In case you lost track of the days, it’s Friday.
Yay, you made it through another week!
For those of you who’ve been trapped in your house with your spouse or your kids, now is not the time to add any more stress to your lives.
You can relieve some of the pressure on yourself, support local businesses, ensure that your fellow citizens remain employed and practice social distancing all at the same time by ordering this weekend’s dinners and other items you need from the takeout menu.
Local businesses have tried to adapt to the crisis and discourage personal contact by changing the way they serve customers. One way is by combining the internet with drive-up service and delivery.
And it’s not just restaurants and bars that have adapted. Hardware stores, fabric stores, lumber yards, roofing companies and even a store that sells bird-related products are reaching out to serve customers.
And there are plenty of ways to find them.
The Saratoga County Chamber, for instance, maintains on its website a list of nearly 150 restaurants, bars and other such establishments that either deliver or offer curbside pickup. The website also includes a small but growing list of non-food businesses.
Visit https://www.saratoga.org/ and click on the yellow box, “Take Out Month.”
The Warren County government does a similar thing by posting a list of about 100 restaurants and bars, broken down by community, that offer delivery and pickup. The list, included in the county’s “A Taste of Optimism” feature, also includes a few businesses nearby but outside the county. Visit https://www.visitlakegeorge.com/blog/takeout-and-delivery-restaurants to see the list.
The Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp. is doing something a little different. It’s helping promote local businesses by turning over its Facebook page on weekday afternoons to local shops, restaurants and other organizations to advertise and promote themselves.
The initiative, #ShowMeSchenectady,” takes place from Monday through Friday at 4 p.m., on Facebook. Go to https://www.facebook.com/DowntownSchenectadyImprovementCorporation.
In The Gazette, our pages are stocked with ads for restaurants and other businesses letting you know they’re open and ready for your patronage. Many of the ads include coupons and special discounts, along with details about how you can support these businesses.
Or you can just check online with your favorite restaurant or business to find out if they’re open and how to support them.
We understand that the plight of businesses is but one element of this crisis. We know people are experiencing unemployment and furloughs and medical issues as well.
But businesses in our community — which provide employment, tax dollars and goods and services for us in good times — are going through some tough times.
If you have the means, don’t forget to show them your support, by sending your business their way.