Ballard Alliance launches online shopping marketplace to assist local businesses during Covid-19 crisis
SEATTLE, Wash. (March 26, 2020) — The Ballard Alliance, in collaboration with DEI Creative, today launched an online marketplace as a tool for its member businesses to generate revenue through online sales during the Coronavirus pandemic. The site is a collective of Ballard businesses selling items such as clothing and apparel to gift cards and merchandise from Ballard restaurants and breweries.
“There has been an outcry from residents who want a way to support Ballard businesses during this crisis. The Ballard Marketplace is a virtual shopping experience designed to support our downtown Ballard businesses and adapt to the new economic environment we’ve all been thrust into. The Support Local – Ballard Marketplace provides Ballard businesses with a new, or additional method, to generate online sales and gives shoppers a way to visit and support all their favorite Ballard shops and restaurants during this challenging time,” said Ballard Alliance Executive Director Mike Stewart.
“The goal of the Support Local – Ballard Marketplace is to offer neighborhood businesses and shoppers a place to connect and support one another – ensuring the vibrancy of community. Within the Support Local platform, merchants can quickly upload products to the site, offering shoppers multiple ways to purchase and connect with each business,” said DEI Creative Principal Sara Green. “In addition to pioneering this shopping experience for Ballard, we plan to offer the same capability to other neighborhood organizations and business improvement districts across the city and region.”
On the Ballard Marketplace site, shoppers can view curated selections of products and purchase directly from Ballard boutique retailers, as well as gift cards and merchandise from a wide range of local businesses including: restaurants, breweries, fitness centers, salons and more.
The Support Local – Ballard Marketplace is open and ready for customers. To shop the Ballard Marketplace, go to www.visitballard.com/shop.