Since the start of the pandemic we have been blown away by the creativity we’ve seen from our clients and within our community. While the coronavirus pandemic has put constraints on our entire way of life, these businesses have brought innovation and creativity together to be a part of the solution.
Reservoir Distillery is currently producing free liquid hand sanitizer for the community and those currently fighting on the front lines. People are encouraged to stop by the distillery at 1800 Summit Ave in Richmond, VA with their own containers. For those that can donate, Reservoir asks that donations be made to the Holli Fund, which offers financial grants to food and beverage employees experiencing economic crisis.
Reservoir has been a huge advocate for small businesses. In this video, Reservoir’s CEO, David Cuttino, talks about the importance of buying local during this pandemic to help companies stay in business and “maintain an amazing culture on the other side of this.”
Reservoir’s award-winning whiskey is still being made and can be picked up in-store in Scott’s Addition (just down the street from Dominion Payroll!), ordered online here, or found at the ABC store!
To help Richmond’s community of local restaurants better advertise their takeout and delivery options, Conquest Graphics is printing out menus free of charge. Interested Richmond restaurants can get up to 500 menus printed at no cost.
Conquest Graphics has also come up with a creative solution to speed up BuildRVA’s face mask production, repurposing their die-cutter machine to cut plastic sheets for the face masks. Previously, this task was done by hand.
Alongside these community efforts, Conquest is still offering printing services, which customers can design, price and order from home through their website. Live support is available from the team via Live Chat or phone.
Startup Virginia has put together a Professionals in Transition page for those who have recently been laid off. This forum connects growing companies with talented job seekers.
In addition to this, Startup Virginia has been collecting and sharing a variety of helpful COVID-19 resources for business on their Instagram.
Florida’s Kahwa Coffee is currently supporting first responders by offering them free coffee drinks in all of their cafe locations. “These people are risking their lives for us – the least we can do is make them a cup of coffee,” says Kahwa owner Raphael Perrier. The Florida coffee shop is also sending coffee to hospitals in New York, LA, and the Bay Area and delivering brewed coffee to night shift employees working in surrounding Florida hospitals.
The company even relaunched their Evan Longoria Number 3 blend to raise money for Metropolitan Ministries, a local Tampa Bay nonprofit who is providing food and meals for thousands in our Tampa community during this crisis.
To help employees whose hours had to be cut, Kahwa coffee has started an online Barista Tip Jar. 100% of the money raised will be distributed to their tipped wage employees to help during these trying times.
Bin 303, normally a family-run restaurant in Rockwall, Texas, is now hosting a biweekly drive-through farmers market for their community, providing a space for themselves and other local vendors to safely sell food and groceries. Here, customers can purchase produce bins and a portion of the sales go to a charity of the week. Last week they raised $1500 for the Children’s Relief Fund.
The charitable deeds don’t stop there. In addition, the Bin 303 family has made a gracious commitment to serve hot meals to three local families in need each Sunday night.
The mom and pop restaurant is still cooking up their full menu, (including the beloved Jalapeno & Crispy BBQ Pork Belly Mac & Cheese🤤) as well as some new family meal kits designed just for quarantine. Customers can order online for delivery or curbside pickup.
Kota Wellness, located in Dallas, Texas, provides fitness and wellness amenities to residential living communities. While COVID-19 has halted their in-person classes and events, the company is still working hard to help their community stay connected by offering live virtual classes for their residents as well as free, on-demand classes for the public. These classes including Mindful Meditation, a live cooking class, as well as an intense Virtual HIIT Workout.
Big Machine Distillery and Tavern
Tennessee’s Big Machine Distillery and Tavern is putting their big machines to work producing hand sanitizer for their community. This hand sanitizer is being donated to local first responders and is also available to the public in complimentary 50 ml bottles. Larger quantities can be purchased at both the Nashville and Lynnville locations or ordered online here.
To keep people in good spirits, the Big Machine team has even created cheery songs (check out the hand sanitizer song here) to inform customers of their new services and products.
Don’t worry folks – vodka is still being made and can be ordered online from various alcohol suppliers across the country. Additionally, customers can still order from the tavern’s full take-out menu online and via DoorDash.
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