Over the course of the last few weeks, life as we know it has changed drastically—restaurants closing, office workers signing in from home, millions out of work across the country… We’ve all been affected in different ways. But if there’s one thing this crisis has taught us, it’s that we’re stronger when we stand together and support those who’ve been hit hardest.
Support Small Business in Clayton & Protect Our Community!
Part of what makes Clayton such a fantastic place to live is the local business culture. We have so many unique family-owned shops, eateries, restaurants, and services… and sadly, they are among the first businesses that closed in this time of social distancing. Fortunately, there are ways you can help.
Here’s how you can give back and support small businesses.
Decide which businesses you want to support
How you give will probably depend on where you give. Consider the businesses you most often frequent—hairdresser? Coffee shop? Clothing store? Don’t forget about other types of businesses, like wellness practitioners, gyms, spas, and art galleries.
Think about which businesses you most want to support, and which most need your help, too.
Buy a gift card or make an appointment
As a “nonessential” business, your hairdresser or favorite massage therapist might be out of work for now, but you can help keep them in business by purchasing a gift card and making an appointment for later on when they’re allowed to open up again.
Know of anyone who could use a manicure, a spa day, or even just a meal away from home? There’s never been a better time to give a gift card! If you’re feeling really ambitious, you could even purchase your gifts a few months in advance.
Schedule appointments with essential businesses
Have you been postponing any services or appointments with an “essential” business (think: housing or automotive needs)? Depending on whether this service can be performed while practicing safe social distancing, you might want to stop procrastinating and start scheduling.
For example, if you’ve been meaning to have your roof replaced, gutters cleaned, or any type of landscaping done, now might be a great time to book an appointment with a local contractor.
Shopping local is always important, but right now, it could help small business owners keep their doors open. Given the choice between a big-box convenience retailer and a local store, choose to purchase from a local business whenever possible.
Order online—locally, of course
Many local restaurants and retailers have managed to keep their lights on by adapting the way they do business. Small grocery or convenience stores may be offering order-ahead curbside pickup. Many sit-down restaurants have started to provide takeout. A lot of eateries have additionally partnered with food delivery service providers like DoorDash and Grubhub to allow for door-to-door food service.
Don’t forget to tip
If you do order takeout or have some food delivered, don’t forget to leave a tip! Keep in mind that the people serving your food are trying to stay in business and pay their bills—and are risking their own health and safety to bring you your food!
Eager to Support Small Business in Clayton?
Want more information on what you can do to support small business in Clayton? Have questions about how recent events might have impacted your retirement or real estate goals? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.