COVID-19 restrictions may make life seem a little dull as many events are being postponed until restrictions can be lifted. Unfortunately, special days such as birthdays and anniversaries cannot be postponed. With that being said, with most restaurants, stores and activities closed, how do you make the day special?

Luckily, Renfrew is home to many amazing stores, salons, and restaurants that are offering alternatives to make any celebration one to remember.

1. Order dinner from a local restaurant

Who doesn’t love eating good food on their special day? Ordering a favourite meal from one of these restaurants will be sure to make any celebration fun. Most restaurants in Renfrew are still open for delivery and take out. Check out the previous blog post, Treat Yourself and Support Local Restaurants, for a list of all restaurants that are currently open and what they have to offer.

Photo is from Classic Beauty Spa

2. Organize a post quarantine spa day

All salons in Renfrew are currently closed, however, most are selling gift cards for when they reopen. You can purchase gift cards for a mani & pedi, a haircut, eyelash extensions, etc. The receiver of the gift will be able to look forward to being pampered, post-quarantine. Does your loved one have a favourite salon? Visit that salon’s social media pages to be updated on any products or gift cards they may be selling.

3. Send flowers

A bouquet of flowers can brighten anyone’s day. Renfrew has two beautiful flower shops- Ray’s Flowers and The Flower Factory. You can pick up and hand-deliver flowers to your loved one, or have them delivered to their front door. Both shops include a card with a persoanlized message on each bundle they deliver. Visit their websites to see what they have to offer:
Ray’s Flowers:
The Flower Factory:

Photos are of the Flower Factory

4. Purchase a gift from a local store

Let’s be real, gifts are the best part of any celebration! Renfrew has a wide variety of shops to choose from, which means you can find that perfect gift for anyone. Although not all stores are open for in-store shopping, many are still offering curbside pick up or online orders from their websites. Advertisements for current products can be found on their websites and social media pages. Many sales are going on at different stores right now, which makes this a perfect opportunity to stock up on gifts.

If you are looking for Shoes-

Scott’s Shoes:
The Shoe Lounge:

Clothing, Accessories & Home Decor-

Keeping Company & Ella’s:
A Dash of Fab:
A Sense of Country:
Urban Farm Girls:


Scott & Sons Hardware:

5. Purchase tasty desserts

Desserts make everyone’s day better! Renfrew has many delicious shops to satisfy a sweet tooth. If you are in need of a celebratory cake the Bonnechere Bakery has many options. If chocolate is a guilty pleasure, J&J’s Chocolate Sensations sells a variety of gourmet chocolates. If you like a variety of sweets, Sweet Tooths offers candies, baked goods and ice cream.

You can find out more information about the stores mentioned here:

Bonnechere Bakery:

J&J’s Chocolate Sensations:

Sweet Tooths:

Photos are from J&J’s Chocolate Sensations and the Bonnechere Bakery & Bistro

6. Purchase decorations

You can’t have a celebration without some decorations! The Warehouse in Renfrew can fulfill all of your decoration needs. Luckily, the store has recently re-opened for in-store purchases. They offer decorations for a variety of occasions, as well as an assortment of balloons, streamers, and craft supplies if you would like to make your own.

Be sure to visit them at their downtown location!

If you are looking to help celebrate a birthday or anniversary on a budget, there are many options for this as well. You can decorate their door with DIY decorations, send a card in the mail, bake a cake from scratch or even just give them a call. It is important that we still try to stay connected and positive during this strange time.