The one-stop shop
“Made In Canada” is proudly displayed on many products at Chico & Jo Trophies and Sportswear in Alexandria, where Gérard and Johanne Gareau have been operating the business for the past 33 years.
Among the lines are Athletic Knit soccer, hockey, baseball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, track and field, rugby, cycling team uniforms. When asked about the number 1 reason people should buy from them, the Gareaus say: “We are the one-stop shop. We sell sportswear, safety workwear, awards and gifts. We can personalize everything in our store with embroidery, silk screening, sublimation and engraving. We will go out of our way to please our customers. We offer a fast, friendly, professional service with over 33 years of experience.” If they could receive anything they wanted from the store, Chico and Jo say they would love to get a beautiful jacket with a personalized logo embroidered on it.
The hottest products are soft shell and puffy jackets, hoodies and T-shirts. While “fashion changes every year,” the shop says, “We can meet everyone’s taste.”
Why should people shop locally? “Because every time there is an fund-raising event, we are the ones helping them out as sponsors. If they shop local, more businesses will stay open and people won't have to drive here and there to get what they want.”