How to Support Local Businesses NOW & After COVID-19

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shop local in Dallas during covid-19There are still so many unknowns with COVID-19. Why do some people get hit so hard? How are others totally asymptomatic?? I don’t think I’ve ever been more curious about anything in my life. Give me data!

But there’s one thing about this pandemic we do know for sure: All the closures, while super important, have been brutal for many small businesses in Dallas. Big box chains exist anywhere and everywhere. It’s the small businesses that make a city special, and we want to protect that. Financial uncertainties are a reality for tons of us right now, so splashing out on extras might not be in the cards. But if you are in a position to help, here’s how you can:

• Get takeout! A break from cooking and a chance to support a struggling local business. Win/win. Coronavirus fears shouldn’t prevent you from eating food prepared by others. Here’s a great break down if you haven’t already looked into it. Also, if possible, order directly from the restaurant vs. a third party; that way the restaurant doesn’t have to give away a major chunk of their profits.

• We’ve all heard about the gift card idea. For places you regularly visit but can’t right now (hair and nail salons, spas, boutiques, indoor play areas, etc.), consider buying a gift card. The business gets cash now to help weather the storm, and you get to treat your future self.

• Lots of local businesses have tailored their services to better fit our current circumstances. Kits, deliveries, shipping, online options… A friend of mine ordered ice cream delivery from Sweet Firefly the other day, complete with cones! If you have a favorite spot, be sure to check online to see if they’ve changed things up lately.

• Dallas Moms recently reached out to local businesses asking how we can help. We’re including their responses below, for anyone who feels inclined to support!

FOOD & DRINK :: CLOTHING/GIFTS/ACCESSORIES :: FITNESS/LEISURE :: SERVICES

FOOD & DRINK

Chop House Burger

Order online and a staff member will bring your food out to your car. And look at what else they’ve been up to lately:
1. We are hosting a pop-up of our sister restaurant Wild Salsa. You can pick up or deliver a Taco Night Kit for $40 which includes tacos, guacamole, rice, beans, chips, and salsa.
2. Every Tuesday is Taco Tuesday for service industry workers in need – pick up your lunch on us between 12-2pm.
3. We want to do our part to serve our community, so we have committed to donating 150 burger boxes per day to Baylor and Parkland hospital workers.

Destinations Wine Bar

Order online and pick up Thursday and Friday from 4-7pm (they have unique wines that the big boxes don’t often have!). They’re also launching online winemaker-hosted talks, buy 2 wines and get an invite to the Zoom call a few days after. Keep them in mind when things reopen for future date nights, girls night out, great food and live music.

Fisher Farm & Ranch

This local farm, operating for more than 150 years in East Texas, hand picks, packs, and delivers produce all over Dallas, right to your door. Take the worry and uncertainty out of going to the store! Lots of details on their website, including how to order.

LemonShark Poke

Place your order on their website with CODE: LemonShark and get 25% off of your entire check. Hours: M-F: 11am-7pm; Saturday & Sunday: 4-7pm.

LulaMade Biscotti

Their spring biscotti flavors are the perfect pick-me-up without the pick-up! They’ll deliver right to your doorstep in a contactless manner. FYI, biscotti has an incredible shelf life that’ll get you to May and beyond. This would be such a lovely gift for a friend or someone sheltering alone. $18/dozen biscotti.

Modern Market Eatery

Fresh, healthy, scratch-made food for pickup and delivery at all Dallas-area locations. Order online or through the app. Use CODE: SAVERESTAURANTS for 30% off your order. Free delivery on orders $25 or more. The discount applies to catering and group orders, too. They also just started doing grocery boxes!
Hours: Daily, 10am-7 or 8pm, depending on location. See website for exact hours.

Sunny Street Cafe

They’re now offering curbside pickup & $5 delivery (no minimum) for in-store menu items. The Kids Dino Bar Pack is $5 and comes with a treat, a dino pancake, toppings, and an art activity.
Hours: M-F: 7am-1pm; Saturday & Sunday: 7am-2pm.

Texas Ale Project

Now offering drive-thru Beer & Hard Seltzer to-go sales. They will also be rolling out a new Members Club. More details on membership will be released soon – could be a great birthday gift for someone!
T.A.P. staff will deliver 6-packs and growlers of Texas Ale Project beer, TAPWTR hard seltzer, bottled water, glassware, and any other merch right to your car and take payment. They will also accept pre-orders and payment over the phone with a credit card. Online payments coming super soon in order to be as low contact as possible. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-7pm; Sunday: 12-6pm.

Vitality Bowls

Looking for a healthy meal that kids love? Vitality Bowls specializes in nutrient-packed açai bowls, smoothies, paninis, fresh juices and salads. During this crisis, they are offering a Vitality Bowls 5-pack for only $50 where you can get 5 Acai Bowls with the toppings on the side. Enjoy them right away or freeze to have later in the week. Open for takeout, curbside delivery and available on Favor, GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats for delivery.

CLOTHING/GIFTS/ACCESSORIES

Blisslets

Blisslets are bracelets that provide nausea relief! They work through acupressure, clinically proven to provide drug-free relief from nausea caused by morning sickness, motion, migraines, vertigo, chemo, and more. They are also effective in relieving insomnia, and better sleep can mean a stronger immune defense. Blisslets is offering a number of deals at the moment, including free shipping with no order minimums and 10% off lowest listed pricdes with CODE: THRIVE10.

Flea Style

Please continue to shop small, whether that’s a gift card or purchasing an item online. They have dedicated hours for picking up items, where they’ll run them out to your car. Visit their FB and Insta for other specials and promotions. Handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind items!

Good Buy Gear

Many of our customers are using this time at home as an opportunity to clear out kid clutter, and earn money while they are at it! They are also finding great deals on gently used essentials and distractions (i.e. toys!) that can be delivered to their doorstep.
FYI, sellers can choose pickup service ($25) or drop-off service ($10). There are no upfront fees to schedule, the amount is deducted from your first payout.

Klee Naturals

Offers all-day, screen-free play for little princesses. All products made in the USA and makeup is free of chemicals, talc, and dyes. A safe way for little ones to escape into a fairytale and take a break from school work or screen time! 25% off our newest ice cream parlor series of makeup until 4/30 with code “dallasmoms”.

Lyla’s

Clothing, décor, furniture, Fusion Mineral paint & Autentico paint, and more for sale online 24/7. They ship and offer curbside pickup. Don’t miss “Special Buys” in the Gifts section.

Modern Emporium

This Richardson women’s clothing boutique offers free shipping, porch drop-off, and personal shopping by video.

Plum Dilly

Know anyone who’s pregnant and super stressed? Or a new mom with a teething baby? Send them something to lift their spirits! Stylish silicone teething necklaces, trendy earrings for a cause, and lightweight, washable backpacks. FREE SHIPPING on all styles, plus 30% off with CODE: DALLASMOMS30

Sunnyland Outdoor Living

Spend your time outdoors on quality outdoor furniture built to last for years to come. Visit us online, email, text, or leave a voicemail and we can work with you remotely with video consultations and more.

FITNESS & LEISURE

barre3 Richardson

Bring your barre3 practice home. To support your health and wellbeing during this time, bring the same remarkable studio workout, supportive community, and connection into your home via studio livestream classes from local instructors or through their barre3 online collection of workouts. Online classes can be accessed by purchasing class packages:
Single class: $23, 5-class package: $100, 10-class package: $180. Barre3 Online is $23.20/month.

Club SciKidz

Regarding their awesome summer camps: “At this time we do not foresee any interruptions to our summer camp programs and schedules, but we are working on alternatives just in case, so our campers will not miss out on their summer camp experience.”

Visit their FAQ and blog for additional details about summer camps and fun science activities you can do with your child (updated weekly!). Club SciKidz also offers a box subscription service. Topics range from Veterinarian Medicine to Climate Change. All of the boxes are complete with materials and detailed lessons.

Express Cheer & White Rock Tumble

ZOOM Classes for your KIDS & YOU! Get a workout, learn a routine, or work on skills all from your living room with a LIVE instructor. Visit their social media or contact [email protected] for more info.

Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners

To help with parents keeping their little ones busy, Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners is bringing interactive manners classes to people’s homes. They now offer a monthly subscription for virtual manners and etiquette lessons, and daily manners activities. This will keep your children entertained, while they learn valuable life skills. Mr. McVeigh’s Manners is $39.00 per month, which includes workbooks, coloring books, story books, and a laminated 11×17 Set the Table placemat. New products will be mailed to you each month.

North Texas Performing Arts

Because the show must go on, they’ve pivoted some of their programs to virtual.
1. Virtual Classes (from $9.99-$14.99, scholarships available)
2. Virtual Talent Contest – North Texas’s Got Talent ($20 entry fee)
3. Video Auditions
All locations are currently closed to the public, but phone calls will be answered weekdays 11am-3pm by an NTPA staff member. Outside of that time, please leave a message and they’ll get back to you asap.

Pilates Methodology

Now offering Virtual Methodology Mat Classes for $16 per class. They also have two specialty classes: Virtual Prenatal Mat and Virtual PE for Kids Pilates. The Virtual Prenatal Mat is designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during and after pregnancy, while the Virtual PE for Kids Pilates class will focus on keeping kids active and healthy while at home safe.

The Knight School

Join their high-energy WebParty and become a part of the intellectually-curious horde of kids enjoying all the fun and intellectual benefits of chess: creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, academic confidence, goal-orientation, and a self-identity as a very smart kid.

There are five WebParties, one each afternoon at 3:00pm. Each is very different from the other and has been developmentally targeted for specific audiences, and we teach straight to them. Each WebParty ends with all of us adjourning to our own private WebTourney where we all play chess together in a stress-free, private forum just for our class. The dramatic countdown to the big-finish, timed-out end of the WebTourney makes things exciting!
The Knight School has never turned a child away for financial reasons, and we certainly never will. I want to offer your child a special rate so that they can participate in our WebParty. They may pay the standard $90 per month, or they may opt to pay $70, $50, $30, $0, or any amount whatsoever that fits in your budget. All suggested tuition amounts are instantly welcomed.

Studio Bella Enrichment

During this time, Studio Bella for Kids is offering no cost and lost cost STEAM programming on our website. Join them for fearless creativity and fun called Full [email protected]. Their programming is a collaboration between Studio Bella for Kids and the Robocats Robotics Teams at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas.

Sweet Tooth Hotel

Because of the pandemic, we’re postponing our 2020 art exhibit opening indefinitely until the City of Dallas has designated a safe time to open.
However, you’re still able to support us and our artists. Buy a gift card which you can use to book tickets at a later date and get one FREE! 100% of these funds go towards paying our artists and team members. Because when this is over, there will be beautiful things waiting for you to explore.

SERVICES

Alexandra Geczi PLLC | Family Law

Don’t let fear isolate you. Join our community and use this time as an opportunity to educate yourself and plan for a brighter future. We are here to guide you on your journey. We are currently offering complimentary 30 minute virtual consultations to help women explore their options, including virtual divorce and co-parenting resources.

Connect to Thrive Counseling

They are offering first 4 sessions free for individuals or families that work as a first responder or medical personnel. They’re also offering reduced rates for telehealth sessions for new clients who need support but are struggling financially. Hours: Monday-Saturday: 9am-7pm.

Frog Tutoring

Now offering FREE online K-12 classes in Math, English Language Arts and Science led by a live instructor to help students. Register here.

Laundry Care

Laundry never stops, of course. Laundry Care is open and doing no-contact pickups and deliveries. The bag rate is $35/13-gallon bag, but they’re offering 25% off all wash and fold orders with PROMO CODE: CLEAN25

Pro Motion Chiropractic

Take a deep breath and give yourself all the grace you can – we will all make it through this. Try to not stress about the kids – they’re resilient little humans! Jamie is still taking appointments but with modified hours: slightly shortened Tuesday afternoons, Thursday mornings, and Saturday mornings.

Tom Barrett Optical

If you need some help with your eyeglasses they’re here for you: repairs, new Ex into your frames, etc. Tom is in the shop most days lately but please call ahead. Adjusted Hours: M-F: 10am-6pm.

More ideas here!
7 North Texas Shops to Support from the Comfort of Home

*Dallas Moms is yet another local small business affected by COVID-19. We believe we’re stronger together and are proud to help our community and fellow small businesses however we can.

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