For parents scrambling to arrange childcare with schools closed, for workers who must still report to work in the midst of a pandemic, or who have seen their workplace close and don’t know whether they’ll receive a paycheck, for local small businesses struggling with decisions about keeping their doors open or losing money – these are trying times. Now, more than ever, it’s important to make every effort to shop local and patronize those small businesses who will undoubtedly be feeling financial strain over the next few weeks.
- Are you cooped up in the house alone or with children and looking for something to read? Chop Suey Books is offering free delivery within a 10 mile radius for orders more than $20. They’re also giving an added 10% on gift card purchases as a thank you. Fountain Bookstore is also offering free local delivery on pre-paid orders in Richmond, Glen Allen, Chesterfield and Henrico.
- Missing your favorite meals, snacks and pastries from your favorite local restaurants and bakeries? Look them up online or on Instagram or other social media. Chances are they would love to sell you a gift card to use later and can offer food delivery or takeout even if their physical location is closed. Try The Pitts BBQ in South Richmond, Nota Bene in Shockoe Botton, Blanchard’s Coffee (on sale!), Grisette in Church Hill, Big Herm’s Kitchen downtown, Stoplight Gelato Cafe in Jackson Ward or The Big Kitchen from Tazza Kitchen in Short Pump.
- Need some calm and inner peace in this stressful time? Take some time to explore local art. Studio Two Three is selling prints of their “You are not alone” piece by Ashley Hawkins, Executive Director. Explore VMFA’s Resource Videos to discover some of the works that can be seen once the museum reopens. Attend an online art event with fiber artist and fashion designer Michael-Birch Pierce and listen to any of the Creative Mornings interviews.
- Let’s remember those in our community who may be in need of food or emergency assistance. If you are well and have not been exposed to anyone who is now sick, consider volunteering at Feedmore to assist in feeding local families in need. If you are well and able to foster a rescue dog or cat, fill out an on-call foster form with the Richmond SPCA. CARITAS (Churches Around Richmond Involved to Assure Shelter) could definitely use donations of food and gas station gift card, bus gift certificates, hand sanitizer, soap and disposable face masks and canned food.
Stay safe and stay connected – digitally, of course!