COVID-19 Updates


To our friends in the Be Local network,

In just a few short weeks our community has gone from business as usual, to needing to rapidly adapt to the emerging circumstances brought on by COVID-19. I know that for many of you, this may mean great challenges in your business, and all the stress that comes with that. COVID-19 is also changing the social and economic environment that we’re operating in, in ways that we’re not yet clear where we’ll land. 

At Thrive, we are also adapting, letting go of what we had planned and thinking about what we can do to truly show up for our community in this time of need. We can’t say it loudly enough:  

We’re here for you.

Please know that all of us with Thrive are just a call, text or e-mail away. Reach out anytime, for anything: 

In support,
Centaine, Erin, Meredith and Philip

New Offerings

In times like these, we believe it is even more important to lean into our community and stick together. Social distancing does not mean that we should not be connected - and that is exactly what we plan to do. Stay connected.


1-on-1 business support – book a free appointment with one of our business coaches to get connected to resources and brainstorm solutions to some of the challenges you and your business are currently facing. Click here to sign up.


Be Local Recovery – a 40-minute Zoom meeting for small business owners to kick off your day. Grab your coffee and gain supports, resources and connections from fellow entrepreneurs who are making difficult decisions in challenging times. Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30 am MST. Click here to join us.


Information and supports to business owners are constantly evolving and can feel overwhelming to keep up with. We have set up a Slack workspace so you can stay up to date with resources and connect directly with other entrepreneurs. Click here to get connected.

 Be Local Operations Database

Inspired by CJSW, we have compiled a handy database of the status of all of our members during the COVID-19 crisis. If there are any updates that should be made, please email

Last Updated April 2, 8:45 AM    
Business Name Status Details Link to more information
Allan David Bespoke OPEN ONLINE Online - Open 24/7. Making free PPE out of fabric scraps
Beyond Paper Bookkeeping Inc. OPEN Meeting with clients digitally or by phone
Black Sheep Mattress Company REDUCED HOURS Open online 24/7. Showroom open only to private appointments on weekends
BluPlanet Recycling OPEN Pickup services ongoing
Calgary Dollars OPEN ONLINE All public events cancelled. Digital marketplace still active via mobile app
Calgary Economic Development OPEN ONLINE Employees working remotely. Collaborating with organizations including the Calgary Chamber, Tourism Calgary and Business Council of Alberta to work with all orders of government on their economic recovery and resiliency.
Calgary Reads OPEN ONLINE Big Book Sale likely postponed. Children's Reading Place closed until April. Resources for families available online
Claudia T Photography OPEN
Devil's Head Coffee OPEN Online store open 24/7. Retail location open to one patron at a time, M-F 10 am-6 pm
Devour Catering OPEN ONLINE Launching pre-made meal kits in time for Easter
Dogma Training & Pet Services OPEN Offering online training courses. Brick and mortar locations open to limited patrons
Dorward & Company OPEN Open to phone meetings only. Documents must be scanned or couriered.
Ellie Bianca OPEN ONLINE Online store open 24/7
Fiasco Gelato TAKEOUT/DELIVERY ONLY Café closed to the public. Gelato still available via Skip the Dishes or grocery
First Calgary Financial OPEN ONLINE Legacy and Chinook branches closed completely until further notice. All other branches only open by appointment. Phone, email and app services remain active.
GOOD Company OPEN Operating as per usual from home office. Eager to help businesses prepare graphics for their COVID-19 response planning
Goodpin OPEN
Home Spritz OPEN Reinforced the right to refuse service if cleaners are feeling uncertain about being in an environment where there is potential spread concerns. Ask that if any client has travelled to hard hit areas of covid-19 prior to your cleaning or are feeling ill, that you call to reschedule your booking until after the 2 week isolation period and/or are cleared by a doctor
Hope Cleaning OPEN Accepting clients on an ongoing basis, offering extensive disinfecting services
Hotel Arts Group (Hotel Arts, Yellow Door Bistro, Poolside, Hotel Arts Kensington, Oxbow) TAKEOUT/DELIVERY ONLY  Hotel Arts launched a new online ordering service for curbside delivery and takeout for their 4-course Prix Fixe Dinners for you to enjoy in the comfort of your home during the COVID-19 crisis. These dinners can be paired with brews and ciders from Village Brewery or choose from a selection of wines (must show ID at pick-up).
JMK Admin OPEN Operating as per usual from home office
Lavish Canvas OPEN Accepting bookings on an ongoing basis within Calgary city limits
Lettuce Rebel CLOSED Until further notice
Lowen's Skincare OPEN ONLINE Online store open 24/7. Local pickup suspended
Manana Imports OPEN ONLINE Online store open 24/7
Mission Wealth Advisors OPEN Staff working from home, meeting clients digitally or by phone
Mortgage360 OPEN Available for mortgage-related questions anytime. Producing video series on mortgage impact during pandemic
Muttley Crue Grooming & Daycare OPEN Still accepting dogs for grooming and daycare with limited staff
Open Your Eyes Media OPEN Video production services still available
Redemptive Developments OPEN Mattress recycling services still active
River Café & Deane House CLOSED Until Further Notice
SAMM European Design OPEN Accepting clients for interior design work
Soiled Diapers OPEN Diaper pickup services remain active
SPUD, Blush Lane Organic Market OPEN Increased capacity for grocery delivery service
Stephanie Jackman Consulting OPEN Meeting with clients digitally or by phone
Structured Abstraction OPEN Web development continues as normal. All staff work remotely.
Sunny Cider OPEN ONLINE Expanded online store and launched delivery capabilities
The Commons OPEN All community events cancelled. Remains open with limited capacity to members (in addition to their spouses and partners)
Top Grass Cattle Co. OPEN ONLINE Online store remains open. Beef products available in select grocery stores
Trico Changemakers Studio CLOSED Until further notice
True Buch Kombucha OPEN ONLINE  

Launched online store with delivery to Calgary addresses


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Vertical Oxygen Living Walls Ltd OPEN Living wall construction ongoing, maintenance schedule on hold until further notice
Vibrant Communities Calgary OPEN Providing ongoing resources and advocacy for people in poverty
Village Brewery OPEN Updating online store for beer delivery
Vital Partners OPEN Continuing to serve local businesses and entrepreneurs with benefits plans
WinDecor Window Coverings OPEN Accepting clients
Yoga Care OPEN ONLINE Offering virtual yoga classes
YYC Beeswax OPEN ONLINE Online store open 24/7. Launching virtual candlemaking workshops
YYC Growers OPEN Revamping produce delivery service to include curbside pickup