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April 7, 2021 - Canadian Premier League (CPL) - HFX Wanderers FC News Release


Halifax, N.S. - On this Wanderers Wednesday we celebrate all the wonderful local businesses who have fought through the challenges brought on by the pandemic the past year and served their community.

To that end the Wanderers have officially partnered with local gift box supplier, Nova Box, to offer supporters the chance to support six local businesses and show off their Wanderers pride. This diverse collection of items include Wanderers face masks, a four-piece coaster set and mug from Boathouse Goods and Gifts (Halifax), a candle from the New Scotland Candle Company (Port Williams), donair spice from Rub that Rubs (Bedford) and some tasty chocolate from Rousseau Chocolatier (Halifax).

"Our club has always made it a priority to support local businesses pre-COVID and are continuing to do so with an even greater emphasis this year," explains Wanderers Director of Business Development, David Finlayson. "When we can give our fans access to unique and special items while supporting our local business community, that is the ultimate win-win for us"

With Mother's Day and Father's Day approaching in May and June, Wanderers will feature locally sourced gift ideas such as the Nova Box, Smooth Meal Prep and Delectable Desserts. You can discover more local businesses by visiting Discover Halifax's 'Support Local' web page.

"Making our community stronger through the power of sport has always been much more than a tagline for our club," explains Wanderers President & Founder Derek Martin. "Our entire team gets excited when we are able to connect our fans and our partners in ways that deliver benefits to both and we know that this is more important than ever during these trying times."

In 2019/20, Nevell Provo and Smooth Meal Prep partnered with the Wanderers to take care of the food needs for our player's pre-season training. As an up and coming business, it was a great opportunity to build new clientele. The players enjoyed the variety of food and great service. Nevell has springboarded into a catering, fitness and home delivery business that is building a strong customer base. Smooth is now selling packaged meal kits to several players and helping them prepare for the season while saving time on shopping and cooking.

A partnership established at the beginning of 2021 has Wanderers purchasing cakes from Delectable Desserts for any celebration or special occasion.

"When the sales team reached out, my mind was racing about working with this club who have developed a strong community and sport presence. Much of my business has traditionally been with restaurants and hotels and overnight, most of that business evaporated," reflects Dennis Mbeba, co-founder of Delectable Desserts. "I was able to create a retail and online presence to rebuild my business. My new takeout counter is doing strong business with new clients and corporate clients and restaurants are continuing to see more traffic so I am happy with where the business is going."

As we enter 2021, it's important we recognize the impact that COVID has had on our local businesses and identify the role we have as individuals and organizations in this community to help rebuild our local economy.

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