How to Shop Small during the COVID 19 Outbreak

Updated: Apr 30

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster for the small business community, due to the on-going spread of COVID 19, otherwise known as the Corona virus. Mom and Pop shops across the country are cutting hours, adapting to government guidelines, or just closing their doors until the nation is given the O.K to resume business as usual.

So how does a community continue to support their small businesses during an epidemic? Here's some tips:

1. Buy Gift Cards- Purchase gift cards from your favorite stores know and use them at a later date! That way, the businesses have the money now to keep going and you can have a fun day out once the quarantine has been lifted.

2. Spread the Love- Just because your favorite shop may be closed doesn't mean you should stop raving about them! Leave reviews and share their stories on your social media.

3. Pre-pay- Reach out to your local businesses and ask if you can pre-pay! If you are planing to purchase something from a retail shop, pay the business ahead of time via Venmo, Paypal, or mailing in a check. If you go to the same restaurant every Friday or play for a bar league and know you spend $20 every time you go, you can also see if you can send that $20 directly to the restaurant or bar and pre-pay your tab.

Below is a list of West Allis Downtown Businesses and how they're adapting for the COVID 19 Pandemic. This will be updated as we learn more.

All Goods MKE (Retail): Closed temporarily, selling online

All State McCabe Agency (Service)- Normal business hours

Alberti's Trophies and Awards (Service)- Closed temporarily Avant-Garde Piercing (Service): Closed temporarily

B&K Bar Supplies (Service): Normal business hours, delivery available

Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill (Restaurant/Bar): Growlers to Go, Fridays and Saturdays 4-6 PM

Blenkinsop Sewing Machine Repair (Service): Open for curbside service

Blue Smoke Shop & World Gifts (Retail): Closed temporarily

BMO Harris Bank (Service): Normal business hours, Drive Thru banking only

Boz's Sports Bar (Bar): Temporarily Closed

Cook's Cake and Candy Supply (Retail): Normal business hours, Taking extra cleaning precautions, curb side pick up available

Cream City Clay (Retail): Closed Temporarily, offering tutorials via Facebook Live

The Crimson Club (Restaurant/Bar) Closed Temporarily

Diane's Designs Jewelry Store(Retail/ Service): Reduced business hours, Curbside Pick Up

Double B's BBQ (Restaurant/ Bar): Take out and Delivery Only

Dr. Feelgood Health & Wellness (Retail/Service): Closed Temporarily

E-5 Sports (Retail): Reduced business hours, curbside and online sales

Eden Garden & Pets (Retail): Normal business hours Freese's Candy Shop (Retail): Normal business hours, curbside pick up available

George Webb (Restaurant): Open for carry-out only

Hawkins Clock Center (Service/ Retail): Curbside service for repairs

MKE Vape (Retail): Reduced business hours

Milwaukee Sewing Machine (Service/ Retail): Curbside Service for Repairs Mis Suenos (Restaurant/ Bar): Take Out Only, Change of hours Wednesday-Sunday, 11 AM - 7 PM

Model Empire (Retail): Closed temporarily, Phone lines and shipping will remain open 10AM-5:30 PM Monday through Friday. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)

Old National Bank (Service): Normal business hours, Drive Thru banking only

Panda Hut Chinese (Restaurant): Closed Temporarily

Papa Johns Pizza (Restaurant): Normal business hours, Take out or delivery

Pepi's Pizza (Restaurant): Take our and Delivery through Door Dash Quick Cuts Hair Care (Service): Closed temporarily Record Head (Retail): Closed temporarily

Salon Dovini (Service): Closed temporarily

Steakhouse 100 (Restaurant/Bar): Carry out Thursday-Saturday.

Supplement Warehouse (Retail): Normal business hours, online shopping available

Swaye Tea (Restaurant/ Retail): Delivery and Curbside Pick Up. Tea products can be ordered online.

Teresa's Interior Designs (Service/ Retail): Appointment only

Urban Joe Cafe (Restaurant/Bar): Reduced business hours, carry out and delivery only

West Allis Dental Care (Service): Emergencies only, taking extra cleaning precautions

Yoga is Served (Service): Closed Temporarily, hosting classes via Facebook Live


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