Ways to Support the Minneapolis Community

Our local community is important to us, and they need us now more than ever. Here's how you can do your part to help the businesses and people that rely on our support.

1. Order takeout or delivery

While dining in may not be an option, there are plenty of places that are currently offering takeout or delivery (and even curb-side pick-up!) Check out these dining resources:

2. Tip well if possible

With restaurants and bars being temporarily closing to dining in, our servers, who rely on tips, are losing an important source of their overall income. In order to support them, if it's financially feasible for you, please continue to tip (even for takeout), and tip well! 

3. Order things online

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home full-time, maybe for the first time ever. And we want to make sure we're comfortable, stocked up, and prepared! From stylish planners and desk accessories, to cozy sweaters, to local art pieces that will spruce up your feng shui, there are plenty of ways to support local businesses while also doing something nice for yourself. Check out all the shops offering curbside pick-up at this time.

4. Stay stocked with local brews

Stock up on local brews at participating grocery stores, or check out the local breweries offering beer to go. Many are offering curbside pickup of crowlers, growlers, bottles, and more. If you're planning on enjoying a few beverages while cozying up at home, be sure to drink local!

5. Buy gift cards

Buy gift cards for restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, hotels, attractions, theaters, museums, concert venues, boutiques, anywhere you can! Save them for a later date, or plan to give them as gifts.

6. Stream local musicians

Concerts may be cancelled or postponed, but our local artists aren't giving up. Many of them are planning to live stream shows to provide us with some much needed entertainment at home. Some are even streaming live music daily. Check out this schedule to find out when to tune in.

7. Follow local artists on social media, and 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 those earrings, invest in a piece of art for your living room, try out some new glassware -- now is the time. Minnesota Makers features over 100 local artists, and you can shop their items online.

8. 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 our list of community organizations and their efforts here.

9. Maintain your gym membership

If you're a member at a local gym, 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 also 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). One of our local favorites, Basecamp Fitness, is offering at-home workout ideas and classes via Instagram. Another favorite of ours, YogaFit, is now offering 45-50 virtual classes a week, and are posted on their YouTube channel so people can access them at any time.