West Queen West Holiday Fest: A Collaborative Charity Event

by Rob Sysak, November 25, 2015


How can a small business help a community? It’s simple: all you have to do is care.

Welcome to the Holiday Fest in West Queen West, a collaborative charity drive to support the Salvation Army Florence Booth House.

Everyday from December 1st until Christmas Eve, participating businesses are offering a unique promotion in exchange for a non-perishable food item or an article of warm clothing. Depending on the business, promotions include discounts on food clothing, furniture, housewares, novelty and artisanal gift items, and reductions ranging from 5-10% off to 60% off.

The mastermind behind this project is Come and Get It owner Jon Polubiec:

“We wanted to shift some of the holiday focus from Black Friday deals and big box stores to supporting our community and local shelter.”

Look out for the participating businesses with a red Salvation Army Balloon in their windows!

Shop local, help the community.

Participating Businesses:

Come and Get It
The Cure Apothecary
Jacob & Sebastian
Yummi Candles
Lisa Marie
Cabaret Vintage
Smoke + Ash
Logan and Finley
Niche Coffee
Harlem Underground
Young and Tae
High Street Fashion
Downward Dog
Leigh & Harlow


About Florence Booth House:

The Salvation Army Florence Booth House is a 60 bed women’s shelter that serves as an encouraging, safe place that fosters growth and empowerment to women.

The Salvation Army’s first rescue home for women started in Scotland in 1883. Founded by Florence Booth (1861-1957), the shelter was a rescue home for women enslaved by sex trafficking. To this day, the Florence Booth House still advocates against the crime of human trafficking and offers services to protect those in need.