Given the current COVID-19 impacts we encourage and support the aggressive tactics to keep the public safe. We also strongly encourage supporting our local business community here in Aspen. While there is uncertainty for local employees and how they will continue business for the next few weeks, here are a few measures we can take now to support our favorite local establishments.
1. Order carry out and delivery as it is still an option in Aspen. While dine-in for local restaurants has ceased for now in Colorado, many restaurants in Aspen are still offering delivery and takeout services. Click here for a complete list.
2. Shop Online. Shopping online is a great activity to participate in while social distancing. Many local stores in Aspen have an online presence and offer a digital shopping experience. What’s better than shopping from the comfort of your couch and supporting local business at the same time?
3. Buy local produce. Our grocery stores have done an amazing job of staying open and providing great service during this unprecedented time (have you thanked your grocery store employees yet?!). Buying local produce offered at Clark’s, City Market, Roxy’s Market & Deli, and Whole Foods is a great way to support our farmers and workers during this time.
4. Pay it forward. Support your local community by taking actions now that will pay off in the future. Tip 20% or more to service staff that live paycheck to paycheck, buy a gift card for a community member in need of a meal, or offer to pick up a meal, prescription, mail, or gas for a resident who is unable to do so themselves.
5. Buy local Gift Cards. Speaking of paying it forward, purchase gift cards now from your favorite local shops to use or gift at a later time when the stores reopen for business.
6. Write online reviews. Now is the time to go online and praise your favorite local businesses. Write online reviews and let them know how awesome you think they are. Have a favorite grocer who's been extremely helpful during this time? This is a great opportunity to acknowledge them publicly.
7. Catch up on your reading. Explore Booksellers is offering curbside pickup for orders placed over the phone. They are also considering a delivery option, if this is something you’d be interested in please email them at [email protected]. You can also purchase audiobooks from them via Libro.fm. You’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one and 100% of your payments will go to Explore Booksellers.
8. Sign up for a virtual workout class. Right now local workout establishments are streaming online classes that you can participate in while you are social distancing. Checkout Shakti, Pure Barre, Thug Yoga, and more.
9. Donate. Now more than ever local businesses and nonprofits need your support. Instead of getting a refund for a cancelled event, request to donate your ticket amount to the business. They will appreciate you giving back during this period.
10. Get social. Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @Aspen_Chamber for the latest updates and ways you can give back to local business.
For all COVID-19 community resources, click here.