Ways you can support local businesses
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. Several businesses are offering discounts and/or free shipping for those that show support for local during this time.
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 from almost any restaurant. If you choose to avoid the crowds, call ahead and pick up – many will even deliver to your car when you arrive!
A number of restaurants and shops are offering options for online orders, delivery or curbside pickup. Please call the business in advance as details and operations change rapidly.
Delivery services such as DoorDash, GrubHub or UberEats servicing Downtown 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.
If you have reservations, don’t be a no-show. Restaurants plan for you to be there, and order food and staff accordingly. If you aren’t going to make it, please call ahead and let them know.
Spending more time online? Engage with your favorite local businesses — leave a positive Google, Yelp, or Facebook review. Like, follow, comment and engage with them on social media. It’s free to you, and it helps to remind businesses that they aren’t forgotten. 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.