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
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
George Webb (Restaurant): Open for carry-out only
Hawkins Clock Center (Service/ Retail): Curbside service for repairs
MKE Vape (Retail): Reduced business hours
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
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