Success Stories

Amidst a growing call for digital transformation accelerated by the COVID-19 crisis, the ShopHERE program has supported businesses and artists across Ontario with their very own online stores. Find some of our graduate success stories below and see how we help participants succeed online. Learn more about the program here.

Steeping in the Right Direction: Chimney & Tea's Digital Transformation

Chimney & Tea, founded by Regina Hu, is a tea eCommerce business inspired by the diversity of people and cultures around us. The goal of Chimney & Tea is to help bring a taste of home to Canada and connect people through a shared love of tea.

by Mary Vismaya February 15, 2023
Sharing Treats With Those You Love: Now Order Online

When owner Elisa decided it was time to build their online presence they reached out for help from the ShopHERE program and have now officially launched a website so they can focus on fulfilling orders for their fantastic treats!

by Michelle Foster December 19, 2022
Black Stripe Coffee – Digital Competence, One Brew at a Time

What started out as a way to provide freshly-roasted coffee to friends and family in the local town of Vegreville, Alberta was effectively turned bustling side business for Davin Gegolick.

by Sofia Sadr November 02, 2022
Every Day Is A Coffee Day With Daymaker Coffee Roasters!

Oliver’s passion is what leads the way for the company in roasting coffee that delivers their customers a fantastic cup every day. When they decided to build their online presence they reached out for help from the ShopHERE Program!

by Michelle Foster October 26, 2022
Bringing Ancestral Wellness and Knowledge to Canada

Chantelle Selkridge, the owner of Rooted Bush Tea based in Brampton, ON aspired to bring her heritage of Caribbean Tea to Canada. Through the ShopHERE Powered by Google program she was able to bring her vision to life.

by Ariane Ignacio September 14, 2022
Turning a Pain Point into a Successful Business

Lima’s African Store may be a small specialty grocery store, but there’s nothing small about its vision and impact on the local community! With the help of the ShopHERE program, she was easily able to start selling her in-store inventory online.

by Angie Petrella August 08, 2022
A Life Changing Health Journey Gone Digital

Tatiana Jankowski is the owner of Heartsease Nutrition, a wellness snack company established in Toronto, Ontario. With the help of the ShopHERE powered by Google program Tatiana’s business was able to undergo a digital transformation.

by Shanna Alliman July 25, 2022
Bringing Vietnamese Coffee and Cuisine to Canada and the Online Market

The OATS Kafé is a coffee shop in Toronto offering artisan beverages, ethically sourced coffee, and authentic Vietnamese food. Through the ShopHERE Program, Jolie Tran was able to expand her reach with online ordering and retail sales.

by Digital Main Street April 14, 2022
Bringing a Tangy & Spicy Kick to the Market

Madiha and Farida hope to bring a common South-Asian condiment, achar, to the market. “Nani” means grandmother in many South-Asian languages and Markham-based Nani’s Achar, is a business hoping to carry on traditional family recipes.

by Ayesha Siddiqui February 14, 2022

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