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How to Support Your Local Creatives, Businesses, and People

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

There has been a rising tension in the air, anxiety is escalating, people are confused on what to do, how to act. I have felt the slow creep of anxiety trying to take over, I keep pushing it away in an attempt to handle things and stay strong, but sometimes it is just hard. We are dealing with something completely new and aren't sure how to handle it. But we have to support each other in the best ways we can right now, in the safest ways we can right now. So don't forget to reach out to loved ones over the phone, internet, and just check in. Keep searching for ways to support local and help our businesses stay afloat in these rough waters. We all need a little humanity right now.

Keep scrolling to see all the different businesses you can help right now and how!



Help us feed healthcare workers and support local restaurants at the same time! DONATE TODAY! Front-line healthcare workers at Mercy Regional Medical Center and across La Plata County are gearing up for the battle against COVID-19. At the same time, local independent restaurants, one of the core elements that makes this community so amazing to live in and visit, are suffering from the devastating economic impact of the virus. Is it possible to help both at the same time? Yes, there’s a way and you can help! We're bringing the Durango community together to help support both front-line health workers and local independent restaurants. We are implementing a program created by one of the country’s foremost chefs and restaurateurs that lets the community donate meals from local restaurants to healthcare workers on the front-lines. Healthcare workers get a nourishing meal, and local restaurants get badly needed business to keep running and keep staff employed. Ore House Restaurant House Restaurant Local First We need your help to support healthcare heroes and our local independent restaurants!

Other places to help with donations!

  • The VFW is still trying to get their remodel finished. Their fundraisers are stopped. But they have a GoFundMe.

  • iAm Music has started a Four Corners Performing Artist Relief fund you could donate to to support local musicians and performers. All money raised will be allocated to qualifying musicians/bands operating within a 100 mile radius of Durango based on overall financial losses from cancelled gigs and events. Funds will be disbursed according to individual level of need as determined by an online application. Reach out to your musician friends in this time of need, and please share this information as well so we can help our local music community thrive through all of this.

  • Merely Players and the Durango Arts Center had to cancel their shows. Our arts community in Durango is so important! Consider donating to help keep our performing arts alive and well so we can enjoy them when this is all over. Support the Arts Center and Support Merely Players.

Other Local Businesses and What They're Doing!

CURA.TE Get some amazing bath, body, and home products from Jenny with Cura.te. I just bought some room spray and hand sanitizer from her, yes I just said HAND SANITIZER! I also have her toothpaste, soaps, laundry detergent, body creams and everything is amazing! With all this time stuck in your house, what a great opportunity to clean everything with amazing safe products! Jenny also writes these amazing little uplifting messages on all her deliveries so it's a great way to brighten your day!

Heather Freeman with The Painted Playground is offering painting tutorials to help keep you or your kiddos entertained and active with the creative parts of your brain! Heather is continually adding additional support on her facebook page. She is also running a Painted Play Challenge that is really fun, you can follow along with that HERE.

Bailey B Sings is offering free coaching sessions to artists who want to use this time to explore their life purpose and diversify their income streams. She has spots available for 1:1 artistic alignment coaching and private voice lessons - all done online! People can learn more about both on her website

She is also preparing to launch her Patreon page and email list!

SunLoops can help add a little comfort to your day, order some warm cozy SunLoops to wear while you read a book, or work on your home computer, or go on a brisk walk! Check out their website and use the coupon code hope20 for a special discount! They are also currently offering free shipping and local drop off.

Jennaye Derge is offering discounted help with marketing, website design, copy and more! As we all take this down time, we have a great opportunity to work on the business side of our businesses, spruce up your website, focus on your marketing plan!

Allison Ragsdale is offering free mini prom sessions and an early bird special for Class of 2021 seniors. They also have a headshot sale and dance program going on right now check out all these cool offers from Allison HERE

Durango Like a Local has an AMAZING restaurant guide on their site right now that shows many of the restaurants in town, who are open, who is doing pickup, who is doing delivery, their website and social media. Definitely check it out to support our local restaurant community!

There are still birthdays and anniversaries and babies being born. So if you are looking for some lovely gift ideas amongst all this mayhem, check out Cartwheel Studio they are doing free shipping on all orders over $75 right now!

The Bookcase & Barber has gift cards available online. They are good for barber services as well as cocktails when all this calms down! Everyone is going to need a nice hot shave and a stiff drink after this!

SUMMIT+SUNSET EVENTS specializing in wedding and event planning is offering a few discounts. Anyone who books an event in June, July or August by May 1st will receive 200$ their total package. Also, anyone who books with them for next summer by September 1st of 2020 will receive 20% off their final package! You can contact them through the website or by email

Four Leaves Winery plans to keep business operations going for pick-up and delivery, from the hours of noon-8pm. You can contact them via phone 970-409-8182 or via Facebook to place orders. The delivery service is a 2-bottle minimum and only in Durango City Limits.

Second Time Around, a Consignment boutique in Durango, will be open August 1. People can drop off consignment at the door if they don’t want to come in. Jerilyn will also be posting items from the store on Durango online garage sale and you can always meet at the store to do the purchase.

Brown's Shoe Fit is having a huge clearance sale!

Telehealth at Southwest Women’s Health. Wants to keep taking great care of their patients and try hard to keep them out of urgent care or ER.

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