Petrolia officials are smiling after an online shopping event brought about 70 per cent more cash for local merchants.
The town hosted an online shopping weekend March 6 and 7. Thirty four of the local merchants participated by placing items on a Shopify site set up and run by the town. Laurissa Ellsworth, director of marketing, arts and communication, says every merchant had some sales from the event.
In all, over $17,000 worth of merchandise, from clothing to food to Petrolia memorabilia to newspapers, were sold on the weekend.
That’s up from the first event which saw 22 merchants participate and earn $10,000.