GUIDE: How to support small businesses in St. Petersburg during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Businesses across Tampa Bay are transitioning to takeout/delivery only, and offering discounts/deals to ease the burden on so many residents. In times like this it’s even more important to show your support for independently owned businesses in your home city.

Governor DeSantis has ordered that all bars and night clubs in Florida close. Restaurants must reduce capacity by 50% and have tables set at least 6 feet apart.

Additionally, large gathering exceeding 50 people are banned, and the governor has barred groups of more than 10 from gathering together on beaches.

We’ve compiled a list of what small businesses are doing during the coronavirus pandemic, and will continue to update the list as more details become available:

For students and families: SPECTRUM to Offer FREE Access to Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For K-12 Households!

Spectrum is now offering free Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call, 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Wi-Fi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use.

SHINE Mural Festival Interactive Map: How cool is this?! SHINE Mural Festival just launched an interactive mural map, so you can take a virtual tour of the open air art gallery that is St. Petersburg.

Cassis St. Pete, 170 Beach Drive Northeast: Offering 25% off all take-out orders. Purchase gift cards online to help support the business and its employees through this time.

Kahwa Coffee: All locations are takeout only. Click HERE to purchase gift cards. See locations online.

Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South: The sales floor is closed. The bookstore is offering $5 downtown delivery. Orders for curbside pickup can be placed online. Shipping is also available for orders to be sent in St. Pete, Tampa, and across the country. You can also purchase audiobooks through Libro.fm/TomboloBooks. Purchase gift cards online to support the store through this time.

Beans & Barlour, 538 1st Avenue North: For every e-gift card purchased for $20, they will be giving a 25% bonus to customers and 25% of all gift card sales will be given to Beans & Barlour staff while they are working fewer hours/ making less in tips. This means if you spend $20, you will get an extra $5 and staff will receive $5.

Little Pond Farm: Little Pond Farm is offering pickup/delivery for fresh organic veggies and produce. Local can order online. For pickup, a downtown location will be sent to customers via email.

Greenstock, 449 Central Avenue:  Takeout curbside pickup and delivery only. The restaurant is giving customers a $5 gift card with every takeout order this week.

Craft Kafe, multiple locations: Both Craft Kafe locations will be takeout only, and completely cashless. They’re offering curbside pickup as well if you order ahead. You can purchase Craft Kafe gift cards for future purchases online.

Renzo’s St. Pete, 104 2nd Street South: Renzo’s will remain open during special hours during this crisis, and will be offering take out and delivery thru uberEATS, and DoorDash. Visit renzos.com for online ordering.

2nd & Second, 201 2nd Avenue North: Beginning March 18, the diner will be accepting take-out and delivery orders online, it will be closed for dine-in. Purchase gift cards online to help support the diner and its employees through this time.

Il Ritorno, 449 Central Avenue: Closed for dine-in services. Takeout only. The restaurant has created a take-out Meal for Two for $65 including:
-A salad for two
-One order of short rib mezzaluna
-One order of bucatini pomodoro
-One order of chicken
-One order of cannoli

The Body Electric & Athletic Companies: They will not be running in-house classes or off-site events until at least April 1. Be sure to follow both their social media pages for the Facebook livestreaming class schedule. Click HERE to purchases gift cards in advance to support this business.

Pacific Counter, 660 Central Avenue: Orders are available for takeout and delivery.

Green Bench Brewing, 1133 Baum Avenue North: The brewery will officially close for the next 30 days after 5pm on March 17. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Hawkers Asian Street Faire, 1235 Central Avenue: Offering curbside pickup, and waiving delivery fees. 50% off takeout for service industry workers.

Tropez. 437 Central Ave. Offering limited curbside menu and 30% off bottles of wine for take out or delivery.

Kozuba & Sons Distillery, 1960 1st Avenue South: Discounts on all in-stock spirits at 15% off bottles and 25% mix-and-match cases of 6 bottles.

Black Crow Coffee, multiple locations: Moving to self serve coffee, and takeout only. Espresso drinks are available at both locations. You can order online for curbside pickup at their Old Northeast location, and their Grand Central District location.

If I Brewed the World, 2200 1st Avenue South: 5 beers for $25 gifts are now available online.

3 Daughters Brewing, 222 22nd Street South: The brewery has a restaurant license so it’s still open for curbside pickup! You can help support the staff and the owners by purchasing gift cards for future use.

Twisted Indian, 1113 Central Avenue: Suspending operations at Baum Avenue Market until further notice. Follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram for updates on when the food truck will be operational, and where/when they’ll open a new location this summer.

Squeeze Juice Works, 18 22nd Street South: The juice company is offering curbside pickup, takeout immune boosting juices, and meals to-go. Squeeze also delivers! Follow on Instagram for updates.

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