Small business needs your business

Small business needs your business

Small businesses across Western Australia are the lifeblood of our communities, and right now they need your business to keep them going during the recovery period.

Thousands of small businesses across Western Australia continue to trade and adapt as restrictions ease, keeping thousands of people in jobs and the state’s economy rolling. By thinking about who and where we spend our money, together we can help keep small businesses in business. They are counting on us, and there are a number of ways you can support them. We’re all in this together. 

Look local 

Look for shops that are open in Claremont and consider how you can change your shopping habits to help them out. For example, could you do your regular shopping with a small business? Take a look around your neighbourhood, follow the Claremont Town Centre Facebook and Instagram  pages, bookmark and visit this website regularly to keep up to date on what your local businesses are offering - you may just find your new favourite local shop, café or grocery store. 

Ask “Do you do deliver?”

Many of our Claremont Town Centre businesses are now offering delivery or pick-up services. If you are looking to buy something from a small business, contact them to see if they can bring it to you, or offer a contactless pick-up or drop-off. And remember to keep 1.5m from other people where it is practical.

Dine-in safely, order in or take away a meal

From 6 June the WA government further eased restrictions to phase 3 of the COVID-19 roadmap. This means there is now increased capacity in food premises for dine-in options but COVID-19 Safety Plans are still in place. We are excited to see people sitting down and enjoying themselves but don't forget that many of our cafés and restaurants are still serving takeaway foods or offering delivery services. Check with your favourite Claremont restaurant, café or bar to see what they might have available and either make a dine in booking, or order a great night in to continue your support. Visit the link on this website to find out more about what our local Claremont Town Centre food premises are offering.

Try exercising in the studio, online, or outdoors

Gyms, yoga and dance studios are also now welcoming limited numbers to classes and gyms, but continue to offer online video and outdoor sessions. Contact your local Claremont studio or gym to see what they may be offering. You can also continue to work out with personal trainers, as long as you stay outdoors and the workouts adhere to social distancing and safety guidelines. Visit the link here to find out more about what our local Claremont mind, fitness and wellness specialists are now offering.

Get creative

During the lockdown period many of us picked up a new hobby, started working on a creative project,  turned to music, or spent more time with family playing games and doing crafts. For those wishing to continue these wonderful pastimes, seek out our local stores for inspiration. Claremont Toyworld and Little Leisure have some terrific game and craft options the whole family can enjoy, Zenith Music can help you find the perfect instrument to learn, put you in touch with a music teacher or advise online teaching resources, and Monde Design Store has a host of garden games to keep the family entertained in the backyard. 

Car or bike due for a tune-up?

For many of us that continue to work from home, it may be an ideal time to get your car serviced. Some local mechanics and service centres are offering to pick up and drop off your car and will wipe down the key surfaces before they return it to you. If you don’t have a car, consider if it is time to get your bicycle serviced to keep it in top condition. RD Speed Shop is fully operational and ready to assist with repairs and new bicycle selections. 

Catch up with a good book, puzzle or game

Now might be the ideal time to make it through that book that you’ve always wanted to read, pick up a puzzle or get some new board games to help the hours inside pass quicker. You may even get a new recommendation for a book or game that becomes your new favourite. While The Lane Bookshop is open and has an online catalogue and ordering system, or you can call for help with your book selections. The bookshop is also offering delivery options during this current period to assist their local community. Give them a call, drop into the shop in Old Theatre Lane, or visit their online store.

Postpone – don’t cancel – your holiday bookings

If you have an upcoming holiday booking, do your hotel, caravan park or tour operator a favour and postpone rather than cancel your booking. A number of small businesses will be able to hold your payments as a credit to book at a later time. It is better to have a holiday delayed than cancelled – both for you and the small businesses you deal with. Our local travel stores are also a great place to visit to book your WA holiday adventures. Contact or drop into Claremont Cruise and Travel in Old Theatre Lane to discus the great options available and how you can support our local tourism industry.

Tech support

If you have embraced the convenience of digital services but are having computer, phone or tablet troubles, your nearest technical support for your computer may be closer than you think. Look local and see if there is a small computer shop or technician that may be able to help fix your issues fast.

Haircuts, beauty and health therapists are now operating 

Hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons, are operating, provided they maintain distance between clients and keep personal contact to a minimum.  Be aware that in order to adhere to COVID-19 safety measures, salons, beauty and health therapists may require you to make a booking, so best to give them a call before you visit . 

Show your support on social media

Another way you can help local businesses is to follow, like and share their Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media posts. This helps let others know that they are still operating, and you just might come across some great offers or discover new products. Best of all, it doesn’t cost you a thing!

Remember the social distancing guidelines

Supporting small business in WA is important, but it is also important to remember the social distancing guidelines and;

  • follow the directions given by staff
  • minimise all unnecessary contact with others
  • keep 1.5 metres away from others
  • avoid physical greetings such as handshakes, hugs and kisses
  • use tap and pay instead of cash