Now more than ever small businesses need our support. While much has been said about restaurants (a list of Missoula’s take-out options can be found here) many local retail or service business are also finding creative ways to continue to safely serve their customers.

Are you about to hit confirm on an Amazon order or from a big online conglomerate? For every $100 dollar of revenue a local business earns $63 flows back into our local economy as compared to $14 for multi nationals. For Amazon it’s almost nothing. Local businesses and non-profits are key to our resilient communities.

If you need something, please think local, especially now. Many “main-street” Missoula shops are offering no-touch curbside pickup or delivery options. For example:

Looking for baby essentials or activities to keep your stay-at-home kids occupied? Hazel and Fawn on Higgins has got you covered: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Baby-Goods-Kids-Goods/Hazel-Fawn-371234623702606/

How about books? We’re trying to balance repeat viewings of Tiger King with a healthy dose of reading. Shakespeare and Co, also on the Hip Strip, is offering the cheekily named Garthazon for your curbside/local delivery reading needs: http://www.shakespeareandco.com/

Aimee from Betty’s Divine continues to be a vocal advocate for the small-business community. Betty’s Divine is offering a sale on most in-stock merchandise and free local delivery: https://www.bettysdivine.com/

Many service providers like salons, spas and estheticians are offering their products online for a luxurious stay-at-home self-care experience. Check with your salon to see what they provide before you pick up something from Target. Megan ordered shampoo from Boomswagger Salon yesterday and it smells delightful:
http://boomswaggersalon.com/
https://www.thesis-skin.com/
https://www.vagaro.com/swoonbeautyboutique

Speaking of self-care, if you want to put on some fancy earrings for that 300th Zoom call, check out The General Public: https://the-generalpublic.com/ – she’s also offering “Quarantine Kits” full of comfy socks, accessories, and delicious smelling candles that you can have delivered to homebound friends.

Since we’ve been home, we’re noticing that our space needs a spruce up. Luckily, new-ish to Missoula Aporta Shop has all kinds of super chic, awesome home goods from small makers around the world: https://www.aportashop.com/

Indoor plants can help relieve stress, decrease anxiety and increase productivity. Plus, it will give you someone new to talk to, depending on how long this lasts. Thankfully Habitat Floral has you covered: https://www.instagram.com/habitatfloralstudio/?hl=en

Finally, don’t forget about small, local options like Worden’s Market for essentials. Word on the street is that they still had toilet paper even when things started to get really wild. http://www.wordens.com/

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