How and Where to Shop Local during COVID-19

As COVID-19 precautions and closures take effect in Illinois and Champaign County, it’s important to consider some alternative approaches to shopping local and supporting the local economy. There are many ways you can support local businesses and their employees while also maintaining social distancing recommendations by the CDC. At the Champaign Center Partnership, we also encourage the public to take precautions recommended by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Stay at home when sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Maintain 6-ft distance between people
  • Avoid gatherings of 50 or more people

For more information about COVID-19 and preparedness resources, please visit the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District on Facebook. The CUPHD hotline is 217-239-7877. You can also email questions to CUPHD at coronavirus@c-uphd.org.

How can you support local businesses?

Purchase gift cards/certificates

Many businesses offer gift cards or certificates for sale. Purchasing gift cards is a great way to support local businesses because it’s an investment in the places you love and investment in a great night out later on. Think about it: when social distancing restrictions are loosened, you will want to go out and enjoy a warm meal with friends at your favorite restaurants ! Most restaurants, bars, retail stores, and entertainment destinations sell gift cards and certificates (listed at the end of this article).

Food carry out and delivery

Although IL Governor Pritzker mandated that all bars and restaurants must close for dine-in March 17-30, curbside pickup, carry out, and delivery are still options for many businesses and customers! In Downtown Champaign, the City used its emergency powers to designate curbside pickup locations near many restaurants. Some businesses also use third-party delivery services like Uber Eats and Grubhub.

Follow and share on social media

Use some of the time on your hands to follow your favorite businesses who are constantly posting about their products and services. Many businesses also use social media to update followers about store closures, changes in hours, or how their store is responding or adapting to this ever-changing public health situation. Share some love and support by liking or following your favorite businesses on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

What businesses can you support?

Here’s an dynamic list of business members and supporters in the Champaign Center Partnership. For a more comprehensive list of businesses across the county, please visit Visit Champaign County’s website.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Bentley’s Pub | Downtown | Closed until further notice. T-shirts for sale – email Bentleyschampaign@gmail.com. *donate to support staff on GoFundMe.

Big Grove Tavern | Downtown | Curbside takeout from 11 am to 2 pm; 4 pm to 8 pm *curbside pick-up zone on Main Street! *donate to support staff on GoFundMe.

Brewlab Coffee | Campustown | Carry out orders only, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every day. Gift certificates available. Items for sale online.

Destihl | Downtown | 11 am to 8 pm for curbside takeout orders only *curbside pick-up zone on Church Street!

Esquire Lounge | Downtown | Carryout available 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. *curbside pick-up zone on Chester Street!

Howdy Burger | Campustown | Carry out and delivery everyday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. *Check them out on Chowbus!

Ko Fusion | Downtown | Takeout/Curbside during normal store hours *curbside pick-up zone in Neil-Washington parking lot!

Kung Fu Tea | Campustown | Carry out and Delivery only 12 – 9:30 p.m.

Mid Summer Lounge | Campustown | Carry out and delivery everyday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. *Check them out on Chowbus!

Neil St. Blues | Downtown |Takeout through GrubHub

Pizzeria Antica | Downtown | Carryout or 3rd party delivery from 5:00–8:00 p.m. daily *curbside pick-up zone on Chester Street!

Sticky Rice | Downtown | Online orders and carry out Wed-Sun, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gift cards and certificates available *Special offer: FREE half orders of fried rice or pan-fried noodles of any variety to children ages 12 and under from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon-Fri

Teamoji | Campustown | Carry out and delivery everyday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. *Check them out on Chowbus!

RETAIL & SHOPPING

Circles Boutique | Downtown | Closed to the public until Mar. 31. Gift cards available for purchase online. Call for shipping and pickup – call 217-359-2195.

Furniture Lounge | Downtown | Closed to the public. Call for gift cards or purchase online, appointments, pictures, and delivery – call 217-418-5135.

Gameday Spirits Fanstore | Campustown/Out-of-district | Online pickup available at Neil Street location (Green Street location closed). Hours reduced: Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jane Addams Book Shop | Downtown | Curbside order pickups and book drop-off, M-F 1 – 4 p.m. Gift cards available for purchase.

Live Action Games | Downtown | Open for normal hours, curbside only. Sales associate will shop for you and store pick-up – call 217-359-4263.

Plant Mode | Midtown | Open for normal hours! Gift cards available. Sales associate will shop for you and store or curbside pick-up – call 312-218-0503.

Ten Thousand Villages | Downtown | Hours reduced Mon. – Sat., 12 – 4 p.m. Phone and online purchases/curbside pick-up available. Gift card and certificates for sale.

Walnut Street Tea Co. | Downtown | Open for normal hours! Bulk tea or coffee for sale online. Sales associate will shop for you and store pick- up – call 217-351-6975.

ATTRACTIONS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Virginia Theatre | Downtown | Box office open by phone Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Gift certificates and tickets for sale now by phone and online only – call 217-356-9063.

SERVICES

Busey | Downtown | Drive through banking only.

Hickory Point Bank | Downtown | Drive through banking only.

L M Thomas Group | Out-of-district | Videoconferencing support and virtual office hours available – email matt@lmthomasgroup.com.

What businesses are closed?

Champaign County History Museum | Midtown | Closed until March 30 *charitable monetary donations accepted online

Champaign Public Library | Downtown | Closed until March 30

Collective Pour | Downtown | Closed until March 30

G.A.S. Barbershop & Hair Salon | Downtown | Closed until March 30

Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Midtown | Closed until March 31 *charitable monetary donations accepted online

Hamilton Walker’s | Downtown | Closed Until Mar. 30

Lodgic Everyday Kitchen | Out-of-district | Closed until April 3

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum | Downtown | Closed until March 30 *charitable monetary donations accepted online

Pekara Bakery & Bistro | Downtown | Closed until further notice

Vintage Edge Barber Shop | Downtown| Closed until March 31

 

Written by Xander Hazel,  Executive Director of the Champaign Center Partnership. For more information or to provide input and business updates, please write to info@champiagncenter.com.