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- Local First Utah | The non-profit independent business alliance asks for support of small businesses by purchasing gift cards from your indie stores and restaurants now, to be redeemed at a later time, and consider shifting as much of your online shopping as possible to local businesses, as many small businesses have online stores or delivery services.
- Utah Restaurant Association | Take the Taste Utah Challenge to support local Utah restaurants. We are challenging 5 friends of Utah restaurants and 5 Utah foodies to get food from 3 restaurants this week and challenge 5 of their friends to do the same and share their photos all week. #TasteUtahChallenge
- Cache Valley Local Restaurant Cooperative | Many Cache Valley restaurants are binding together for this free delivery cooperative, with the objective of helping local businesses stay afloat during the pandemic, keep jobs available for community members and give access to the best local cuisine in the valley through free delivery.
- Cache Valley Visitors Bureau | The area tourism office has produced a radio commercial to encourage locals and visitors to support local restaurants with listings located on their website.
- Carbon County Office of Tourism | Download a fun educational student packet for local facts and word puzzles.
- Davis County Tourism and Events | Play in Davis is utilizing daily blogs posts Daily Highlights, an online restaurant guide EatInDavis.com, and social media prompts and giveaways featuring Davis County restaurant and business services and promotions offered at this time.
- Joes Valley Fest and Emery County Chamber of Commerce | The “Save What You Love/Save It For Later” is asking their community of climbers to consider supporting the businesses that support them during their visits, by purchasing gift cards for later use.
- Boulder | This remote community makes most of its income through travelers visiting Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. With coronavirus shutting down tourism, the restaurants which support the local economy are under threat. If you love Boulder or dream of visiting one day, please support the local businesses by purchasing a gift certificate now. Boulder.love
- Bryce Canyon County Tourism Office | Download and print your own Bryce and Beyond printable activity book with beautiful vista coloring pages and crossword and word search puzzles. Then get your creative juices flowing by building your own hoodoos and share the adventure by tagging @brycecanyoncountry and with the hashtag #homemadehoodoos
- Kane County Office of Tourism | The tourism office is holding giveaways for restaurant gift cards on Foodie Friday for residents to be able to support local businesses.
SALT LAKE COUNTY
- Salt Lake Area Hotels have indicated willingness to participate in helping Utah health care providers house overflow non-urgent patients so hospitals can care for COVID-19 patients. Negotiations are underway. Overnight accommodations are developing best practices such as increased cleaning and sterilization of rooms, outside entrances, eliminating open breakfast service.
- Hampton Inn Draper is offering special discount pricing to anyone needing extra assistance at this time due to no power, loss/house damage, evacuation assistance, relocation, temporary housing needs, and additional emergency accommodation.
- Residence Inn Murray has donated any food from their kitchen they have been unable to use to the local food banks and also offering special rates for medical visits at 20% below their standard medical rates.
- Alibi Bar & Place | Alibi is making a limited number of “Alibi” shirts. They are available with a donation of $30 or more. All proceeds will go directly to their employees who are currently out of work.
- Creminelli Fine Meats | Launching a new Gift Card Giveback – For the Love of Food – Creminelli purchased 100 $100 gift cards to 10 Salt Lake City restaurants to help support the industry during these unprecedented economic times. They chose restaurants that have made an impact on the company and contributed to the community. Over the next two weeks, Creminelli will give away the gift cards via Facebook where people are invited to enter the random drawing for free.
- Local First Utah |The non-profit independent business alliance encourages the support the small businesses in your community in the best way you can, while also keeping health and safety at the top of mind. Suggestions include the purchase of gift cards from your indie stores and restaurants now to be redeemed at a later time, remember that many small businesses have online stores or delivery services, and consider shifting as much of your online shopping as possible to local businesses.
- O.C. Tanner | The company’s engineering teams are pursuing the invention and production of items needed by hospitals and other healthcare providers to stay safe and treat COVID-19 patients. Currently, prototypes include: face shields for doctors and patients, ventilator parts, and adaptors for a protection device called a PAPR. Donations are free of charge.
- Publik Coffee, Kitchen & Ed’s – The leader of Publik had a “Food Distribution “Party” on March 19 for the employees of Publik Coffee Roasters, Publik Kitchen and Publik Ed’s. In addition to distributing eggs, granola, milk, coffee and other food goods to employees they also distributed goods to the SLC Fire Department.
- Quarters Arcade Bar SLC – Quarters Arcade Bar will host a virtual party featuring Quarters Arcade Bar staff on stream and in chat on Sunday March 22nd! All dollars donated during the stream will go directly to their staff who are all currently out of work for the common good.
- Saffron Valley restaurant | The “Keep Calm and Curry On” program gives back to a different group of service providers who show up every day during this challenging time and keep us all going. This week we’re thanking HEALTHCARE WORKERS including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists with a free Chicken Tikka Wrap plus mint and tamarind chutneys, a cookie, and soft drink.
- Salt Lake Climbers Alliance | The alliance is asking the Wasatch climbing community to empty the crags to curb the spread of the virus. They have also paused trail maintenance and fixed anchor replacement and postponed their annual fundraiser.
- Salt Lake County Library | The County Library will offer daily storytimes for children on Facebook Live during our temporary closure. Storytimes will begin each weekday at 10:30 am, and will be performed by various County Library staff members.
- Shades of Pale Brewing | A Drive-In service is available every day from 3-7pm, at their dock. For a quick and easy purchase, the company put together an assorted case of 24 beers – The “Quarantine Case,” a variety of all types and abv percentages,
- Ski Utah | In collaboration with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Ski Utah HQ has become a drop-off location for donated skier and rider goggles for health care workers. While there is not a current need in Utah, U.S. Ski & Snowboard will ship the donations out of state to the requested sites. Please see the above website for donation information and additional location sites.
- Snowbird | The resort gathered 10,000 lbs of food to give to the 1,900 full time and part time staff of the resort who were abruptly left without a job following the sudden closure of the ski area due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Sugar House Distillery | The company has been approved to make hand sanitizer from TTB. After a first run for a retirement house in South Salt Lake, they will be available for the public, at two bottles (4oz) per family, no charge. A donation jar is available to help employees from the restaurant and bar industry that have been out of work.
- Sugar House Industries, Midvale | This awnings and boat covers manufacturer is shifting its production to life-saving face shields to help ward off the coronavirus. The company hopes to produce 1,000 or more a day — and already has orders to make 10,000.
- Ty Burrell & Downtown Alliance | Lend a hand to those who serve us. Salt Lake City food & beverage workers displaced by the Coronavirus pandemic and SLC earthquake need your help. Every dollar donated to Tip Your Server will go directly to SLC hospitality workers.
- Utah Film Center | The Center has worked with distributors and filmmakers around the world to provide a live stream version of their Free Film Tuesday screenings, that include post-film conversations, chatrooms, and Q&A messages. Upcoming events include Tumbleweeds On Demand and Filmmaker Workshops.
- Utah’s Hogle Zoo | The dedicated animal care team will remain active at the Zoo daily and will continue to provide our animals with the highest standard of care. In addition, everyday at 11:30 AM, the Utah Hogle Zoo is offering free Facebook Live educational and interactive experience with the animals.
- Visit Salt Lake | VSL created 5 virtual itineraries, posted a collection of favorite area videos, and 360-degree virtual tour videos to soak in scenics, food and drink, parks and the outdoors, heritage and history, and the Connect Pass to view Salt Lake City from wherever you’re staying.
- Waterpocket Distillery | Created and donated hundreds of bottles of FDA approved hand sanitizer to help with the severe COVID-19 outbreak on the Hopi and Navajo reservations in S Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, including hospitals and local care facilities, medical manufacturing companies, local police, and customers in need.
SAN JUAN COUNTY
- Emery Telcom, San Juan County | Students K-12 and attending college in the county, and do not have Internet service with Emery Telcom, are offered free Internet and a phone line until the end of the school year (5/31/20).
- Granary Bar & Grill, Monticello | The Granary is offering a free kids meal with every regular entree ordered (take-out or delivery within Monticello City limits) for dinner hours from 5-10 p.m. nightly.
- Monticello Main Drag event | On 4/1/20, the local newspaper’s editor put a call out for locals to join him for an old school, small town, drag down Main Street to beat the social distancing blues. The turnout was packed streets.
- San Juan County Economic Development | Instagram highlights of the county happenings.
- Utah’s Canyon Country tourism office | Make it Monumental is a ten-page printable activity book with coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches, and prompts for planning your next vacation to Utah’s Canyon Country.
- Uintah County | The county has launched a work-share program for employees furloughed or laid off from businesses located in Uintah County that were included in the Public Health Mandate issued by The State of Utah including hotels, dine-in restaurants, bars, theaters, etc. Employees will be working on projects to help revitalize the community, starting 3/20/20 and will conclude when the health mandate is lifted or subject to available funding.
- Annual Tulip Festival | Virtually celebrate the spring and beauty April 10-19 with sunrise and sunset views, daily What’s Blooming, photo contests, a yoga event and more, all from Thanksgiving Point.
- Thanksgiving Point | Each weekday at noon the museum is live on Facebook for your fix of bugs and science. Upcoming events include science experiments, critter shows, and baby animal fun.
- Heber Valley Tourism | The Choose Your Own Adventure activity book brings Heber Valley into your home, where you can sit down for an engaging coloring session while learning about the area and what makes it unique with word searches, crosswords and more.
- Greater Zion Utah Convention and Tourism Office |The #StayGreater campaign is a reminder of the determination and conquering spirit that has always been part of the people who live here. It’s an invitation to draw on the strength of the past, add goodness to the present, and contribute to the positive opportunities of the future. The campaign currently includes Radio Ads, Digital Banners, Influencer initiatives and #StayGreater signs for local businesses to display. Campaign video, local news video interview and story, website, newsletter for Stakeholders with links to ideas and resources, Stakeholder Web Page with curated local, state & national resources including health, economic recovery, closures, research, and marketing, Traveler Alert Web Page,
- Xetava Gardens Cafe, Ivins | After closing to the public, Xetava turned their cafe into a relief center where any unemployed restaurant worker can get food and supplies to help them through this time. Working with purveyors to get donations and/or low-cost options, they are doing as much as they can. If you are at all financially able, you can donate money for this project.
- Ogden’s Own Distillery | The distillery has pledged to donate 100% of their profits made in March and April 2020 to local staff members and employees of Utah’s bar and restaurant community, recently received federal approval to make hand sanitizer to combat the virus, and is handing out $7,500 in gift cards to local restaurants over social media for use once restaurants open.