How to Stay Safe and Support Downtown Saint Paul Businesses

The safety of downtown Saint Paul’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to us here at the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance. We want you to know that we are monitoring all recommendations and updates from government officials surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), and we will inform our stakeholders of relevant changes. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.

During this time of adjustments in social events, work schedules, and travel, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses in downtown and throughout our community and to continue supporting them from a distance. Below are some ways you can support our small and local businesses:

  • Shop online or via phone. Many of downtown’s retailers have online shopping available; our local and independent shops will help you get what you need via phone, Facetime, or other methods, if necessary.
  • Purchase custom or corporate gifts from retailers who can handle orders over the phone or online.
  • If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
  • If you do not need anything specific at the moment but still want to support local, buy gift cards to spend later in our various storefront businesses.
  • You can also buy gift cards for many local restaurants, or annual memberships at many of our local museums and cultural institutions.
  • For restaurants, order takeout or delivery and tip the same amount as you would dining in. A list of downtown restaurants currently offering takeout is below.
  • Supporting Local Musicians - If you love the Twin Cities music community, and you have the means to, please consider donating to the TC Music Community Trust Entertainment Industry relief fund.
  • Volunteering with Catholic Charities, whose needs have increased while resources are decreasing.
  • Share this information widely so others know how to help.

First and foremost, prioritize and take all health and safety precautions for yourself and others in our community. Our community health as a whole depends on working together, and our small businesses are the lifeblood of the downtown Saint Paul economy. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CITY OF SAINT PAUL BRIDGE FUND

Like communities across our nation, the City of Saint Paul is responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in alignment with the guidance of our public health officials. While all of us adapt to this rapidly changing situation, we have a duty to ensure not only the health and safety of our residents but a responsibility to ensure all of us can find relief amid the economic impact of this pandemic. The Saint Paul Bridge Fund will provide emergency relief for the small businesses and families in our community who need it most.

The Saint Paul Bridge Fund is supported by proposed Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority funds, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Ecolab Foundation and Securian Financial. “We have been part of downtown St. Paul for 140 years and believe that helping support local families and small business is especially important in this time of need,” said Securian Financial CEO, Chris Hilger. “We’re all in this together.” The proposal will go before the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority for adoption at a special meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

LANGUAGE AND TRANSLATOR RESOURCES

The City of Saint Paul has a new phone line to answer questions about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Translators are available to answer questions in Hmong, Karen, Oromo, Somali, and Spanish. Call 651-266-6000 or email LanguageResources@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

RESTAURANT WORKER RELIEF FUNDS

It’s inspiring to see diverse groups working in support of common causes. With financial support from St. Paul’s own Ecolab, the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation has put together a Restaurant Employee Relief Fund. This fund will open simple applications on 4/2/20 and will be providing workers with a one-time grant of $500 dispersed directly. Additionally, Restaurant Opportunities Centers has put together a relief program and connecting restaurant workers with resources.

 

RESTAURANTS & RETAIL TO SUPPORT

Currently, many downtown Saint Paul restaurants, stores, and cultural institutions are adjusting to the recent executive orders and finding creative ways to continue safely providing services for patrons. Below is an evolving list of what downtown businesses are doing*:

AFRO DELI

"The Wabasha Street location is open for pick up only, orders can be placed online or by phone (651-888-2168). Any school-age children can receive a free meal between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm."

ALARY'S BAR

Alary's is open 11am - 9pm daily for curbside pick up (pick up orders are 10% off!) or delivery. 651-224-7717

BARREL THEORY

"Beginning Monday, March 16 the Barrel Theory taproom will be closed for all draft beer sales until further notice.  We will stay open during limited hours for crowler sales only.  Our plan as of now is to have to-go be available from noon – 6 p.m. during this time.  Our crowler availability can be found on our website and will be regularly updated with any changes."

BEANINGFUL

As of March 17, Beaningful is closed to customers. They have asked instead that contributions be made to the Neighborhood House March Food Drive, which supplies local families with fresh, nutritious foods.

BLACK DOG CAFE

Black Dog is open for take out Monday through Saturday. 651-228-9274."

BLACK SHEEP PIZZA

Curbside takeout is available now. Orders can be placed online. Check website for special promotions.

BURGER MOE'S

Call 651-222-3100 to order, curbside pickup. Service starts March 18. https://www.burgermoes.com/

CANDYLAND

"We're open and offering cheap shipping state wide! Store locations have altered store hours, we ask you to place orders online or call the store to place an order! 651-292-1191 We also offer DoorDash and GrubHub orders! 88 years strong in Downtown Saint Paul!"

CASSIE'S

Open for to-go orders in the Town Square food court. 

CREATOR'S CUP COFFEE

Open Monday-Friday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for coffee and bakery to-go orders. Daily menu available on their Facebook page.

DOWNTOWNER WOOD FIRE GRILL

Call 651-228-9500 to order, curbside pickup. Service starts March 17. https://www.downtownerwoodfire.com/

EVAN'S ORGANIC

"Orders for pickup and delivery are available through Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, Bite Squad."

HANDSOME HOG

Takeout orders are available daily between 4:00 - 8:00 pm. Orders can be placed as early as 3:00 pm by calling 651-340-7710.

HOLMAN'S TABLE

"If you'd like to support our small business, we're offering 10% off gift cards online with promo code: SMALLBIZ."

HOPE BREAKFAST BAR

"As of March 16, Hope Breakfast Bar will stop operating as a restaurant and transition to a community kitchen. Details on how to get help or give hope are available at hopebreakfast.com. Daily curbside takeout for any family in need will be available from 9am - 2pm daily."

JUST/US EATERY

Just/us has added gift cards to their website than can be purchased now and redeemed in the future.

LA FUSION CAFE

"As of 3/16 La Fusion Cafe will be open for pick-up orders, Online orders, and Delivery. We are open from 8am to 7pm. Please Call for pick-up orders/Pay-online. 651 414-9903 WWW.LAFUSIONCAFE.COM"

LEGACY CHOCOLATES

Operating as usual with options to order online for delivery or pickup.

LOWERTOWN BIKE SHOP 

Lowertown Bike Shop is open with specific browsing precautions put in place, as well as curbside pick up options available. Check out their website for more information. 

LUNDS & BYERLYS

"We have temporarily changed our hours of operation. All Lunds & Byerlys are now open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week until further notice to help ensure the well-being of our staff, replenishment of our products and an even deeper cleaning of our stores. At this time, we are asking all customers to respect our request of having the opening hour of 7 to 8 a.m. each day reserved for those shoppers who are at a higher risk of severe illness by COVID-19, which includes older adults and those who have compromised immune systems."

MADEMOISELLE MIEL CHOCOLATES

Orders can be placed online. 

MERITAGE

Currently closed to diners but gift cards can be purchased online.

PARLOUR BAR

Delivery orders are available online through BiteSquad. 

PAZZALUNA

Currently closed to diners but gift cards can be purchased online.

PINO'S PIZZERIA

Open for takeout from the Alliance Bank Skyway food court.

POCKET FULL OF POSIES

In addition to normal online shopping, Pocket Full of Posies will be offering a Virtual Floral Arrangement classes for the next seven weeks with options to use your own flowers or purchase flowers with delivery available within downtown.

POTBELLY

Open for phone (651-224-1377) and online orders only in the Town Square food court. 

RUAM MIT THAI 

Ruam Mit is open for takeout orders.

SAINT DINETTE

Saint Dinette will be open Thursdays-Sundays for limited menu pick up orders. 

SAINT PAUL FARMER'S MARKET

Will be open this Saturday, March 28, from 9am-10am for elders and others at high-risk, 10am-1pm for all. We have taken precautions to keep folks separated and safe. Expect 24 vendors with a diverse mix of foods: veggies, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, honey, salsa, sauces, spices, syrups and more. 290 5th St E, St Paul, 55101.

SAKURA

Open for takeout or delivery through GrubHub and UberEats Monday thru Saturday 3:00 pm-9:00 pm, Sunday 3:00 pm-8:00 pm. 

SASS A UNIQUE BOUTIQUE

Gift cards in any amount are available and never expire.

SAWATDEE

Sawatdee is open for curbside pick up.

SKYWAY GRILL

Open for takeout from the Alliance Bank Skyway food court.

SUBTEXT BOOKS

Subtext is open for business, even while they have had to lock their doors. The store will be staffed daily, and you can call by phone or order online. They are offering free delivery in downtown, curbside pick up and other options.

TIN WHISKERS BREWING

"Starting March 16, we are temporarily shifting to card payment (no cash) and to-go purchases only (crowlers, merch, and gift cards) out of our taproom from noon-8pm daily, and all taproom events are cancelled until further notice. We have set up a portion of our online store dedicated to crowlers so you can order them ahead of time and pick them up in the taproom. We'll even run them to your car if you're uncomfortable coming in -- just call us at 651-330-4734 when you arrive (online order required). Check out your options here: https://store.twbrewing.com/crowlers/ "

TRUESTONE COFFEE ROASTERS

TrueStone is now selling gift cards and coffee products, including coffee subscriptions, in their online shop.

URBAN WOK

"Open for pick up or delivery.  Order ONLINE on desktop, tablet or mobile. https://www.toasttab.com/urban_wok/v3#!/ Enter PROMO CODE: UW20 for 20% OFF your entire check."

WALDMANN BREWERY

Waldmann is providing to-go food and crowlers for pick-up or FREE delivery daily from 3-8pm. You can order most items from our menu here . Check out their Facebook page for weekly specials and discounts.

ZAMBONI'S PIZZA

Zamboni's is open with delivery to downtown, the west side, Cathedral Hill and West 7th neighborhoods between 11am-2pm/4-10pm, curbside takeaway as well. Gift cards available for purchase online. Call 651-225-2999 or order online.

 

CULTURAL DESTINATIONS AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY

The Minnesota Museum of American Art - The M @ Home

Take a virtual tour of The M and their recent exhibitions.

The Science Museum of Minnesota - Learn From Home

The Science Museum has a full page of activities, experiments and educational resources available.

The Minnesota Children's Museum - Play Helps

The Children's Museum has compiled activity ideas for kids and parent resources to utilize while kids are home from school

Landmark Center

The Landmark Center will be posting special content, sharing stories and answering questions from Saint Paul residents on their social media channels.

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*This list was last updated on March 31.

 

For more information, contact us at info@stpdowntownalliance.org. Note: These recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.