5 Ways to Support Atlanta Businesses While Social Distancing

There is no doubt that small businesses in Atlanta have been impacted by Coronavirus. From closures to new hours, offerings, and layoffs, read on for ways you can help business owners and employees weather the storm!

1. Tune into Video Fitness Classes

Screen Shot 2020-03-18 at 1.51.07 PMMany local athletic clubs and gyms have closed due to mounting pressures and the need to cut down on group gatherings. Still want to get your sweat in and support your favorite instructors? Tune into Instagram stories and YouTube for classes offered by many studios like YogaWorks, Stability Pilates, and TURN Studio. Classes are free, so don’t forget to Venmo your instructor if you enjoyed the workout!

2. Get Takeout or Delivery

The Banshee Drive Through MenuWhile many local restaurants have discontinued their dine-in service there are still plenty offering take out or delivery options. 285 Colonial KitchenMetroFreshBanshee, Hampton + Hudson, Recess, Tupelo Honey, Holmesand Miller Union are just some of the many offering new ways to grab your favorite foods. Also, certain eateries like Haven and Valenza are even providing a selection of beer and wine options for pick up along with your meal. Especially worried about those in the service industry? Consider grabbing your meal from 8ARM where half of all sales will go directly to furloughed staff. For those looking to cook up their own meals,  grocery or meal kit delivery services like Garnish & Gather and Fresh ‘n Fit can deliver fresh ingredients you might not be able to find in stores right now. For a live update on restaurant hours, delivery and takeout options, and closings see this fantastic list compiled by our friends at Blue Hominy Public Relations.

3. Purchase a Gift Card

Gift CardA wonderful way to get through this difficult situation is to invest in something to look forward to! Treat yourself and your sweetheart to a night out at a later date by purchasing a gift card now to provide much-needed revenue that will help your favorite spot get through the next few weeks. To see the large variety of Atlanta bars and restaurants offering gift card options, swag, and more view this crowdsourced list by Root Kitchens. 

4. Shop Online and Support on Social Media

Tracy Nicole DesignsWhile you might not be able to try on that new dress or sample that intriguing wine—step out on a limb and buy online. Most Atlanta vendors are set up with online sites, so simply head over to their URL. Tracy Nicole Clothing can help you find your perfect work from home outfit and ASW Distillery has you covered with curbside pickup for an at-home happy hour! Once you have made your purchase don’t forget to show your love on social media and encourage your friends to #shoplocal as well!

5. Donate to GoFundMes and Local Charities

Giving Kitchen Capes

 Despite everyone’s best efforts to stay open and active during this time, there are hundreds of service industry workers that have been laid off and need your help. Donations are needed to support nonprofits like the Giving Kitchen, who work to provide emergency financial and community assistance to food service workers. You can also give directly to the staff at specific restaurants and bars like Victory Sandwich Bar and Little Trouble by contributing to their staff-run GoFundMes.

 

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