Unless we want to go outside in a few months time and find all that remains are the big supermarkets and online delivery giants we need to think about how we can support small businesses through Australia's shutdown.
We highlight a few of our Fitzroy neighbours that are keeping the community spirit going.
1. ROCCO'S BOLOGNA DISCOTECA
This new kid on the block is offering free delivery on their full menu. The Rocco's Bologna Discoteca Pine-mushroom Lasagne is definitely worth a try. Our good customer and friendly local Zoe Rubino co-owns, and we're loving it. Welcome to Gertrude Street!
2. MARION WINE
Marion Wine has come together with Baker Bleu to deliver some wonderful breads to Gertrude St. They're now a fully stocked grocer with daily essentials, plus their wine list is now takeaway! What more could we want while we ride this out...
3. THIRD DRAWER DOWN
Our neighbours Third Drawer Down have collaborated with ZEEP to bring you a Hand Sanity-izer, available for pre-order. Artists David Shrigley and Magda Archer are behind the packaging artwork and we can' wait. Our pick? Everything is good.
4. FLOWERS VASETTE
Our favourite florists Flowers Vasette have switched to delivering a wonderful box of hand-selected fruit and vegetables. You can also opt to add flowers to brighten up your home.
PAY IT FORWARD
For those of us that are still able to help our communities whilst isolating we encourage you to do so. A good way to do this is by paying it forward. Invest in a future outfit, haircut or meal or send a gift card to someone you love.
Gestures like these will help keep a small business 'in business'.