Small businesses and their employees will potentially take the greatest hit from the voluntary and mandated closures. We all have our favorite neighborhood places that we want to support, even if we can’t visit them. Many are now offering gift certificates for purchase over the phone or online.
Some restaurants and bars are working to stay open in a reduced capacity while complying with restrictions by staying open for delivery and take out, including offering curbside pickup of food and beverage.
The rule remains “no onsite consumption” but these businesses are making the effort and you can support them by patronizing them. Many are posting their hours (often reduced) and menus on social media, and orders are usually accepted either online or by calling.
PDX SOS, pdxsos.com, was started when a group of businesses joined forces. Their goal is to “support each other and keep Portland’s soul strong,” recognizing that small business not is not only “inspiring and amazing” but also “the economic engine for the city.”
Their site offers a round up of businesses with specials and discounts, and details that include donation info, and online shopping to keep money flowing.