Traveling may be a bit more difficult in 2020, but we’ve put together a list of 5 ways you can support your favorite Central Florida businesses. Whether you’re missing our warm weather from Michigan or New York, missing our family-friendly attractions from Georgia, or missing your favorite shops and restaurants from right here in Polk County, there are ways you can help today.
1. Write a Positive Review
Take the time to leave 5-star reviews for your favorite Central Florida small businesses, hotels and attractions on TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp and Facebook. This only takes a few minutes and it will help these local businesses with future bookings.
2. Buy a Gift Card
Invest in the future of small businesses. Buy a gift card now and use it during your next vacation.
3. Gift Shopping Online
Many of our small shops have published online stores. Buy for yourself, friends or family. It is never too early to shop for Mother’s Day, birthdays or Christmas.
4. Order Locally Roasted Coffee
Who doesn’t need coffee right now? Concord Coffee, Ethos Roasters (served at Hillcrest Coffee, N+1 Coffee, Market at Cafe Zuppina) and Patriot Coffee (served at Black & Brew) will ship their freshly roasted beans to your home. While you’re at it, go ahead and order a coffee subscription! We know you won’t regret it.
5. Order Takeout – Food or Beer
If you are local, order takeout! You may be tired of cooking, or you want to celebrate a family member’s birthday or your anniversary. Whatever the reason, our locally owned restaurants and breweries need you right now. Come up with a reason to indulge and place a to-go order.
Eating Local During COVID-19
We’re doing our best to share information about small businesses that need our help. If you’re looking for more ways to support your favorite Central Florida businesses, check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.