Supporting Small Business + Community During COVID-19

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The social distancing required by COVID-19 can feel isolating. But even when space apart is the best thing to do to take care of each other, there are things you can do now to champion the very essence of connection—to support your community and local businesses.

Whether you’ve already committed to showing support or you’d like some ideas on how to lift up the small businesses in your area, we’re sharing some tips on how to do just that, all from the comforts of your home.

Drop a Note, Leave a Review

It is a better time than ever to show your favorite local businesses the love! Remember that stellar customer service experience that made a lasting impression on you? Now is the perfect time to share! Dash on over to their social pages or review sites like Google My Business to leave them that review you’ve been meaning to get around to.

Another great gesture is to simply drop them a note through email, Messenger or a direct message on Instagram. Business owners are going through a tough time right now. Our franchisees have told us how even the smallest gesture of support can propel them to keep going, like this one from Amy M., a guest of The Lash Lounge Dobbs Ferry – Rivertowns Square:

Just knowing their customers are thinking of them will make them feel valued and give them the fuel they need to push forward until things get back to normal.

Buy Gift Cards Now + Save Soon

Whether you’re majorly missing your favorite local shop, or you’re just longing for the calming effects of retail therapy, why not shop now and save later?

Most businesses offer gift card purchases online, which is a terrific way to help them with cash flow right now while putting some guaranteed bucks in your pocket to use when businesses reopen.

Look Forward, Lash Later

Dreaming of the day you can sink into a lash nap at your local Lash Lounge and get your favorite lash or brow service? We feel you, which is why we’re super excited that participating salons are now offering gift cards for a limited-time discount!

Are you “all in” on gift cards? Visit, select a location near you, scroll down and click the “Purchase a Gift Card” button.

Gift Cards + Local Appreciation

Gift cards are a great way to show the incredible heroes and individuals in your community how much you appreciate their service or, simply a kind gesture to show you’re thinking of them. Think first-responders, medical and retail workers, factory workers and even moms who are at home with kids! Because, when this crisis ends, a gift card will be the perfect way for these people to finally take care of themselves.

Shopping local online is also a great way to show some appreciation to local businesses. And, when it comes to your favorite local eateries, as long as you know restaurants and delivery services are taking extra safety and health precautions and following all the guidance of the CDC, order takeout!

Spread the Love: Show Support Via Social Media + Email

Loving what some local businesses are doing during this time and what messages they’re posting on social or via email? Get to sharing!

Whether you forward an email, re-post to your own social pages or create your own post and tag the business, sharing and spreading the love is something everyone can do. Heck, even tag friends you know would love the business’s product or service. Every post, share and “like” counts.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Whether it’s a little money you can put back into your community and local businesses to help them stay afloat, it’s a sincere message of support on social media, or a review on Google My Business, Facebook or Yelp, whatever you can do WILL be appreciated. Business owners, their staff and society as a whole need ALL the encouragement they can get right now.

So, do what you can and just remember…a little goes a long way! Just imagine if every person did just one of these things to help their community—the impact would be incredible! #SupportAndSave #SmallBusinessStrong