EDMONTON –As people increased their online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Calgary man saw an opportunity for a business — and to showcase Alberta products.
Ryan Corry created madeinlocalshops.com to cater to Alberta shoppers and support local businesses when they needed it most.
"A lot of that money was leaving the community," Corry told CTV News Edmonton.
"We want to compete directly with Amazon but with all local products…if you look around in the weeds of your own community, all of these same products lie within us so it's just a matter of aggregating them, making it easy to find for the consumers."
The online marketplace — which includes items such as clothing, beer and art — currently has products from Edmonton and Calgary but already plans to expand to other Alberta communities.
The co-founder of Omma's Kimchi, Alyssa Lau, told CTV News she jumped at the chance to have her products on Made …