Businesses around our community, the state and the nation are creatively adapting to changes necessary for the health and safety of their workers and patrons. But, business is still OPEN* in downtown Dayton.
Small businesses are the heart of our community, and we can all contribute to their success, as well as the livelihoods of employees in the service industry.
“Our small businesses have worked through tough times in the past year, and they’re once again showing their resilience to adapt and creatively be available to customers,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.
Delivery options, call ahead orders, curbside pickup and online ordering are the new “normal” during this time of social distancing. But life will go on. We will be OPEN*. The Downtown Dayton Partnership will be distributing graphics for downtown local businesses to display in store windows and on social media to relay to the public that even in this time of social distancing, they are open for business. Through different avenues, such as delivery, pickup or online shopping, customers can still patronize downtown small businesses.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership has a list of all downtown businesses that remain open with carry out, delivery, curbside pickup, or online shopping, on its website www.downtowndayton.org/open.
You may not be able to sit and enjoy your favorite order in your favorite booth, but you can take it home to enjoy it on your couch. You can stop by for a grab and go lunch to take back to the office. Working from home? Swing by to grab a bite to take it back to your couch, dining room table, or wherever the “home office” setup is for the day.
Many local retailers have kept their businesses open, but you can also support your favorite shop or restaurant by buying a gift card online today, and making future plans to shop in the store or utilize their services. You can also buy merchandise online and have it shipped to your doorstep.
Fitness centers, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, and other specialized services are offering virtual classes, appointment-only options, and other measures to keep customers and employees safe and healthy. Check their websites for the latest information, or be sure to call ahead before you visit your favorite downtown provider.
Safety is a top priority for business owners, their employees, and the products they offer. Locally, small business owners understand the need and are following the recommendations from health officials and state leaders in terms of sanitation and social distancing. Downtown businesses, and the thousands of workers running behind the scenes, have been hit hard over the past year and new mandates to close restaurants and bars, limit gatherings, and other precautionary measures, while necessary, will be an enormous further strain. But you can do your part by continuing to support them while they are OPEN*.