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Supporting Shrewsbury during the coronavirus crisis

My Shrewsbury magazine is delighted to be working with Shrewsbury BID on the launch of a new online marketplace for you to buy from your favourite local businesses – is coming very soon! You can register an interest now by clicking on the link. We’d love you to have an input too.

In the meantime, here are a few ideas of ways in which you can help businesses bridge the economic gap.

Gift Cards & Vouchers: A great way to support local businesses is to purchase gift vouchers online. Soon you’ll be able to do this through our virtual marketplace or you can buy from businesses direct. Mirror Mirror is offering vouchers which can be used for any beauty treatment and will even deliver vouchers to your door! For a creative boost, Art Shack gift vouchers purchased online can be used towards any specialist creative workshop or personal development days. For a gift of experience visit Shrewsbury Canoe Hire's website to browse various vouchers which can be used towards Learn to Canoe Lessons through to Full Day Canoe Hire. Check your favourite business to see if they are offering vouchers too!

Buy Local Groceries: Instead of hitting up the big supermarket chains check out the numerous local businesses who are offering the freshest groceries (and delivery!) around. The Market Hall remains open for business with the following stalls currently offering delivery: John Bliss Butchers, Maddocks Fruit & Veg, William Dodd Butchers, Hopesay Glebe Farm and Blackbox Spice Company, plus wine from Iron and Rose. The Allotment in Coleham, Everymans and Rosie’s Emporium in Frankwell and Pomona Grocery on Castle Gates remain open for business and will deliver. Shrewsbury Handy-Veg, Box of Goodness and Rowlands and Co are offering Weekly boxes of fresh stuffs. Some pubs, especially further out, have turned themselves into grocery stores too.

Buy Local Online: Many stores offer an online service to arrange goods for collection and delivery. Zoom Foods are also delivering for Darwins, La Lanterna, Bradleys Butchers and Delicatessen, Café Saffron as well as delivering groceries to your door. JustEat deliver for a number of local restaurants including Brooklyn Craft Burgers, The Bulls Head Pub, Little Boro and Flavourz. Box of Goodness offers online orders via email for fresh local produce, as will Hopesay Glebe Organic Farm. Iron and Fire Speciality Coffee Roaster are taking deliveries via their website. 

Kerbside delivery: Whilst some businesses have been forced to close their shop-floors delivery and collection services continue! Button & Bear will deliver specialist book bundles from current stock to keep you entertained during lockdown. Blue Lemon is offering delivery of soaps and skincare products to keep you feeling fresh. You can fulfil all your stationery needs and buy beautiful gifts from Write Here. Easter Treats are still available! Toot Sweet Chocolates are inviting customers to place Easter egg orders in advance and will drop off for you. Lefevre Chocolate will also be delivering Easter treats by post. Abbie's Pets and Exotics will happily deliver pet food to your door. The Pet Stall in the Market Hall are also offering local delivery on select days. 

Get a Takeaway! Many of our restaurants have turned themselves into takeaways, offering collection and delivery. Be sure to keep an eye on the My Shrewsbury Facebook Page and for regular updates on delivery and collection services!

Online services for exercise, play and entertainment - To keep busy indoors a number of local talents have taken to providing their services via online classes. Yogalicious are providing live classes on the Facebook page to include evening meditations and a series of 10 minute videos to keep healthy during lockdown. Lauren Hilton Pilates too have taken all group classes online. My Soul Space are offering yoga sessions with memberships available to purchase online. If you fancy taking up an instrument Matthew Hall is offering online clarinet & piano tuition. Olly James can offer drums tuition - and be sure to look out for 'Jolly Olly's Song of the Day' drum along, to keep spirits lifted! Shrewsbury Sing and Sign are now offering at home classes for babies with a different theme each week.

Like and Share - Many local businesses are putting up free content on Facebook to help retain customer interest during the crisis, even if they are not fully operational - liking and sharing their posts helps keep their brands alive! Bloom art studio in Coleham are offering weekly creative challenges to keep you busy each week. Backbeat Music School are putting up free playalong and singalong content. Get Your Wigle On's 'Musical Theatre I-solate Tunes Karaoke' is also set to keep us all entertained. Pauline Quirke has just launched its new Virtual Academy, with virtual classes and practical activities within performing arts to try out. And Shrewsbury’s favourite yarn-spinner Jake Evans Storyteller is offering live storytelling sessions!

Show You Care – Check in with owners of your favourite local businesses by sending a Facebook message of support, or a positive review of a product or takeaway delivery received. It will go a long way to helping them bridge this awful gap!

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