#LoveLane — Show Your Love
We're all at home. But thankfully, we are at home in Oregon — specifically at home in Lane County. And that is something we can all love.
Across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region we have access to nature everywhere! Trees are green and plentiful, meadows are dotted with wildflowers, rivers are full with snowmelt and our neighbors are walking past and waving.
Because in challenging times, like now with COVID-19, we know we can count on our community to be strong, to be brave and to succeed.
How can we all help each other during a time when we must practice social distancing? Here are some things you can do that can help.
1. Order Take-Out or Reserve a Table
Many restaurants are still preparing food to go or have re-opened some seating. Simply view your favorite restaurant's menu online or on an app, or call them for options, and order! Pay over the phone or online, then just show up to pick up or to be seated. Some are even offering delivery service.
2. Shop a Farmers' MarketLane County Farmers Market veggies by Melanie Griffin
We are lucky to have an abundance of local food. Most of our communities have weekly markets that sell fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, seafood, grains and preserves. Support local farms, fisheries and foragers by shopping the markets. Booths are spaced widely apart, just use the same common sense and courtesy you do at Costco. You can also join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for weekly pick up or delivery of farm-fresh groceries.
Just in time for summer, u-pick farms are opening up! Please call ahead because protocols vary from farm to farm. Some require reservations, restrict children or do not allow you to bring containers from home, while others may request that you bring your own bucket or basket.
3. Shop Local & Buy a Gift CertificateProvisions Gift Card by Taj Morgan
Even if you can't go out to eat this week, or to a show or even shopping — you know you will want to in the future. So purchase a gift certificate now as an investment in future enjoyment and an immediate boost to your favorite small business. Even without patronage, they still have overhead including storefronts, supplies and staffing. A little cash now can help them defray deficits over time.
Tempted to buy something on Amazon? Why not call your local shop and order it through them? Just like a take-out order from a restaurant, pay over the phone and then have it shipped direct to you, or arrange for a quick pick up at the storefront.
5. Donate your ticket refund
The show didn't go on. The event was canceled. Your tickets were refunded. Consider turning that refund right back around and donating it to the arts, sports or activities group that is taking the loss. Your contribution will help us keep the amazing art, culture & entertainment programs we are lucky enough to have in our hometown.
6. Virtual Participation
Discover online programs from gallery exhibits to science experiences to talent shows to virtual explorations! The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House has an online photo gallery of their exhibit "The Work That Was Done" celebrating women's rights. The Eugene Science Center offers videos of experiments. The Hult Center is calling for submissions to their online talent show and Whole Earth Nature School invites you on virtual neighborhood rambles — and to join them in howling at the full moon from your own backyard.
7. Stream MusicMoon Rock Records Store by Melanie Griffin
Musicians depend on shows to make most of their money. Find your favorite local artist on a streaming platform to show your support, buy their album or order some merch! Check out our playlist of Eugene's beloved artists on Spotify to get started.
8. Share online: #LoveLane
Love a local retailer, a restaurant, activities guide, arts group or program? From merchandise to talent, from non-profit groups to small businesses, keep sharing the love socially. Even if they aren't operating this week, tell people about how great they are so that when things can move forward, they have ready and eager customers. Tag #LoveLane and @EugeneCascadesCoast so we can share, too!
9. Take the Pledge
This isn't easy for anybody. So let's all work together to be patient with one another, respectful of each other, be thoughtful, kind and stay informed. Remember that these new business guidelines are not easy to implement, there are new social protocols and expectations, and sometimes it's awkward or mistakes are made. Show that you will be kind in your next venture out by signing the #LoveLaneBiz Customer Pledge.
10. Book Your Next Trip
Plan ahead. After all, you'll be ready to get away! For you, it might mean camping on the Oregon Coast, a riverfront cabin in the Cascades Mountains, a bed and breakfast near Willamette Valley wineries or even just downtown for a fun night out. Book advance lodging and activities reservations. This will help keep spirits up — yours, because you'll get to look forward to a great trip, and the hotel or B&B owners because they need the future bookings to help compensate for right now.
If you need some inspiration, it's a great time to order a free visitor guide!