• Rebecca Landesman

Do Good, Feel Better: Supporting Small Businesses

Updated: Apr 11, 2020

Small businesses are at once the most precarious and precious part of our communities, bearing the brunt of competing with the Amazon and the ASOS of the world. If you've been keeping up with Melanie at House of Lilac, our friends at Taudrey, restaurants, content creators and so many more, the hustle to survive is more real than ever as "non-essential" businesses across the country are shuttered.

Thankfully we have the Internet and can shop straight from the couch while supporting local businesses like HOL, among many other of our favorite brands, but amid a financial crisis and an unprecedented rise in unemployment rate—estimates range from 13 to 30 percent in the second quarter of the year—and a country teetering on the edge of a recession, consumers are so overwhelmed with options, messages, and let's be realnot splurging—it has put a strain on our favorite mom-and-pop shops.

It's hard out here for small businesses, but we know that flattening the curve is essential right now. We also know that adversity breeds grit and innovation. We're all working on doing what's right and learning along the way. Restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops fighting to stay afloat are adapting quickly, whether it's via curbside delivery or window pick-up—hopefully we didn't take regular old take-out for granted.

To help sort through the many incredible small businesses that are still up and running—restaurants, retail, non-profits, fitness studioswe've put together a list of local spots for you to check out. There's a silver lining and it's thick. Your hard earned money can be someone else's lifeline. Doing good makes things better—we promise.

Vegging Out Takes on a Whole New Meaning:

Urban Oasis Project connects local farmers’ organic produce to consumers. They’re currently offering pick-up or delivery from some of their favorite vendors. 

Show Love to a Worthy Cause. Help Someone in Need:

Lotus House needs volunteers to assist with serving meals, cleaning, and engaging in activities with children in the shelter. They’re also accepting donations here.

Yoga for Change:

The Warrior Flow Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness programs to the community. Talented instructors and trainers are offering a series of donation-based yoga, fitness, and meditation classes on Instagram Live @warriorflowofficial. Check out the schedule here and donate via credit card, Paypal, or Venmo here.

Caffeine Kick:

Panther Coffee went from best-kept secret to being served practically everywhere (thank goodness) and they're still roasting. Order coffee online and enjoy at home. Gift cards are also available on Amazon and 100% of the proceeds will go to the barista team. Order here on Facebook or Instagram @panthercoffee.

Miami's Best Cultural Experiences Go Digital:

Books & Books, a classic Miami spot, is virtually open for business. We can’t peruse the shelves for paperbacks, but we can still support the independent bookstore by ordering online here. Get new stories at your doorstep, free of shipping charges. 

Culture Shock Miami has curated a list of access to arts and culture including online performances, virtual exhibitions, and on-demand resources that will help keep the arts alive. Check out a virtual tour of The Metropolian Museum of Art or the Pérez Art Museum Miami, among others on this list. 

Support Local Media:

Miami New Times has seen a spike in readership, but the company, like many others, has experienced pay-cuts and layoffs. If you like to read New Times sign up for a membership here and help local reporters and editors keep telling the real stories of South Florida. 

The New Tropic is for Miami’s curious locals and it has been keeping us in-the-know in the wake of coronavirus with a morning e-mail newsletter that provides tips, info, guides, and updates. The newsletter is free and can be found here but this monthly subscription grants perks and supports local journalism. 

At Home Happy Hour:

The Infatuation, New Times, and Time Out are helping take the edge off. Check out their lists of Miami establishments offering take-home and delivery for cocktails, beer, and wine. Happy hour is the best hour, especially when our booze budget supports local biz.

Dinner at Your Doorstep:

The Infatuation’s free city-specific e-newsletter delivers information straight to your inbox about restaurants around Miami that are still open for takeout or delivery. Sign up for it here.

CurbsideMiami also has this handy spreadsheet with information about the status of restaurants around town, many of which are offering free delivery and hefty discounts.

Social Distancing in Shape:

Quarantine can make anyone stir crazy, but luckily local fitness studios and gyms like Yoga Lab Coral Gables, UFC Gym Kendall, master trainer Rachel Robinson from Barry’s Bootcamp @rachel_fitness, Lauren Cobb of Sol Yoga, Adrian Molina and his community of instructors @warriorflowofficial, and others are offering free classes on Instagram and other platforms, so we can stay in shape while we self-isolate. The best part? You don't even have to be in Miami to participate.

Who's getting you through these quarantimes? DM us your faves and we'll keep this list updated!


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