Make Your Stand for Shopping Locally!

Attend the Shop Local Showcase Kingston on September 16, 2017 from 9am to 3pm, at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre.  Admission and parking are FREE.

Lots for the whole family to see and do, even a Kids Zone with children’s activities presented by Kids and Company.

Samples of local beer and food, and new for 2017, is an Artisan’s marketplace featuring unique one of a kind items crafted by local area artisans, food products from area farms and local food producers.

Outdoor vendors will be located at the front of the Ambassador, featuring many local products and services.

2017 Show Sponsors

Thank you to our Venue Sponsor, the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre!

The Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre is proud to offer exceptional meeting facilities in the heart of Kingston. Our events and catering team offers expert knowledge in planning any type of event with paramount success. We strive to deliver a stress free way of transforming your vision into reality.

The Ambassador is conveniently located just off of Hwy 401 at the base of Sydenham Road exit #613, and we are only minutes away from essential services, facilities, and attractions, and the beautiful Downtown Kingston waterfront.

In addition to being an outstanding conference facility, the Ambassador offers comfortable and convenient on site accommodations designed for serving your personal and business needs. Your guests can choose from multiple room types.  Think of the Ambassador for all your event, meeting, catering and hotel requirements.  Find them on Facebook too!

Platinum Sponsor, Taylor Auto Mall

Jerome Taylor arrived in Kingston in 1963, and at the age of 27 would be the youngest ever in Canada to own a dealership, without benefit of family connections. 

He had been presented with an opportunity to take over an existing Chrysler dealership. The business was floundering, but Jerome implemented a strategy of very hard work and a complete focus on the Customer (Guest).  Within 3 months, the dealership was back on track and Jerome Taylor never looked back.  By 1967, it was necessary to expand the business.  A new location was found at 1429 Princess Street  and Kingston Dodge Chrysler was opened, where it still stands today.

The business continued to grow and prosper and in 1979, Jerome decided it was time to make a change.  With all of the turmoil that Chrysler was experiencing, Jerome took a completely new direction and purchased a GM dealership deep in the city core.  It was reintroduced as Taylor Chev Olds Cadillac and was an instant winner.  Along with his other business, Limestone Auto Body, the Taylor automotive landscape was now a complete package.

Phenomenal success ensued and again in 1988 the need to expand became evident.  Jerome Taylor opted to purchase property situated at the corner of Princess Street and Centennial Drive.  The brand new Taylor Auto Mall was born.  A modern, sleek design gave an airy, open atmosphere complete with a restaurant and lush gardens.  The booming business added a Saturn dealership in 1991 that operated until 2009 when the Saturn Brand ceased to exist.

Jerome’s son, Jason came on board in 1995 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University.  After two years of managing Saturn of Kingston, Jason was appointed Director of Operations in 1997 and oversaw all aspects of the business.  The unexpected and sudden passing of Jerome Taylor in 2006 was a dark day for his family and his employees.  Today, Jason maintains the tradition and philosophy his father so successfully engineered in the business.

Since then, General Motors and the entire automotive industry have faced significant challenges.  In 2009, General Motors, after streamlining the business, emerged from bankruptcy and closed many dealerships.  The Taylor Auto Mall was selected to serve as Kingston’s exclusive GM dealership.  At the same time, they were awarded the Buick and GMC franchises effective January 1, 2010.

As a result of continued growth, extensive renovations were completed in the Spring of 2012 as the Taylor Auto Mall strives to continuously improve it’s delivery of services to their customers.   Now in 2017 and they are growing more than ever. 

Platinum Sponsor, Attention Getters


Attention Getters specializes in Kingston promotional products; custom embroidered garments, sportswear, printed t-shirts and more.  All products are available to businesses, clubs, teams, and schools throughout Canada and the USA.  They are a promotional product distributor and proud member of the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Promotional products, also known as ad specialties, make up a nearly $17 billion dollar industry and are used by virtually every business in North America.  Why? Items like mugs, pens and t-shirts are memorable and provide a better cost per impression for advertisers than almost every major marketing effort like TV, magazines and the Internet.

Attention Getters are able to supply your company with every possible promotional product from over 3000 suppliers. With so many ad specialties available there is a huge opportunity for professionals like you to boost ROI and leave a lasting impression with your customers.   Their products are being used by a number of different companies as employee incentives, to create awareness, introduce new products, and to show customer appreciation.


Let Attention Getters help you to choose a promotional product that will compliment your marketing efforts. Tell them what you are looking for or what your ideas are.   They will search their database of over 1,100,000 products to ensure your marketing campaign is a success.   Attention Getters love working with new ideas!   Their mission is to help you create long-lasting relationships with your clients through the power of promotional products.


Thank you to owner Ted Baxby and all the Attention Getters staff, for supplying all promotional materials for the Shop Local Showcase 2017.

Thank you to our Marketing expert, Faith Casselman

We are excited to have partnered with Faith Casselman for the promotion of the Shop Local Showcase 2017.  Faith moved to Kingston 3 years ago to study advertising and marketing communications at St. Lawrence college.  Since graduating, she has been helping local businesses effectively reach their target market through social media and inbound marketing strategies, via online content.  She enjoys devising creative marketing communications plans and thinking outside of the box.   In her spare time, you can find her with a good book at a local cafe, or hiking one of the many trails in the area.

Faith Casselman

Thank you to Show Sponsor, The Grocery Basket

The Grocery Basket is the perfect fit as a partner of the Shop Local Showcase 2017.  The Grocery Basket offers a new food experience.  You will find real, local and responsibly-sourced groceries in their grocery aisles.  Their deli is full of meats, cheeses, and fresh lunch options.  And their foodsmiths are there to serve you, bringing years of culinary knowledge to make your shopping experience the best it can be.  Sign up for their Food Club today by heading to the website or visiting the store.

Thank you to Show Sponsor, Kids and Company

Thank you to Kids and Company for your sponsorship and organization of the Shop Local Showcase 2017 Kids Zone.  Kids & Company provides an innovative, nurturing and stimulating environment where children develop independence, confidence and a positive sense of self and the world around them. Our curriculum is designed to involve children in experiences that enhance language, literacy, music, movement, art and socialization. Through play, all areas of development are fostered.  Bring your children to the Showcase and allow Kids and Company to entertain them through activities, crafts and play!

Thank you to our Media Sponsor, Rogers Digital Media Radio Kingston!

We are excited to have partnered with Rogers Media, specifically K-Rock 105.7 Kingston and  93.5 Country Kingston

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