For Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses this holiday season, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.
Restaurant takeout and safe dine-in
One simple way to help local business in Asheville is to patronize area restaurants, particularly hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Some have also reopened for limited in-house dining, with safely spaced tables as well as outdoor heated patios. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery, as well as dine-in options. www.foodinasheville.com
#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards – perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers – from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores, restaurants and entertainment venues stay shuttered or limited. https://www.ashevillestrong.com
While a select few area venues have reopened for limited audiences, many local theaters and music venues are streaming concerts, plays and other performances for audiences to access remotely, from the comfort of home. Check out your favorite venue’s website for specific offerings and a calendar of events.
There are many other ways to support our local community as we enter the holiday season amid the pandemic. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer (https://www.handsonasheville.org/covid-19-community-response/); Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events (https://iamavl.com/musician-relief-fund/); and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales (https://asapconnections.org/covid-19-response/).
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