As we all struggle to understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on us, let’s not lose sight of the hundreds of local small businesses that need our help to weather the storm. Remember, it’s not just the businesses themselves but their employees and the families those employees represent that need us to rise to the occasion!
Ways YOU can make a difference for local small businesses and their employees:
- Order take out: Our restaurants are feeling the effects of COVID-19. Most restaurants that don’t normally offer take out or delivery are pivoting their strategies in order to serve our community and keep their businesses afloat. You can find a list of restaurants currently offering these services here.
- Tip well: Guys, even if you are just picking up your meal, please tip your server well! Think about the impact that extra money could have on their family. Every little bit matters in times like these. If you are able, be generous.
- Source food and supplies locally: We know Amazon is mighty convenient, but think about supplies you might need over the next few weeks and how you can source them locally. Is there a book you’re dying to read or a game you’d like to play with your family? Visit one of our local bookshops or toy stores and call ahead so they’ll have it ready for you. Worried about your food supply? Visit one of our local markets for produce, specialty items and pre-made meals that you can enjoy now or freeze for later. Even at the grocery store, check for local produce and products.
- Shop from home: If you’re not comfortable visiting our local boutiques and shops, peruse items online and then call and ask them to ship to you or pick up curbside! Many stores are changing their shipping policies to accommodate folks who’d rather make purchases from home.
- Donate your tickets: Did you have tickets to an upcoming community event that has been cancelled? Chances are that the organization staging the event was left with a pile of expenses. Instead of accepting a refund, see if there’s an option to donate the cost of your ticket to the cause or organizers to help them stay afloat.
- Buy gift cards: The bottom line is that local small businesses need income to cover employee salaries, rent and other overhead if they are going to survive. Buying gift cards to use later will serve as a stop gap for them and give you something to look forward to when all of this is just a memory.
Y’all, a brighter day is around the corner – let’s work together to make sure that our favorite local small businesses are here to enjoy it with us!