While our signs have taken up post all around the country, our main manufacturing plant, thermoforming plant, and truck and equipment depot are based out of the small town of Orwigsburg, PA. Like most towns during this unfamiliar time, Orwigsburg has been following measures recommended by the state to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic, including temporarily closing non-essential businesses in Pennsylvania or mandating delivery services only. But there are still many ways to safely support your favorite local businesses during this time.
Purchase Gift Cards
It is recommended that everyone stay home when possible, but many stores sell gift cards online that can be used once business resumes as normal. Maybe you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, order a gift for an upcoming birthday, or plan a future date night, whatever the reason may be there is a wide variety of local businesses in Schuylkill County to order a gift card from.
Order Curbside or Takeout Meals
While many businesses have temporarily closed during this time, most restaurants have remained open to offer online ordering, curbside pickup, delivery, and takeout orders only. Treat yourself to your favorite meals or order from a new local restaurant that you’ve been wanting to try. You’re going to need nutritious and tasty meals to fuel your work from home, so why not support a local eatery?
Stores may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support that business during this time. Take your shopping online. Many stores are offering free local delivery options or free shipping so you can browse and order your essential groceries, new wardrobe pieces, or activities to keep you entertained while social distancing and have it all delivered to your door. Not only is this a great convenience to you and an important safety measure to take, but it’s also helping to support your local businesses that are greatly impacted by the lack of customers.
Spread the Word
If you are out of work during this time or cannot support your local businesses by purchasing their gift cards, food, products, or services, consider supporting them online. Like and comment encouraging captions on small businesses’ social media pages, follow new local businesses, leave positive reviews on businesses that have provided you with an enjoyable experience, and share businesses’ updates and announcements to your own followers. Showing local support online is free and will not only help the company earn additional business, but also help your followers find a new place to try.
Schedule Future Service
While the current unpredictable state during this time may have forced you to cancel services you previously scheduled, such as hair or nail appointments, home improvement projects, or business upgrades, instead of canceling, consider rescheduling if the service allows. This will ensure that your appointment is scheduled when you want and will not get booked over and also help the company feel assured that their business will come back.
Support Your Small Town Businesses
To many, this time is filled with uncertainty that is beyond our control. Many fear for the safety of themselves and their families and businesses share that same fear as well as the worry of how they will keep their business’ doors open and employees paid after weeks of little to no income. There are many ways to support your local businesses while remaining safely socially distanced.