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Sweet Bean’s Bakery was one of many American Business that shut down or scaled back their operations to prevent spreading the coronavirus. You may be wondering what you can do to help.
Even during a pandemic, there are ways to support the many small businesses in your community that might be struggling.
USE DELIVERY SERVICES
Many local businesses have begun to offer curbside or expand takeout options as their dinning rooms are banned from opening. Rocco’s Bar & Grill said it will continue its business during this time offering its entire menu to-go and curbside pick up.
Meanwhile, Market Street Grill has expanded its menu from breakfast and lunch options and offering a special ‘Grab ‘n Go’ Dinner Menu.
Most coffee shops are familiar with orders on the go; however, Rise & Grind in Arbuckle is offering curbside pickup and released an online ordering app through CoffeeHelper.
Restaurants aren’t the only businesses offering special services. Carniceria Las Reinas is offering a grocery delivery services for those aged 60 and older. Orders must be placed between 8-9 AM and are delivered before 3 PM, Monday-Friday.
If a restaurant or retailer offers some kind of delivery service, take them up on it. You’ll be able to do your shopping or enjoy a delicious meal without the public health risk of gathering in large groups.
BUY GIFT CARDS
Even if a business temporarily shuts its doors, you might still be able to help them out by buying gift cards for future spending.
See which of your favorite local businesses offer gift cards or gift certificates, either online or in person.
If you have the means, buy a gift card now that you can enjoy later. You can either use it yourself or give it as a gift for birthdays or holidays. Local businesses could use the support right now.
new services or products
Some businesses like Granzella’s have started to offer grocery items and take-n-bake pizza and lasagna options for its customers.
Stop in your local businesses or give them a call to see what new services or products they may be offering during this time.
Where businesses are open, be polite and thankful to the people working there. Retail workers are under stress to restock shelves and keep customers calm amid an unusual uptick in demand for groceries, medical supplies and other essentials. If the shelves are empty, that’s the fault of customers doing panic buying, not the store’s workers. Be part of the solution by not purchasing more than you need.
SPEND BIG LATER
Make it a point to support local businesses in a big way as soon as it’s safe to do so.
Businesses still have utility bills, rent, loans and payroll expenses during the pandemic shutdown. Their resources will be stretched thin. You can help them survive and thrive for the long term by being ready and willing to do business with them again as soon as they reopen.
With your help, local businesses will be back up and running — and serving as the backbone of your community — as soon as possible.
restaurants open for Curb side pickup and to-go orders
- Birrieria Michoacan (530) 619-0175
- Caffeinated (530) 458-2253
- Chef Colus (530) 458-4115
- Don Habanero (530) 458-3533
- Dragon Island (530) 458-4111
- Jeff’s Freezette (530) 458-2831
- La Autentica de Colima (530) 619-0085
- La Cabana (530) 458-4961
- Market Street Grill (530) 458-6100
- Riverbank Pizza (530) 458-4711
- Rocco’s Bar & Grill (530) 458-8646
- Tacos El Amigo (530) 844-6090
- The Range (530) 458-2800
- Valencia’s Market (530) 619-0325
- Arbuckle Food Ctr. Pizza (530) 476-3835
- El Jalisciense (530) 476-3564
- Rise & Grind (530) 476-3250
- Sauced (530) 812-7851
- Granzella’s (530) 473-5583
- La Fortuna Bakery (530) 473-2023
- Louis Cairo’s (530) 473-5927
- Roberta’s Taqueria (530) 473-2913
- Tacos La Barca (530) 473-2666
- Williams Chinese (530) 473-5528
- Maxwell Inn (530) 438-2338