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To keep the positive vibes going, here are some stories of how local businesses are helping others …
Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches
137 E. High Street, Pottstown
Almost immediately after schools shut down in mid-March, Grumpy’s started offering free hot breakfasts for students in need Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. So far, they’ve fed over 600 kids at no cost to them. After they started getting people asking how they could help support the cause, Grump’s set up a donation site at this link. You can also donate bread, eggs, milk, potatoes and juice. Call 484-948-6061 if you have any questions.
You can also support Grumpy’s by stopping in (wear a mask!) or ordering takeout. They’re open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for breakfast and lunch and also offer dinner to go. By the way, Grumpy’s is a 2020 Happening List Finalist for Best Sandwich.
575 W. 3rd Street, Lansdale
When Boardroom Spirits saw that hand sanitizer was becoming nearly impossible to find in stores in March, they started producing it in their distillery. But rather than sell it, they gave it away for free! Bring your own mason jar, spray bottle or empty hand sanitizer bottle to pick up a free 4 oz. of the product per day. The sanitizer is made with ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, glycerin and water, following the CDC’s recommendation. As of May 19, they’d given away approximately 750+ gallons to healthcare workers, first responders and customers.
In addition, they’ve been doing special giveaways over the past few months to benefit frontline workers. For example, just a few weeks ago, they asked people to tag their hero in a Facebook post. They randomly chose one winner to receive a $50 gift card, one gallon of hand sanitizer, a pre-batched cocktail and glass.
To help support Boardroom Spirits, place an order online. They’re open for pickup and now shipping anywhere in PA!
102 S. York Road, Hatboro
Since the end of March, Hatboro Dish owner Jackie Evangelista has been giving out (with help from donations) free meals to the community. Community Dinner is every Tuesday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you’d like to support Hatboro Dish, you can make a donation at this link. Or, you can order from their regular breakfast and lunch menu daily from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or choose one of the “Family Meals” that are meant to serve four for dinner for $45. Jackie posts the family specials on Facebook each day listing what’s available for pickup (from noon to 1 p.m.) the following day. Order must be placed by 10 a.m.
Perkiomen Valley Brewery
101 Walnut Street, Green Lane
Our 2020 Happening List Winner for Best Brewery serves small batched, artisanal beers in a unique taproom that’s fully accessible to those with sensory and physical limitations. Their hashtag is #wherepatienceandpassionmeet, and their business motto is, “Make someone’s life a little easier. It doesn’t have to be big and extravagant. The small, thoughtful gesture gets the job done, too.”
With a business motto like that, it’s no surprise that this family business has been looking for creative ways to do good during this difficult time. Keep an eye on their social pages for current offerings. They’ve been doing a lot of specials where you can either opt for the discounted price, OR pay full price, and they’ll donate the discount amount to The Open Link. Most recently, they’ve started Beer & Business Pairings where they’re partnering with other small businesses to offer combo specials.
You can support Perkiomen Valley Brewery by shopping curbside pickup Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.