Since stay-at-home orders were issued, people around the country have been looking for safe ways to get basic goods and get their hands on desired items.
Online marketplaces such as Instacart and Amazon are being overwhelmed by the amount of orders they are receiving. Amazon is even discouraging shopping for non-essential items on its platform. Employees of chains such as Target and Walmart, along with those of Amazon and Instacart are being put at risk – NPR reports more than 130 Amazon warehouses have confirmed coronavirus cases. Some workers of these companies have moved to protest the unsafe conditions.
While this is happening, economies are being hit hard, including in Rhode Island. So, where can we go for our shopping needs without putting essential workers at risk? And how can we support our local economy and our neighbors through our purchases? We’ve gathered some resources to help you shop local and support Rhode Islanders.
1. Order take out from your favorite local restaurants & breweries
Below are some excellent options in the Blackstone River Valley area. EatDrinkRI also has a list of restaurants providing takeout and delivery throughout the state.
Coffee Connection 100 Bernon Street, Woonsocket, 401-766-8800
Broaster House 263 Pond St, Woonsocket, 401-762-1717
Cuff’s Counter Pickup 3-7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, Millrace Kitchen, 40 S Main St., 774-571-9705
Ciro’s Tavern Curbside pickup, 401-769-3330
Thai Garden 280 Main Street Woonsocket 401-765-7010
Lops Brewing 122 North Main Street Unit #1A, Woonsocket 774 219-0538
Mapleville Farm 544 Victory Highway, Mapleville, 401-568-0544
George’s Pizza 60 Pascoag Main Street, Pascoag, 401-568-8877
Cow’s Tail 16 High Street, Pascoag, 401-710-4100
The Taco Shop 459 Chapel Street, Harrisville, 401-568-8226
Bravo Brewing Company 75 Pascoag Main St, Pascoag, 401-710-4242, Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-5 pm, preorder online
Lotus Fine Thai Cuisine 175 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, 401-290-7665/ 401-290-7103
Beef Barn 1 Greenville Road, North Smithfield, 401-762-9880
Lumberjack’s Pizza 1402 Victory Highway, North Smithfield, 401-769-7437
Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery 200 Woonsocket Hill Road, North Smithfield, 401-767-3014
*Please consult social media, restaurant websites, or contact the individual restaurants to confirm before picking up. Concerned about whether take-out and delivery are safe during this pandemic? It is safe! Read all about it.
You can also check out the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council’s Blackstone Bingo, created to spread awareness and support for restaurants, breweries, and retail stores across the Blackstone River Valley and Northern Rhode Island.
2. Pick up local produce
Brigido’s Fresh Market has locations in North Smithfield and and Pascoag:
- 900 Victory Hwy, North Smithfield, RI 02896
- 54 Sayles Ave, Pascoag, RI 02859
The Woonsocket Farmers Market, located at Thundermist Health Center on 450 Clinton St, is planned to open July 7.
The Burillville Farmers Market, located at 75 Tinkham Lane will be open the first Saturday in June. Check their Facebook page for updates.
The WhatsGood App sources fresh, local produce, meats, and more and delivers them to your home. Pickup is also available. The app was created by Rhode Island natives and has just under 100 Rhode Island vendors as partners.
3. Check out what local stores are selling online
The Honey Shop, a natural food and medicine store located at 6 Winthrop St, Woonsocket is open for business online and in-store.
Wright’s Farm Gift Shop on 84 Inman Road, Harrisville is now open online.
Consider purchasing gift cards from your favorite restaurants and businesses – the business gets the money now, and you have a gift to give yourself or a friend!
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