Order online, over the phone or in person and get meals, entertainment, books, clothing, groceries and more
We are in an unprecedented health crisis here in the United States and in the Pasadena area. Everyone, individuals, businesses, non-profits and healthcare providers are being strained by the epidemic. While necessary to ensure the health of local residents, closure orders for restaurants, entertainment venues, meeting spaces, fitness studios and more are having a drastic and negative impact on local business community and their employees.
This is an especially difficult time for retail, restaurant and service businesses. Most remain open and are providing service, though in dramatically altered ways. Restaurants are offering take-out service, delivery and curbside/valet pickup.
Many retailers are taking similar steps. Yoga and fitness studios are maintaining a virtual presence by offering online classes and providing support for their customers and members via email, streaming and other virtual means.
Others, such as hair salons remain open, safe, clean and available for customers, though most are spacing appointments in ways that maintain social distancing. Grocery stores remain open and are taking steps to try to maintain social distancing by limiting the number of customers in the store at any given time. Some, such as Grocery Outlets in Altadena, are offering senior citizens a special time to shop.
“For any and all of your needs, we encourage everyone to continue to patronize Pasadena’s local businesses. While it may seem safe and convenient to order from Amazon or DoorDash, it is equally safe and convenient to do so from your local retailer, restaurant or service provider,” said Paul Little, Chamber CEO. “Buying gift cards, visiting local stores online and ordering there or picking up take-out from local restaurants may mean the difference between their being able to remain open after this contagion has abated.”
Here are some examples of Chamber member companies that continue to serve clients:
- Lavender & Honey Espresso and Coffee is offering take-out service only.
- Bistro 45 is offering curbside pick-up as well as fresh delivery of gourmet meals by restaurant staff.
- Mijares and Smith Brothers Restaurants (Smitty’s, Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chop House) offer meal delivery through online apps and curbside pick-up.
- You can get freshly prepared food from El Portal and Yahaira’s, Kathleen’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Stonefire Grill and Clearman’s restaurants.
- The Raymond 1886 is offering take-out and delivery and will give a 10% discount to those who call the restaurant directly to order.
- Green Street Restaurant offers free delivery within a 5-mile radius of their location.
- For those wanting to indulge their sweet tooth, Paradis Ice Cream in Old Pasadena offers take out service and delivery through mobile applications, as does Nothing Bundt Cakes and other local bakeries and dessert specialists.
Fitness and yoga studios have been ordered closed as part of the emergency orders to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Many are offering online or video classes or special in-home kits so customers can maintain their health and well-being. Flawless Fitness is rolling out online workout sessions. The Dynamic Advantage is offering a “Take Out Fitness – COVID-19 Strength Kit”, which includes four pieces of tubing with combinations that provide up to 60 pounds of resistance, two styles of anchoring straps, a DVD, their “Where The Rubber Meets The Road” ebook, and participation in Zoom Dynamic Strength Training online all at a discounted price of $89. Hot Yoga, the original yoga studio in Pasadena, offers virtual classes.
Some restaurants have closed until March 31, including Celestino Ristorante and Bar and Mi Piace. It is best to check with a restaurant or retailer as many have curtailed their hours to most efficiently support their customers.
“I would encourage everyone to continue to support our nonprofit community,” said Little. “They will see significant financial impacts as the emergency continues while the demand for services, support and assistance from within our community grows.”
Anyone can find open stores, service providers and restaurants by visiting the Pasadena Chamber’s online directory or members.
“If we want the greater Pasadena area to remain a vital, fun and interesting place to live, work and visit, we need to support those businesses that are suffering and we need to do it today,” Little remarked. “The restaurants and retailers are the canaries in the coal mine for all of us. If they fail because of the coronavirus outbreak, it will only be the beginning of a significant downturn in our economy and quality of life here in Pasadena.”
For restaurant listings visit pasadena-chamber.org/directory/restaurants-catering. For retailers visit pasadena-chamber.org/directory/shopping-retail. For any other service or product, please visit pasadena-chamber.org/directory.