How to Shop Small during the COVID 19 Outbreak

Updated: 4 days ago

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 until Friday, March 20th, 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, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 4-6 PM

Blenkinsop Sewing Machine Repair (Service): Closed temporarily

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

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

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

Cream City Clay (Retail): Normal business hours

The Crimson Club (Restaurant/Bar) Closed Temporarily

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

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

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

E-5 Sports (Retail): Normal business hours

Eden Garden & Pets (Retail): Normal business hours Freese's Candy Shop (Retail): Normal business hours, Deliveries on Wednesdays and Fridays

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

Hawkins Clock Center (Service/ Retail): Closed temporarily

Laughing Grass Hemp (Retail/ Service): Normal business hours

MKE Vape (Retail): Normal business hours

Milwaukee Sewing Machine (Service/ Retail): Closed temporarily 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-5:30PM Monday through Friday. (Closed Saturday & Sunday)

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

Panda Hut Chinese (Restaurant): Normal business hours, online ordering, delivery

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): Closed temporarily

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

Swaye Tea (Retail): Online orders only

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

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

West Allis Dental Care (Service): Normal business hours, taking extra cleaning precautions

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


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