How to Support Small Businesses in Aurora

Aurora’s small businesses make our destination unique. From eateries, breweries, boutiques, and everything in between – shopping local makes a difference in our community. Explore these 6 ways to support small businesses and restaurants.

Share the Love on Social Media

It costs nothing to show a little love on social media. Consider sharing a business’s post on your page, comment on their videos, or even send the owners a short message to know you’re thinking about them. Building brand awareness can be tough, and sometimes it helps to be a business’s number one fan!

Purchase Gift Cards

Gift cards can be used when your favorite stores re-open and help ease financial uncertainties for stores right now. Some stores allow gift card purchases online, making it safer for everyone, and you never have to change out of your pajamas. Grab gift cards to businesses that you frequent often; your future self will be happy you did!

Order Pickup, Delivery, or Takeout

More than 100 of Aurora’s ethnic eateries are offering some form of takeout or delivery while dine-in dining is closed. Not quite sure where to start? Visit our takeout and delivery page to get started. New listings are added every week. Restaurants are not the only ones offering pickup; floral shops like Poppy & Pine inside Stanley Marketplace are providing to-go bouquets. And Painting With A Twist has to-go art kits that are great for date night.

Look Local Before Name Brand

When everyone is stocking up on soap and cleaning supplies, do a quick search to see what’s already available in the Aurora neighborhood. Chances are you’ll be able to find household products, among other things, from local vendors. Coffee and tea are great examples. Many local stores, including Jubilee Roasting Company, are selling coffee beans online and even offering local delivery. You might also find a new outfit while doing a little retail therapy.

Leave Good Reviews

Did one of our small businesses leave you beyond impressed? Now is the time to leave that good review! Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor, and even Facebook have review platforms that many businesses rely upon to not only attract new customers but maintain their clients. When leaving a review, consider adding photos and a detailed description so future customers can understand the business as a whole.

Stock up on gifts for birthdays, special occasions, and holidays

Use this extra time to prepare for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, and even holidays (we’re looking at your Father’s Day!) Many retailers are still open online; consider buying gifts now to be used in the future. Not only will you be a master planner, but you’ll play an essential role in keeping our small businesses open into the future.

Our small businesses create a diverse, creative, and flourishing community. When we shop locally, we support the people who make Aurora not only a great destination to visit but a great place to live.

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