How to Support Local in the Age of Coronavirus

Updated on

July 2, 2020

Our guide to the weathering the coronavirus crisis in Peekskill.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges to Peekskill, this is our guide on how to help the city weather the storm. We'll be updating this guide constantly during the crisis, so make sure to check back often.

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The City of Peekskill has launched a directory of local COVID-19 resources, view it here and read more about it in our post.

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We've started the "Review-a-Restaurant, Once-a-Day" initiative where we're asking everyone to join us in posting positive reviews of local restaurants on online platforms like Google Maps, Yelp, and Facebook. The idea is that once the lockdown is over, our local restaurants will have a bevy of good reviews that will help boost their business once they're back in business. Please join us and share!

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Peekskill's living room, the Peekskill Coffee House, has made the decision to temporarily close until April 6th in an effort to ensure community health safety as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

In an effort to keep the baristas at the Coffee House afloat during these tough times, owner Sunny Cover has set up a GoFundMe campaign to ask for community donations in support of her staff.

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Steven Strauss, hair stylist and educator, owns and operates Spring Atelier in downtown Peekskill. Spring is a unique creative education space for hair stylists looking to grow their careers. It's also a great place to get a haircut! Steven has set up a modest GoFundMe and is hoping that small donations from the community will cover Spring's operation costs during the lockdown and help the business weather this storm.

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Area restaurateurs and food services pros have banded together to create the Million Gallons initiative, a move to reduce food waste and support hospitality workers during these trying times. They need your support on social media and financial support on GoFundMe.

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We've compiled a list of local Peekskill retailers/restaurants that have online stores where you can buy products, merch, and/or gift cards while you shelter in place. This is a great way to support local and provide much needed cash flow to local business while practicing strict social distancing.

Plus, it's a chance to finally get that sweet t-shirt or hat you've been eyeing at your favorite Peekskill establishment.

Also, if you appreciate what we're doing here at Peekskill Exurbanist, consider purchasing some merch from our storefront. This project is a labor of love for our adopted hometown, and your support keeps us motivated (and helps pay for the web hosting and other associated costs of providing this information service to you). Take 25% off with the promo code SUPPORTLOCAL.

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Another GoFundMe campaign has been set up for our friends at Iron Vine. They're asking for support for their temporarily laid off staff including kitchen, servers, bussers, and bartenders. Contributions will be distributed evenly between the staff. Help keep this charming Peekskill institution (and one of our favorite brunch spots) afloat!

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The Peekskill BID complied a list of restaurants that are currently open and offering take out, curbside and/or delivery during the crisis. We are reposting here. Support these local establishments by ordering take out from them, buying gift cards or merch if available, and sharing to your social media. Please contact the restaurants before venturing out.

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Our friends at the Peekskill Brewery have launched a GoFundMe campaign to aid the temporarily laid off staff members that make up the Peekskill Brewery team. All money generated through this Go Fund Me will be split evenly between the PB staff members out of work to aid them during this time of need. Give what you can and hopefully the taps will be flowing again soon.

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