by VIBE Realty
on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at 10:16am.
It’s September already, which marks almost six months of living in the midst of a pandemic. With all the difficult changes this year has brought, it’s never been more clear that our community is at the forefront of what we do. Our neighbors, clients, and friends are the foundation of VIBE Realty. While our world in real estate continues to move forward, we remain empathetic toward our friends in industries that continue to struggle.
It’s been humbling to witness how the Twin Cities have come together in a collective effort to support and elevate one another during these times. But the outreach can’t stop yet. Local businesses, artists, gyms, musicians, and restaurants continue to feel the negative economic and financial effects of COVID-19. Here are more ways that you can do your part to help businesses and people who rely on our support.
Continue To Patio Dine & Order Takeout From Restaurants
Restaurants continue to need our patronage now more than ever. Patio season has allowed us to enjoy our favorite places, but with summer coming to an end, the restaurant scene will face new challenges. It’s been truly heartbreaking to see some of our beloved Twin Cities restaurants close (see a list here), however, we can continue to patio dine and order takeout/curb-side pickup.
Tip generously! With restaurants and bars closing to dining in, our servers, who rely on tips, are losing an important source of their overall income. In order to support them, please continue to tip (even for takeout), and tip well!
Follow Local Artists on Social Media & Buy Their Art
Let's show our local artists some love by supporting them and their work. Follow artists on social media, share their posts, and if you are financially able, buy something from them. Treat yourself to that piece of jewelry, invest in a piece of art for your living room, or try out some new glassware. Minnesota Makers features over 100 local artists, and you can shop their items online.
Concerts may be cancelled or postponed, but our local artists are still making music. Stream local artists and musicians and share their tunes. City Pages keeps an updated list of virtual and outdoor concerts. We’re looking forward to the days when concerts can resume like before, that’s for sure.
Keep Your Gym Membership
If you're a member at a local gym and not quite comfortable returning, don't cancel your membership (if it's financially feasible for you). It's a tough time, especially for small studios, so keeping your monthly dues will help immensely. Many studios are still offering virtual or online classes to replace in-studio sessions. Check your studio's website or social media channels to see if this is an option.
Stock up on local beers from your favorite breweries or liquor stores, or check out the local breweries offering beer to go. If you're planning on enjoying a few beverages this coming weekend, make sure it’s local! ;)
Continue To Donate To Community Organizations
While many of us are lucky to be able to work from home and stock up at the grocery store, others are struggling to find their next meal. Let's come together and help those in need. Organizations like Second Harvest Heartland are working to make sure those who are in need of food/meals will get them. From donating food to volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways to help out. See a list of community organizations and their efforts provided by Minneapolis.org here.