It’s been a challenging year for everyone, especially local small businesses. This year alone, more than 50 restaurants, bars or coffee shops have closed in the Phoenix area alone, some specifically due to the pandemic. Other businesses, like boutiques and corner stores, have also shut their doors. Arizona residents can help keep their favorite local businesses going strong by supporting them during hard times. Here’s how you can support your local businesses during COVID:
Shop online or in person: You can support your favorite business financially, by purchasing a coffee, a meal, a book, or whatever they’re selling. You can also purchase a gift card (for yourself or a friend) and spend that money later on. Some local businesses even have a shop online with curbside pickup option, so you can still buy from them while keeping your physical distance!
Order takeout: If your favorite place happens to be an Arizona restaurant that has shifted their business model to takeout or delivery, plan a night to order dinner for your family. Save time making dinner and support a local business. Win-win!
Post on social media: You don’t have to spend money to show your support of local businesses. Post photos and comments on your personal social media profiles, talking about the businesses you love. Tag the company’s page in your post so they can see and share it too! This can help generate more awareness for the business among your friends, family and followers. Maybe they’ll be able to head out and make a purchase!
Write a review: Similar to posting on social media, writing a review on Google, Facebook or Yelp can go a long way to helping the business be found online by people looking for that product or service. Write about what you love there or why you love it, and post to all the different review sites if you can!
Use contactless payment options: In order to help limit the spread of COVID-19, pay by debit or credit card or a contactless option like Apple Pay (instead of cash). By reducing the amount of cash changing hands, it can keep everyone safer and healthier.
Tip extra: If you’ve ordered food or beverage and tipping is an option, tip extra if you can! Many food and beverage workers rely on tips to help their income, but may be receiving less tips than normal due to the changes in dining and restaurant capacity. If you can give an extra dollar, or even an extra quarter, it could go a long way to making someone’s day!
Shopping small and local is more important than ever before. By supporting local businesses in Arizona, everyone can come together to make the community stronger and get through the hard economic times together. There are many ways to support small businesses, and some don’t even require you to spend money! Find the best way for you to support your favorite company here in Arizona, so you can enjoy visiting those businesses during COVID and after COVID when things return to a more normal level of operation.