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how to help local businesses while practicing social distancing

Updated: Mar 17

With everything that has been going on we know everyone is feeling stressed and we want to offer our support in whatever way we can. We especially feel for our local business here in Spokane and around the world that are getting hit the hardest. Here are a couple ways you can help your community.

1. order online - get it delivered

We all love our online delivery anyways so now is the best time to take advantage of it. There are so many different services; your favorite restaurant is bound to be on at least one of them. Take a look at Ubereats, Postmates, Doordash and Grubhub. Plus many restaurants already offer their own delivery service. Also consider ordering online through their site or call ahead to pick it up curbside. There are so many options when getting take out, check with your local restaurant and see what they offer. Some of our favorites include: High Tide Lobster Bar, Frank’s Diner, Ferrante’s Marketplace Cafe, 24 Taps Burgers and Brews, Maple Street Bistro, Allie's Vegan Pizza, and many more. Here's a list of a few more in the Spokesman Review.

2. buy now - use later

Think ahead and buy a gift card now that you can use later. Consider it as a future gift to yourself or someone else. You can also order several meals ahead of time that you can freeze now and eat throughout the week. This will not only help out your local restaurants, but also limit your grocery shopping and contact with others.

3. tip more than usual

You should always tip your servers and delivery people, but now is the time to be generous and give the most that you can. Most of these workers are getting shifts cut due to social distancing and shutdowns. Some workers have been laid off altogether. If you decide to get takeout, know that these people can really use the extra support. Show some love and give a few extra dollars.

4. shop local stores online

Most of us online shop anyway and many of your favorite local boutiques and other business offer online shopping. The best way to support them now is to take advantage of this and do all your summer shopping ahead of time. Even local coffee stands often have merchandise and gift cards that they sell online.

5. donate

While many people have been stocking up their houses with food, lots of people don't have this financial luxury and with schools being closed kids are missing out on one of the only meals they can get. Think about donating any of the refunds you've gotten from canceled concerts and other events and putting it into good use. Right now the best thing you can do is donate money to these food banks, Feeding America and Second Harvest are great places to start.

6. stay home

This may be obvious, but one of the best things you can do right now is just follow the advice of the professionals and stay away from others. It sucks missing out on the plans we made, but nothing's worse than spreading the virus to those who can't fight it. The more we stay away the sooner we can stop the spread and get back to our normal lives. Let's all do what we can to support our local business and get through this together!