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 are released regularly, 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.
Send custom and curated Austin-themed and and all occasions gift boxes to friends near and far with The Artisan Gift Boxes. They ship nationwide and offer free shipping with purchased above $75.
Support your favorite local venues like Hotel Vegas, Barracuda and Kinda Tropical by purchasing merch online, then showing them off on social media. Through April 15, LEVITATION Fest will be donating net proceeds from merchandise to Direct Relief's Coronavirus Response fund, which provides crucial medical supplies to hospitals and communities in the U.S. and abroad.
Support local restaurants 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!
Stock up on your favorite skin and haircare products, hand soaps and sanitizers and more from Milk + Honey's online store. Get free domestic shipping on orders over $35 and purchase gift certificates to enjoy on future services.
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.
Toybrary is offering offering curbside pickup or home delivery for toys and art supplies for kids ages 0-5. Keep the kids entertained and engaged with Toybrary's large selection of toys, games and activities to borrow or buy.
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, roasted coffee and gift cards online. 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).
You can still purchase digital gift cards 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.
Central District Brewing
Central District Brewing has 32 ounce crowlers and 16 ounce cans available for curbside pickup, along with wine and sodas. You can order online anytime or phone in an order to 512.993.4511 during open hours.
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.
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.
Texas Hill Country Olive Company
The Dripping Springs olive oil company is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm. In addition to olive oil & balsamic vinegar, they have a sizable selection of gourmet foods, fresh-baked bread, veggies from the garden, fresh eggs, quarts of soup and olive trees for sale. To place an order for curbside pickup please call 512-607-6512.
Get groceries, meal kits, pantry staples and pet food delivered to your door with Trashless, an Austin-based service delivering sustainable household staples in multi-use glass and metal containers that are picked up, sanitized and reused when finished. Similar to the milkman-style service of yesteryears, but for a wide and growing range of household needs, Trashless offers a robust selection of responsibly sourced products that are delivered to your door through a zero-waste process. Items can be ordered online with home delivery available from Georgetown to Buda. To learn more, visit trashless.com
Treaty Oak Distillery
The distillery is open but Treaty Oak Whiskey and Waterloo Gin are also 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.
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, or shop online at The Great Outdoors then pick up your plants curbside or have them delivered locally.
If you can’t wait to get back to Birds Barbershop and short is your style, they're selling packages of four shortcuts for $100, saving you a cool $20. Visit the website at birdsbarbershop.com to buy yours.
Purchase gift cards from local retailer ByGeorge to redeem at one of the Austin area locations.
Purchase a House Account from Juliet. It's like a supercharged gift card that comes with a bonus - free dining credit. You get extra pasta to enjoy in the future (they're currently offering curbside pick up and local delivery), and they'll get the extra cashflow needed to support the staff in this time of uncertainty.
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.