Now more than ever is a critical time to support our locally owned small businesses and hospitality centered businesses. These are the foundation of the Springfield economy and they are the ones hit the hardest; the restaurants, breweries and wineries and the specialty shops. Not only are the businesses affected but every employees of that business are too, as they rely on the business of our visitors as well as our locals!!
 
Your support can help provide the relief these individuals need to get them through this very difficult time, and heres how YOU can help!
 
Order Take-Out
Just because the dine-in options are closed at all restaurants doesn't mean you can’t have an amazing meal from the comfort of your own home. Many restaurants are offering both take-out and delivery and that mean you can still support our favorite spot!! Don’t forget to TIP well!
Engrained Brewery not only offers normal take-out and delivery options off the menu, they are offering a marketplace where you can order hard to find items and support local farmers at the same time. Offering grocery items, prepared meals, beer, wine & spirits. Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery is also offering Family Pork and Chicken Packs…making dinner super easy. Curate offers Family Sized orders of Pasta and Salad with 1/2 priced bottles of wine.
Be sure to visit Springfield Zoom website!  Their purpose is to be your hub to learn about the operational status of Springfield Area businesses! 
Or visit the Illinois Times website where they have put a list together as well. 
All the local Breweries are offering TO GO Growler & Crowler options, don't forget to ask them about their available merchandise too as this is another great opportunity to help.
 
Gift Cards to Use Later
Help show your support to our local businesses today with “Shop Local Springfield Card.”
This is a great way to show your support now and gift or use the card at a later date. The digital gift card makes it easy to support Local First Member businesses in the Springfield area and help infuse some revenue into their business today.
There are other locations not listed here that are offering cards as well. 
For a full listing of Eat + Drink spots, click here.
 
Local Specialty Shops
Many Shops offer online shopping as well as a gift card options.
Shop Local Art for sale on Wild Rose’s Facebook or fun cards and gifts at the Cardologist’s Facebook, all will put a smile on someones face during the Stay at Home order. Watch as Gypsy Soul goes live to share with you their new arrival of apparel, accessories and gifts. Place an order with them and pick it up curbside or have it mailed to you.
Full listing of Specialty Shops, click here
 
Local Entertainment
Do you miss live music as much as we do?? Some of our local artist are offering Live “from home” performances, find a listing here.
 
Donate
Whether its donating blood for the sick or simply donating your time or money to the United Way, your assistance is appreciated. Visit the United Way’s website for more info on how to help during this time. Cleaning off your bookshelf?? Springfield Art Association will be accepting books, once they reopen, to sell at a fundraising Used Book Sale later this year.
 
Be Active…while Social Distancing
The YMCA of Springfield is offering Virtual Exercise Classes through there Vimeo Channel…check it out here. Rocket Fitness offers work outs through their Facebook page and the Fit Club has an app you can download for on demand workouts
Do you prefer to get outside and enjoy the weather…check out our Enjoy Nature in Springfield Blog for a listing of Parks and Trails. 
Looking to keep the little ones active, the YMCA is offering Fun Family Activities and Springfield Dance offers online dance classes.
 
We hope you find this beneficial to staying well and as “connected” as we can be at this time.
 
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