Downtown Details - May 2020
By Enjoy Magazine
By Viva Downtown and the Enjoy Team
Local Businesses Need You
Local businesses are essential for our economy. They bring growth and innovation to our communities. They provide employment and create entrepreneurship opportunities. They support local activities, groups, communities and neighborhoods. They also care about their community. They know their customers by name; they are our neighbors and friends. They make our towns unique.
Most are feeling a financial strain right now, and are worried about the future. If you need to buy something, try your local store first. If you still have an income, try ordering from your favorite local restaurant once a week. Viva Downtown suggests other ways to support your local businesses:
• Many restaurants are offering delivery and pickup, and also check for delivery options at places other than restaurants. Some stores may not have their usual storefront, but many are providing delivery or curbside pickup.
• Buy gift cards or credit for later from your favorite restaurants, stores, hair salons, spas, childcare providers and hardware stores.
• Share local restaurant delivery menus on your social media pages.
• Check with the businesses where you frequently shop. They may have altered their services to fit the temporary ‘new normal’.
• If you still have a steady income, consider continuing to pay your hairstylist, babysitter, etc. They need us and we need them.
• Check to see which of your services/providers are now being provided online. Therapists, tutoring, yoga, personal trainers, coaches, financial planners, lawyers, music classes – many of these are being continued through videos or online conferencing.
• Tip service workers extra.
• If you can, keep paying your memberships and subscriptions, even if they are temporarily suspended.
• If you or your child already paid for a class that was cancelled, instead of a refund, donate that lost money to the organization if you’re able.
• Are you a website designer, developer or a social media expert? Offer your services to local businesses that don’t have an online presence to help them sell and promote online.
• If you learn of a unique promotion or idea from a local business, share it online. Local businesses usually don’t have huge marketing efforts, but their customers can help spread the word through social media.
• If you bought extra sanitizer and cleaning supplies when the pandemic started, share it with local businesses.
• Give a donation. Cash is always appreciated.
Here's the Blakedown
Blake Fisher • Viva Downtown Program CoordinatorDuring this pandemic, our downtown restaurants, essential workers, medical professionals and first responders have continued to be proactive to transform and enhance Downtown Redding. Downtown projects move forward with hard-working construction workers, downtown restaurants adjust to make sure our community is served and creators at Redding Fashion Alliance and Enjoy the Store have supplied our community with personal face masks. Thank you to everyone who is working and/or rallying to help and protect one another. COVID-19 may have created uncertain times in our world, but what I am certain about is our community’s continued resiliency through uncertain times. Viva Downtown events and projects have been adjusted, so please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @VivaDowntown for ongoing updated information.
Downtown Business Spotlight
Enjoy the Store
Enjoy the Store, Redding is a modern rendition of a small-town classic, providing opportunity to highlight local and regional producers by showcasing their products. Enjoy the Store...Made to Enjoy!
1475 Placer Street, Suites C & D • (530) 298-9132