Downtown Saint Paul restaurants, retail and more to support
Other Ways 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.
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.”
Applications for the Saint Paul Bridge Fund are now open and will remain open until April 19.
Ramsey County has consolidated resources to help ready and recover your business and workforce from the impacts of COVID-19. Please revisit this page often as new resources and programs become available. Additional county resources can be found on ramseycounty.us/coronavirus.
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.
CULTURAL DESTINATIONS AVAILABLE VIRTUALLY
Visit Saint Paul has collected a huge variety of activities and ways to experience our great city from the comfort of your own home.
SPCO will be streaming concerts live throughout April.
Take a virtual tour of The M and their recent exhibitions.
The Science Museum has a full page of activities, experiments and educational resources available.
The Children's Museum has compiled activity ideas for kids and parent resources to utilize while kids are home from school
The art exhibit: POLISH ART: BROOKLYN TO MINNESOTA is now available virtually and will run indefinitely.
*This list was last updated on April 9.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com. Note: Some of these recommendations originated from Downtown Raleigh Alliance and are being shared through the International Downtown Association.