Living Local: Supporting Small Business | Debra Brayton

Living Local: Supporting Small Business

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Downtown Kansas City, MO

Over the last few weeks, we've experienced a major shift in how we approach our daily lives.

With stay-at-home orders in effect, we're limited to essential trips only and social distancing is a must. That's left many of us wondering how we can rally together to support the locally owned businesses we love while abiding by CDC guidelines and stay-at-home orders.

Here are a few ways you can show support while protecting the health and safety of yourself and others:

Say Something Nice

How great is it that we live in a digital age that makes it so easy to spread a little positivity? Leaving a positive review can go a long way for a business at times like this, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home!

Spread Word of Mouth (Digitally, of course.)

If you've picked up a takeout order or just placed an online order, take a moment to share it on social media. Not only does this let others in your community know a business has pivoted their services at this time, but studies have also shown the impact word of mouth continues to have on a business's success.

Don't Cancel, Reschedule

Rescheduling an appointment can do wonders for boosting morale. This shows them that no matter how long it takes for this situation to clear up, you're a loyal customer that's excited to see them later.

Purchase Gift Cards

If they offer digital gift cards, consider buying one for a friend (maybe one for you while you're at it 😉)! It's a great way to practice social distancing while supporting businesses you love.


Take a break from the leftovers and order takeout! Most bars and restaurants are still open for orders to-go, some even offering curbside service.

And there you have it - 5 easy ways to show locally owned businesses some love!

If you're looking for local businesses to support, we've got a list of businesses we visited during our Living Local adventures you can check out here.

Please remember to practice social distancing, only make trips out for the essentials and stay home if you're not feeling well. We're in this together!

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the CDC and FDA.