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5 Ways to Support Local Businesses While Staying at Home

Posted on March 25, 2020 | 3:57pm | Travel Costa Mesa

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As #StayAtHome becomes the norm across the country, local businesses could use a little love. From offering toilet paper with to-go orders, curbside cocktail supplies and pop-up grocery stores, businesses are getting creative to continue serving customers. Find out how you can support your local businesses while staying safe at home with our list.

Follow your favorite businesses on social media.

The news moves quickly in these uncertain times. We find that changing hours, dining options and more are often announced on social media first. Many of our favorite restaurants closed their doors, only to open them soon after with takeout, delivery and curbside pickup, not to mention special menus! How did we know a Michelin star restaurant was now serving takeout? Social media.

Swap national chains for local restaurants.

The best way to support small businesses is to choose local whenever possible. Order takeout or delivery from local restaurants on your normal dine out days. Miss happy hour? Check local restaurants to see if they’re offering special pre-made drinks to go. If you normally grab coffee from a national chain in the morning, try getting curbside pickup at your neighborhood coffee place. 

Buy local.

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We celebrate Small Business Saturday every November, but they need us now more than ever. Buying supplies? Find out what local shops carry before heading to national stores. In Costa Mesa, we have several alternative choices including a zero waste shop for home goods and personal care items, a craft cocktail store that’s offering delivery, and many more. Although some of the brick-and-mortars are closed, their online stores are open. If you do venture out to shop, the lines are often much shorter at local stores too.

Alternative grocery shopping.

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Farmer’s markets are considered essential and remain open in California, even with a stay-at-home order. Consider purchasing groceries directly from farmers. You can often find a wide range of goods like fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy. Some restaurants are also selling prime cuts of meat, seafood, eggs and more in pop-up shops or as part of their takeout options. Check your options before heading to the supermarket.

Commit to rescheduling.

Salons, spas and other service-related shops had to cancel appointments. Theatres and concert halls had to cancel performances. Commit to rescheduling your appointments as soon as possible. Ask the box office about alternatives to getting a refund on your tickets. If you can exchange your ticket for a later date then you’ll be supporting the arts at a difficult time. Plus, you’ll have something to look forward to. 

There are many ways to help out businesses in your area without having to leave home. We hope you find our list useful. If you’re local to Costa Mesa, we’ve created a page of business updates that’s refreshed daily.