Jessica Finch

Jessica Finch is a writer and editor based in Toronto. She holds a BA in English and Psychology and is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Publishing program. She has extensive managerial experience in the food service industry, and is interested in exploring innovations within this sector and other retail environments.

Etsy Provides Small Businesses with a Booming E-Commerce Platform but Who Reaps the Benefits?

Despite the debate on who is really reaping the benefits of Etsy's massive success, there is no denying that the move toward supporting entrepreneurship and small businesses is the way forward.

Canadian Fashion Brand ‘Ellie Mae’ Prepares to Open New Rosedale Flagship in Toronto [With Photos]

The upscale brand, which recently dropped wholesale to focus on direct-to-consumer, will also feature a café space with outdoor seating in an effort to attract a wealthy local demographic.

Partnership Announced Between Digital Main Street and Lightspeed to Help Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

The partnership extends on the ShopHERE initiative which helps build and optimize online stores for independent businesses and artists amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

DX3 Canada Conference 10th Anniversary Edition: March 2-5

The highly-anticipated digital conference, which will be online this year, is welcoming registrants.

BarterPay Partners with Retail Council of Canada on Trading Platform to Help Businesses

The RetailBarterPay trading platform provides retailers with access to goods and services without requiring cash, while facilitating trading of excess or slow-moving inventory.

Indian-Themed QSR Concept ‘Butterchick’ Plans to Expand from 1 Storefront to Many Amid Franchising Push

A bold vision with proof of concept will see Butterchick expand significantly despite pandemic challenges.

McGill University Bensadoun Retail School & Couche-Tard Launch Unique Retail Innovation Laboratory

The future of retail innovation and customer experience is being tested in Canada amid significant changes to the industry.

Lightspeed Revolutionizes Supply Chain of Independent Retailers with Launch of Supplier Network

Global commerce leader pioneers direct integration of small and medium-sized businesses with industry-leading suppliers.

Digital Main Street Partners with Facebook Canada to Support Small Businesses

'Love Your Local Flyer' includes a Holiday Gift Guide featuring more than 250 Canadian small businesses.

Montreal Design Marketplace SOUK Goes Digital for the 1st Time

Thanks to its close partnership with Lightspeed, SOUK has been able to launch a fully-integrated digital platform to provide its virtual attendees with the same engagement as before.

Hammam Spa Reopens Downtown Toronto Storefront After Significant Renovation [Photos]

The 7,000-square-foot location has operated for almost 15 years and saw 900 guests weekly pre-COVID.

BRIEF: J. Crew Shuts All But 1 Store in Canada, Lululemon Expanding Flagship

Other News: Nordstrom shuts main floor designer boutiques in Toronto, Saks Food Hall shut until 2021, Balenciaga opens in Montreal, Zadel Jewellery Studio opens Granville Island workshop.

Self-Serve In-Office Technology ‘KitchenMate’ Aims to Get Office Workers Back Onsite

Ex IBM and Google engineers invented the technology that is expanding rapidly in Canada.

YOUTH MediSpa Opens its Doors in Toronto’s Historic Corktown

A major attraction to the spa for many is its Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Unique Automated Coffee Concept Launches Aggressive Canadian Expansion

The flagship location was inspired by a vintage coffee house, with plans in place to grow the 24/7 concept to more than 100 locations by next year.

Massive Daily Lineups at Brandy Melville Stores in Canada a Result of Social Media

Since June daily lineups at all three Canadian Brandy Melville stores have had many asking what is happening.

Canadian Women’s Footwear Brand ‘Zvelle’ Opens 1st Permanent Storefront [Photos]

The five-year-old company began its brick-and-mortar journey with pop-ups before leasing a permanent space on Davenport Road in Toronto's Yorkville area.

Intuit QuickBooks Canada Joins Digital Main Street to Help Canadian Small Businesses Digitally Transform

Intuit will help Digital Main Street advance its online web platform, enabling small businesses to receive direct 1-on-1 support through consultation meetings and online webinar training sessions.

Shoppers Drug Mart Launches Walk-In Medical Clinics with 1st Toronto Location

Canada’s largest pharmacy retailer continues to expand its services to drive traffic to its stores in an effort to gain market share from competitors.

Invisible Face Mask ‘Mingle Mask’ Targets Canadian Retailers and Businesses

The made-in-Canada invisible, ergonomic mask provides all the benefits of mask protection while allowing one's face to be completely visible

Popular Toronto-Based ‘Maker Pizza’ Concept Expanding with New Locations

The company’s expansion plans include a menu overhaul, coffee concept, and retail offerings, with the involvement of celebrity chefs such as Matty Matheson.

Shopify Partners with Canadian Government to Move Small Businesses into Digital Economy

The ‘Go Digital Canada’ initiative is offering free resources to help save the backbone of the Canadian economy.

Gap Canada Donates Over $3 Million of New Clothing to Canadians in Need

COVID-19 has left many Canadians unemployed and struggling to provide basic necessities for their families.

Social Media Chatter in Canada Indicates Retail as a Hot Discussion Topic Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Findings include discussions on changing shopping habits, sold-out products, hero pay, local businesses, and favourite retailers at an unprecedented time.

Online Vintage Retailer ‘Throwback Vault’ Opens 1st Physical Store in Toronto with Expansion Plans

The high-end vintage retailer carries highly sought-after brands with growth plans for locations in other Canadian cities.

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