Amidst the unfolding of an undeniable crisis, communities across the world have come together in beautiful ways to support one another and spread joy. Restaurants, cafes and others have been flooded with an outpouring of support from their communities in the past few days, but from the looks of it, this crisis could last much longer.
And while well-wishes on your favorite local shop’s social media account are warmly welcomed by staff and owners, these companies are facing a very real problem—their doors have closed, and their profits have plummeted. What they truly need, from anyone who is able, is financial support.
Small business owners are determined to overcome this adversity with creativity as they brainstorm new ideas to help push them through the coming weeks. For the past few days, these establishments have been working around the clock to develop different ways to provide their goods and services to their communities—we’ve seen some unique concepts surface and wanted to share some of the pursuits of the Columbus small business community with you.
Keep reading to learn ways in which you can support these businesses and pass this article along to others who are able to do the same.
This gluten free and nut free bakery is adjusting its business model by introducing online ordering and in-store pickup, with emphasis on zero contact. And if you’re trying to stay away from sweet treats but could use some old fashioned retail therapy, you can find Cherbourg merchandise on their Etsy profile.
Small Talk Shop
Scratch that itch to shop, but support a local business while you do! Small Talk Shop is currently offering FREE shipping and returns on all online orders until March 30th. They’re also running a gift card promotion online that you don’t want to miss. Check it out here!
Service Bar has begun offering carryout meals inspired by the concept of “comfort foods” and #kitchentherapy. The menu is posted on their website, and pick-up will be from the Bottle Shop at Service Bar.
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Yoga on High
The rise of fitness class streaming was evident before COVID-19, but smaller boutiques are experimenting with online practices now, too. Yoga on High is offering online classes to members and has even included a few live-stream classes that are free and available to anyone! Check out their website for details, updates and class schedules.
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The W Nail Bar
While you definitely can’t get your nails done right now, you can recreate the salon experience at home with some of The W Nail Bar’s recently launched products! Check out their online store, or purchase a gift card for a loved one (or yourself).
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Stump has taken plant shopping and created a ritual—and a business—around it. And although you can’t stroll through Stump’s jungle-chic stores right now to pick out a leafy new friend, you can support this locally-loved business electronically by purchasing gift cards online.
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Craftin’ Outlaws is hosting a virtual marketplace to promote local vendors and products that would have been showcased in their since-cancelled craft fair. The marketplace will take place March 18th–29th, so you’ll have plenty of time to tune in for some shopping! Follow along for features on Instagram or Facebook, or sign up for their newsletter.
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Replenish Yoga + Spa
Although their doors are also closed for the time being, the Replenish owners reminded their community to purchase gift cards and yoga passes for future use, reload their balances in the Mind Body app, and to stay tuned to their website and social media account as they plan to release online yoga classes in the next week or so.
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Seventh Son Brewing Company
Worried about your favorite local breweries? While most around town have gift cards available for purchase, Seventh Son is offering FREE beer deliveries with orders of four items or more. Plus, they’re offering a free tote bag with each order (pictured above). For more details or to place an order, click here.
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Red Giraffe Designs
There’s no better time to change up your style than now, when you’re cooped up with nowhere to go. The best place to start? Jewelry. Red Giraffe Designs has begun releasing lots of new designs on their Etsy site for 15% off, so you can try out some new looks while you’re stuck inside. To sweeten the deal, they’re also offering free shipping on all orders.
*Some businesses may have adjusted/suspended their offerings after this article has been published. We have linked the social media and website information for each featured business, so we encourage you to check in with these sources before placing any orders.