Stuck at home but still want to support our Austin community? Use your dollars to support local businesses in a variety of ways - whether ordering takeout & delivery, tuning in and tipping live streaming bands and musicians, purchasing gift cards from temporarily shuttered eateries and bars or merch from cancelled events, or even stocking up on locally made staples like Austin-roasted coffee beans and Hill Country wines.
We have a long (& ever-growing) list of great ways to keep funding the businesses and workers who made Austin so unique!
Apparel & Merch
Austin Visitor Center Online Store
Austin Visitor Center's Online Gift Shop is open and taking orders with free shipping. New products will be released over the weekend, so check back for even more Austin and Texas-made products.
Bunkhouse hotels have created a special retail collection for the Bunkhouse Employee Relief Fund - including a new Don't Break Your Tenderness Tee. 100% of the profits of these items will benefit the Bunkhouse Employee Relief Fund.
Although local jeweler Nina Berenato's doors are closed, their online store is still open. While Eliza Page's Austin showroom is closed, the staff is still available for concierge shopping, custom designs and online shopping with free local delivery. Austin-made Limbo Jewelry's two area stores are also closed but customers can still visit the online store. Plus, 100% of online proceeds will be used to offer economic assistance to team members who need it most. Caleesi Designs staff is still available by online video conference or phone; and the online store is still open.
Support local restaurants that have had to temporarily close their doors by buying shirts, cookbooks, koozies and more through their online stores. Stock up on gift cards, t-shirts, and signed copies of Eric Silverstein's cookbook, “The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas” online from The Peached Tortilla. Get gift cards, t-shirts, caps, bats and koozies from the Güero’s Taco Bar online store. Purchase "The Odd Duck Almanac" from Odd Duck and cook all of your favorite recipes at home. Or, purchase a subscription to automatically receive future editions of the almanac dynamic e-newsletters, zines, craft goods, discounts, VIP status and more!
Books, Music, Art & More
This local queer, feminist-owned bookstore is offering mail ordering and curbside pick up. Check out the inventory online at www.ebookwoman.com or call 512-472-2785 to learn more about availability. You can also support Bookwoman from the comfort of your home by signing up, selecting BookWoman as your beneficiary and using https://libro.fm/bookwoman for audiobooks.
For everyone who is working from home for the coming weeks, local Austin business Desk Plants wants to help make the most of your time inside, offering 20% off their entire selection of hard-to-kill indoor plants. They offer virtually un-killable plants for those with a brown thumb and plenty of options for expert plant parents – plus a plant help hotline and online tips videos. Desk Plants also offers delivery throughout Austin so you don’t have to leave your home!
End of an Ear
The south Austin record shop is offering curbside ordering, free local delivery as well as shipping and online sales of records, CDs, movies, books, posters, stereos, gift cards, t-shirts, accessories and more. Items are listed on Discogs and on Instagram at @endofaneartoo. Payments can be made over the phone or online, and staff will bring them out to your car. This includes. Open 12-6 p.m. Call or email to check item availability.
Follow Austin Coffee Collective for more updates on ways to support Austin coffee shops, roasters and baristas.
Cosmic Coffee & Beer
Support Cosmic by purchasing merch and gift cards online and get a free sticker with all March orders. You can also help support the staff by donating to their virtual tip fund at https://www.gofundme.com/f/cosmic-employee-tip-fund
The east Austin coffee roaster and shop is offering online to-go orders during their normal hours (at the East Sixth Street coffee bar), as well as free shipping on all online purchases over $25 (excluding subscriptions and wholesale).
Although Fleet has temporarily closed their doors to the public, you can still purchase digital giftcards or donate to their virtual tip jar on Venmo (@fleetcoffeeatx) to help support their staff.
The locally-roasted coffee is offering coffee orders for delivery & pickup. For all delivery orders within Austin city limits (subscription and single orders available), a $5 delivery fee goes directly to Patika baristas who'll be delivering many of the bags, with social distancing. For any coffee order, people can select whole beans or a grind of their preference (drip, french press, etc). Rotating subscription coffees are available at https://superthingcoffee.com/products/super-subscription (any frequency - weekly, every 2, every month, etc). $15/ retail bag and $99 / 5-LB Bag.
Food & Beverages
Continue to support local farms and makers at your nearest Austin farmers markets. The weekly SFC Farmers’ Markets will continue, both Downtown and at Sunset Valley, with extra precautions and customer guidelines in place. Review the guidelines before you go. Both Texas Farmers’ Market at Lakeline (Saturdays, 9am-1pm) and Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller (Sundays, 10am-2pm) will continue to be open, with major adjustments to operations in order to keep the food safe and available to the community. Visit the website for shopper guidelines.
The Hyde Park cheese shop is open daily, 11-6, with tons of cheese and meats in stock for same-day pickup. Buy Tickets to a Virtual Cheese Tasting Class and pick up the cheese plate curbside; order a Cheese Tray online; schedule a cheesemonger live virtual appointment; or book a private virtual tasting class in March or April.
The Texas winemaker is offering $1 shipping on orders of 6 bottles of more (arriving in 1-2 days across Texas).
Con’ Olio Premium Oils & Vinegars
Con’ Olio now offers curbside pickup and their shelves are well stocked with olive oil and vinegar as well as basics like rice, pasta, grains and beans. Oh, and wine! They will continue to offer in-store pickup as well. Free shipping for all online orders over $100.
The local chocolatier is offering their weekly tastings by reservation only for groups up to 6 people in one-hour blocks. This allows for small groups of friends to taste together, and allows time to fully sanitize each station between reservations. In addition, they are now offering curbside pick-up for all orders placed by phone or online. Simply call the store when you arrive, and they will deliver it directly to your car. As always, handcrafted chocolates are available online, shipped directly to your home with FedEx.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
The urban winery is open for to-go sales, daily from 3-8 p.m. All bottles and 4-packs of wine are 20% off daily from 3-6 p.m.
Get sustainable, local food delivered to your door with Loconomy and Lettuce, an Austin-based meal kit delivery service. Help support local farmers and the Austin economy while enjoying locally sourced and sustainably farmed ingredients delivered in near-zero waste packaging. Order meal kits and meal plans, or pick specific grocery items for a variety of dietary needs, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian.
St Elmo Brewing
The brewery is offering beer to-go or curbside pickup from 12-8 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with growlers and crowlers of draft beers and rare barrel aged bottles. Enjoy a Carl or two on the couch and support your neighborhood brewery. They also have tons of merch and gift cards available for sale online and at the taproom.
Treaty Oak Distillery
Although the distillery is closed, Treaty Oak Whiskey and Waterloo Gin are offering online spirits ordering and delivery (for those 21+). Shipping is available to all U.S. states except Alaska, Alabama, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota and Utah. Beginning next week, Treaty Oak Distilling will be producing and giving away free 2oz bottles of hand sanitizer at the distillery. The sanitizer will be 70% ABV and will be made with Waterloo No. 9 Gin, glycerin and water.
Support local stores who are temporarily closed by purchasing gift cards online. Buy gift cards for your favorite local garden stores like The Natural Gardener so you can be ready to stock up on all your spring garden needs when they re-open, or shop online at The Great Outdoors then pick up your plants curbside or have them delivered locally.
Cafe Josie is closed until the restaurant closure mandate is lifted, but the restaurant is encouraging patrons to purchase gift cards on their website to support them during this time. Each gift card purchased will receive a 25% bonus added to the amount.
Provision has temporarily closed but gift cards can now be purchased over the phone. Provision has also established a virtual tip jar, with 100% of donations going to support their tipped and hourly staff. Donations can be made via Venmo at @safe-distance-gratuities.
Tacodeli is offering a gift card promotion; for every $25 purchased in gift cards, guests will receive additional $5 gift card.