The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and we’re either really appreciating or really missing the dads in our lives right now. Although it’s going to be a different day than we’re used to, it’s time to plan for Father’s Day – Sunday, June 21 – to make sure we’re telling those great dudes in our life how much we adore them.
To the dads working on the frontlines as an essential service provider, to the dads who are laid off and struggling to make ends meet, and to the dads juggling working from home while looking after children (the end of homeschooling before summer “break” is so, so close we can taste it!): we see you, we think you’re pretty awesome, and we thank you for all you do every day for your families.
If you have an important fella in your life, make sure that you take the time to do something special for them on Father’s Day. Whether it’s a gift, an act of service, or a simple gesture, make sure you mark your calendar to celebrate them extra hard on June 21. If you’re able to give him a gift this year, we hope you’ll consider supporting one of our amazing local businesses:
For the Sporty Dad
Brantford Cyclepath | 225 Fairview Dr., Unit 8 | 519-751-2825
The Bicycle Shop | 228 Clarence St. | 519-752-2414
These two local shops sell the latest and greatest bicycles, gear, clothing, parts and accessories. If your dad loves cycling Brantford’s beautiful trails, we’re sure he’d appreciate an upgrade! Check out some of Brantford Cyclepath’s favourite routes here.
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Facebook @thebicycleshopbrantford / Instagram @thebicycleshopbtfd
For the Dad On-the-Go
Blue Dog Cafe | 199 Brant Ave. | 519-512-0022
Who needs caffeine? Parents need caffeine! For that on-the-go dad in your life, consider grabbing some freshly roasted coffee beans.
Altitude Coffee Roasters | 519-209-3431
Have you heard of this local coffee roasting business? They roast only the finest coffee and have a strong commitment to the environment. They even offer a coffee subscription, so you can surprise your dad every month!
Steve’s Tea Company| 783 Colborne St. E. | 519-755-0177
This hidden gem has over 240 varieties of loose leaf tea, tea accessories, and even some retro candy. You can even mix your own tea blend, and name it yourself to give your dad an extra smile.
For the Grill Master Dad
Strodes | 403 Fairview Dr. | 519-752-3151
For that grill-master dad, Strodes is probably one of his favourite local shops. Grab a gift card so he can choose his own products, gift it with some of their rubs and sauces in stock, or splurge on a beautiful new BBQ or smoker. They also sell sturdy Chilly Moose coolers that would be extra awesome stuffed full of his favourite treats and drinks.
Crown Verity | 37 Adams Blvd. | 519-751-1800
This Brantford business makes exceptional grills and accessories, bringing the performance of commercial kitchens to your own backyard. You can even build your own grill and customize it to exactly what dad wants.
For the Stylish Dad
Fleet Street Beard Co. | Blackburn Dr. | 519-771-0902
Great beards start with Fleet Street Beard Co. Treat your gentleman to high quality beard care and shaving products, made in small batches for their grooming needs.
ZBTFD | 433 Colborne St. | 519-304-5348
Established back in 2014 and just about to open to the public in their new storefront before COVID-19 hit, this local business designs and prints clothing right here in Brantford that are perfect for that #BrantfordProud dad. All orders qualify for free local delivery.
For the Brew-Loving Dad
Bell City Brewing Company | 51 Woodyatt Dr., Unit 9 | 519-900-6204
Brantfordians are loyal to this local brewery, which is offering online shopping and free local shipping right now. Not sure what kind of beer your dad might like best? Grab a gift card so he can choose them himself!
Mash Paddle Brewing Co. | 111 Sherwood Dr., Unit A | 289-253-8157
This local brewery, housed in Brantford’s Artisan Village, has a regularly changing menu of fresh brews. We love the Citrannati Bengal Session IPA for summer-time beverages on the patio!