It is not “business as usual” for many bricks and mortar establishments these days. Those with products have been scrambling to find ways to continue selling their wares to their customers.
Below is a collection of local businesses who offer free delivery to their clients. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and things are changing every moment of the day, but at the time of publishing, these businesses were offering free delivery within Kingston as outlined below. Please note this list does not include food or grocery deliveries (we plan to address that in another article).
If you know of other local businesses offering free delivery to Kingston addresses, please leave them in a comment!
Rocking Horse — Toys for thinking minds
193 Princess St.
Delivering educational gifts for all ages, including puzzles, arts and crafts, and so much more. They will keep your family engaged and using their imagination!
Free Inner Kingston Delivery:
- Place an order on the website with a minimum of $25.00 or more before taxes.
- Deliveries on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (usually between 2-7 p.m.).
- To ensure a contactless delivery, they will drop it off on your front porch (or another pre-arranged spot) and give you a call when they do.
Glocca Morra Farms and Craft Studio — Craft kits for all ages and abilities
1624 Highway 15 & at the Tett Centre, 370 King St. W
Place orders through Facebook messenger on their page: https://www.facebook.com/GloccaMorraFarms/. Their pinned post includes pictures and pricing.
Doorstep delivery is available free of charge within 48 hours of placing an order. Farmhouse Studio pick up is available for those outside the delivery area.
“I am doing this to support people’s mental health,” says Rhonda Evans, Co-Owner (with Adele Webster) of the studio. “Art is a huge stress reliever, a break from our everyday reality. This is also helpful for parents that are working from home and need a surprise delivered to the door for their children. Most projects contain everything that they could need from start to finish. This is my personal project over this pandemic, and I love what I am doing.”
The Farmhouse Studio is located south of the 401 at 1624 Hwy 15 Kingston, Ontario.
Tie One On Creativity Bar — Food & Crafts
1329 Gardiners Rd, Suite 109
Next day delivery of any items in their online store: http://tieoneoncreativity.com/on-line-store.html (click Online Store to get to the actual list of items for purchase).
Quarry Medical Pharmacy – Pharmaceuticals & household items
100 Princess St.
Locally owned IDA pharmacy. This pharmacy has always offered free delivery and is a member of the Downtown Kingston BIA. Contact them at 613-530-2666 to place an order.
Wonderland Escapes Room & Board Games Lounge — Board Games, Food & Drink
500 Gardiners Rd, Unit 12A
Free same day delivery in the Kingston area if ordered by 5 p.m. Cost is $3.99 for delivery to outlying areas (Amherstview, South Frontenac, Bath, etc.) Visit their website for all available items.
Go Green Baby — Eco-friendly pregnancy, baby and family essentials
293 Division Street
“We are offering doorstep delivery on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, as well as shipping via Canada Post,” says Amanda Findley, co-owner of Go Green Baby. “Customers place their orders online (our entire inventory is available on our website). Orders received by noon on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will be delivered between noon and 6 p.m. on delivery days. For local deliveries, customers will receive a text message when deliveries are about to begin. They will receive a text message photo of where their order has been left at their home and an email notification that their order has been delivered.”
More details about the process can be found here: https://go-greenbaby.ca/pages/contact-us
A-1 Clothing — Outdoor lifestyle store
358 King St E
“We are doing deliveries of products that people are interested in,” stated Michael Tenenhouse, owner of A-1 Clothing. “Just today we sold a pair of Birkenstock sandals and we will deliver them within Kingston free of charge. Any product we have can be delivered.”
Email [email protected] with your questions or requests.
Fusix Corp — Computers and accessories
Unit 72 – 1407 John Counter Blvd
While their store is open by appointment only, Fusix is able to deliver products to your doorstep. Placing orders with their suppliers every day ensures they are able to fill most orders within 24 hours. Call them with your enquiries or to place an order: 613-384-6610
Frameworks — Custom printing, mounting and framing
198 Princess St
Kingston Frameworks is offering free deliveries of all finished pieces, as well as a free pick up. You can have your piece picked up and then design it virtually using video conferencing with one of the Frameworks designers. Alternatively, if you have a digital file, you can send it to them by email to have it printed first. Send your inquiries to [email protected]
1000 Islands Soap Company — Handmade natural products
339 King St. E.
With her storefront closed at this time, Jackie from 1000 Islands soap company is offering free local delivery for all orders over $20 within 20 km of her shop in downtown Kingston. Because she is a small batch producer, all her products are available for purchase, and orders placed before 11 a.m. will have same day delivery.
Verde Alternatives — An environmental general store
123 Princess St
Laura, owner of Verde, had this to share:
“We only recently put many of our store items up online. You can have a look at what we offer at www.verdealternatives.ca. And yes, we do offer free local delivery. Many of our regular customers are just giving us a call (613-544-1230), placing an order and having us deliver. Generally, if you place an order before 3 p.m., we are able to deliver it before 5 p.m. on the same day. We continue to add more items to the online site every day.”
UNDR for Men — Men’s underwear and accessories
68 Princess St
Free shipping for order of $20 or more to Kingston residents — choose “In Kingston Delivery” at check-out. Orders of $50 or more qualify for free shipping Canada-wide.
The Jungle — Plants, plant accessories, and some home & lifestyle products
171 Wellington St.
The Jungle is offering free delivery to inner Kingston (usually defined as south of the 401, and east of Amherstview). The whole shop is operating online and updated daily.
Camera Kingston — Camera equipment, processing and accessories
114 Princess St.
Camera Kingston is offering free delivery of orders over $50. Visit their website for products and services available for purchase.
Midori — Cute gifts and stationary
244 Princess St.
Midori offers online ordering and as well as personalized shopping through their social media accounts: @midorigifts on both Facebook and Instagram. Delivery is free with a minimum $50 order to Kingston and Amherstview addresses.
How to order:
- Order online or contact them over social media.
- Payment: credit card and PayPal online or EMT through their social media.
- They offer same day delivery within Kingston and Amherstview for free. They also post to anywhere in Canada. Shipping is $10 on top of orders below $50. You can also choose curb side pick up between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Cloth clothing — Women’s fashion and accessories
131 Princess St.
Cheryl, owner of Cloth, is hopeful her online store will be available soon. Visit her website for the latest news on her collections. She is currently sharing photos of what is available for purchase to her clients via her email list. She is also offering free delivery with each purchase.
Hip Kids Kingston — Apparel and gear for babies & families
233 Princess St.
Hip Kids provides free delivery in Kingston — from Bath to Gananoque and up to Sydenham. Customers can choose free delivery at check out on the website.
Happy Thoughts — An independent shop in historic downtown Kingston, curating unique gifts from local & international makers
95 Clarence St
Everything on their website is available for purchase and free in Kingston delivery.
“We launched our website one week following our storefront closure, on Tuesday, March 17,” said Tammy, owner of Happy Thoughts. “Initially we had set days for delivery and pick-up, but we have had to increase the delivery days. We deliver three days per week to people’s doorsteps, where they receive a contact-free delivery. Curbside pick-up is generally once per week. The process is to ask people to text me when they arrive, and I take their package out to their trunks, or if they are on foot, they pick up from the window sill, and wave through the window.”
“Like anything these days,” she continued, “the process is evolving, and people have been kind and patient while we get the kinks worked out.”
Trailhead — Outdoor products
262 Princess St.
Trailhead is offering same-day delivery to local addresses. Customers can contact the store by phone, email, or through their social media pages to make a purchase. Product collections are available on their website.
Pure Colour Baby — Children’s clothing and accessories
837 Norwest Rd.
“We are a children’s clothing brand focused on making high quality, long lasting baby and toddler clothing using a grow-with-me philosophy,” stated Lindsay Down, owner of Pure Colour Baby. “Our clothes are designed and made in our Kingston-based studio using organic cotton fabrics. We love fun prints and comfortable styles, and we’ve recently increased our size range from newborn to kids size 8. We are also making face masks for our community and they are available for purchase and donation on our website.”
Orders over $35 qualify for free delivery in Kingston & Amherstview. Select “local delivery” at checkout and leave a note stating where they can safely leave the order. Orders are delivered within two business days.
Wooden it be Charming — Wooden home decor
Wooden it be Charming is still creating their unique items for purchase. Get in touch with them through their Facebook page to place an order and coordinate free delivery.
“We are fortunate that we are still able to take orders, and sell stock we are making currently or have on hand,” said Karen, owner of Wooden it be Charming. “We are delivering purchases to customers porches. With Mother’s Day & Father’s Day just around the corner, we hope to be able to help out those looking for a unique and special gift. We are also receiving requests for items that make it easier to be home with little ones currently, such as stools, art displays and kitchen helper stools for little ones. All custom orders are welcome at this time too. We purchase our materials from Glen Supply, which is another local business we are able to support when customers support us! We take a lot of orders through Facebook but we also have our website and Instagram. We also take payment through etransfer or credit card over the phone.”
Trek Kingston — Bike shop
477 Princess St.
While their showroom is closed, Trek Kingston’s repair shop is open and operating. They are offering pick up and delivery of bikes needing repair, and free delivery of purchases. Payments can be made by credit card and e-transfer.
Novel Idea — Bookstore
156 Princess St
During the pandemic, Novel Idea is offering free delivery in the Kingston region. Get in touch with them to place an order, or have them order a book you’ve been looking for. They ask you to phone them to set up delivery and pay with your credit card: 613-546-9799.
The Kingston Soap Company
Items available at Sew Helpful, 16 Bath Rd.
All orders over $50 qualify for free shipping, but now Kingston Soap Company is offering free local delivery for all purchases. Visit their website for more details.
All Things Good Home Shop — Beauty products, home decor and clothing
82 Brock St
Free contactless delivery is offered to all customers in Kingston. When placing an order, select ‘local pick’ up at checkout and add a note on the bottom of the page that you would like your products delivered.
Fancy That & Roundstone — Women’s clothing & accessories
48 & 50 Princess St
Fancy That Group is offering complimentary drop off for Kingston locals. Their website now has collections to shop-at-home. They will be adding more clothing, footwear and accessories over the coming weeks.
The Plant Shelf — Plants and accessories
662 King St. W
Contactless delivery available for orders over $50. Delivery area includes a 12 km radius from the shop on King Street. They will send a text message with a 60 minute delivery window and another text once your order has been delivered. Please ensure that you include your cell phone as your contact number when you check out.
SBT Comics — Comic books and collectables
749 Bayridge Dr.
Connect with SBT through their Facebook page or Instagram to place an order. They are working on a website, but for now are responding to messages promptly and offering free same-day delivery by 9 p.m. to Kingston, Amherstview, Odessa, and Bath.
Something Else Records — Record store and more
207A Wellington St.
The webstore has new and used vinyl, new books, and accessories. Free local delivery is offered at this time. Visit their website for their entire collection.
Cove Esthetics — Health/beauty & skin care
Inside the Loft – 27 Princess St
Jenn at Cove Esthetics is offering all products she has in stock for sale and delivery. She will be placing minimal orders to restock her supply. Items she has on offer are home facial kits, hydro jelly home masks, Image Skincare, CBD Sensa Stone Bath Bombs, Twelve Five Candles, locally made Eunoia and Sunshine skincare and body oils, and more.
Get in touch with Jenn on her Facebook or Instagram pages to place an order.
Leading Edge Hobbies — Hobby shop
Leading Edge Hobbies Online is locally owned by brothers Mike and Tony Daicar. They are doing doorstep deliveries on Wednesdays and Fridays.
“We are still transitioning to our online only store after closing our retail store in June after 25 years in business,” Tony explained. “We are ordering products from distributors all the time. I would suggest sending us an email to [email protected] or calling us at 613-389-4878 (Toll free – 866-389-4878).”
Reclaimed Words — Unique and personalized gifts made from books
Sherri of Reclaimed Words isoffering free delivery in the Kingston, Amherstview and Napanee areas with porch drop off and contactless payment.
“With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, it can be hard getting some unique and handmade during Covid19,” Sherri said.
Sherri can be reached by email at [email protected] or through the Facebook page above.
Kingston Oxygen Home Health Care Centre — Oxygen and other home health care needs
700 Progress Ave.
“We have made some changes for the safety of our customers and staff. We now have a safety zone just inside our front door and have initiated a policy where only two customers at a time are allowed in the store. We encourage you to call or email ahead so your order will be ready for you. We are also offering curbside pickup if you contact us ahead and prepay. Prepayment may be made by credit card however we are still accepting cash or debit in the store. Our point of sale machines are disinfected after each customer, as are our counters and door handles. For our clients who urgently require in-store one-on-one appointments, you may see our staff wearing masks while serving you. This is for your protection as well as theirs. As always, free delivery is available within the City of Kingston (certain exceptions apply for large equipment). Our delivery staff are taking every precaution possible to ensure your safety and theirs. Delivery times may be affected by heightened cleaning strategies.”
Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Kingston Glass Studio & Gallery Inc.
56 Queen St.
Kingston Glass Studio has launched a “Hearts for Healthcare” campaign.
“There is a gap in the amount of PPE available to front line healthcare workers in Kingston, and we wanted to help in some way,” said co-owner and glass artist Mariel Waddell Hunter. “We wanted to find a way to raise money for the initiative (Queens University medical students raising money for the creation of 3D printed PPE), but also provide a way for people to say thanks to frontline workers here in Kingston that are putting themselves at risk every day to keep our city going.”
By purchasing a “Hearts for Healthcare” hand-blown glass heart, via their website for $25, Alexi and Mariel will work with different organizations to distribute the hearts to frontline worker and donate the full amount to the Queen’s University PPE creation campaign.
Their catalogue of products can be found on their website, and they offer these methods of collection or delivery:
- Curbside pick up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11am – 3pm
- Free shipping in Canada and the United States
- Order Online – options are available at checkout
- They can discuss the possibility of contactless delivery in the Kingston area if a client requests so at checkout.
Martello Alley and Martello on Brock — Unique gifts and art
203 B Wellington St. and 66 Brock St.
“Martello Alley, opened July 1st 2015, is the only art alley in Ontario. It is an indoor and outdoor art space open daily all year. We are an artist collective offering eclectic works that are sure to brighten any day. Offering original art work as well as prints, this is an art shopping experience designed for any budget and any style/size of space. Martello on Brock, opened February 1 2020, is Downtown Kingston’s newest art experience, featuring local artists and artisans in an historic setting,” said Owner David Dossett. “Although our doors are closed, we are open online 24/7. You can browse, ask us questions and purchase at martelloalley.com, or through our Facebook or Instagram sales channels. And during the COVID-19 shutdown we are creating colouring and activity sheets as free digital downloads, and we are holding regular online contests to win gift cards, plus a grand prize draw when doors reopen! Details at martelloalley.com and on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Like and follow to keep up on our latest news and giveaways.”
Jessica is a busy working mom who enjoys writing, editing, and photography. She loves raising her family here in Kingston and tries hard to enjoy all Kingston has to offer. You can find more of her writing on her blog A Modern Mom’s Life, and see what she gets up to with her family on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!