Ways to Help: Spend Like It Matters. Shop Local.

Mercer Island’s local businesses and nonprofit organizations are part of the heart and soul of this community. And right now they need your help! Every dollar you spend on the Island is an investment back into your community.

While you’re staying home and staying healthy, consider these ways to support your favorite Island businesses from afar.

  • Be patient and kind – Businesses are operating at reduced capacity and staffing; everyone is doing their best.
  • Order out – Many local restaurants offer take-out or delivery services. Avoid a trip to the grocery store and give yourself a break by ordering by ordering a meal to bring home.
  • Buy gift cards or prepay for services – Stock up on gift cards for future use, and contact your stylist, dentist, trainer, or other service providers to book a future appointment.
  • Shop online or by phone – Visit websites and Facebook pages to learn which businesses offer ordering from afar. Many businesses will deliver to your door.
  • Take a virtual fitness class – Many gyms and fitness studios have moved classes online to keep you fit and active at home.
  • Don’t forget your local nonprofits – The Island’s arts, culture, community service, and other organizations lift the community up and meet vital needs, too. Consider donating to support them.
  • Shout out businesses on social media – Tell your friends and family about your favorite Island shop or restaurant. Don’t forget to tag businesses for that extra boost!
  • If you need to leave home for essentials, Shop Local – Need to fill up the tank or fill up your pantry? Stay on the Island to support essential businesses like gas stations, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
  • Offer thanks – When you go out for what you (truly) need, thank the employees who are hard at work. A simple thank you makes a huge difference.

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