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Local Businesses to Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has left a strain on everyone all over the world and especially local businesses. Individuals and communities have suffered in different ways but small local businesses have been hit the hardest out of them all. Due to quarentining and social distancing measures, most small businesses have had to shut down because they weren’t making enough money to support themselves. Although the pandemic is still occuring, there have been some businesses that have since opened and have allowed small amount of people in to shop at a time and most are online too so you can order from the saftey of your home and prevent infection. No matter how you do it, any purchase no matter the cost will be great for these businesses and your support can help keep them open long after the pandemic is over. 

Cider Belly Doughnuts 

Cider Belly Doughnuts is an awesome small business that sells numerous kinds of doughnuts. They are located at 25 N Pearl St Albany, NY 12207 and have takeout along with curbside pickup, they are also super mask friendly. This place is amazing because they have an enormous menu full of delicious doughnuts that are super cheap starting at $1!

Check out their website!! https://ciderbelly.com/

Fort Orange General Store

Fort Orange General Store is an awesome business that has a HUGE categories list for everything they sell. They are located at 412 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, have in-store pickup, and are mask and handsanitizer friendly! The categories of things they sell are fall essentials, apparel & accesories, jewelry, posters & prints, decorations, home fragrance, apothecary, CBD, eco-friendly home items, bar & cocktail items, edible goods, kitchen & serveware, child & baby items, cards & stationary items, books, and pet items!

Check out their website!! https://fort-orange-general-store.square.site/

Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe

Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe is an awesome bakery right in East Greenbush! They are located at 390 Columbia Tpke Ste 1East Greenbush, NY 12144, have curbside pickup, and are masks friendly! Their desserts range from cupcakes, to cakes, and to even cookies! They are definitely an awesome place to check out! 

Check out their website!! http://zacharyspastryshoppe.com/

Emack and Bolio’s

Emack and Bolio’s is one of my favorite ice cream shops out there! They are located at 366 Delaware Ave Albany, NY 12209, have delivery, takeout, and in-store shopping, and are masks, handsanitizer and social distancing friendly! Emack and Bolio’s has many different ice cream flavors along with numerous types of sweet cones! If you have a major sweet tooth this is the place for you!

Check out their website!! https://emackandbolios.com/

Overall, supporting small businesses is super important for everyone to do so we can keep these amazing places alive! Each and everyone of these businesses, along with many others, are a huge and important part of our community and they are all super awesome! Check out the websites for each of these pages and maybe even look up some others, you may find your new favorite small business!!

Alexis Hooten is currently a freshman at Siena College. She studies Nursing and is hoping to become a Neonatal or Labor and Delivery Nurse Practitioner as her future career.
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