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How to Shop Small during the COVID 19 Outbreak

Updated: Jul 13

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): Open normal business hours

All State McCabe Agency (Service)- Open normal business hours

Alberti's Trophies and Awards (Service)- Open normal business hours Avant-Garde Piercing (Service): Open normal business hours, no walk ins

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

Benno's Genuine Bar & Grill (Restaurant/Bar): Open normal business hours

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): Open normal business hours

Camino West Allis (Restaurant/ Bar): Closed Temporarily

Cook's Cake and Candy Supply (Retail): Open normal business hours

Cream City Clay (Retail): Open normal business hours

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

Double B's BBQ (Restaurant/ Bar): Open normal business hours

Dr. Feelgood Health & Wellness (Retail/Service): Open normal business hours

E-5 Sports (Retail): Open normal business hours

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

George Webb (Restaurant): Open normal business hours

Hawkins Clock Center (Service/ Retail): Open normal business hours

MKE Vape (Retail): Open normal business hours

Milwaukee Sewing Machine (Service/ Retail): Open normal business hours Mis Suenos (Restaurant/ Bar): Open normal business hours

Model Empire (Retail): Open normal business hours

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

Panda Hut Chinese (Restaurant): Open normal business hours, Take out or delivery

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

Pepi's Pizza (Restaurant): Open normal business hours Quick Cuts Hair Care (Service): Open normal business hours, limited capacity Record Head (Retail): Open normal business hours

Salon Dovini (Service): Open normal business hours, limited capacity

Steakhouse 100 (Restaurant/Bar): Open normal business hours

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

Swaye Tea (Restaurant/ Retail): Open normal business hours

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

Urban Joe Cafe (Restaurant/Bar): Open normal business hours

West Allis Dental Care (Service): Open normal business hours

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





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