What a crazy month this has been for our communities, our country and our world. In the last week or so, the United States has entered a time of social distancing and self-quarantining in order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. And on March 16, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the cancellation of all gatherings and events of more than 25 people in the state, including the elimination of dining in at restaurants, bars and breweries. This executive order will remain in place for at least four weeks in an effort to flatten the curve of transmission.
To say this shift will take a toll on our small business community is a massive understatement. This is devastating news for our restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, retail shops, and other small businesses. But we won’t just sit back and watch this happen!
There are several creative ways to support small businesses in Portland during this difficult time, from gift card purchases to food delivery, and leaving online reviews to sharing social media posts. Today, we’re sharing some resources for all of the above — and listing a bunch of restaurants, breweries and coffee shops selling merch online. That way, you can support your favorite establishment both monetarily and by sporting their logo for years to come — all from the comfort of your couch.
Here at Hasson, we believe that local, small businesses truly make our communities a better place to live, work and play. Together, let’s support the amazing small businesses that help make Portland what it is.
NOTE: Our goal is to continuously add to this list — so please let us know what local businesses are selling merch online during this time. And if you are a small business owner, let us know how we can rally behind you in the coming weeks.
Buy a Gift Card
Buying a gift card from a local business is an excellent way to support them during this time — and implement delayed gratification in your own life. Trust us: your future self will thank you for this investment later — when you enjoy a free meal, outfit, drinks or a cup of coffee down the road.
Many businesses offer gift cards online, so you can purchase them from home. Better yet, many businesses have rallied together to offer 11% off all gift certificates through March 2020. Portland SOS (Save Our Small Businesses) put together an up-to-date resource listing the businesses offering gift cards online. The site is split into categories for art and music, coffeehouses, food and drink, health and wellness, and retail, so you can support a variety of businesses in different industries.
Order Pickup or Delivery
The governor’s executive order will not stop local restaurants and cafes from serving the Portland community with home-cooked meals. After the announcement, many creative restaurant owners worked hard to create a to-go menu available for pickup and delivery, many of which offer no-contact delivery.
Both Resy and Eater PDX are maintaining excellent lists for all things pick-up and delivery during the coronavirus outbreak. Menus, offerings and systems are changing on a regular basis, so this is the best way to keep up with the latest information.
PRO TIP (No pun intended): Remember to tip the restaurant or delivery driver well, as this is an especially difficult time for hourly workers in the service industry, many of whom depend on tips to make a living.
Share the Love Online
It may seem small, but promoting a business online can go a long way — and it doesn’t cost a dime! Consider leaving a positive review for your favorite business on Yelp, their Facebook page or Google. Share social posts from a restaurant, brewery or coffee shop when they announce their to-go options or specific ways to support them. Who knows? Your friends and followers might be inclined to make a purchase because you shared a post.
And — shameless plug — share this article on social media! The more we get the word out about this, the more support we can rally for our city’s small businesses.
Buy Merch Online
Show your support for your favorite restaurant, brewery or coffee shop by buying their merch — and maybe some for your friends and family! While we may be spending a lot of time at home now, you’ll be able to proudly sport your gear around town very soon. And if you’re not sure where to start, check out the extensive Portland-themed gear at Portland Gear. You’ll recognize their iconic “P” logo, which can be seen on their hats, shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel and accessories.
Hawaiian restaurant with several quirky t-shirts, including a pig shirt and a camo option.
Upscale Italian eatery selling a candle, hand soap and two simple “Ava Gene’s” hats.
Breakfast restaurant selling a variety of colorful merch, including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, drinkware and other accessories.
Photos courtesy of Grassa
Pasta-centric eatery selling t-shirts and a jacket, plus options for their sandwich shop, Lardo.
Pizzeria selling canned fruit soda, hoodies, a hat, a tote and a reusable straw.
Eastern European restaurant selling t-shirts and a beanie, plus a variety of quirky gifts and drinkware.
Sandwich shop selling t-shirts and a hat, plus options for their pasta shop, Grassa.
Upscale French-inspired eatery with a #SquabGoals hat, a sweatshirt, a t-shirt, a onesie and a cookbook.
Taqueria selling hoodies, tees, a tote and a hat.
Photo courtesy of Sizzle Pie
Pizzeria with a variety of apparel, including sweatshirts, shirts and hats, and accessories, like stickers, patches and pins — plus gift cards!
Trendy Middle Eastern restaurant selling hand soap, a candle, a t-shirt, a hat, a tote and a book.
Beloved doughnut shop with hoodies, tees, hats, underwear, and various quirky accessories.
To learn more about some of the best breweries in Portland (many of which are on this list!), click here.
Creative brewery with three locations selling a ton of tees, flannels, tanks and hoodies for both men and women, plus hats and other accessories.
Brewery focused on Northwest-style sour beers with tees, tanks, sweatshirts, hats, glassware and more.
Well-known microbrewery originally opened in Bend selling apparel for men and women, Trailblazer merch, barware, outdoor gear, and more.
Photo courtesy of Ecliptic Brewing
Space-themed brewery with a variety of shirts and sweatshirts, plus hats, growlers and glassware.
Charitable brewery in the Eliot neighborhood selling a variety of colorful t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and small accessories, including pins, koozies and totes.
Relatively new comic book-themed brewery selling posters, hats, tees, hoodies, and more.
Relatively new brewpub along Alberta Street with hoodies, tees, hats, glassware, pins, patches and more.
Photos courtesy of Level Beer
Brewery on 2 acres in Northeast Portland selling hats, tees, flannels, drinkware, suspenders, frisbies and more.
German-style brewery selling a koozie, a women’s tee, a beanie and a tin tacker.
Trendsetting brewery project with posters, hats, tees, hoodies, glassware and more.
To learn more about some of the best coffee shops in Portland (many of which are on this list!), click here.
Coffee shop (with three locations) ideal for coffee connoisseurs, selling a hoodie, t-shirts, a hat, mugs, tumblers and gift cards.
Coffee-shop-meets-cocktail-bar selling “dad hats,” a tote bag, gift cards, a lighter and a pin.
Photo courtesy of Good Coffee
A hip plant-filled shop (with three locations) selling a tumbler, a tote, and a few hats.
Outdoor-themed coffeehouse in St. Johns with a mug, a tumbler, a hat and a t-shirt.
Minimalist, quality-focused coffee shop with four locations, selling hats, sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, and a wide variety of brewing accessories.
Vegan coffee shop filled with music and plants, selling t-shirts, diner mugs and travel mugs.
Colorful shop in Roseway with t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, tote bags, and more.
Photo courtesy of Prince Coffee
Coffee shop in the Industrial District in Northwest Portland and Beaumont known for their Dutch stroopwafels, selling crewnecks, totes, mugs, chocolate, MIIR tumblers, and gift cards.
Beautifully designed shop in North Portland selling totes, tees, mugs, gift cards and more.
Well-known roaster with several locations across the country, selling mugs, totes, books, chocolate, and a variety of brewing supplies.
Vibrant cafe in Ladd’s Addition selling a poster, shirts, mugs, and gift cards.
What are we missing?
Let us know what local businesses are selling merch online during this time. And if you are a small business owner, let us know how we can rally behind you in the coming weeks.