How to Support our Small Businesses During COVID-19

Embrace Social Distancing, but Fight Social Division

MARCH 19, 2020

The Historic Downtown District is the heart of the community in Delaware.

We are home to over 130 businesses who employ many local people and showcase the diverse business community in Delaware.

93% of businesses are locally owned or headquartered and 85% are hyper-small, employing just 20 people or less.

But 100% of them need your help and support to get through this challenging time.

With your help, we can get through this together. #bettertogether

Shop Online Support your favorite small, local retailers by shopping from their online stores and picking up* or having your purchase delivered; many businesses are currently offering complimentary or discounted delivery. Consider upcoming celebrations or events for which you plan to give a gift, such as weddings, showers, and graduations, and begin buying them now.

Here is a list of retail/other businesses and their updates:

Order for Pick-up or Delivery Many restaurants, coffee shops, and bakeries are offering pick-up and/or delivery options. *Don’t forget to tip the restaurant staff and/or delivery driver!*

Here is a list of food and drink establishments and their updates:

Buy Gift Cards Buying gift cards from your favorite businesses, including retailers, restaurants, and salons, is a great way to provide immediate support to businesses that you can use later. Visit their social media pages and/or websites to find out how to purchase gift cards directly.

Donate to Their Causes Support the Historic Downtown District by making a donation to Main Street Delaware, we are a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization. Your tax deductible donation will benefit Downtown Delaware programs and initiatives, including First Fridays, Farmers’ Markets and the Summer on Winter Concert Series. To make a contribution, click here.

Spread the Word Spread the word about your favorite small businesses and how others can help support them on your social media accounts and online message boards. Use #bettertogether to share your favorite memories in Downtown Delaware!

Delaware Has Heart Homestretch Apparel thought it would be awesome to create a t-shirt that we will ship to your door for $24. You can select a Delaware Business of your choice that is involved to donate $10 of the sale to! This is an excellent way to help us, help another business in Delaware and will provide you with a super soft t-shirt to show your support/boost community morale. If you are a local business and would like to be added to this shirt please email

Get one now at

*Remember – Businesses may have temporary adjusted store hours; check with individual businesses to confirm their current operating hours. And remember: if you’re sick, stay home, do not pick up. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Cover your cough. Don’t touch your face.