• Kathryn Kanuszewski

Alternative Options for Businesses During COVID-19


Many workers for small local businesses are worried that their workplace may not recover from the “Shelter in Place” order. After months of no customers and empty streets, most will struggle to get back on their feet. With the help from local communities, financial aid and other resources, hopefully they can make it out financially stable. During these times, businesses have to become flexible if they want to make profit. Below are some creative ways that they can do just that.

  • Offer virtual classes - fitness, yoga, painting, cooking

  • Engage with people online - let people know how your services are available

  • Encourage online ordering, pick-up and delivery

  • Utilize delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub - This will limit the amount of people inside the store at one time but still allow you to serve customers safely.

COVID-19 Friendly businesses in the Grand Rapids area:

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids: Offering a 60-day trial that includes 800+ online workouts

Twisted Hot Yoga: Offering a digital class pass to access live stream classes

The Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse: Offering live stream classes on their Facebook page

John Ball Zoo: Offering virtual safaris

Forest Hills Foods: Offering online fast lane shopping & curbside pickup

Ada Fresh Market: Offering online fast lane shopping & curbside pickup

Aperitivo: Virtual happy hour - offered every Friday in May

Annika’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Laboratory: New take-out and delivery spot in GR

While the reopening of certain businesses is dependent on what your current state orders are, most will want to stay safe and healthy even after regulations have been lifted. Thankfully in 2020, we are able to serve people safely with the help of the world wide web!


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