Throughout the years, Crunkleton has had the privilege of working with numerous small businesses that have brought fun, value, and much-needed services to the Huntsville and Madison areas. Each has worked tirelessly to make their dreams a reality and they strive daily to deliver unique inventory and unmatched customer service.
Now, our city’s small businesses are overcoming new challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants are adapting quickly to offer new delivery and takeout options. Boutiques are making it easier to shop small online, and fitness studios are live streaming classes to viewers at home. In true Huntsville spirit, each industry is showing incredible innovation and creativity—two attributes that make up our wonderful city. Together, we will come back stronger than before.
Within a short period of time, small business owners have hustled to meet the needs of customers while closely adhering to social distancing and quarantine protocols. It’s nothing short of inspirational.
By offering your support during this uncertain time, you are helping our town’s small businesses thrive.
(We’ve included a few photos of various businesses below. However, this is only a very small sample of what is available in our city. We highly encourage everyone to visit more exhaustive lists of retailers to discover what they are offering. There are so many incredible spots in Huntsville and Madison and they all need our support and positive vibes. Also, keep in mind things are changing daily and new opportunities are popping up all the time. So stay tuned to social media for updates.)
Here are 10 ways you can support small businesses while social distancing:
Order Delivery & Take-Out Meals
The Alabama Department of Public Health has banned all consumption of food and beverage on premises, which means restaurants now rely on takeout, curbside pick-up, and delivery options.
If you have a favorite local joint that you’d like to order from, check their website or give them a call. There are also plenty of resources available that break down what services are being offered at each establishment. Downtown Huntsville, Inc. has a running list of restaurants and retail businesses with expanded options for delivery and pick-up.
And don’t forget that many of your favorite places will likely have delivery and pick-up options on GrubSouth, DoorDash, and GrubHub.
GrubSouth has moved to no-contact transactions to keep customers and drivers safe. They are also no longer accepting cash orders, so all tips need to be selected online before ordering.
Another great source for which restaurants have delivery and pick-up is CarryOutAL.com. If your favorite restaurant isn’t on the list, send them a message and encourage them to be added to the directory.
Shop Small Online
Yes, there are plenty of options out there when it comes to online shopping but turning your attention to the smaller guys can make all the difference. Several local gift shops and retailers like Caley Paige Home & Gifts, Roosevelt & Co., Sweet Pineapple, Elitaire Boutique, and many others have expanded their online inventory to make it even easier to get the full in-shop experience.
Visit their websites and see what options are available. If you don’t want to wait for delivery, many even offer curbside pick-up so you can make your order and immediately go grab it. It can all be done from the comfort of your home and you never have to leave your car once you arrive.
Buy A Gift Card
Purchasing a gift card now is a great way to support shops that you love. Be sure to check where your gift card can be used, because some are redeemable online and in-store. If you don’t feel like using it now, save it for a later time. But your contribution will help businesses stay on track.
Encourage A Small Business Owner
If you can’t make a purchase at the moment, you can always send small business owners a word of encouragement and positivity. It’s helpful to hear from the community that you are appreciated. Take a moment to send a direct message on Facebook or Instagram to a local shop and let them know you are thinking of them!
Leave A Positive Google/Facebook Review
Positive reviews online can greatly help a business. If there’s an establishment you frequent, take the time to leave a five-star review on Google or Facebook. Your review could encourage others to shop there.
Attend An Online Workout
The fitness industry is facing its own unique challenges because close group workouts are no longer an option. Many are hosting live workout classes online so members can get a similar experience at home. Fitness studio teachers are even adapting workouts, so they are easier to do with less equipment and space.
So don’t cancel your membership—take your favorite class online if it’s available.
Share, Like, & Comment On Social Media
Local shops are doing their best to stay active on social networks and communicate their offerings to the public. You can help them by liking, sharing, and commenting on their posts to increase traffic. Use your own social influence to boost a small business.
If you take the time to order delivery or purchase an item for pick-up, post a picture on your channels and tag the shop.
Healthcare workers are on the front line and placing themselves in difficult situations daily. If you want to support local businesses and our healthcare workers at the same time, offer to buy someone in the field a lunch or dinner for delivery. It’s a good way to show your appreciation to several people at once. Sharing a little joy is just as important!
Now, more than ever, offering a generous tip can help take care of staff and businesses. If it’s within your means to increase your giving, leave a little extra.
Tell Everyone About New Options & Assist Others
In conversations with your friends, tell them about available options. If someone isn’t particularly tech-savvy, offer to help them order online or suggest calling in.
It’s times like this that we see how special Huntsville truly is. Together, we can support each other from a distance and show love to our small shops.
Again, this is just a small sample and we hope everyone will contact their favorite small business to see what new offerings are available. Our community is incredible!
Stay safe, happy, and healthy, everyone!
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