Note: With things changing rapidly, plan to call ahead to any business to see if they are open and what their safety protocols are.
Today, more than ever, College Park businesses need support. While some restaurants remain open for pickup and delivery, and essential businesses – like grocery, pharmacy, bike shops, and gas stations – are open (with health protocols in place), many others have had to close their doors.
This list provides the best information we have on how each of us can help support College Park businesses through this period. (And if we missed a business, please let us know so we can add to the list).
For some businesses, that might be purchasing a gift card, for others it may mean ordering more takeout, yet others have started GoFundMe efforts. Many businesses have had to cut employees, take out loans, and forfeit any personal income, which all has an effect quickly.
In addition, Route 1 Communities Care is a group of local residents raising money to both support local restaurants and to provide meals for people who need food. Please consider donating, there is much need in our area. Two things to note: 1. You do not have to leave a “tip” on the GoFundMe page, and 2. On the payment page, there will be an option to specify “Route 1 Communities Care” in a pull down menu.
Let’s support local businesses today so that – someday, in the not-too-distant future – when things return to “normal,” the businesses that we love, and that are unique to College Park are still here for us. So many businesses are run by families, hard-working members of our community who have put years and decades into College Park.
Please take a moment today to go through the list below and support our local businesses. (NOTE: To quickly search for a business, hold down the control button and F button at the same time, then type in the business you are looking to find.) Let’s keep the vitality of College Park alive.
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