This page is updated intermittently but as things are constantly changing, I encourage you to contact businesses directly to check any details.
Small businesses are doing it tough right now, and with the COVID-19 situation changing daily, it may be a difficult time for small businesses for many months to come.
We’ve put together a list of local businesses who could use some help to get through this unusual time, and how you can help them!
Do you have a small business that needs help? Send us an email at email@example.com and we’ll add you to this list.
If you know any businesses struggling to stay afloat under the restrictions, please see our comprehensive list of government support packages, grants, programs and resources that might be able to help.
Arts and photography
Construction and trade services
Clothing and accessories
Yoga and dance
Beatrix Bakes—Dessert and Cake
Baking our way through lockdown with safe social distancing and sanitising procedures in place. Check Instagram for our daily cake list, savoury bakes and pre-ordering details. We love you with all our cakey hearts and hope you are safe.
Rumble Coffee Roasters
We are a wholesale coffee roastery that supplies cafes around Melbourne. Many of them can no longer trade as they used to.
We have just launched free local delivery at wholesale prices. We take orders over the phone, roast the coffee and then deliver the next day. It's a contact-free drop off to maintain social distancing and we also deliver by bike where possible.
Caterina’s Cucina E Bar
Caterina’s has had to close its doors but is still delivering delicious Italian meals.
Still open for takeaway. Great coffee, brunch and a few essential grocery items as well. Find out more:
Delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to your door!
Pasta, vegetarian, meat, seafood, chicken
Focaccias, alcohol delivered or pick up
Clay Oven Pizza
ARGI Vegan Cafe
Wholesome vegan food that everyone can enjoy, including coffee, take away lasagna, empenadas, burgers, burritos, acai bowls, pastries and more.
Curry Cafe Canteen—Indian Food
Esmond Wong established Laksa King in the year 1998. The restaurant began in a small arcade off Racecourse Rd, Flemington. With the growing popularity of the restaurant, Esmond had to look for bigger premises and so Laksa King was moved to its current location in 2010. The menu too was expanded to include some house favourites. The extensive food variety meets the demands of the loyal and more experienced culinary enthusiasts.
Visit website to order and pick up or delivery
Pin Oak Beer & Wine
Free Delivery to our Locals in Flemington, Kensington & Ascot Vale is available when you spend over $50. Give the bar a call on 90772226. We are offering 15 % off 3+bottles of wines.
Authentic Vietnamese Pho House, serving gorgeously prepared Vietnamese dishes with the freshest ingredients and a uniquely modern touch.
Street parking available, also within walking distance of Tram Stop (Route 57) and Newmarket Train Station.
New trading hours for Pho House from 30/3/20. Monday - Sunday 5pm - 9:30pm -Takeaway & Delivery only! Thank you for supporting Pho House during this difficult time!
The Fox & Daisy Wine Room
A neighbourhood bottle shop and bar focusing on great Victorian products with a splash of national and international flavour.
Wolf & Hound
Online ordering and free delivery (for Kensington/Flemington neighbours) of local produce, including: a Wolf & Hound breakfast and lunch menu, Fancy Hanks meals, pantry essentials, cleaning and household items, coffee/tea/brewing equipment, fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, eggs, dried pasta, sugar etc.
Burgers, Fries, Milkshakes
New Market Quality Meats
Butcher - meat orders and local delivery
Flinders Lane Gallery
“I run a commercial art gallery that represents over 40 living Australian artists. We have had to close our physical gallery up due to the COVID-19.”
"We would greatly appreciate local support. We have an online virtual tour of our current exhibition which enables people to virtually drop into the gallery and stroll around. Our current solo exhibition by Melbourne based artist Melinda Schawel can be viewed here. The online virtual tour can be viewed here."
"We also offer a very helpful service that we call our ‘Visualiser’. We invite clients to email through to us photos of their blank walls and the measurement across and then we will place virtually to scale any artworks they would like to see in their home/office. This gives them a really good idea if the artwork will work for them. Get in touch to find out more about this service: www.flg.com.au."
Anthony McKee Photographer
Anthony has had many jobs cancelled as various companies close their doors because of the pandemic. If you can help, visit www.anthonymckee.com.au.
“I run a small photographic film scanning business. My main client base are exhibiting artists, pro and young amateur photographers. Unfortunately I have had no clients for two weeks now.”
"I am offering a 24/7 dropbox for negative drop offs at the front of my building. I am also offering video consultations for the services I offer, like colour editing and retouching. I’m offering to transfer the scanned digital files over a transfer service to avoid interactions. I’m looking at opening my service to individuals who would like their photographic archive scanned and digitised. This includes peoples old slide collections."
Find out more at www.formatscan.com.
"I'm a wedding & family photographer based in Melbourne. I love telling honest stories through photographs. Covid & the restrictions that come with it has unfortunately caused a lot of postponements or cancellations for my business. If you were looking to get some genuine, heartfelt photographs with your loved ones or planning a wedding in the near future, please don't hesitate to contact me."
Find out more: www.jonathanong.com
Maxwell Keesing - Torch_Line Art and Design
"I'm Maxwell Keesing, a local Melbourne artist and designer. If you need graphic design work or would like a portrait published by a local Australian artist I can help - and I am working at a great rate right now!"
If you would like you get in touch with Maxwell Keesing contact him via his Instagram @torch_line.
Gen Ya Digital
"I would love to help small businesses take their product/service online. I really thrive off helping companies succeed and seeing distinct results. I can build websites with a short turnaround time and I am a master at social media advertising!"
Get in touch at genyadigital.com
Adam’s Handy Hands
“I have had clients cancel as they are uncertain about their jobs and what money they will have coming in.” If you can help Adam out with some work (that follows social distancing guidelines) please visit www.adamshandyhands.com.au.
Wendy Voon Knits
“Most of my business is through my bricks and mortar store, this has been directly affected by the reduction in foot traffic due to COVID-19.”
You can purchase Wendy’s clothing designs at www.wendyvoon.com.
“Kozminsky has been a part of Melbourne for over 165 years. We have served Melbourne providing fine jewellery and art, and continue to do that in our studio. Since the emergence of Covid 19 our business has completely halted. The CBD is empty (and rightly so) and we have now closed our doors to our valued clients.”
Koziminsky continue to accept orders through their online store. Check it out: kozminsky.com.
Beekeeper Parade upcycle textile waste into fun bags and accessories. Like many businesses they have had to close up shop for now, but all of their unique products are available online: www.beekeeperparade.com
Lavish Home Staging Styling and Decor
“Our home staging jobs have been cancelled with local agents recommending clients don’t put their houses on the market, due to uncertainty.”
“We are offering free local home delivery, normal freight and appointment times. We will build our website to better represent the large range of items we have in stock.”
Grandfather's Axe Furniture
“We're a retail vintage furniture business based in Northcote, we live in West Melbourne. We’ve seen a dramatic drop of 30-40% in sales but expect this to worsen as we’ll need to close the shop to help flatten the curve."
“We’re trying to make our online sales offering even more accessible by giving customers free local delivery and also offering 30 day full refunds if customers change their mind after trying the pieces at home. This replaces the need to come in and try out a sofa for instance."
“We’d love locals to share what we’re doing online. Our entire catalogue is on our website and locals can select free delivery at checkout."
You can get in touch with Ed at Grandfather's Axe via their website: https://grandfathersaxe.com.au/
SGD Body & Beauty
“I've lost a significant number of in-person yoga, barre and meditation classes, due to the shut down of yoga studios and gyms.”
“I am about to advertise online ‘learn to meditate’ courses and classes, as well as online yoga, barre and fitness classes. Meditation can be vital in managing stress in times such as this.”
SGD Body & Beauty’s online classes and courses will be available soon. Follow them on Instagram or check out the website to find out more.
Beyond a Room
“We’ve been running a short-stay company for nearly seven years now. With flights and events being cancelled, the vast majority of our customers can’t come to Melbourne any more.”
“If people need to self isolate, or someone in their family, we offer a more homely alternative to a hotel. We can also help with deliveries of food and essentials to make self-isolation more comfortable.”
Lee is a registered physiotherapist of 20 years. Lee is now offering an online 'TimeOut' video series to help people cope with the stressful situation we now found ourselves in. Find out more here: www.leebrands.com.au and use code APR20 for 80% off your first month.
"Before the shutdown, I was teaching students piano at my home studio or travelling to their homes. If anyone is looking to learn piano, I would be most happy to teach them virtually. For those living in the same home, I would love to take them on for piano duet lessons if they are keen. All information can be found on my website: www.essellmusiclessons.wordpress.com."
East Melbourne General Store
Shop local for all your everyday essentials at East Melbourne General Store: www.eastmelbournegeneralstore.com.
“We have had to shut our doors, to stop taking on instrument repairs and instrument consignments, which make up the bulk of our income. We've had to go exclusively online with the new and existing stock that we have. People worldwide can still purchase anything via our webstore www.foundsound.com.au.”
Along with small businesses, the new reality we are facing has implications for a wide range of individuals. I have been contacted by many people who are facing unemployment and homelessness, and people whose lives have been particularly affected due to health issues. Thank you to everyone who has shared their story with me. The Greens and I will continue to echo your concerns in parliament and push for solutions to protect the vulnerable.
I have also put together a list of ways that we can all look out for one another during this time, which you can find here.
If we’re going to get through this, we’re going to need to do it together.