Easter is on Sunday and a safer-at-home order means local businesses are suffering. What to do? How about compiling Easter baskets for your family using the goods of local businesses that offer curbside delivery or shipping.
Shipping, porch delivery or curbside pickup is available. We have included websites, but Facebook is probably the best way to reach these businesses and have the most updated information, said Ester Venouziou, the president of Local Shops1, which provides advocacy, support and education to local independent businesses throughout the region. Small businesses are taking an especially big hit these days, so it’s possible to give them some business and have their goods shipped or delivered, she said.
Keep St. Pete Local, the city’s independent business alliance, has come up with a list of nearly 300 local businesses that offer ways to shop online or do curbside pickup or delivery. Go to https://bit.ly/keepstpetelocalonlinenowmorethanever and you can download the list as a PDF file. The organization, which is urging people to shop locally before turning to Amazon, is regularly updating the list, so keep checking back.
Here are some ideas:
Datz: The popular Datz bakery Dough has tons of candy and Easter treats. They are also putting up premade Easter Baskets online. You can see it all on bestdoughnuts.com under Online Ordering.
Emerald City Comics found on Twitter @ECComicsFL has loads of photos of their comics, books, games, and toys that are up on their website, to use as a “menu” to order for curbside delivery or mail order. See emeraldcitycomics.com.
Made in St. Pete: Eggs to paint are available for shipping and local delivery at facebook.com/madeinst.peteflorida.
Mojo Books and Music: The shop in Tampa has curbside pickup, free local delivery or free shipping for orders of $30. The store sells new and used books, CDs, DVDs and cassettes. 2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa (813) 971-9717. mojotampa.com.
Wandering Whisk: The bake shop in Pinellas Park has colorful Easter menus available for local contactless curbside pick up on Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. “If you don’t want to get out of your car, we would be happy to deliver the sweets straight to your window," they said in an email. The menu includes a spring favorite Lemon Lavender Cake along with Easter Cookie Decorating Kit for the kids and a dessert sampler including Mini Egg Blondies, Cinnamon Coffee Cake, our take on a Reese’s Egg and more. For our macaron lovers, they have a colorful box of Cadbury Creme Egg and Marshmallow Peep Macarons. All orders must be received by Wednesday. See the website wanderingwhiskbakeshop.com or send an email to order email@example.com. 4505 Park Blvd N, Suite 5 Pinellas Park.
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Practically Pikasso: Paint your own pottery kits, many with Easter themes, are available though the store is closed. Local delivery is available. See their Facebook page and practicallypikasso.com. (727) 822-5204.
Adult baskets: Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe in St. Petersburg is making Easter baskets for adults that include Tinot Rey Rose, a Frank White IPA can, a stemless glass, locally produced chocolate, candles and more. They are taking pre-orders now and pickups begin on Wednesday at 2927 Central Ave. N St. Petersburg. Check their Facebook page or hbsforlife.com.
Sunny Day Sweets: Using the humble sugar cookie as a canvas, the creative cookies were often seen in local shops as the Blush Tea and Coffee shop in downtown St. Petersburg. You can order the cookies to be picked up in St. Petersburg at the maker’s website at sunnydaysweets.com.
Books: You can buy books to be mailed or delivered from Tombolo Books and also the Books and Bottle store in St. Petersburg. Check the Tombolo Books Facebook page or tombolobooks.com. Also Books + Bottle on Facebook and bookandbottlestpete.com.
The Littlest Trunk Children’s & Maternity Resale Boutique: The shop is closed but there is curbside pickup and delivery available for Easter kits at 6260 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. thelittlesttrunk.com.
Order candy: Customers can also shop the Fresh Market’s Easter candy selection online at shop.thefreshmarket.com and have it deliveremd to their home.
Order cookies: Margaret Ann’s Catering and Cookies in St. Petersburg has tins of Easter cookies you can have delivered to loved ones that range in price from $22-$50. They are also making lots of comfort food and have a whole Easter dinner you can have delivered or picked up between 3-5 p.m. Call (727) 525-3983. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see their website at margaretanns.com.
Beans and Barlour: The coffee and dessert bar in St. Petersburg is running an Easter special called Peter Quarantail that has a range of Easter baskets that will be delivered to the house, including one for wine lovers and an activity basket for kids. They also will come to your house and set up an Easter egg hunt in your yard for $20 for 25 eggs, $30 for 40 eggs. peterquarantail.com.
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