The closures of businesses throughout the state during the COVID-19 emergency, although necessary, have been difficult on everyone. As individuals and families are practicing social distancing across the state, small businesses are especially feeling the immense impact.
At Saint Ignatius High School, we take great pride in being a part of the Ohio City community. The individuals who brew our fresh cups of coffee every morning, perfectly wrap our lunchtime burritos and scoop our after-school ice cream sundaes are our friends and neighbors. They make up our Ohio City family.
During these uncertain times, we are all trying to assist each other however we can. But with the increased caution around public spaces, how can we continue to support our favorite small, local businesses?
1) Utilize takeout or delivery options
Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order does not mean you can’t go out and grab a bite to eat if you’re in the mood for some local cuisine. Participating in “Takeout Tuesday” is a great way to support Cleveland area businesses. Just remember to practice social distancing while picking up your food. Or better yet, have it delivered. We encourage you to take a look at Ohio City Incorporated's list of Food, Retail & Small Businesses that are still operating throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
2) Purchase gift cards
Many Ohio City stores and restaurants offer gift cards online. Not only does this gesture help funnel revenue their way, but it also sends the message that you’re looking forward to shopping with them again in the future.
3) Focus on purchasing local produce
Local farmers will inevitably feel the impact and economic repercussions of this crisis. To help them, you can fill your freezer with your favorite seasonal fruits or root vegetables that are plentiful this time of year. The West Side Market, a staple of the Ohio City neighborhood, is the home of many local produce vendors. Most of them are offering call-ahead ordering, pick up and delivery services. View a full list of vendors.
4) Shop online
Online shopping is convenient and can be done from the comfort of your own couch. While going through mega-retailers might be your go-to, consider purchasing items online from Cleveland retailers. Most small business retailers have websites offering their products that can be delivered right to your door, so you’ll never have to worry about running low on your favorite items and social distancing needs.
In addition to our suggestions, there are countless ways we can help keep our economy, our friends and our community sustainable. Together, we can have a significant positive impact in helping sustain these local businesses throughout the next several weeks.
We’re all in this together. Let’s take advantage of the opportunity to instill hope and confidence in our local community as we collectively weather the storm from the coronavirus.