IT'S TIME TO SUPPORT LOCAL (shop safe, fast, and local now)

Think. Shop. Buy. Local During COVID-19

Local businesses and their employees need our help. From ideas for the kids, to ways to keep your sanity, here are a few ways you can help local businesses, and they can help you, during this challenging time.

Support the Restaurant Industry

The restaurant industry is perhaps one of the most hit-up industries when it comes to asking for donations. They are always willing to help with a gift card for your auction or food donation to your event, or even food when the community is struck by disaster, but now they need our help.

While most restaurants may not be open for dine-in, many are still offering take-out services and are still selling gift cards. By supporting restaurants today, you help you ensure that they are there for you in the future.

Survival Help for Keeping the Kids Busy from Local Businesses

Have no fear, reinforcements are here! Many local businesses are offering free delivery (within specified distances) or curbside pickup. Here are a few with options that are sure to keep the kids busy… for at least a minute or two.

  • Bbgb tales for kids is offering free local delivery as well as a list of favorites. Additionally, they’ve linked to some of their favorite authors for online story times throughout the day. Search more books here.
  • From craft projects and science activities to games for the whole family, plus a little something for adults, World of Mirth has plenty to mix-up your daily quarantine routine – and will deliver it locally or provide curbside pick-up.
  • Back in the day, woodshop was a common class so why not bring it back with a project from Woodcraft of Richmond. With tons of project ideas your older kids can build from a kit or start from scratch. Check out their site and then give them a call (804.355.3945) for curbside pickup and to check availability. They are also offering a $5 flat rate on shipping.
  • While we’re bringing woodshop back, why not cooking? Richmond-based PastryBase is offering free shipping across their website of baking mixes and kits while
  • AR Workshop at Stony Point Fashion Park has created kid-friendly Take & Make DIY-To-Go Kits – perfect for having art class at home, plus they offer free local delivery or curbside pick-up.
  • When it comes time to get the wiggles out, head to Agecroft Hall & Gardens – they’ve opened up their gardens and grounds for people to stroll for free while enjoying fresh air and sunshine – while following the recommended social distancing.

Sanity Savers

These are stressful times and it’s important to take care of yourself and get what you need – whether it’s exercise or a little social interaction. Here are a few ways to hopefully save your sanity during these challenging times.

Celebrate Special Occasions

While we may be physically secluded – special days including birthdays, anniversaries, and even Easter, will still occur and should be commemorated. Below are a few places that can make a night at home feel like a true celebration.

  • Treat yourself with a special dinner from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Stony Point Fashion Park. Mention their website and receive $40 off your take-out order of $100.
  • What’s a celebration without a little cake? Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods has launched a drive thru pick-up service so go ahead, let them eat (a custom) cake for their birthday, or cupcakes, or even Rainbow Cookies. For all items available by drive thru, click here. Don’t forget to order Hot Cross Buns for Easter.
  • If you’re going to have cake, you’re going to need some ice cream to top it off. Gelati Celesti has a large selection of fan-favorites available for take-out. Call 804.200.0600 (not the stores) to place your take-out order. After all, does anything provide the same joy that ice cream does?

Retail Therapy

There’s a reason they call it retail therapy – sometimes, a new outfit or kitchen gadget just makes us feel happy. Some local retailers are offering free local delivery or curbside pickup – so go ahead, shop their website or Instagram, and then do a little happy dance.  Here are a few local shops that are offering delivery or curbside pick-up that are sure to brighten your day.

  • For Posh Sake – Eventually, we’ll get to leave our homes and when it does, you’re going to want some fun spring clothes to make your re-entrance into society in. For Posh Sake features items for men, women, and children, and offers free local delivery, curbside pick, up, and free shipping.
  • Ladles & Linens – Now that you’re probably eating a lot more meals at home, you might want to jazz up your kitchen accoutrements with some fun new products from Ladles & Linens.
  • Fraiche – Spending days upon days in our own homes can make it glaringly obvious when it’s time for a little home décor refresh and Fraiche is here to help. They’ve even put together a Take Care Package to gift a loved one, or yourself, to help get through these days.
  • Lustre by Adolf – Whether you’re just looking to add a little sparkle to your day or all of this time cooped up has inspired you to ask a specific question, Lustre can help find the perfect piece – they’ll even FaceTime with you if you don’t feel comfortable coming in the store.
  • River City Food Tours – Need something to look forward to? Purchase a gift certificate for River City Food Tours and use the code SPRING2020 for 10% off.
  • Looking for more ideas? Check out the full listing for shopping options at local stores in Carytown here and check out Westhampton RVA for news on the shops at Libbie, Grove, and Patterson.
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