• Liz Logan

#GOSupportGaston Mini-Blitz: Try Something New And Support Gaston County Businesses

Note: This article is part of our #GOSupportGaston campaign. In these coming weeks, the campaign features 7 mini-blitzes to support local businesses impacted by COVID-19. Check Gaston Outside for updates on our efforts with supportgaston.com.

Call to Action: From April 10-12, try at least one new way to support local businesses in Gaston County, from art projects to creative delivery services. Tag @GastonOutside and #GOSupportGaston to show off your new endeavors.

There are countless ways to support local businesses who need it now more than ever. During our collaboration with SupportGaston.com, we have shared multiple ways to support our community during the economic hardship brought about by COVID.

Our first mini-blitz was purchasing takeout, delivery or gift cards from your Top 3 local restaurants. Then we shared creative ways to support local businesses for free from the comfort of your own home. We also shared local retailers who are offering creative ways to shop during this time.

Courtesy of AR Workshop Belmont

And now, we are chiming in with ideas on new things to try. As we are all mostly stationary during this time, we could use some different things to do and these local businesses are coming to the rescue with their own creative contributions.

Get in touch with your artistic side

Gaston County is filled with budding and seasoned artists, like those in the Handmade Gastonia collective and the various galleries around the county, including Mount Holly’s Awaken Gallery. While the 2nd Anniversary Party for Awaken (originally scheduled this month) is postponed, you are able to view their online gallery, maybe even purchase a new piece of art to perk up your surroundings or get inspiration for your own work.

Photo Courtesy of Awaken Gallery

Want to get your own hands moving? Try a new sewing project with the help of Just Sew Happy open by appointment). AR Workshop Belmont is offering DIY-To-Go Kits for projects like wood signs and chunky blanket kits. Nest + Canvas is offering customizable take-home painting and art kits.

Tackle home projects

Being stuck at home has taken spring cleaning to new heights. If organization and cleaning is on your quarantine to-do list, try some healthy home products from The Necessities Company (which is having a 50% off sale April 11 and is offering delivery).

Photo Courtesy of The Necessities Company

Many Gaston County hardware stores remain open (though complying with social distancing measures) as people have more time on their hands to complete those long-standing projects. Top off your indoor projects with a few pick-me-ups from Meraki Interiors from throw pillows to planters — or enlist their design services for later on. Pair them with your new art from area galleries and you’re on your way to a livened up, Gaston County curated space.

Photo Courtesy of Meraki Interiors

Learn new things

The Schiele Museum has been a fixture of the community for over five decades. They have adapted to the COVID crisis by opening up SchieleToGo and Dome@Home. Through these programs, you can watch planentarium programming, take video tours and conduct experiments.

Through the Gaston County Public Library, digital resources have been made available, including a limited-time access to Ancestry’s digital genealogy resource as well as ebook checkouts.

Photo Courtesy of Lisa Perry Social

Various Chambers of Commerce are also offering virtual activities. The Montcross Chamber of Commerce is offering members-only benefits to everyone in the community. The Gaston Regional Chamber is offering online resources as well. From marketing webinars to remote networking opportunities, this is a great way to get plugged into the community and learn necessary marketing skills for your business or side hustle.

Talk It Out

During this time of change, taking care of ourselves is incredibly important. If you’ve been considering trying out therapy or other forms of mental and emotional self-care, businesses are making the process easily accessible. Though many of us are accustomed to face-to-face interactions when addressing emotional needs, a handful of Gaston County businesses are offering virtual visits to comply with the stay-at-home orders.

Angie Stegall, of Angie Stegall Executive Wayfinding, is offering 15-minute Executive Power Chats to help potential clients on their journey to tackling issues of business ownership and/or life. Tony Marder is offering free coaching sessions to help small businesses thrive during this period of uncertainty.

Photo Courtesy of Bit of Hope Ranch

Bit of Hope Ranch is offering virtual counseling sessions while Soar With Love Alternative Wellness Center is offering free sessions for those who have been financially affected during this time.

Try a new exercise routine

Though it’s easy to use this time to catch up on Netflix, keep your body moving with area gyms who are offering online workouts. You may find it a bit relieving to interact with other participants in real-time.

Photo Courtesy of Dani Flasterstein

NC Budo Karate is offering virtual training. Camp Gladiator trainer, Dani Flasterstein, is offering virtual workouts until groups are able to train together again. If you’re missing your YMCA workouts, try these virtual classes from the comfort of your own home.

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