9 Ways You Can Support Local Businesses and *Not* Leave Your House

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If you’re working from home and staying inside to avoid getting sick, you don’t have to completely cut yourself off from your community. There are still ways to get what you need and have access to necessities and comforts, without compromising your health. You can even help local businesses from the safety of your home. Check out our tips below for how to support community-owned businesses without leaving your house.

1. Shop Online

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And no, we don’t mean Amazon. There are many local, online businesses like Mint Market, Alba Boutique, AXd, and The Margo Market that have online retail options, so you don’t have to leave your home to check out their selection. Shop for the upcoming spring season or get ready for the summer with their selections of clothing, accessories and more. Other shops like Washington General Store are also offering Facetime and curbside pickup.

Read More: An A-Z List of Local Brick-and-Mortar Hoboken Businesses to Support Every Day

2. Order in From Local Restaurants 

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Hoboken and Hudson County have some amazing food options for every kind of cuisine. Being inside doesn’t have to mean you’re missing out on great pizza from Zero Otto Uno, delicious French-Moroccan cuisine from Barbes Hoboken, or modern Italian fare from Luna. Many locally-owned eateries allow you to order online and take advantage of their delicious #eeeeeats being delivered right to your door.

3.  Schedule an Online Therapy Session

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Many therapists today are aware that we have busy lives and need flexibility in our schedules, so they began to offer online and telephone therapy sessions. These are great for everyday life, but also great for times like these. Local companies like Mindful Power LLC, Healing on Hudson, Starr Therapy, Anchor Therapy, and the Lukin Center for Psychotherapy offer telehealth options, so you can take care of your mental health without compromising your physical health.

4. Mail Monetary Donations or Donate Online to Local Charities

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If you want to support local charities and non-profits, many places like The Hoboken Shelter, accept monetary donations in the form of checks mailed to them, as well as having an Amazon Wishlist they need. It’s a great way to ensure that they are still being supported and are able to run smoothly, without leaving your house. You can also donate online via PayPal or Amazon to charities like AngelaCARES. See a full list of local non-profits here

5. Like and Follow Local Business Pages on Social Platforms

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If you’re staying in but missing your favorite local business, head over to their social media pages and like them on Facebook, review them on Yelp, or follow them on Instagram. Share their accounts to yours, so you can help spread the good word about your favorite local spots to your friends and community members as well. PS: Follow @thehobokengirl on all social platforms to stay in the loop.

See More: An A-Z List of Local Brick-and-Mortar Jersey City Businesses to Support

6. Read Books by Local Authors

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Little City Books is a great place to see Hudson County’s literary talent {as well as some NYT bestsellers}, and you can order books and other works from local artists so that you can support both a local business and a local resident.

7. Grab a Gift Card

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Many local restaurants, stores, and companies offer the ability to purchase a gift card online. Buy it now and save it for a sunnier day. This allows businesses to keep running in a time when fewer people are out and allows you to enjoy a gift to yourself or loved ones for later.

8. Shower Businesses With Love + 5-Star Reviews

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Got some extra time on your hands? Make a list of all the amazing businesses you love to support and receive stellar service from in the area, and leave them glowing reviews around the internet on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. It’s amazing what the power of positivity and great reviews can do for local businesses.

9. Don’t Ask for Refunds, If Possible

We know this is a tough one, but as you can imagine, so many businesses are struggling right now due to these unforeseen/unprecedented circumstances — from gyms to video companies to event planners to restaurants and bars. If you can afford to spend/lose a few dollars in order to help support another small business and keep your membership running or eat the loss, do so. So many local people who own businesses rely on these little {or big} purchases, that added up over time, these refunds/requests for money/membership freezes can really make a difference, for better or for worse.

 

PS: If you are a business and want a little love on social media, please click here.

We will be shouting out 10 local businesses per day on our Instagram Stories @thehobokengirl — free of charge!

 

What are you doing to support local businesses from your home? Have one to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

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Erica calls Hoboken her adopted home, after moving from Toronto, Canada nearly three years ago. She completed her graduate degree from NYU's journalism school last year and now spends her days writing and reading. Her interests include everything from sports to books to fashion, and she falls more and more in love with Hudson County with each passing day.


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