Waiters, cashiers, bartenders, bell-hops, tour guides, docents, dancers, musicians, maids, custodians, and more. We lean on the hospitality industry for the most important moments of our lives. Now, it’s their turn to lean on us. Brighter days are ahead and we’ll be together again soon!

These are the faces of tourism in Seattle Southside. #WeAreSeattleSouthside

If there was ever a time to show support for your neighbors and local businesses, it is now. Here are some tips to support your favorite local spots while practicing social distancing! 

Order Take-out/Delivery

We have a comprehensive list of all local restaurants that are still open, and offering take-out, pick-up, and/or delivery. Also, check to see who's on delivery apps like GrubHub, UberEats and DoorDash. Your favorite restaurants may have had to shut their doors, but many of them still offer take-out or delivery. Not only does that keep the business going, it also provides income for delivery drivers.

Bowl of spicy ramen

Purchase Gift Cards/Items From Online Shops

Buy gift cards so the business receives the funds now and you have the opportunity to treat yourself later when all this blows over. Even if you aren't buying anything else because you're stuck at home, you can give your local shops or favorite restaurant a vote of confidence by spending even $25 on a gift card to use later. Also, many attractions, hotels, and restaurants have online gift shops. Buy yourself a mug, T-shirt, etc. to show your support!

Donate Tickets

If you had tickets to anything, and you're financially stable, please consider donating your ticket money and not requesting a refund. Think of it as a donation to the business or organization you were looking forward to showing up for and supporting.

Guitar Player in American Flag shirt playing concert at 4th of July at Angle Lake Park

Share Content on Social Media

Share posts from local businesses on social media to spread the word and help. Share on your Instagram story or Facebook feed which retailers and restaurants you’re shopping at or donating to to encourage friends, family, and followers to do the same.

Donate

Small businesses are being hit the hardest by the current public health crisis. If possible, donate what you can to help struggling businesses. Many are currently having to take out loans, so If you’re willing and able, please consider donating.

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Leave Generous Tips

If you are able to, leave a generous tip for the restaurant, servers and delivery drivers. Consider being extra generous on the tips for wait staff and delivery people, since their income will drop due to fewer patrons. A bigger tip may not directly contribute to a restaurant's bottom line, but it does help others and it contributes to the spirit of goodwill and appreciation in the community, which can help with everyone's mood.