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Corona - supporting local buinesses

Thought I'd start a thread on what the affluent Effers can do to support local business during this sh1tshow.
If anyone has suggestions, please post them here.


I've bought a years worth of supplies off my vet, and am having take-aways twice a week. Take-aways keeps the restaurants and the delivery guys an income.

I see that the cycle shops are open for repairs (but not for sales, though I'm sure that would be possible also), now spring is here could be worth it.

Ditto with garages.

Gardeners are still out there.
The Coop and Migros will be fine, but there are plenty of local shops and Migros partners out there.

Anything else?
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

Nothing has changed for me with corona. I buy meat from the local butcher, greens & eggs in a farm nearby, milk from the 24/7 milch-automat, bread and cheese from small shops that are still open.

I've seen that in other cantons some online platforms have been set up to support other small shops, no idea in Aargau

In Zurich, small shops setup an common online store with home delivery by post https://laedelishop.ch/

In Geneva, people that can't work are selling "gift cards" that you can redeem in the future for a haircut or beers in a bar https://www.covid-heros.ch/

This one offers small shops goods and services from several cantons (mostly Vaud, Fribourg and Bern) https://direqt.qoqa.ch/fr

PS. Swiss winemakers have offered free shipping for 1 box of six bottles, others starting with one bottle. I can make a summary of these offers if others are interested.

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I read that as Green Eggs and Ham at first.

The business's that are most stressed by this are restaurants and non-food retails. So while it's good to support your local butcher - they're not the ones suffering most, I would have thought.

Restaurants we can help by ordering takeaways (if you can afford it).

But how about small clothes/shoes/book shops, or hardware stores etc. How can we help them? My local bookshop has a sign on their window that they'll take email orders and deliver to your door. (They really should make it a swutting big sign...).
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Anything else?
If you're a member of a local "Verein" (Quartiersverein etc etc) and didn't receive yet a list with local small producers (e.g. beer, sausages, cheese, farm products etc) you can ask them to provide you one. Mail them, people are willing to help and are genuinely worried for local businesses.
We already used the services of two small producers and they have their own delivery guys.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

A good initiative, there are a few small business owners here, I wonder if the owners here will relax on commercial posts?
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I read that as Green Eggs and Ham at first.

The business's that are most stressed by this are restaurants and non-food retails. So while it's good to support your local butcher - they're not the ones suffering most, I would have thought.

Restaurants we can help by ordering takeaways (if you can afford it).

But how about small clothes/shoes/book shops, or hardware stores etc. How can we help them? My local bookshop has a sign on their window that they'll take email orders and deliver to your door. (They really should make it a swutting big sign...).
I think we can offer to volunteer as staff (sub, back up for regular staff) work for free there, when the worst is over.

Manor here (the food section was planned to be open) and one post office shut down here due to too many employees falling ill. I can sense the impact it has on our small community. We still think in the pre-covid frames, but if you start imagining half the shops/business in town closing for good, one starts to realize the effect it will have.

CZ is planning to shut even food stores to stop the virus shedding, move to centrally organized rationing/supply service. Open a few household stuff shops for a few days, so people get their things. The country will be in a complete hault, it has been for a month but they need to gain control for better tracking.

This is a great thread, OP. Local farm will keep getting our support and I am planning to maybe take an unpaid shift in a community cafe when the worst blows over.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

I know alcohol is not great for the immune system, however a little of what you like...........
For the Baselers, many are regulars at Kitchen Brew.
They are doing home deliveries.

Alcohol does keep (beer less so, but still reasonable) so a bulk buy of say wine (as mentioned by Axa) is certainly worth considering, if you are that way inclined.
I get mine from savinis and riverawine.ch (who also do a great selection of Spanish produce).
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

Is there a danger in trying to support places that we just push their problems out?

IE, buying what you need locally is great.. But bulk buying or buying vouchers etc just means that you won't buy it again further down the line?

I suppose every little helps them through.

Some places must be making a killing right now.. Maybe they should be encouraged to share their good fortune.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

My reading is that the whole idea of buying vouchers for future purchases is to help in cash flow for local business who don't have any income at all at the present time, but still have bills to pay.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

Our commune has a list of local businesses who are operating home delivery or collection options as well as all the physical shops (butchers, bakers etc).
They are adding to it all the time.

It might be worth checking out your commune/gemeinde website to see if something similar exists in your area.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

Thanks OP. For bringing this up. As a small specialist food retailer, I can say that many customers are doing what they can to help us. Regular customers who may only spend 30.00 or 40.00 CHF are spending over 100.00 - buying extras they wouldn't normally buy (more expensive bottles of Port etc in my case). And friends come and buy much more often, one group of buddies came in last week to buy bottles of beer, I offered them a discount as they were buying so much. Their answer... we've come to support you, we didn't come looking for a discount.

Still, sales at my cheese shop are down 50%, we're doing what we can to mitigate the problem - slightly shorter opening hours to save on salaries, pushing the web shop (and adding a lot more products) and we're lucky that the city has given us 2 months rent free. But it's still going to be tough going. But I know I'm lucky in that I can still sell something, all the other shops, fashion, design, furniture etc in the Viadukt can't. And I'm afraid that some won't make it.

So yes, please do what you can to help small retailers - and of course buy vouchers (we need the cash!), many of us will miss the ones who don't make it.
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Re: Corona - supporting local buinesses

Most of the craft beer pubs or breweries are offering home delivery, I've been ordering weekly from my local. http://www.autrappiste.ch/

Also, Adriano's coffee is an institution here in Bern and I've ordered some of their wonderful coffee freshly ground to my specific request.
https://adrianos.ch/shop/

I also did a big Mexican ingredient order from this store in Zurich:
https://www.elmaiz.ch/

And ordered a proper mezcal from this gem of a store in Zurich:
https://www.lamezcaleria.ch/

Since my flights for my holidays were cancelled, I also paid my cat sitter in advance for whenever I do take a holiday. We have to support local small businesses!
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I read that as Green Eggs and Ham at first.

The business's that are most stressed by this are restaurants and non-food retails. So while it's good to support your local butcher - they're not the ones suffering most, I would have thought.

Restaurants we can help by ordering takeaways (if you can afford it).

But how about small clothes/shoes/book shops, or hardware stores etc. How can we help them? My local bookshop has a sign on their window that they'll take email orders and deliver to your door. (They really should make it a swutting big sign...).
Well, was also all into that as well in the beginning. My favorite restaurant (the only restaurant I allow the luxury of going to since years ), just around the corner, however just recently published their on-line take-away /delivery selection. I usually also get a glass of wine (or two) when going there. Excuse me, at least CHF 42.- for a bottle of cheap wine . No thanks. I‘ll stick with my hoarded pasta etc.
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Excuse me, at least CHF 42.- for a bottle of cheap wine . No thanks

Yep, my local Indian restaurant have a takeaway service, but the prices are the same as the restaurant.
It costs the wrong side of CHF80 for two people, without a drink.

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Yep, my local Indian restaurant have a takeaway service, but the prices are the same as the restaurant.
It costs the wrong side of CHF80 for two people.
Well, I opted for TexMex diy and whatever we pulled out of the pantry....is far from authentic.

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Yep, my local Indian restaurant have a takeaway service, but the prices are the same as the restaurant.
It costs the wrong side of CHF80 for two people.
The daily lunch menu at this restaurant costs around CHF 23.00 (the food is really good and healthy). In summer you can sit outside. They do offer a 15% discount on take-outs, and a 15% surcharge on bike deliveries.

All completely reasonable, but CHF 42.- on a cheap bottle of white wine? It varies between CHF 42,- and CHF 200.-. Usually I pay around CHF 8.- there for a glass of wine to accompany my meal (of course it can get more expensive depending on my mood at the time)
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The daily lunch menu at this restaurant costs around CHF 23.00 (the food is really good and healthy). In summer you can sit outside. They do offer a 15% discount on take-outs, and a 15% surcharge on bike deliveries.

All completely reasonable, but CHF 42.- on a cheap bottle of white wine? It varies between CHF 42,- and CHF 200.-. Usually I pay around CHF 8.- there for a glass of wine to accompany my meal (of course it can get more expensive depending on my mood at the time)
I wonder if white wine will be in shortage? It has been cold, are vinyards freezing?
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I wonder if white wine will be in shortage? It has been cold, are vinyards freezing?
Last year was so good that several winemakers even reduced their prices by 20-30% to be able to compete with the deluge of wine from the rest of Europe.

https://swisswine.ch/fr/actualite/da...ecolte-de-trop

The 20-30% discount is not on the article, I saw it on my orders from last year
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Last year was so good that several winemakers even reduced their prices by 20-30% to be able to compete with the deluge of wine from the rest of Europe.

https://swisswine.ch/fr/actualite/da...ecolte-de-trop

The 20-30% discount is not on the article, I saw it on my orders from last year
Well, looks like some lux articles will become even more lux.
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Last year was so good that several winemakers even reduced their prices by 20-30% to be able to compete with the deluge of wine from the rest of Europe.

https://swisswine.ch/fr/actualite/da...ecolte-de-trop

The 20-30% discount is not on the article, I saw it on my orders from last year
I heard on the radio this morning that they are going to use surplus wine from last year that was destined to be used for research and turn it into hand sanitizer.
There are two places in Switzerland which will produce it, one is in Ins in canton Bern but I can’t remember where the other one is.
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