How can we support local businesses while social distancing over COVID19?
As more people practice social distancing across the country, small businesses will feel the impact.
Already, restaurants in as far as the East Coast have closed indefinitely due to dwindling business associated with the coronavirus outbreak. As one restaurant owner told The Seattle Times, “unfortunately in an already difficult climate in Seattle to operate a small business, the impacts of the decrease in business due to the coronavirus has forced us to close our doors for good. We are a small business, and we were unable to weather the storm from the coronavirus.”
We are especially supportive of local businesses, from restaurants to farmers markets to retail locations across the city. But with the increased caution around public spaces, how can we continue to support small, local businesses?
Here’s a few ways to continue supporting local:
1. Focus on Purchasing Local Produce
Supplement your diet with fresh local produce from farmers around the DC area. Check out the following options for produce and dairy that can be delivered to your door!
- Growing Washington grows and provides amazing wholesale and specials orders of organic vegetables, berries, poultry and products, in-season and when available.
- Smith Brothers Farms is a local family-owned and operated dairy that has grown to be one of the largest independent dairies in the region, processing and delivering the freshest milk and select Northwest products to more than 50,000 homes every week.
- Full Circle brings the season’s best mix of organic produce and specialty farm products conveniently to your home by growing and partnering with local farms and artisans in your area.
- Local Harvest connects people looking for good food with the farmers who produce it.
2. Opt for Delivery or Takeout
While dining rooms for eat-in service may be closed in and around Seattle and the metro areas of Seattle Snohomish and King County, many restaurants are still open for order ahead, pick up, or no-contact delivery to your door. You can still patronize your favorite restaurants and establishments for food and drinks.
Check out our recommendations:
3. Stock Up on Entertainment or Download it to Your Devices
Social distancing is a great excuse to binge watch that TV show you've been meaning to watch, but there’s also other ways to stay entertained at home. In addition to streaming services we recommend books, puzzles, and board games!
Check out the following options:
4. Buy a Gift Card For Later Use
Support your hair or nail salon by skipping the appointment in favor of purchasing a gift card online. That way you can still support their business and use the purchase at a later date. Don't have a favorite place? See our recommendations below! You can always hang on to the gift card and use it as a gift for a friend or family member.
Do check out the following: