The best way to support local is by buying local.
Food and drinks
You can still patronize your local restaurants by ordering delivery or take out, and you can stock up on essentials from local producers.
- Find Cambridge local businesses to support here.
- Check the status of Somerville businesses here.
- See a list of Boston’s open businesses here.
- Find a very thorough list of businesses still open across the region from the Sustainable Business Network.
- You can still get your local beer straight from the source. Check out pick-up opportunities from Remnant Brewing, Winter Hill Brewing, Aeronaut, and Lamplighter.
- Bow Market is hosting an outdoor grocery store with touchless shopping so you can support local food vendors safely.
- The Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market is doing a pre-order only market at the Armory.
- Neighborhood Produce has online ordering and curbside pickup.
Books and games
If you’re going to be in self-isolation for a while, you might as well read a new book, play a new game, or learn a new craft. Luckily, there’s plenty of local business owners ready to help you out – and in turn, you’ll help them stay afloat.
- Porter Square Books is still fulfilling orders from their warehouse, which includes games and puzzles. Need a reading recomendation? Check out PSB’s Staff Picks.
- All She Wrote Books has an online bookstore to browse and $1 media mail delivery.
- More Than Words has an online shop for you to peruse. If your book collection is getting a little too unmanageable, they are also still taking book donations.
- Are audiobooks more your style? You can buy audiobooks through your local bookstore via Libro.fm.
Art and crafts
- For your crafting needs, you can head to Gather Here’s online shop and take advantage of their free local delivery.
- Albertine Press is still processing orders from their Etsy shop, so grab a card or tote for a friend!
- The Boston Women’s Market has put their EmpowHER Market online.
- Support the baristas of 1369 Coffeehouse by shopping their online art market.
You can also support local by buying gift cards to use in the future. As Josh Cook of Porter Square Books tweeted, “Think of this as a no-interest loan that will give the store income when they need it, that you collect on later.”
- 1369 Coffeehouse is always a good choice for coffee and their cards are a great gift for someone in your life (including future you!) You can also support both them and frontline workers by sending a coffee to a first responder.
- You’ll need books to read while you sip on your coffee, so treat yourself to a Porter Square Books gift card as well.
- Our favorite vegetarian diner, Veggie Galaxy, has gift cards for sale.
- Shop the Bow Mini Mart to support Bow Market businesses.
- Here’s a list of Kendall Square businesses with gift cards available.
- Support Your Spot, Rally for Restaurants, and Nift all sell gift cards to your favorite local businesses.
You can have almost anything delivered to your house through Localisity, but instead of supporting a megacorporation, you’re buying from a local business.