Ways to Support your Local Small Businesses

local small businesses

Hey fam! Hope you’ve all been doing well and staying safe. I’ve been quiet on here for a bit because I needed some time to process everything and get used to the new normal. But, I actually left NYC in mid-March and have been staying with my parents in Pittsburgh, PA (where I grew up). I just feel so bad for the local small businesses right now, and thought that we can help.

I’ve been thinking a lot about ways that we can support local small businesses and also help out people in need. Without getting too detailed, this whole event is really sad + we should all do our part to help out when we can!

I asked you guys to respond on Instagram with local small businesses that you love and could use some extra help right now. Every spot is listed below, along with some of my personal favorites. I split it into different categories for NYC-based and Pittsburgh-based restaurants and services for you guys. If you need some other reading, check out my NYC Brunch Guide for delivery inspiration. 

Restaurants 

Even though we can’t eat out at restaurants, we can still order takeout and delivery from a ton of spots! A lot of places are even offering specials and deals when you order. If your favorite local spot is closed, you can buy a gift card to use in the future, too.  Some places that had to temporarily close are hosting fundraisers for their employees. Finally, treat someone you love to a delivery care package! What’s better than yummy food + drinks to brighten your mood? 

NYC Spots:

Aunt Jake’s- in addition to having the best pasta ever, they’re offering hospitality workers free meals until everyone goes back to work! 

Felix Roasting Co- temporarily closed. But you can help out their staff with this link.

Maman- grab some take out brunch + get their new cookie dough to go to bake at home. 

Mexicue- is offering delivery for the first time + this includes drinks! Get your margs, chips, and guac for a fun night in. 

Rosemary’s- take away + delivery available as well as Italian wines

PA Spots

Clean Juice- give me all the health right now. Delivery, pick up, and new buy + blend smoothies!

Convive Coffee- offering mobile ordering and delivery for your coffee needs

Medittera Cafe- baked goods and prepared foods all avail for pick up!

The Oven- yummiest pizza, wings, and more. They also have take + bake options now!

Sir Pizza- the best! they have curbside pickup now too. 

Services

As for service-based businesses, a ton of places are offering gift card deals online. 

NYC Spots:

Chillhouse- donating 30% ofย gift card sales to their employees!ย 

Drybar- try an at-home blowout with Drybar products or buy gift cards for a future blowout

Haven Spa- treat your future self to a massage or facial with a gift card

Roman K. Salon- offering 10% off a if you purchase a gift cardย 

Skintology Medspa- newly launched skincare products and supplements to keep you feeling and looking good 

PA Spots: 

Above All Salon- bonus $10 for every $100 you spend on gift cards

Drybar- try an at-home blowout with Drybar products or buy gift cards for a future blowout

Shopping/Retail:

Show these smaller, online retailers some love if you’re able to.  We’re all in different situations, but even following them on social media helps! 

AUrate- jewelry

DL1961- denim 

Lily and Laura- my everyday bracelets

Mixology- variety of clothing

NAADAM- cashmere + cozy

Pink Lily Boutique- variety of clothing

Z Supply- cotton sets + cute basics

Hope you’re all staying safe! Did I miss something? Comment below and LMK!

xx,

Lauren

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