Sketches of Martello Alley - Christmas 2020 (COVID-19) Edition

Window Shopping

Well, 2020 has been interesting, hasn't it? We hope that during all of this you and your loved ones have kept safe and well. As difficult as this has been for all of us, we realize that there has been some good with the bad. The outpouring of support for small business and for shopping local has never been stronger. Governments, business associations and individuals have come together to help small businesses survive through this pandemic. And on behalf of Martello Alley and Martello on Brock, we are truly grateful.

This is just a short update to share some promotions with you, as well as bring you up to date on what's new at our galleries. In this issue:

Christmas Promotions

Would you like to win a $50 gift card?

For a limited time save 20% on everything we sell

Win $500 or $2000! Support your local businesses this holiday season for a safe & fun shopping experience

A message on behalf of the artists of Martello Alley

 Christmas lights

Christmas Promotions

Would you like to win a $50 gift card?

You can win $50 by voting for our Christmas window displays! Wendy and Mim put together beautiful displays at both Martello Alley and Martello on Brock. You can help us win the Downtown Kingston Window Wonderland contest AND get entered in a draw for a $50 gift card by voting for both our windows here: 

Voting started November 21 at 9:00 AM and ends on December 11 at 9:00 PM.

Here are a couple of pictures of our displays. You can see more online on our Instagram accounts @martelloalley and @martelloonbrock

When you have voted, would you mind sharing the love on social media and tagging us? Or email us at :) Thank you!

Martello on Brock Christmas Window

Martello Alley Christmas Window

For a limited time save 20% on everything we sell

Pay for your purchase using Downtown Dollars. Downtown Dollars work exactly like a gift card and can be used in many downtown shops, restaurants, and services. It’s the perfect way to support our Downtown businesses this holiday season. And we accept them at martello Alley and Martello on Brock.

Downtown Dollars can be purchased in $10 and $20 increments. Until December 24th, Downtown Dollars are available with a huge bonus! Purchase $100 worth of Downtown Dollars for only $80, purchase $50 worth of Downtown Dollars for $40 and so on. There is no expiry date on Downtown Dollars either!

Downtown Dollars are on sale now at Leon’s Centre Box Office, 1 Tragically Hip Way (Monday – Friday 11am – 2pm), Desk House, 385 Princess Street (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) and Waterfront Gifts & Apparel (Tuesday & Wednesday 11am - 5pm, Thursday & Friday 11am - 6pm, Saturday 12pm - 5pm, closed Sunday and Monday).

Downtown Dollars

Sorry, there is no option for purchasing them online. If you have questions or need more information, message us through our Facebook account or email us at


Win $500 or $2000! Support your local businesses this holiday season for a safe & fun shopping experience

Here’s how it works:
Shop in participating downtown businesses (like Martello Alley and Martello on Brock) from November 2 to December 21st. 
For each purchase of $10 or more, receive a sticker for your passport. When shopping online, stickers will be sent with the purchased item.
After 5 stickers, enter your ballot to win 1 of 2 weekly prizes of $500 worth of gift cards to participating businesses. That’s 7 weeks of 14 $500 prizes! Draws will be held every Monday starting November 9. All entered ballots will be eligible to win the 1 Grand Prize of a $2,000 gift card shopping spree. The draw will take place on January 15, 2020. 

Downtown Passport

Ballot pickup and drop off:
Ballots are available at participating businesses, drop off locations, and for download at . 
Drop off your ballot at Leon’s Centre Box Office (11am-2pm, Monday- Friday), The UPS Store at 427 Princess (9am-6:30pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 10am - 3pm), or online.

A message on behalf of the artists of Martello Alley
So much has happened since the last time we reached out to you. So to bring you up-to-date, here are just some of the things we have accomplished: 

The interior of Martello Alley has been completely redone: there is a new, professional Stas wall mounting system, new lighting, new artwork as well as new pottery, soaps and beeswax candles, and a fresh coat of paint. We've added furniture to make the space look more cozy and natural, and we are in the process of implementing an interactive audiovisual experience in both stores that will inform shoppers of our COVID protocols while at the same time providing information about the galleries, art and artists. More details to come!

We published our first online Christmas Catalogue! It was a lot of work, but well worth it. Many thanks to the artists for there help, and especially to Lori Kallay who took on this project. You can see it online at

Once again, we really appreciate the support that you, our customers and our friends, have given us and hope that you will keep us in mind if you are looking for that special something for that special someone (maybe for you..?). After all, in spite of all of this chaos, life goes on, and people need some cheering up from time to time, right? Let us know how we can help!

And if you would like to know how you can continue to support our little artist collective, as well as other locally-owned businesses like ours, here is how you can do it without spending any money at all:

Invite your friends to like us on social media
Give us shout-outs and tag us and your friends
Share our posts, and this update

But most importantly, stay safe. Wear a mask. Wash your hands.Help flatten the curve. We want to be able to see you again when all of this is done and we can emerge from this funk!

Until next time!

#shoplocal  #flattenthecurve 

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