Over the past two months, we’ve seen small business owners come together to turn a terrible situation around and help the community in creative ways, from manufacturing hand sanitizer for front line workers to donating meals for those in need.
Yelp Community Managers across North America are shining a spotlight on how these amazing small businesses are adapting and persevering through these tough times in our #MeetTheOwner social media series.
Scroll down to see some of our favorite stories!
C Market Coffee, located in the greater Vancouver metro, has switched their business model to takeout only and offering free drinks to all frontline, healthcare, and essential workers . Additionally, they are operating as a free pick-up location for other small, local businesses that are not able to generate the same sales, nor have the capacity to deliver because of the crisis. Check out the full highlight here.
Like many similar distilleries across the globe, Watershed Kitchen & Bar has begun manufacturing hand sanitizer to be donated to first responders and sold to the public. Check out the full highlight here.
Formerly, a self-service eco-friendly, laundromat, Celsious is working with a reduced team and resources to process thousands of pounds of drop-offs to help the community socially distance safely. Check out the full feature here.
Over in Tampa Bay, Urban Brew and BBQ has changed their business model to also include grocery delivery. The husband and wife team are sourcing foods and even creating recipes to help inspire people as to what to do with the ingredients available. On Easter Sunday they delivered meals to single parents and those who need help. Check out the full interview here.
To give back to healthcare community, Palme is bringing some comfort food to the front lines of Montreal General Hospital by allowing guests to donate meals through their website. Check out the full interview here.
Bells Pastries in Seattle has had to modify how she conducts business in a big way, by opening her kitchen to guests and streaming baking classes online. For a small fee, students can learn how to make everything from macarons to eclairs! Check out the full highlight here.
In Washington D.C., The Glow Club has been offering free meditation classes for the community — “While it pains me to ever think of a scenario where we don’t come out of this swinging, if we don’t survive, to help others with their emotional and mental wellbeing in this unprecedented time of uncertainty and stress will always be the pinnacle of success for me. That’s why we’re here.” Check out the full highlight here.
Know of a business you think should be featured in a future #MeetTheOwner spotlight? Tag @Yelp on social media and the business you have in-mind. We want to highlight as many great business owners as possible who are taking on new challenges and helping others during this tough time. We’d love to hear from you!