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. We will continue to update as we find more resources.
1. Donate to Community Organizations
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemicand the events following the death of George Floyd, Minneapolis neighborhoods and businesses are in need of our help. From donating food and money to volunteering your time, there are plenty of ways to show your support. Here are some resources that are working towards the rebuilding of the Minneapolis community.
We Love Lake Street: The Lake Street Council in Minneapolis is collecting donations to support small businesses and nonprofits that need to rebuild.
Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition: has joined together to help with the clean-up of small businesses, starting with businesses along the Lake Street, Midway and East Saint Paul business corridors then allocate resources throughout the Twin Cities.
Northside Funders Group: all donations received currently will go to support businesses that have been impacted by recent demonstrations.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities: contributions will help Rebuilding Together Twin Cities provide critical home repairs for low-income homeowners, who are older adults, individuals living with disabilities, families with children and active and retired members of the armed services.
Twin Cities Aid Map: find up-to-the-minute donation drop-off and distribution sites around the Twin Cities.
Friends of Hennepin County Library: requesting donations for the Local Library Equity Fund to help restore libraries in neighborhoods that sustained damage as well as tackling poverty and inequality facing the Twin Cities community.
Du Nord Riot Recovery Fund: a Black-owned distillery is raising funds to support Black and Brown companies affected by the damage.
Better Together MPLS: a group of small businesses across the Twin Cities have come together to raise money and support Lake Street’s small businesses.
See our list of more community organizations and their efforts here.
2. Order takeout or delivery
While dining in may not be an option right now, there are plenty of places that are currently offering takeout or delivery (and even curb-side pick-up!). Check out our favorites that offer international cuisine to be enjoyed at home.
2. Tip well if possible
With restaurants and bars being temporarily closed for 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. Shop at Local Stores
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 stores that offering their products online, our favorite local boutiques and thrift stores or pick-up a book from a nearby bookstore.
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. Support their art by following their social channels for new content. If you don't know where to start we've put together multiple Spotify playlistsof Minneapolis music staples for your listening pleasure.
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. 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.