on Facebook with a glimpse of their livelihoods and passions, a chance to ask them questions, and score some great #BuyBasin retail fun!

The #BuyBasin Festival lets you go behind the scenes to get a sneak peek at dozens of communities from the comfort of your homes via their Facebook LIVE. Along the way, you'll get to experience and learn about cool products and services in your own backyard. 

RSVP to the #BuyBasin Festival event page to catch all the fun

Alison Bjorkman, program manager for the Basin Business Advisors, a sponsor of the festival, says the broadcasts are coming along at the perfect time. “I think we’re coming back into an upswing of optimism. It’s a way for people to see outside their bubbles and see what’s in the region.”

Bjorkman says some businesses in the Basin region are struggling while others have adapted and grown during the pandemic. Regardless, she says, the festival is a way businesses can use Facebook Lives to reach customers that are out there and find novel ways to generate business. “It can create some interesting cross-promotion, collaboration, optimism and excitement. It’ll be fun.”

Click here to tune into the #BuyBasin Festival right now

The Facebook Live #BuyBasin broadcasts will also feature musical entertainment from Columbia Basin acts throughout the four weeks. Shred Kelly's Sage McBride is not only providing entertainment throughout but also helping coach business owners to make the most of their online broadcasts. She’ll be showing them how to create engaging live videos and giving tips and tricks on how to grow their social media following and get engagement.

“Now more than ever it is incredibly important to keep small businesses in the Columbia Basin not only afloat, but thriving. I'm hoping that this shift to support local businesses during the pandemic will have a long-lasting effect of shifting the way people shop and encouraging them not to purchase from Amazon, but to support local companies whenever they can.”

Here's a sneak peek at some of the people you'll meet

Kaslo Sourdough Past #BuyBasin Festival natural foods
Kaslo Sourdough makes wide range of pastas.

Join us April 16 – 1 p.m. PST, Kaslo Sourdough – Kaslo

Who doesn’t love a fresh slice of sourdough bread – especially if you don’t have to go through the hassle of making it yourself? But this family-owned food and beverage company doesn’t just bake bread, they’re claim to fame is “pasta fermentata,” a large line of pasta using a sourdough starter more than 20 years in the making. Using local or organic ingredients whenever possible in their products, Kaslo Sourdough has cultivated a serious fan base for its vegan and wheat intolerant customers.

During Kaslo Sourdough’s Facebook Live session on April 16, you’ll hear all about what goes into making their specialty foods. And you’ll probably leave with a recipe or two to try at home. Take a look at their Facebook page to learn more and how you can order online.

Here are a few more businesses broadcasting on April 16:

Genelle B&B Guest House Castlegar Trail #BuyBasinFestival
Beautifully manicured gardens at Genelle B&B Guest House in Castlegar.

Join us April 20, 10:30 a.m. PST - Genelle B&B Guest House - Castlegar/Trail

This is a beautiful little spot for a peaceful getaway. Genelle B&B Guest House is set amid the mountains and on the banks of the Columbia River, which also happens to be an excellent fly fishing spot. Your hosts Gordon and Todd are knowledgeable about the area's adventures and activities such as hiking, biking and golf. The B&B, set on an acre of land is known for its gourmet breakfasts and beautifully manicured gardens, perfect for a game of bocce or croquet.  Check out their Facebook page

Jena-Lee-Photographs-BuyBasin-Festival-Golden photography
Capturing family moments.

Join us April 21, 10:30 a.m. PST - Jena Lee Photographs, Golden 

Jena Lee Photographs is all about preserving your best memories. Specializing in family, birth, maternity and baby photography, Jena Lee's photos are natural and capture the spontaneity of life's moments. Jena Lee does photo shoots all around the Golden region, including photographing couples and families in gorgeous mountain settings.

Also, don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner.  Get your family and baby photo session questions answered to help you capture your memories and moments."

Check out Jena Lee's Facebook page to learn more about her style of photography, before she goes live on April 21. 

Kootenay Grassbuster #BuyBasin Festival Castlegar lawn care
Grassbusters does the heavy lifting for you.

Join us April 23, 4 p.m. PST - Kootenay Grassbusters

It's that time of year when you just want your lawn to go from brown to a healthy green. Dethatching, fertilizing, and aerating, oh my! These are just some of the services offered by Kootenay Grassbuster  Hear from the lawncare pros at Kootenay Grassbusters and enter to win a service this season.

Meanwhile, check out Grassbusters' Facebook page before tuning in on April 23. 

Sprout Health Market #BuyBasin Festival Kimberley
Sprout Health Market in Kimberley is a one-stop shop for all kinds of natural products.

Join us April 27, 10 a.m.  PST - Sprout Health Market, Kimberley

Join Chantel at Sprout to take a look at some of her favourite female-owned companies and the natural products they create. Sprout not only sells an amazing array of organic products they also have naturopaths, herbalists, doulas and nutritionists on staff. 

You can check the Facebook page here for more information before seeing them go live on April 27.  

Click here to tune into the latest #BuyBasin videos right now

Get the details on the #BuyBasin Festival on the festival page

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