Resources to support local businesses during COVID-19
Now more than ever, it’s important to support locally owned small businesses in the community as they continue to adapt to keep their doors open during COVID-19.
When Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all restaurants and bars to close their dine-in options, many shifted to new methods for continuing to serve the community, that includes delivery, curbside pickup, online and phone ordering, and more.
Sorting through which restaurants are open and what they offer can be a bit daunting, so some local organizations have gathered lists to easily navigate to your family’s next meal.
MICHELE BROUSE and ALLISON LUCKADOO wanted an easier way to streamline what restaurants were offering so they developed the website caringtodeliver.com. Restaurant owners are encouraged to fill out a form and they can feature their business on the site for free.
To see what restaurants are offering click here. Restaurants can be sorted by category, delivery/pickup options, safety precautions used and more.
Business owners wanting to list their restaurant can do so by clicking on “Submit A Business.”
Wilmington Downtown Inc. and the Downtown Business Alliance are promoting downtown Wilmington businesses by creating a list of shops and restaurants and their new operations. For retail stores, it includes any special offers.
Each listing includes contact information, items offered, and whether take-out, curbside delivery, and delivery services are available.
To access the restaurant list, click here.
To access the retail list, click here.
The list will be updated frequently as changes occur.
To support the initiative and provide quicker and easier access, the City of Wilmington is designating some free, on-street parking spaces for customers picking up items and delivery drivers. Green signs are wrapped around meters to designate the free spots.
“Downtown has over 225 shops, restaurants, breweries and pubs and WDI wants to do everything possible to help local businesses and employees,” WDI Chair Dane Scalise says in a news release. “We are hopeful and optimistic about this new way to shop or eat from our locally-owned businesses during this challenging period.”
The organization has compiled a list of local breweries and their drink and food options. The list includes contact information, takeout and delivery information, and any offers currently available. Click here for the list.
Wilmington Ale Trail will update the list every day if not more often.
It encourages clients to go to the establishments safely and in good health.
Our sister publication has also been gathering restaurant announcements during this time with information submitted by business owners on their hours, current offerings, and delivery and takeout availability.
That list is updated daily and can be found here.
The Business Journal also gathered some tips on ways to support local restaurants in this story.