In response to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple local businesses are sharing the good things that others have done at their business, or are making their own good news at the business through giveaways and discounts.
Lakeshirts starts making face masks
Lakeshirts started using some of their embroidery machines to make face masks for area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes early last week, according to a statement by Mark Fritz and Mike Hutchinson. There's a small number of employees working on the masks, following Gov. Tim Walz's order on social distancing and only critical employees working, the statement said.
Some fitness centers offer classes online
Many fitness centers are now offering video classes online:
- Detroit Lakes Community and Cultural Center goes Facebook Live with workouts every day, and the videos are uploaded to their website within 24 hours. The schedule and videos are posted at www.facebook.com/Detroitlakescommunityandculturalcenter.
- 180 Balance: Yoga Fitness Nutrition offers their usual classes, now via Zoom. To join a class, users will register on the website calendar and when the class starts, a broadcast link will pop up and bring them to the Zoom video. Classes can be found at 180balance.tulasoftware.com/calendar/embed.
- Livin Fit Training & The Iron Shed Gym are posting workouts on Facebook, sometimes via live video and sometimes via pictures. The Facebook page is www.facebook.com/theironshed.
- Snap Fitness is offering workouts via an app, available at stayfit.fod247.fitness/snapfitness/login.html. They are also posting challenges on their corporate Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/SnapFitness247.
- Anytime Fitness has virtual workouts on the corporate Facebook page at www.facebook.com/anytimefitness/playlist/1477083609131886?fbclid=IwAR3RbLpcRTNLlQN4FmlercmfOwi8rFLLyox7X4gqPnbr79E_ap_tBa6Y2qs.
- Dion's Dangerzone Gym has live workouts for paying members. Join by calling owner Dion Sgro at 218-841-6094 or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Dions-DANGERZONE-Gym-396129457197311.
LongWeekend T-shirt funds go back to local businesses
Long Weekend Sportswear in Perham created a T-shirt design that supports local bars and restaurants. The shirts have the word "HOME," an acronym for Helping Our Minnesota Economy, in large letters with the shape of Minnesota next to it.
The proceeds from each shirt go to the bar or restaurant of the customer's choosing, and customers will receive a $10 gift card to that location, according to the website. Customers can choose from:
- The Cactus
- Brew Ales and Eats
- Disgruntled Brewing
- Spanky's Stone Hearth
- Billy's Corner Bar
- Skal Bar & Grill
- Bleacher's Sports Bar
- Hub 41
- Hillbillies Vittles & Brew
- Brewtus Brickhouse
The store will stay open until Sunday, April 12, with shirts delivered the week of April 27. To purchase a shirt, go to homemn2020.itemorder.com/sale.
The Nines gives discounts and giveaways
Several local businesses have been supported by promotions at The Nines, The Nines Kids and Lit Decor & Gift. Owner Lauren Zima kept her online store open
- to buy a meal to any local restaurant (Patti Ziebell won, and chose Spanky's Stone Hearth);
- to offer discounts and gift cards to health care professionals,
- and to sponsor a gift card giveaway and salon credit (Jana Davis won the gift card and credit to ADAE Salon).
For more information go to The Nines Facebook page at www.facebook.com/shopthenines.
Dollar General gives health care workers 10% discount
All medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen can now receive a 10% discount at Dollar General locations on qualifying purchases. The individuals just need to show their employment badge or ID at stores to receive the discount, according to a news release.
The discount will be available until Thursday, April 30. After that, the business plans to evaluate if the discount should be extended, based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The discount follows Dollar General designating the first hour it's open to senior customers only, and closing stores an hour early to give more time for cleaning and stocking, according to a previous Tribune article.
Locals donate funds, gift cards for meat bundles at Lakes Processing
Lakes Processing's emergency meat bundles, usually priced at $150, were lowered in price on March 18 due to an anonymous individual donating extra funds to help others, according to a Facebook post. On March 23, another Facebook post shared that a different anonymous individual donated Hub 41 gift cards to go with the emergency meat bundles.
Brygge sells $50 gift cards for $25 each per donors request
A local person bought five $50 gift cards at Brygge, giving them back to the business so they could sell them to five others for $25 each, according to a Facebook post. The business is taking entries for the gift cards on Facebook by customers sharing their favorite board game. The five winners were announced the morning of Wednesday, April 1. Brygge's Facebook page is www.facebook.com/bryggetapsandtastes.