How to Support Local Businesses During the Pandemic

As we continue to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic, if we are all staying home, then the idea is that we prevent the spread of the virus. However, by staying home, we are also shutting down small businesses.  Most of the local businesses have already lost much of their income and revenue as their customers continue to self-quarantine. Our local businesses are an integral part of our community, we can certainly all do our part to help them to survive.

So what can you do? Quit hoarding toilet paper and paper towels and start making purchasing from local businesses in your community. Some restaurants are now offering take out meals. Be sure to select the local restaurants so that we are doing our part to support our communities.

Here are some suggestions on what we can do to support our local economy without putting our health at risk.

Get Delivery

Shop online at local stores and many are offering either delivery or curbside pickup. If you are able to afford it, order Support Local Businessessome meals from your local favorite restaurants a couple of times per week. Many of the restaurants are even offering cocktails to go. The local restaurants which are remaining open are operating with a skeleton crew. Remember the owners have rent or mortgage, so we don’t want our local favorites to go away.

Tip Generously

It is a terrible time to be in the restaurant business where you rely on tips to survive. All these personnel are working fewer hours for most likely less money and are getting fewer tips. Imagine if your primary occupation is a waiter or sommelier at a high-end local restaurant, your earnings have screeched to a halt. If you are able to afford it, be generous and offer them a tip to help them to survive when ordering food and drink to go!

Purchase a Gift Card

Buying a gift card from a local business is a great way to infuse cash-flow into a small business. Many of these businesses are now lacking in cash-flow because their customers are staying at home! Many local businesses and shops are offering gift card bonuses during this time, and this is a great way to help them. Plus you can do your holiday shopping now and help the businesses in need. Keep in mind all the local gyms, yoga studios, and hair salons have been forced to shut down by the order of the Government. When was the last time you had a pedicure? Buy your hair care products from them to help them to stay afloat. Or purchase a gift card for the future.

Continue to Pay the People Who Work for You

Remember the people who work for you. If you have a housekeeper who previously came to your home once a week or a car detailer who details your car, keep them and their family in mind as well. If you are able to afford it, perhaps have your car detailed. If your kids have music lessons and they cannot attend their lessons due to the social distancing, consider continuing to pay them if you are able. If you are in a position to help by continuing to pay for their services, I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.

Support Your Local Businesses Online

Support Local BusinessesThis won’t cost you a dime except for your time. Be sure to follow all your local businesses online including Facebook and Instagram. Be active on their pages and comment on their posts. You will be helping them to grow their audience. Consider sharing their local posts on your own pages and stories. Insta stories have excellent metrics and are a great way for businesses to connect with new audiences, boost engagement, and even drive more sales! Perhaps you had an excellent meal delivered from a local restaurant, then take a photo of it and share it, and tag their business at the same time!

If you see something in an establishment or a restaurant that you don’t agree with, reach out to the owners. Don’t bash them online because any negative post could damage their fragile business. Remember they have had to adapt and change their entire business model with take out meals, curb-side deliveries, and more! Remember that Nextdoor is also a social media site, so that is another great place to post good reviews about the local establishments!

Buying a Home

Believe it or not, real estate transactions are still happening. Often times homes priced right are receiving multiple offers. Real estate professionals are navigating unchartered waters utilizing new forms and requirements for showing homes mandated by Cal Osha. If you are in the market for a home or have questions about how to buy a home during the COVID-19 pandemic, please reach out. It is important to work with a knowledgeable real estate professional who is up to date on all the specific requirements, which continue to change on almost a daily basis!

Be Kind

Everyone is beyond stressed right now. These are unchartered waters for all of us and being nasty to someone is not helpful. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and if you do not agree, then agree to disagree. There is an entirely new vocabulary now which did not exist before and that includes coronavirus, social distancing, six-feet apart, PPP (paycheck protection plan), PUA (pandemic unemployment assistance), and more! We are all navigating a very challenging time, so remember to be kind to others. We are all impacted by this pandemic.

Local Newport Beach Businesses Who We Can Support

This is a very small list of businesses that have been impacted. Let me know if you have others you would like added to the list!

The Alley Restaurant
4501 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

@alleynb on Instagram

Text the Alley at 33733 to start your order! They are currently offering $5 off your first online order of $20. I recommend their Wedge salad and any of their potatoes!

Alta Coffee
506 31st Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 675-0233

@Altacoffee on Insta

Delicious coffee and they offer a coffee of the day. And they seriously have the best carrot cake I have ever had! Highly recommend!

2108 W Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

@dorydeli on Instagram

DoryDeli offers a wide variety of food and it is located by the Newport Beach pier.  DoryDeli is also utilizing UberEats and DoorDash.
The Froghouse
6908 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663

@froghouse on Instagram

If you need surfboard wax, wetsuit, leashes, brand new surfboard, you can shop over the phone and they will bring your items out to you.

Growers Direct
101 E 17th St #3779
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 631-7880

@growersdirectus on Instagram

Highly recommend, fresh produce, and always well stocked! And excellent prices! I am a regular at this store. Still safe to shop there, wear your mask and social distance.

Tide Pools
6310 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
(949) 270-6547

@tidepooles on Instagram

Newer restaurant located near Newport Shores in Newport Beach. Fabulous reviews from neighbors and they offer free delivery if you are located near them. I hear they have wonderful cauliflower crust pizza!

Final Thoughts

This is just scratching the surface of small businesses that have been and continue to be impacted. If you have another local business you would like added to the list, please reach out to me! Also, you can help them utilizing social media. Share their Instagram stories, comment on their posts, and share their posts on Facebook. We can all do something to help. I will be trying Tidepoole’s soon in Newport Beach!


How to Support Local Businesses During the Pandemic
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How to Support Local Businesses During the Pandemic
There are many ways for us to support local businesses. Purchase a gift card, order take out food from your local restaurants and be sure to tip generously!

1 thought on “How to Support Local Businesses During the Pandemic”

  1. So many of these small businesses will not survive this pandemic. If we can help them make it, they will help us in the future. You won’t get any help from Amazon or Walmart.

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