First of all, a big thank you to all of the frontline workers who are keeping us all safe and helping us through these unprecedented times. We see you, and we appreciate you! Over the past few weeks, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen some major changes in our community. It has been a very difficult time for many people across the city, including small business owners. Those who have had to close their stores and restaurants to the public are now looking for your help.
Here are a few ways you can continue supporting your local small businesses during this time:
- Order for curb side pick up or delivery. Many restaurants and stores continue to operate and are willing to take orders by phone or online. Check out their websites or social media pages for information. Some restaurants are offering meal kits such as “build your own pizza” from Louis’ Pizza. You can order beer from your favourite breweries like Dominion City and Orleans Brewing Co. You can support your local nursery (Robert Plante Greenhouses and Peter Knippel to name a couple) by purchasing plants and earth for contactless pick up.
- Order your groceries from local vendors. Some local businesses have partnered with others to start online grocery stores as a one-stop shop for local produce, dairy, meat, home care and more. Check out this online store created by BUCHIPOP.
- Surprise your loved ones with a local delivery. Send your friends and family local products for their birthday, Easter or just because! Working Title Kitchen & Cafe is offering wine and cheese gift boxes as well as an Easter box. Another great way to spread some cheer is with a flower delivery from Flowers Talk Tivoli, Bloomfields, or Scrims Florist to name a few.
- Buy gift cards. Some stores unfortunately do not have the option of staying open during this time, so instead you can support them by purchasing a gift card to use at a later date.
- Feed a Frontline Worker. You can help Freshii feed frontline workers by making a donation on their website.
Support local when you can, practice physical distancing, wash your hands and stay safe!