From markets supplied by local growers to cafes that offer bicycle repairs with your beer, small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities. With the spread of COVID-19 forcing many storefronts to shutter, it’s more important than ever to find new ways to support our favorite mom-and-pop operations.
That’s why we put together this list of threatened restaurants and retailers that have taken their business online, offer gift certificates, or accept donations to help their staff ride out the pandemic.
This is a growing list organized alphabetically by city—drop the name of a small business (or two, or three) from your community that could use some love in the comments below, and we’ll update this page!
Kara, the founder of Huskmilk Pottery, crafts all of her products in her personal studio in Atlanta. Every piece is handmade and available for purchase online.
Baton Rouge, LA
A nonprofit dance organization, Of Moving Colors understands the importance of movement—especially when people are stuck at home. In their current season, titled City Bound, they’re using social media to share 10-minute dance sessions.
Greer is a curated store for international stationary and office supplies. The physical locations are shut, but their website is still open for orders.
Jeong is an inventive Korean restaurant with a loyal fan base—so loyal, in fact, that while the restaurant is currently closed, they’ve been selling out of their pre-order meals for delivery and pickup.
An 18,000-square-foot warehouse is home to some of Chicago’s most interesting antiques. The Golden Triangle’s online store allows you to browse their seemingly limitless collection.
Selling an international mix of blends sourced from Rwanda to Colombia, this coffee house offers curbside pickup and free delivery.
This handmade home goods store in Kingston, New York, sells fine art and decorative objects. Right now, it’s donating five cans of food for every order and offering free shipping for orders over $50.
Los Angeles, CA
This women-owned, family-operated business is offering non-contact pickups from their selection of sandwiches, salads, mini-boxes of goodies, and even charcuterie boards. If you’d prefer to stock up your pantry, pick up a $30 farmers market produce box.
LASA, located in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, is currently fulfilling orders placed by Thursday at 6 p.m. for curbside or window pickup on Saturday and Sunday.
New York, NY
The beloved NYC coffee shop is shipping their exceptional Nicaraguan blends nationwide. Get free ground shipping when you spend $50.
The Doughnut Project makes the best doughnuts in the city, and that is a fact. We’re partial to the Bronx, made with Italian olive oil and a hint of black pepper. It’s offering a limited to-go menu, but we recommend treating someone special to a gift card.
Home Union is a go-to for all things midcentury, be it a piece of furniture you didn’t realize you needed, or the perfect accessory and finishing touch. It’s currently open by appointment in Williamsburg and taking orders online.
Offering "beautiful things for everyday living," the Williamsburg shop has just the thing(s) to bedeck your tabletop, refresh your walls, or rejuvenate your wellness routine. It’s currently offering free shipping with code INTHEFAM, 25 percent off all jewelry with SHINEON, and an extra 25% off all sale items with INDOORS.
Ardor Natural Wines’ rotating list offers natural wines made with the least amount of "chemicals, additives, and overly technological procedures." Right now, they are offering same day-delivery; all tips and delivery fees go to the driver.
Beam & Anchor is home to an eclectic mix of new and vintage furniture. Currently, Beam & Anchor is collaborating with Open Space Mindfulness to host Zoom meditations.
Portland jewelry designer Betsy & Iya specializes in bold, geometric, handcrafted designs—and celebrated 12 years on March 15. They are still taking new orders that will be fulfilled when the studio reopens.
This home goods store sells bags, gifts, bath supplies, pet items, and more. Right now, Canoe is offering free shipping to addresses in Oregon and $10 domestic shipping.
Carman Ranch is a century-old, family-owned ranch offering sustainable beef and free delivery for orders placed in Portland over $150. The cows are grass-fed and never given any antibiotics or hormones.
If social distancing has you missing that special someone, take advantage of this deal. Egg Press is offering specialty five-card packs for $20 and free shipping on orders over $40 with the code THINKINGOFYOU.
Kat + Maouche is a Berber-American run business that sources authentic, vintage Moroccan rugs.
MadeHere PDX represents 250 makers based in the Pacific Northwest and is currently offering 20% off all orders.
Mantel’s motto is "Small Makers, Big Style," and the ceramics selection is top notch. Orders over $50 get free shipping with the code STAYWELL.
Helping customers get their groceries easier, this delivery service offers farmer’s market produce, meat, dairy, bread, and an assortment of locally produced pantry staples.
Nationale, a recently reopened art space, promotes culture through exhibitions, performances, and curated goods. Though temporarily closed, it hosts a sanitized, spaced, and safe curbside pickup for a chosen book every Saturday. Send them a direct message on Instagram to learn more.
Notary Ceramic’s online store is open — shop everything from handmade minimalist ceramics to curated home goods.
The patisserie is taking orders by Thursday for local delivery on Saturday (or you can splurge by signing up for their newly launched pastry club).
Stock up on European-style charcuterie and sausages with Olympia Provisions’ new Portland Pantry Delivery service, which includes pantry items, wine, breads, pickled vegetables, and cheeses.
The manufacturing facility is currently closed, but they are still taking and fulfilling orders on in-stock items.
The soft goods design and fabrication studio has pivoted to making PPE for medical workers. They are taking orders, as well as community donations, to support their new production.
Powell’s Books, the beloved, family-owned bookstore with a cult following, is closed but still shipping online orders.
Sandbox Ceramics is a one-woman pottery studio based in St. Helens, Oregon. Check out her online shop for latest availability.
The boutique, high-design dispensary now takes online orders and offers pickup in Portland, and from their newly opened Los Angeles location.
Although the century-old brick building that houses the Portland-based Schoolhouse is currently closed, their online shop is open for business and offering an additional 20% off all sale items.
Solabee Flowers & Botanicals has seamlessly shifted to business online with vase arrangements, bouquets, and plants available for local delivery or curbside pickup.
Spartan’s home goods, handmade objects, ceramics, furniture, lighting, art, and tableware have cultivated an online following. While its light-filled showroom and gallery is closed, owner Currie Person is featuring a steady stream of one-of-a-kind finds on Instagram, many of which are mostly handmade. A portion of all the profits earned during March were donated to No Kid Hungry and the Oregon Food Bank.
Ten percent of sales goes to organizations supporting those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and founder Sarah Wolf is offering free online pottery classes.
Selling cheerful home goods from a range of independent designers, both Oregon-based and international, Woonwinkle is currently offering free local deliveries.
Ugly Duck Coffee, located in Rochester, New York, has temporarily closed and will reopen April 6th for takeout orders only. To help out, shop some of their store merchandise online, or purchase a gift card.
San Diego, CA
Serving strong coffee, a great atmosphere, and an array of home goods, Moniker in San Diego, California, invites guests to swing by and grab a cup of coffee to go, or to shop online.
San Francisco Bay Area
This worker-owned cooperative with locations in San Rafael, Oakland, Emeryville, and San Francisco draws customers with artisan baked goods and gourmet pizza.
The Aesthetic Union in San Francisco’s Mission District is a letterpress print shop dedicated to keeping the craft alive. The online shop is open, and offering free shipping.
With five locations throughout the Bay Area, Cafe Réveille (pronounced rev-ee-yay) and Réveille Coffee have been bright spots in their respective ‘hoods. They’re raising funds for their baristas and kitchen staff.
Cassava in San Francisco’s Richmond neighborhood serves California cuisine with farm-fresh ingredients—don’t skip the Japanese breakfast.
This flour and grain mill in Petaluma, California, is still shipping premium ingredients for home bakers.
Crimson Horticultural Rarities is a nursery in the Temescal area of Oakland that reminds us a bit of the Reptile Room in A Series of Unfortunate Events—totally dark, lush, and a bit mysterious. Besides plants, they also have an amazing selection of planters, wall art, perfume, and more.
Dax Lee’s Barber & Apothecary in Oakland promises "No bad cuts and no bad days," and they deliver. Gift certificates are available.
Fig & Thistle has both a market and a wine bar in San Francisco, where they curate a selection of low-elevage wines from small growers around the world.
Spend some time outside with some greenery purchased at Flowerland in Albany, California. They are taking appointments to peruse the nursery through their email email@example.com.
With two locations in San Francisco, Green Apple Books is a cornerstone of the city’s literary community. They’re taking online orders and offering gift cards.
Located in San Francisco and Venice, General Store is a wonderland of well-crafted home goods, apparel and jewelry, and apothecary items.
With four locations in San Francisco, this purveyor of craft beer and whiskey also curates some of the best ice cream from around the country (especially Graeter’s from Cincinnati).
Part bike shop and part cafe, this community-minded venue serves up lots of vegan and vegetarian options and a rotating tap of local beers. Located in Oakland’s Chinatown, it’s accepting staff tip donations and appointments for bicycle repairs.
We’re so thankful for the creatives making us laugh uproariously in these uncertain times. Become a patron, subscribe to their quarterly, or pick up one of their many titles published in-house.
La Mediterranee is a San Francisco staple—the Fillmore location opened in 1979. The Armenian-Lebanese menu accommodates diets of all kinds, and they’re currently accepting take-out and delivery orders.
La Palma in San Francisco’s Mission district is a one-stop shop for Mexican cuisine, where stacks of tortillas are pressed fresh daily. Park LifeThis is a beloved spot to pick up gifts for friends and family.
Shakewell serves up Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. While their restaurant is not open, they are still allowing pickup and delivery orders. There is also a GoFundMe to support their employees.
With locations in San Francisco and Oakland, Trouble Coffee is a community-driven, brass tacks coffee shop with a skate-punk ethos.
Now offering food to-go, True Laurel in San Francisco’s Mission District pairs innovative cocktails and bar bites for the bon vivant.
A used and new bookstore by Oakland’s Lake Merritt that also deals vinyl, Walden Pond Books is still taking orders the old-fashioned way—by phone.
Wolfman Books is a forward-thinking, big-hearted community hub in Oakland that combines bookstore, small press, and event space. Shop online, or become a monthly supporter to get books delivered year-round.
Yonder sells curated handmade ceramics, paintings, and other artistic goods from around the world. The store also doubles as a studio where ceramic courses are held. Shop Yonder's unique products online.
Bay area potter Zoe Dering handmade vases and tableware with a signature speckled finish.
This design shop offers plants, clothing, and a plethora of other artisanal and quality items. Orders can now be placed ahead of time through their website or over the phone, and obtained at a curbside pickup.
Serving premium coffee since 1980, Monorail Espresso is allowing visitors to grab an espresso at one of their walk-up windows, or order through Monorail on the Move.
Award-winning chocolate-maker and confectioner Monsoon Chocolate is still taking online orders. They also created a GoFundMe to support employees who have been unable to work.
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