Businesses in downtown Penticton have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. The Downtown Penticton Association is launching an online marketplace to help businesses market their services and to assist customers in finding businesses that are still operating. (Jesse Day - Penticton Western News)

Online marketplace for downtown Penticton businesses an opportunity to support local

Marketplace will help support local businesses and assist customers in finding goods and services

The Downtown Penticton Association (DPA) is launching an online marketplace to help local businesses and customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The marketplace will go live on the DPA’s website April 10 and will feature a list of all downtown businesses offering online goods and services.

“People are being responsible and staying home, which is a really good thing – but it is also impacting local businesses. To adapt, many downtown businesses are expanding online stores in order to continue meeting customers’ needs,” reads a news release from the DPA.

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All downtown Penticton businesses and service providers with an online store or that offer sales and service over the telephone or through a virtual platform are invited to participate. Businesses can apply to be included in the list on the DPA’s website.

Additionally, the marketplace will include food and beverage businesses that are open with modified service delivery.

“We know several producers of craft beer, wine and spirits plus many restaurants are taking orders online or over the phone and have expanded their takeout and delivery options. We want to help customers find these businesses as quickly and easily as possible,” said DPA executive director, Lynn Allin.

Once the DPA has successfully added interested downtown businesses to the online marketplace, they plan to reach out to other aligned business organizations like the Chamber of Commerce and Travel Penticton to see if their members might also find value in participating.

“We keep hearing that local residents want to support local businesses. This is one simple way to pair them with our many wonderful businesses that offer exceptional products. We’re all in this together,” said Allin.

To find the new online marketplace, visit downtownpenticton.org starting Friday (April 10).

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