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Local small businesses launch curated Pictou County boxes

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Just in time for the holidays, a group of small local businesses along with the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN) and Summer Street have launched curated boxes of local Pictou County goods.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges for everyone, including our local business community,” said Sarah MacIntosh-Wiseman, CEO, Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN). “These boxes of local goods are intended to provide support to local businesses and to contribute to the ongoing movement of purchasing local.”

You can choose from a Comfort box, Foodie box, or a PC Local box featuring gourmet spices from Big Cove Foods, honey from Sunny Cove Honey, shortbread cookies baked by Mrs. MacGregor and six other local businesses.

“As a small business owner in Pictou County, we are excited to take part in this movement to purchase local and to support other local small business owners,” said Sarah Deschiffert, Big Cove Foods. “Purchasing local helps to support our community, neighbours, friends and family.”

In addition to supporting local vendors involved in this project, each box also gives a small contribution to projects led by Summer Street and the Pictou County Regional Enterprise Network (PCREN). These projects support the growth and resiliency of Pictou County’s economy and provide inclusive employment opportunities for people with intellectual disability.

“Summer Street is excited to be part of this initiative. This project is just one way that Summer Street’s social enterprises can support local small businesses in Pictou County,” said Liz LaPier, Summer Street, manager Community Development.

A limited number of boxes are for sale.  Boxes can be purchased online at