Black Friday is this week and local small business owners are reconsidering what the day might look like in 2020. Here are some alternative ways to support local businesses safely during the holiday shopping season.
You can shop online.
SEAMS Fabric, owned by Mayor Pro Tem and former ELi reporter Jessy Gregg, will be closed for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to reduce crowds. You can make some purchases online, and take advantage of local delivery and curbside pickup options.
Make sure to check out gemstone jewelry from Mad Eagle on its new Etsy Shop. While you are surfing the web to make those purchases, you can also see what Mad Eagle’s sister shop, Clever Clover Boutique, has to offer.
Need a break? Travel somewhere – virtually of course – courtesy of Saper Galleries and Custom Framing. The gallery will feature 1,500 original pieces of artwork from 150 artists from 15 countries. Viewers can ask questions through a LiveChat link. Like what you see? Order it online and take advantage of curbside pickup or delivery.
You can get takeaway food.
After scooping up those sales, grab yourself some grub! Order off Peanut Barrel’s Pandemic Survival Kit TO-GO Menu, offering surf-and-turf (a tuna melt with bacon) and a growler of Long Islands if you are having that type of day.
Get 10 percent off when you order from BAPS Home Style Korean BBQ Cuisine on Albert Street!
If you are grabbing a cup of coffee at MI Blue Owl Coffee, purchase some whole beans and other merch. Ten percent of proceeds from those sales will be donated to the Lansing Board of Water and Light Pennies for Power program.
Keep this community-based reporting going in 2021!