With restrictions lifted once more in Ontario, tattoo shops have reopened – booked and busier than ever. College and university students have been flooding towards the shops, eager to poke their skin with the most popular tattoo trends, from minimalist flowers to the bold colours of American traditional. Part of the reason tattoo shops have been so busy lately, is because of backed up appointments; clients whose appointments have been … Continued
Bored at home during the lockdown? Why not take a garbage bag and head outside and pick up litter for a good cause.
As Waterloo Region once again entered a shutdown on April 3, many local businesses were faced with a difficult reality. Is it worth it to remain open?
At Ink N Iron, the women cover a wide array of areas such as paint and refinishing, body work and basic repairs. The shop also doubles up as a tattoo parlor.
Torsten Huhse, a general residential contractor with Ostwall Contracting, says that the cause of these renovations could be that consumers notice how they could use space more practically. Spending time at home forces them to look at things they’ve always meant to fix, and now they finally have the time, Huhse said.
Ontario Christian Gleaners has had to make changes, as COVID-19 is affecting their volunteer and donation needs. Their annual fundraiser brought in less than half the money it has in other years.
“We’ve noticed that in the last two or so years, the market has shot up drastically,” said the owner of Crosshill Doodles puppy mill in Milbank, Ont. “In 2017, we were selling pure bred puppies for $900-$1200. In 2021, to keep up with the market, our pure bred puppies are now $2500-$3000.”
Southern Ontario residents Brooke Luburic and Josip Salopek met in McDonald’s where they both worked, soon exchanging numbers, and going from there. The two share their story on how they’re staying strong and connected while following COVID-19 guidelines.
“There’s so much demand for books, puzzles, board games… it’s go-go-go all the time,” says Leah McGuire, an information specialist at the Queen’s Square branch of Idea Exchange Library.
It only took about 4 hours to raise $20,000 for Lil’ Pickles the Pug, thanks to her social media presence, her followers, and other popular dog account influencers.
While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the region, some Kitchener residents have started their Christmas shopping nearly five months early in the event of mall shutdowns.
According to Leger and Association for Canadian Studies, 52 per cent of Canadians will not let their children trick-or-treat amid the COVID-19 pandemic and think governments should step in and cancel Halloween this year.
While his father is sick back in Colombia, Cambridge resident Guillermo Wilches longs to travel home to take care of his parents.
Jennifer Pinder, a developmental education support teacher for the Waterloo Region District school board, says the higher emphasis on added protocols can be challenging for kids with neurological and developmental disabilities.