How has coronavirus impacted your business and what can people do to help?
Wilson Fish Markets
“We are a Local Family business in Washington that sells fresh, frozen and smoked King Salmon, Halibut, Black Cod and more. We fish locally in Washington and Oregon on the Pacific Ocean no nets just hook and line. Its the freshest fish you can find…unless you’re eating on the boat!! For the past 20 years we have sold our fish at Farmer’s Markets in Tacoma (Proctor), Puyallup, Edmonds, Redmond, Madrona, Ballard and Lake Forest Park…as well as wholesaling to some local area restaurants. We are now, like everyone else, trying to figure out how to make our business work during these unbalanced times. After the initial shock wore off that farmers markets were not going to be open…we decided to try home delivery! We are trying all sorts if avenues to let our customers know they can still get quality fish and maybe even pick up some new ones along the way. Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Wilson-Fish-Markets-142645242418035/. We will deliver to anyone in the Seattle/Tacoma area generally within a day or two. We are practicing safety protocols wearing gloves and using sanitizer as often as possible.”
Whats Poppin Co
“We’re a startup out of the UW entrepreneurship program, and our mission is to provide low-cost snack food that doesn’t sacrifice quality, health, or environmental values for taste. As a brand-new company we have been heavily affected by COVID-19, so we are especially appreciative of local support. We can deliver popcorn orders directly to local customers when they order from our website, http://www.whatspoppinco.com, and any help getting the word out would go a long way. Thank you!”
Valerie Madison Jewelry
“We were already planning a studio closure for a few weeks to move to our new showroom in Madrona this spring (which makes for very conflicting emotions, both the excitement of this new chapter and the nervousness surrounding the local economy). While we were already planning to shift to virtual appointments and continue our support with clients via phone, email and Instagram, the need is just greater now. We’ve had the opportunity to be both an online retailer and entertain in-person appointments and events in our first years of business and the COVID-19 impacts mean we need to keep the emphasis online for everyone’s health and safety. We’re so eager to continue our showroom remodel and be able to open to the public when it’s safe to do so! In the meantime our customer’s support with online purchase, social media shares, and even just positive notes of encouragement mean so much to our small team. We are also operating under reduced studio hours so our team can work from home and stay safe.
We’re currently running a 20% off sale on our ready-to-ship engagement rings through the end of April. Normally we only one sale per year on Black Friday, so this is an unusual deal for anyone looking for earth-friendly engagement rings.”
OryxSenior Marketing Manager
“The SweetSide is a local artisan bakery offering specialty cakes, desserts; and now offering pastries!
We have recently closed our daily operations and has chosen to pop open for specific weekend dates. We plan to reopen with a more regular schedule in May. Customers looking for a birthday cake, cheesecake, French Macarons, or pastry is encouraged to view our website for the current offering.”
“This pandemic has changed almost every aspect of how to be a band. I think that this will be an incredibly creative time for many artists who will be able to focus solely on writing and producing. Obviously we miss playing live and the feel of a real show, but solving this pandemic is far more important to help protect the safety and well-being of everyone across the world. Until it’s resolved, we plan on doing streaming concerts and connecting with our fans through all social media outlets. We’ve now switched to completely virtual writing sessions and meetings. It’s not the same but it is making due for the time being. [Fans can help by] streaming our music, following us on socials, buying merch if they can. Our headlining tour has been rescheduled for August-October so when all the dates are announced, buying tickets to those shows would be the best support we could receive.”
Table Less Traveled
“If you can’t travel the world, we’ll bring the world to you through LIVE interactive cooking classes with our favorite chefs, home cooks, and friends across the globe.
Almost overnight, our thoughtfully curated tours and experiences—our primary expertise and value—became irrelevant, as travel was halted with no definite end in sight. We’re are a small, bootstrapped business, and to see our entire sales line interrupted was devastating and scary. As we watched entire industries being decimated and companies we love going out of business, we were afraid we’d be only a short time away from the same scenario.
From that scary place came an idea of true collaboration. When you decide what our live cooking class experience is worth to you, 50% of what you pay gets sent directly to chefs (less processing fees). The other 50% lets us support our employees, pay our bills and expenses, and continue to refine and improve our product and quality of delivery.
Individuals can help by registering for a class and making a contribution to our team & chefs for the interactive experiences we are providing. Details at http://www.thetablelesstraveled.com/live-cooking-classes.”
Sugar + Spoon
“We had to shut down our downtown and UW locations, along with all of our private events that were cancelled for the foreseeable future with our trucks. We’ve been able to pivot and sell our pint packs online with free next day delivery as north as Everett and as south as Tacoma!”
“Strideline, a Seattle small business of 27 people that produces fanwear and custom corporate socks, has made the decision to pivot its business model to produce masks in the wake of the COVID 19 crisis. The masks are not for medical use but branded masks are going to be critical to help people get comfortable wearing masks. ‘As business owners, we need to pay attention to the news, but there’s so much noise.’ said Strideline’s CRO, Taylor Marean.
We have had to close factories to protect the health of our workers and paused partnerships with sporting leagues. Additionally, the cancellation of corporate events and school sponsored athletic programs has resulted in a tapering of demand for our products.
After making difficult staffing decisions and seeing the business revenue decreased by 90% in March, Strideline co-founders decided to take the business in a different direction in order to help be a part of combating the COVID-19 crisis, solve problems for their customers, and get their staff back to work.
This is a great story of a pivot that will keep jobs in the area plus create economic opportunity for lots of small organizations that have also been hit hard by COVID-19.”
MollyHead of Marketing
“Prior to the closure, we were primarily a draft brewery meaning we sold most of our beer by the pint in our tap room and in kegs to bars and restaurants around town. Closure has meant that we immediately lost most of our wholesale business and we had to change our tap room model to a beer-to-go model. We are now open noon-7pm every day for beer to go in pre-filled crowlers and cans and we have moved to be able to can as much beer as possible. Beers can be ordered online for transaction free pick up experience but walk up sales are also available. We have just launched some recent delivery options too. All information is at http://www.stoupbrewing.com/beers-to-go or on our social media channels (instagram, twitter & facebook). All support is greatly appreciated.”
“I launched RylieCakes in August 2019 – I was on a mission to bake the world a better place through my GF baking mixes that make baking (+ cooking) at home fun, fuss-free, and frickin’ delicious! Not even being one year old yet, I am just trying to get RylieCakes off the ground – some days it seems nearly impossible to compete with big name brands with deep, deep pockets, let alone navigate this entire situation! I chose to slash ALL of our prices a few weeks back. I know how important baking can be to one’s mental + emotional health – giving one a sense of control, a creative outlet, and of course, scrumptious treats to soothe the soul. I wanted to make it easier for everyone during this time of need + vulnerability to be able to enjoy RylieCakes mixes in the comfort of their own home. I mean who doesn’t feel just a little better after a warm chocolate chip cookie?! I am so grateful to still be up and running during this time and recognize that every little bit helps! Online orders are GREATLY APPRECIATED whether it be baking mixes, a cookbook, or a gift card. I ship nationally so even if you don’t have to eat GF, send a care package to a friend or family member and help spread the love. THANK YOU!”
Professional Copy N Print
“For the past 20 years I have owned Professional Copy N Print, a small print shop on The Ave. We specialize in printing everything from posters and menus for other small businesses to course packs for students at the University of Washington. We also take print jobs from customers, print portfolios, and make t-shirt prints. Our top priority is to fulfill our customers printing needs with the best quality in mind.
The current Coronavirus pandemic we are facing has resulted in a loss of customers and business. One of our primary sources of income being the University of Washington, we face a significant decline in print jobs. This has made it increasingly difficult to run my business and pay my employees. We are currently taking online orders, so it would mean a great deal if individuals could reach out to us. We can professionally print cards, books, posters, and any other custom orders.”
“We have built our business around our weekday spot in our neighborhood and through large weekend events. With the Stay at Home mandate, all of our large events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future and has put a lot of pressure on our neighborhood location. We have seen an uptick in business but not enough to make up for the lost revenue of a large event. We are thankful for our neighborhood that has kept us in business. Order a coffee subscription. We send out our subscriptions once a month but you can get 1-3 bags per shipped based on your needs. This front payment give you a discount and allows us to have a little more on-hand cash right now. Also, please come visit us during the week. We can make your visit as “non-contact” as possible with the Joe Coffee app. We are also happy to adjust our service to your specific needs.”
Pasado’s Safe Haven
“The Coronavirus is limiting our ability to reach people. In response, Pasado’s Safe Haven has launched Compassion Rx, a weekly newsletter full of cute animal videos, craft templates, virtual tours of their sanctuary, and more. If you are looking to be reminded of all the good in the world, we’ve got you covered!”
“We are a small-batch skincare company that makes luxurious products by hand with ethically sourced, truly clean ingredients. Our sales come from three places: makers markets, wholesale accounts and our website (www.ooliva.com). Our market season – likely the entire year – has been cancelled. We have a unique wholesale situation in that our main revenue stream comes from boutiques located at airports. Needless to say they stopped ordering weeks ago. Our website currently accounts for 20% of our sales. We would love to have customers visit us there in order to boost that percentage during this difficult time. We have lots of soap available and lots of goodies to soothe overwashed hands. Another way the community can offer support is through our GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/f/ooliva) which was launched alongside a pitch competition that I have been working on since January. It was completely derailed by coronaviris.”
“We bought this business three years ago because we love food and the way it brings people together. From day one, our mission as a business has been to create a space that feels like home and invite people into that space to slow down and connect with the world. It was quite a bit of hard news to find out people could no longer come in and enjoy our space, so we shifted our focus away from our own physical storefront to finding ways to help people make their homes more enjoyable and special while they are in them. We continue to be open for takeout for your morning coffee needs and pastries to take home and deeply appreciate everyone who comes to support us. We have also started a small delivery program three days a week. These deliveries are little luxuries that will hopefully allow individuals and families to take time to pause and connect with loved ones while consuming some tasty treats. At the end of the day, we will do everything within our power to safely provide butter loaded luxuries to you every Tuesday through Saturday.”
Neighborhood Farmers Markets
“We are concerned about the operating budget for our organization, but even more so for the 200 small businesses that we feel are under our care. Since Neighborhood Farmers Markets opened in 1993, we have never had a market closure like this before. While the staff at Neighborhood Farmers Markets is working tirelessly to reopen markets, our primary concern is for our farmers. Over 200 small businesses rely on the farmers markets for direct sales each week. Many of our farmers are suffering because of restaurant closures (where they had wholesale accounts) and the suspension of farmers markets. We could share dozens of personal stories of hardship, but instead I’ll offer temporary solutions and ways you can help the farmers and our local food system. Shop from our farmers online. We created a shopper sourcing guide where you can pre-order for pick up and delivery.
If you can, donate to the Good Farmer Fund. This is an early effort to stabilize food and farm businesses through immediate relief and enable them to prepare for the re-opening of farmers markets and the growing season ahead. Traditionally, The Good Farmer Fund provides an economic stop loss for agricultural producers in times of extreme natural or unforeseen emergency or crisis. NFM will offer multiple rounds of Resiliency Relief grants during April and May in relation to the COVID-19 market closures. As you have heard – University District Farmers Market will be open this Saturday. Reading all the shopper behavior standards and pre-ordering if possible, is the best way for folks to help us right now.”
SarahMarketing & Development Manager
“Coronavirus has impacted our (very) small business in a big way. On March 17th Pike Place Market asked all nonessential market businesses to close, so our brick and mortar flagship store has been shuttered since then. We were able to continue making and shipping orders from our online shop for another week, until the shelter in place order went into effect on the 24th. After that we were no longer allowed to travel (or ask our employees) to travel to our production studio to make and ship items for orders so we had to shut down our online store, too. Right now we are selling only gift cards on our website, and that is the sole source of income for our business. We have had to furlough all four of our employees. It’s very scary. We just opened our market store in November after six years as craft vendors in the market’s day stalls, so our financials look a lot like those of a new business right now. We had to take out a business loan to cover the costs of leasing and renovating our new space, so between that loan and our always-revolving credit card debt we are feeling very unsure of what another month with almost no income will look like for us.”
“Looking Homeward has been affected immensely by Coronavirus. We were forced to shut down our coffee cart due to lack of foot traffic, and Washington has shut down our construction site for our cafe buildout. Please help us by purchasing whole bean coffee off of our website! We offer free deliveries within the Seattle area with no minimum order.”
JakeDirector of Coffee
La Bella Vita Salon
“When I do the final ‘ta-da’ spin for that final look, I think ‘damn’ I’m saving the world one mane at a time. I am the #bossbabe owner/stylist of a small boutique hair salon in Poulsbo, WA. Becoming a self employed hairstylist and salon owner was the second most terrifying career move of my life. As a single mom, I was tired of someone else’s agenda. I wanted the flexibility of my time to spend it with my son and feeding my soul. I wanted the financial freedom to be my own #bossbabe. And I wanted to provide that opportunity to other likeminded #bossbabes. So 7 years ago La Bella Vita Salon was born. I lease chairs out of my salon to other #bossbabes so they can be independent contractors. I am a coach, a mentor, a leader. During this pause and reboot life has given us, I think about the 1000’s of incredible clients and your stories over the past 15 years. Being a hairdresser is more than just the hair. It’s connection, community, a touch, a shampoo and scalp massage and yes, sending you about your day with a skip in your step, head held high and confident. Thank you for sharing your life, your beautiful stories and trusting me your beautiful locks. You have helped me grow and become a better version of myself and I am grateful for each and everyone of you”
Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Hotdogs
“As you all know, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, my business, Joe’s Grilled Gourmet Hotdogs, is now closed. I have been in business for over 20 years thanks to our many loyal customers and friends. It is with a heavy heart that I have had to suspend operations, but your safety, as well as my family’s, is a priority. Many of you have reached out to offer your support and to ask if there was anything you could do to help. Inker Prints has graciously offered their services so here is what you can do. By purchasing a t-shirt or reusable bag with my logo on it, you would be playing a huge part in keeping my dream alive. I look forward to being back in business and seeing all my wonderful customers and friends real soon. I can’t wait to yell, ‘Would you look at the size of this one!’ as you enjoy your Seattle Dog!”
“Being located in the heart of Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market meant that indi chocolate felt the impacts of COVID-19 almost immediately and the impact has gotten worse. Our classes and events are currently on hold until it is alright to gather once again. In response to COVID-19, we now have online order ahead and delivery options, easy to purchase gift cards, and Care Packages that can be bought, gifted, donated and shipped. We have been able to keep our doors open for takeaway, curbside pickup outside our chocolate factory on Western Ave., and fulfill delivery and online orders.”
“The nature of my business is media. I am a photographer and videographer- primarily for major events, businesses, and family portraits. This pandemic has had a tremendous negative effect on my small minority business as I have had clients cancel into the month of July, 2020. Without some help financially I may be forced to close my business. Any support right now would be a tremendous blessing to my business. Thank you for your outreach and consideration.”
“We have been closed since March 15th, a bit before we were mandated to as non-essential business. This is hard for us because as an escape room we can’t offer anything delivery or to go, and still have to pay rent on our locations. People can support us by purchasing a gift card that can be used to play our rooms once we re-open. They never expire and can be purchased at http://www.escapimportland/gift-cards. Above is a photo of a group playing in our Alien Zoo room.”
Epic Antique Mall
“Although we appreciate the efforts taken and care mainly for the safety of our employees, customers and community – we understand why we are considered a non-essential business thus forcing closure. We’ve been critically affected by this pandemic. Epic Antique Mall is a relatively new business, only open for about a year. We were just starting to overcome the challenge of a brick and mortar retail location amid the industrial section of Seattle. Our building houses over 60 individual small business owners selling their merchandise. Plus as the exclusive location for SODO Flea , we host an additional 50+ independent maker/vendors for an open air market once per month. We are one of the few remaining brick and mortar businesses of this kind. We’ve exhausted every avenue for local, state and federal relief and to date have not received anything. On a positive note, we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers and employees who are supporting our effort to survive this crisis.”
Eat Good Group
“We have had to lay off 150 employees and have lost 85% of our business due to the government shut down. We applied for loans and grants but have not received any financial help from SBA or the government in any way. The thing that is keeping some of our employees working is takeout and delivery. It does make a difference and has been keeping us alive. Visit EatGoodGroup.com to see all 13 of the unique restaurants and their delicious creations!”
Distinctive Voices Consulting
“I conduct in-person diversity, equity, bias-awareness and inclusiveness training and have seen several prospective contracts disappear as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The good news is I have begun to convert some of my workshops to online and would love for you to share my attached flyers for an upcoming workshop I am offering this Saturday and next Wednesday. Any assistance you can provide by sharing my online workshops would help potentially offset those in person trainings that have been either postponed or cancelled. My story, a video and resume of training can be found on my website- http://www.DistinctiveVoiceConsulting.blogspot.com.”
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