Many would agree that against all odds, Rhode Island’s affinity to unite is astounding. Despite the current social distancing guidelines, many in the community have ventured to reach out in other ways, touching lives amidst this global pandemic. The ongoing emergence of kindness, generosity and hope are the fundamental elements setting the course for the Ocean State to ride out the stormy weather together. That’s why City Personnel decided to give a shout-out to Little Rhody’s businesses with the biggest hearts.
Governor Gina Raimondo means business. During several news briefings, the RI Governor sent a stern warning to Rhode Islanders, urging everyone to stop gathering in groups to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus; scolding our little state to “Knock it off", and “Shut it down”.
As a result, Frog and Toad, a campy and quirky Providence gift shop, designed a T-shirt adorned with the slogan “knock it off”, revering Raimondo’s new catch phrase.
Frog and Toad is collecting 20% of all pre-sales of this shirt to be donated to the RI Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund. Pre-order yours here!
While you’re browsing, add the “Internally Screaming” sticker to your cart. 100% of these proceeds will go into their staff fund, offering financial security for their employees. Use this link to get free shipping on everything!
The vintage drugstore, Green Line Apothecary, is a full service pharmacy complete with their very own 1940’s soda fountain (think made-to-order soda, shakes, floats, and other old-timey concoctions). With two locations, one in Wakefield and one in Providence, you can “expect old-fashioned personal service with all the amenities of a modern pharmacy.”
Green Line is offering “Pay What You Can” hand sanitizer, available while supplies last. The proceeds will go towards the $2 hourly raise that was recently awarded to their employees for continuing to work the front lines during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Free delivery of prescriptions, over-the-counter medication, and other essentials are also available everyday statewide in RI. Delivery of ice cream, shakes and soda now available on DoorDash, with free delivery for orders over $15. They are currently hiring delivery drivers.
At Nicks on Broadway you can expect a thoughtfully crafted seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients. Today they are offering takeaway, curbside pick-up & limited delivery.
Check out their website for their menu, including brunch bowls with buttermilk biscuits, farm-raised beef burgers, and Baffoni farm roasted chicken with gravy, as well as pantry items such as fruits, yogurts, breads and stock; all at an affordable price. (menu items subject to change – check out their instagram for updates!)
In addition, Nicks is offering free sandwich meals for children K–12, and a 30% hospitality industry & medical professionals discount.
Pre-ordered dinner packages available daily to serve 2, 4 or 6 (ask for larger if needed).
Beer, Wine, and adult cocktail kits available (yes, please!) for the crafty soul — just add booze!
Owner Derek Wagner has also started a Go Fund Me Fundraiser for his staff of 50 and to help offset the costs of these free and discounted meals.
Weddings, portrait and lifestyle photographer, Jerilyn Faciano, located in South Kingstown, RI, participated in The Front Steps Project, originated by a photographer in Needham, MA.
Jerilyn offered a 5-minute social distance photo session to South Kingstown couples and families in exchange for donations to the Johnnycake Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating hunger in their community. The #SKFrontPorchProject successfully donated over $10,000 to this cause.
Although the project has come to an end, she photographed 117 families, documenting their love and connection from a distance. You can view her project here.
The title-holder of RI Monthly’s 2019 “Best Pizza in RI” is offering Italian comfort food via Grubhub and curbside pickup. Located in Rolfe Square in Cranston, Bettola is touting a $49 full course takeout dinner for two.
If you can’t stand the thought of cooking yet ANOTHER meal, let Bettola take care of it. Each meal comes with plentiful servings of salad of your choice, an entree, and your choice of a bottle of wine, 4 beers, or 2 desserts! Visit their facebook for more info.
Gift cards are available online where 100% of proceeds go to an Employee Relief Fund. Gift one to a friend in need or save it for a highly anticipated post-pandemic dinner.
The HG80 food truck, serving up gluten-free, made-from-scratch tacos, soda and chips (what more could you ask for?!) is offering dinner at the parking lot of the Armory Animal Hospital, Thursdays through Saturdays from 5 – 8pm. Order online and they’ll text when it’s ready.
They are also graciously offering “Pay What You Can” (available for walk-up orders only) and “Pay It Forward” options; visit their website for more details.
A Go Fund Me page has also been set up, requesting donations towards feeding local healthcare workers on the front lines. If you’re a healthcare worker, you can order your free meal for curbside pickup or delivery: call (401)783-7711.
They’re also hiring a delivery driver.
Although Rogue Island has decided to close for the safety of their staff and their families, they have opted to donate pizzas via @apizzahistory to all first responders, hospital staff, and families in need. If you know of someone in need, or any hard-working hospital staff that could use a hot meal, contact them via Facebook and they’ll do the rest. The food is 100% donated, but they are asking in return to make a donation of any amount to their Go Fund Me page to support their staff workers during this difficult time.
You can also purchase gift cards to Rogue Island here.
If you’re looking for ways to spread the love, purchasing a gift card to your favorite restaurant, salon, shop or venue is the best way to support local businesses during this time. The “Gift it Forward” program makes it even easier to facilitate Rhode Island businesses, and ease the affliction caused by COVID-19. You can lean more here .