Now through Wednesday 4.22.20 all profits from the Employee Relief Tee Collection at Revolvr Menswear on Wall Street in Downtown Bend will go directly to the Revolvr employees that were temporarily laid off due to the COVID-19 store closures.
These tees are purchased on a pre-order basis, so please allow 7-10 business days for your order to arrive. By purchasing a tee from this collection, you are also helping us support our small, independent vendors that have also been hard hit by the store closures, since almost all shops have cancelled their incoming orders or put them on hold.
Thanks for your support! The Revolvr team looks forward to opening their doors again soon!
*Due to the donation nature of this collection, tees in this collection do not qualify for the 20% off discount
We all know and love Deschutes Beer, and the Bend Public House has long been one of the most popular destinations in Downtown Bend.
Right now, one of the most important things we can do is support our local Bend busiensses. There are a few ways that you can do that while enjoying Deschutes damn tasty beer!
Not surprisingly, Deschutes beer sales are down due to restaurant & bar closures across Oregon and beyond. However, there is still plenty of Deschutes Brewery beer available out there. You can find out which grocery and convenient stores are selling Deschutes beer in your area using their online beer finder.
BEER PICKUPS: In addition, they are doing safe beer pickup at our Bend Tasting Room!. You can even purchase small batch beers not available in stores as well as 5-gallon kegs. Here’s how it works:
Buy a 6-pack for a health care professional!
I hope that you are all hanging in there.
In case you missed it, here is information on the most current news from Kate Brown on the plan to reopen Oregon, and here an update on the SBA small business loans.
We also have a plethora of websites aimed at helping local businesses get much-needed customers, SOS Bend just launched this week, Visit Bend created this page, KTVZ created this page, there is a new charity-based website for Bend businesses here, and our own downtownbend.org is almost completely updated with the new “Downtown Online” pages.
For staying connected, I recommend tuning into Bend Chamber’s weekly webinar (click here to view last week's), Matt Hand’s Show up Central Oregon is also tackling a lot of great issues, Let's Keep Connected has some valuable content, and you can view updates from Governer Brown here, and sign up for updates from Jeff Merkely and Representative Helt.
In addition, check out:
Good News from Downtown Bend
Our Favorite Product ThisWeek
& our We’re Open in Downtown YouTube video
Last week our Board of Directors voted to defer EID payments for 90 days. So the City will send out the annual EID bill, as usual, in May - but building owners will be able to delay their payment without a penalty. The Board also voted to extend all Downtown directory kiosk ads for an additional 6 months at no extra charge and to suspend billing until September.
Right now, we have cut all non-essential staff and programs (to save money for whatever the future may hold), and with the remaining 1.5 FTE we've adjusted our focus to concentrate on marketing, and helping the public know what businesses are still open & how they can shop and dine with them. We are also working with businesses one-on-one to help them adjust their business models to offer online services, and in some cases, we're helping them get their stores online. Let us know if you need individual assistance. Additionally, of course, we still have Ryan on the street every morning cleaning and checking for safety issues (Thank you, Ryan!). As soon as this has passed, we'll be ready to bring all staff back to full-time and hit the ground running to make sure that Downtown Bend is as unique and vibrant as it was before this crisis hit.
Finally, we are accepting applications for new board members. You can find all the information and the application by clicking here.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance.
Stay well & stay hopeful,
Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA)
We LOVE all of the heartwarming stories from our Downtown Bend community. Today we'd like to share a story with you about a passionate employee at Leapin' Lizards Toy Company. This completely wonderful human being is named Phia, and shortly after the COVID19 pandemic hit us all, she found a way to help Downtown Bend business while also raising much-needed funds for our local nonprofits. Thrive and help thrive, indeed, dear Phia, we applaud you.
And so, Support Bend Business was born. A website that encourages people to shop local, and encourages businesses to give 10% of their profits to local organizations like Bethlehem Inn. Currently featuring businesses like Oregon Body and Bath, Princess Athletics, LARK Mountain Modern and Outside In - this project is sure to be a success.
Thank you Phia, and all the participating businesses and customers. It sure does feel good to live in a town where kindness and good news is easy to find.
Some inspiring words from the Support Bend Business website:
As we end week 5 of quarantine, we are so grateful for all of our merchants that are still working day in and day out to bring us delicious foods, great coffee and awesome shopping experiences. This week, our favorite product in Downtown Bend is the Chill the F*ck Out bar glass available at Jubeelee for $14.95. As you can see by the image below, this really is the only glass you need while you are stuck in your house. While you're at it - we highly recommend perusing all of their online store and we guarantee that you will find more things that you can't live without.
FootZone has taken advantage of these extraordinary times to do some much-needed updating of our website! Visitors http://www.footzonebend.com/shop/ will see a new e-commerce option, from which customers can order their favorite shoe, from their favorite local shop, from the comfort of their couch! Throughout the Stay Home, Save Lives mandate, FootZone has offered curbside pickup, free local delivery, and free shipping nationwide, but customers had to call the shop to place their order. With the launch of our e-commerce option, we make shopping at FootZone much easier for our home-bound customers, both in Bend and farther afield. Local orders will continue to be delivered to customers’ doorsteps by a cheery FootZoner, or can be picked up curbside at the shop. We have staff in store daily from 10am-5pm answering phone calls and emails, so customers are welcome to contact us with any ordering questions.
As a hub of the local running and walking community, FootZone recognizes that it is imperative that Bendites support each other through this time of health and financial challenge. Shopping local ensures that our community stays close, our downtown remains vibrant, and that our local shops and employees will thrive in the aftermath of the coronavirus. It goes without saying that we’re extremely thankful for support of Central Oregonians as we navigate this challenging time. We look forward to running and walking with all of you – soon!
During this time of Shelter in Place and Stay Home - Stay Safe, High Desert Frameworks is challenging Central Oregon residents to find the best of the best in local photography. And you can do it without leaving your home and with no impact on social distancing.
There is no doubt that these are interesting and difficult times for all of us and High Desert Frameworks wants to help get our minds into art and do it responsibly.
Join us for a "From My Archives" Photo Contest.
We know how taxing it might feel like staying home for endless hours. Get up in the morning, coffee in hand and start telecommuting., No shower, no jog, no commute, no face to face interactions. It can be lonely and Netflix at night or reruns of Perry Mason just doesn’t cut it. Maybe you are entertaining the kids all day long. If so we bet you have a better understanding of primary and secondary teachers life.
Don’t Fret! There is a solution!
Dig through your archives of photos and enter our Photo Contest. You get a chance to win one of four prizes: Two Judges Choice and 2 Popular Choice awards! Upload your best photographs! The photographs can be abstract, contemporary, traditional, color, black and white, people, landscape, action, artistic, nature ... almost anything will do! Keep it family friendly!
Enter Today - Contest Ends April 15, 2020. (Don't worry - Tax day got moved to July 15th!)
How to Enter: Upload the photographs you dug up from your archives (or take a new one) to www.Take.Pics or Image tag #FromMyArchives2020 on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Official rules located at: www.Take.Pics You know - you have to be 18 years of age or older, live in Central Oregon and a few more. Make sure you check out the rules prior to entry. Good Luck! Entry is FREE with no purchase obligation (or suggestion).
Questions? Contact High Desert Frameworks at 541-647-2191 or visit www.Take.Pics for more information and official rules.
The City of Bend and the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Workgroup are working closely together to quickly respond as the needs of Downtown businesses change during this pandemic. As of today, 3/26/20, here are the changes that have been made (until further notice).
The time limits and costs have been removed from all parking lots in Downtown Bend including the Parking Garage, and the North and South Mirror Pond lots. Additionally, restrictions for on-street parking in the downtown core have been relaxed - but will still be enforced for safety impediments such as hydrants, corners, etc.
We have also created seven curbside "pick-up zones" to assist local restaurants and bars with their pick-up services.
Additionally, to assist employees and employers in the Downtown core, permit sales have been waived for the month of April.
We would like to thank the City of Bend and the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Workgroup for their quick response.
Right now small businesses need your continued help and support! Here is how you can help!