However, many are still open for business, and they’re getting creative to offer their products and services for all to enjoy without leaving home.
So, here’s how you can Experience Grand Rapids now and support the businesses and people here while doing your part to stay home and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We all miss participating in community events, like concerts at 20 Monroe Live and spring visits to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
For those looking for things to do at home, many Grand Rapids organizations, restaurants, shops, and venues are also hosting virtual events. So from virtual museum tours to live music, you can still enjoy much of what Grand Rapids has to offer.
If you’re missing springtime activities in Grand Rapids, head to our Spring page to learn about more seasonal events, virtual tours, and safe outdoor options.
Instead of shopping in person at your favorite local shops and retailers, you can still “stop in” virtually by shopping online.
Many retailers are offering special discounts and promotions, while others are donating a portion of sales to COVID relief efforts and to support healthcare workers. Woman’s retailer Duffield Lane is donating 10% of sales to Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund through the United Way. Local retailer, Gina’s Boutique, is offering 20% off when you use the code “home,” which applies to gift cards too. And local, independent bookstore Books & Mortar is taking online and ebook orders, as well as accepting used book donations to keep neighborhood libraries stocked.
Of course, buying gift cards is a great way to support local shops too.
You can find an updated list of what local shops are offering online at our Support Shops page.
Enjoy a break from preparing food at home by ordering from a local restaurant. Many restaurants and breweries are still open and offering takeout, curbside, and delivery services while maintaining proper food safety and social distancing.
Celebrate virtual happy hour with friends by swinging by a local brewery for curbside pick-up before your zoom date. Long Road Distillers and Eastern Kille Distillery are both offering to-go spirit and cocktail kits, and Bier Distillery is even offering hand sanitizer with each order.
For a full list of restaurants and breweries that deliver and offer takeout, head to our Support Restaurants page. Be sure to purchase a gift card for a later visit - it’s a great way to help them and their workers at this time.
During this constantly changing time, the Experience Grand Rapids team will be updating these pages and our Travel Updates page frequently with additional vital information, including ways for you to help our local businesses and how to experience Grand Rapids from where you are.
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