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Hamilton’s struggling brick-and-mortar businesses shift online to recover from pandemic losses

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“I was worried about how I was going to sell all my inventory,” he said. “I had to sell it somehow, so that’s why I was looking for different avenues.” – Saji Kollanthara

Saji Kollanthara, owner of Folk Art Prints, a textile shop at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market, was forced to close down due to Covid-19 and tried to generate revenue by creating a website. This was his COVID_19 challenge.

After weeks with no online sales, Kollanthara decided to get some help.

Through a partnership between the Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) and Google Canada, small businesses and artists in Hamilton will now be able to sell online through ShopHERE, an e-commerce platform developed by Toronto-based Digital Street Media that helps brick-and-mortar establishments digitize.

Folk Art Prints is one of the first businesses to participate in the program!

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