There’s no doubt about it, the cost of raising a child, especially in the north, is expensive! But thanks to a local family and their labour of love: Arctic Cotton (a home based baby boutique) has made it a whole lot easier and more affordable to do so!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the Apex (Iqaluit) based business, Arctic Cotton, it’s worth taking a few minutes to get acquainted with them! The store’s tag line is “ Northern Business, Southern Prices”. They have a fantastic system for helping Northern parents save money! And we’ve got all the details for you here! 🙂
Check out the savings available at your fingertips right here in Nunavut!
1-Down south prices on 94% of products
3-Free delivery to Iqaluit with orders over $50
4-Cloth diapers available (saving money & the environment)
5-Price Match Guarantee with Cloth Diaper products
Arctic Cotton also offers:
* Shopping available online, by phone, or in store (House 3068)
* Gift Certificates
* Baby Shower Registry
* Shipping Available for all Nunavut communities
We asked them to give us the “low down” on how northerners can save while still shopping local (they don’t even have to leave their house to get these savings!) and they gave us all the details……
How can customers save while shopping at Arctic Cotton?
*94% of our products are at ‘southern’ prices. In addition, we do not need to charge GST, so it is like all our products are permanently on sale for 5% off! Compared to shopping in person in Ottawa you save 13% with us, since Ontario has provincial sales tax, too.
*Cloth diapers are also a great way to save money and the environment. For cloth diaper products we will price match – if you can show us the same product regular price down south for less than we charge, we will match that price.
*In Iqaluit we offer $5 flat rate delivery – less than the price of a taxi – to be accessible to those without a car. For orders over $50, delivery is FREE (currently online orders charge $5 to everyone, and we refund the delivery fee upon delivery).
What are you store hours and policy regarding when people can shop in person? Is an appointment needed?
We welcome customers between 9 am and 9 pm everyday (house 3068). An appointment is not mandatory, but we are not always ‘in’ during those hours, so we recommend calling us (223-BABY (2229)) before you come if you want to make sure we are there to serve you when you come.
How many products do you generally carry in stock?
We have about 200 products altogether. Almost 100 related to cloth diapering, and over 100 general baby care products.
How many Canadian made products do you carry?
Many of the baby care products are not Canadian, but most of our cloth diapers (Mother-ease, Bummis and Piddly Winx) are Canadian companies. Mother-ease and Bummis manufacture many of their products in Canada, though some are sourced from outside the country. Thirsties is an American company, but has some great business practices, including allowing employees who are parents of young children to work from home.
How do you order a gift certificate? What denominations are they available in?
In-store gift certificates are available in any amount requested. Gift certificates are available online as well (click on “gift ideas”). $20, $30, $40, $50, $75, $100 and $150 denominations are available.
Do you accept any manufactures coupons?
We don’t have any experience with manufacturers’ coupons. We would read the wording on coupons and assess them case-by-case.
Do you regularly hold sales?
We do not have sales very often. Selling products at southern prices in Nunavut is enough of a challenge. We are not in business to make money, but rather to provide what we see as a much needed service, and we have not made any money so far. To discount our prices further is just not possible for most products.
If someone shops on your website (ArcticCotton.com), how will they receive the order?
Shipped items will usually go by Canada Post. Larger orders may be sent counter-to-counter via the airlines. For delivery in Iqaluit, we typically contact customers by email to set up a day and time for delivery.
Can you give more details on your registry service?
We are happy to do registries for baby showers – exciting times! Usually prospective parents come in to see and touch our products and we create a list, then build it as a sharable wish list on the website and/or as a pdf that can be emailed, which ever methods are preferred.
What should people living in other Nunavut communities know about your store?
We are happy to ship to any community in Nunavut. We are trying to keep shipping rates as low as possible. There is a $19 shipping fee (we can’t ship even a rattle for less), but items that are large or very heavy include additional fees.
This post is part of a new series we will feature on our blog: Iqaluit Savings Spotlight!
We are putting a spotlight on local businesses which offer great savings to customers. Do you know a local business that offers great deals or discounts? Contact us so we can shine the savings spotlight on them!
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