It’s no secret that small, local businesses have been hit especially hard during the pandemic. Many of us have seen our favorite local dive bar or little indie bookstore shutter. Our communities have changed in all kinds of ways, but these are the changes that are hard to swallow.
We know that the survival of small businesses is incredibly important not only to the individuals they employ, but to our community and overall quality of life. Let’s work together to do what we can with the resources we have to support local businesses through this holiday season.
HERE ARE 10 WAYS YOU CAN HELP RIGHT NOW:
Many small businesses have online shops that you can still order from. Many retailers, artists, and service providers have online offerings you can explore. Take advantage of options like curbside pickup, or pay to have your order shipped right to your door!
ORDER DELIVERY OR TAKEOUT
Your favorite restaurant, coffee shop, or brewery may not be open for dining in, but would love to still serve you delicious drinks and eats. Check out their Facebook page or website for details on how to get your favorites delivered to your home.
INVEST IN ONLINE WORKOUTS
If you’re not able to visit your local gym, or your favorite studio hasn’t reopened yet, look them up online! Many fitness studios are now offering online options for those who are working out at home. You can pay to take a class over Zoom, or unlock a 30 day yoga challenge. There are endless options on the internet!
INVEST IN MEMBERSHIPS
Now is a great time to sign up for a membership through your local museum, zoo, community group or non-profits. Many are still working to create content for folks to enjoy and could really use your support right now.
TIP LIKE NEVER BEFORE
The people who bag your groceries, deliver your pizza, or pour your cocktails have been hit super hard these last months. If you’re dining out, ordering in, or otherwise utilizing service workers, make sure you are still tipping and tipping well!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS
Word of mouth is a great way to get the word out about your favorite local spots. If you had a fantastic delivery order from your go-to burger spot, or an easy breezy experience with curbside pickup from your local bookstore, make sure to tell your friends. You can also post about your experience on social media and really get the word out!
Listen, these last months have been HARD for all of us. A little word of encouragement goes on a long way in tough times. If you see a business doing a great job pivoting their services to accommodate these times, or going out of their way to take care of their employees or customers speak up! A little kindness means so much.