Check out our Facebook page here. We have a running list of local takeout, delivery and online options. If you’d like us to include your business, please tag us on Facebook or email Ashley Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUY GIFT CARDS
As a promise to return to support them, purchase gift cards to your favorite local shops and restaurants. This puts money in the pocket of your favorite store owner today to help them cover operating expenses and to help assure a strong tomorrow.
Many retailers have online shops. Use this time to check out their online offerings.
Reminder: Some shops that don’t offer online shopping are happy to take an order over the phone and have it delivered to you during this time – so don’t hesitate to ask!
Dining from home more these days? Order delivery or takeout. Call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver to your car when you arrive!
Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats servicing restaurants are also great options. (Note: these service providers charge local business owners an average of 30% of the total sale.)
TIP A LITTLE EXTRA
Have a steady paycheck? Leave a little extra cash for service workers – they especially are going to need the help. Consider a full tip on takeout orders, and leaving a little extra for the kitchen staff, too.
Spending more time online? Engage with your favorite businesses — leave a positive Google, Yelp, or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you but it helps to remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten and this kind of social currency pays dividends of a different kind. Now is a fantastic time to deepen relationships with friends and neighbors that operate your favorite local businesses.
ARTS & CULTURE
Did you have tickets to a show that was cancelled? Many cultural institutions are nonprofits, so instead of asking for a refund, consider making your ticket cost a donation to the organization.
Also, many performances may be rescheduled in the future, so be sure to check emails and social media posts from that organization for updates.