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Local business The Glebe: Financial challenges force closure of All Eco

Local business The Glebe: Financial challenges force closure of All Eco
Local business The Glebe: Financial challenges force closure of All Eco

A popular lifestyle store in the Glebe that sells organic and eco-friendly products is to close.

All Eco launched just a few months before the pandemic and faced many financial challenges.

Jackie Murphy, the owner of the store, created a sense of community in the Bank Street store.

“I was determined to stick with the in-person shopping experience because it was so important on so many levels,” said Murphy, who opened the store in 2019. “But I got to a point where I couldn’t do it anymore.”

Murphy has been selling eco-friendly, organic, and Canadian-made products for nearly five years.

“I support local as much as I can,” said Anita Manley, who was shopping at the store Wednesday. “It’s something my dad taught me when I was young and I’ve been doing it ever since I was, you know, able to buy things with my own purchasing power.”

But for Murphy, the challenges came one after the other, including pandemic-related closures, a cancer diagnosis and rents that were too high to sustain life.

The small company also competes with international giants such as Amazon and American brands.

“The decision was, you know, by most standards a long time coming, but I just didn’t want to give up. So, it’s been nonstop adversity and the challenges have all been external,” she said.

There has been an outpouring of support since Murphy announced the store will close and go fully online as of July 28.

“It was amazing. It was heartwarming. I wasn’t sure how it would be received,” she said.

Murphy says she’s not ruling out a physical location in the future, but for now this is the best option.

She has also set up a service to assist with the transition.

“I created my free delivery bottle exchange model to keep my refill business going, which is a huge part of my business, and now I think I can actually make that available to even more people because it will be so much more convenient,” she said.

It’s a new era for the small business, which hopes to continue to thrive in a new chapter.