5 ways to support local business during the coronavirus shutdown

By Erica Ohmes | Thursday, April 9, 2020
Courtesy Bhava Yoga Studio

Local business is essential for our economy. They create growth and innovation for our communities and provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and support the local economies, communities, and neighborhoods. The combination of businesses being required to temporarily shut down and people having to stay home has caused local and small businesses to suffer. While most of us are feeling a financial strain right now, it is ultimately going to be up to us, the local communities and customers, to support these businesses. 

1. Even though many restaurants have been forced to shut down some have been able to adapt to the changing times by offering delivery or takeout food and drinks. 

Dillon Dam Brewery is offering 30% Off All Takeout & To-Go Beer. With every order, you also receive a playing card to keep and trade in for future prizes once they re-open. 

                                                  Courtesy Erica Ohmes

Vinny's Euro American Cuisine & Frisco Prime are offering curbside to-go service special menu and 20% off all food and 45% off all bottles of wine. 

Dillon restaurants have joined together for a series of virtual concerts starting Friday, April 10 encouraging people to order a to-go meal from the participating restaurant and watch the concert online at SummitDaily.com/togojams. If you can't budget a takeout meal, leave your favorite restaurant a positive online review by simply searching their business in Google, Facebook, Yelp, or another other social media platform and share your experience. Or share local restaurant delivery menus on your social media pages. 

Read the full list of takeout options from Summit County restaurants and breweries here. Breckenridge based GIS company has also created a new app showing businesses that are open for takeout or online sales

               Courtesy The Bakers' Brewery

2. Order some wine from Carboy Winery in Breckenridge or some whiskey from Breckenridge Distillery and have a virtual happy hour with your friends or family. Both are currently having a buy one get one sale and Breckenridge Distillery is offering a Virtual Tour of their distillery every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. 

                                      Courtesy Carboy Winery

                                          Courtesy Breckenridge Distillery

3. With Easter around the country do some online shopping at one of your favorite local boutiques or order a fun bunny decorating kit from Mom's Baking Co. Send a gift to a love one, family member, or leave on a neighbor's, medical, fire department worker's doorstep. To order from Mom's Baking Co call or text 970.389.0025.

                                     Courtesy Wandering Daisy

                    Courtesy Don Lo Mercantile

4. Get crafty with Breckenridge Creative Arts and join one of their virtual art classes where you can learn how to make journals, pillows, and hand sanitizer, or improve your figure-drawing skills. Summit County Libraries is also offering virtual storytime on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings on their Facebook Page. 

                              Courtesy Breckenridge Creative Arts

5. Getting proper exercise is considered essential, check which local gyms, yoga studios, dance studios, plate studios, or any fitness studios in your town are offering virtual classes. While Meta Yoga Studios in Breckenridge is offering free yoga classes through their Facebook page, some other studios are offering free virtual classes to those who have memberships or charging a small fee to participate. 

                         Courtesy Bhava Yoga Studio