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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to this list.
Arts and photography
Construction and trade services
Clothing and accessories
Yoga and dance
Red Sparrow Pizza
“We can no longer have customers dine in our restaurant, leading to a big drop in trade. We’ll keep going as well as we can and try to keep our doors open and keep our staff in a job. We’re a local, family-owned business, we’re still open and we’re still doing deliveries!”
“We encourage people to keep ordering deliveries and pick up orders via www.redsparrowpizza.com. We have increased our opening hours for delivery and pickup. We also have gift vouchers for when we reopen and merchandise (hats, bags, t-shirts) available on our website.”
Red Sparrow recently won the Herald Sun’s best pizza in Melbourne.
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. Our roasting volume has dropped by 50% this week and we expect it to be much lower next week.”
“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.”
Euro Kitchen Vegan Cafe/Restaurant
“We’ve had to stop serving meals in-store and switch to take away and delivery. We’re still offering as much of our menu as possible as take away, as well as some extra frozen or chilled options to help people stock up. We’ve reduced our prices a little too, to help make sure as many people as possible have access to tasty, healthy food.”
Caterina’s Cucina E Bar
Caterina’s has had to close its doors but is still delivering delicious Italian meals. www.caterinas.com.au
Still open for takeaway. Great coffee, brunch and a few essential grocery items as well. Find out more: www.localfolk.com.au
Delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to your door!www.facebook.com/juicyfruitskensington
Open for takeaway and delivering free to Kensington locals. Find out more: www.facebook.com/argicafe
Lisa Businovski Photography
“I photograph live music. As live music shows have been cancelled the work has ended.”
Lisa is offering prints for sale and photo editing for family photos. Check out Lisa’s website for more info: www.lisabusinovski.com.
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."
BlackCat Gallery has had many artists cancel or postpone shows over the next few months. You can check out and buy art online at www.blackcatgallery.com.au.
How Far Films
All of How Far Films filming work has been cancelled. If you can help, please reach out: www.howfarfilms.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.
“Our gallery has been forced to halt all exhibitions and events until further notice. We are offering by-appointment-only visits and using this time to upload more of our stockroom artworks onto our web store.”
The Social Crew Event Agency
“We are an event agency working specifically with the creative industries of music, art and culture. All of our projects were cancelled on the day of the reductions in capacity given that we specialise in major events, exhibitions and activations.”
If you can help out The Social Crew Event Agency contact them via www.thesocialcrewevents.com or give them some love on Instagram.
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.
“We are a Melbourne-based boutique design studio, producing professional brand, print, web and digital design. As we see a shift in client attitudes, we are well aware that clients are going to be keeping a closer eye on their spending. This will greatly affect us. However I want to offer Malt's services to local and small businesses to move them online!
“We are shifting our focus to a low cost model where we want to help businesses get online! We want to enable businesses to take the digital opportunities of today and empower them to get online in the fastest way possible at the lowest cost. This includes building a web presence, social media management and ecommerce.”
Get your digital needs sorted at www.maltcreative.com.au.
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
“We are part of the construction industry being designers and architects. A lot of our clients have put their projects on hold.” Reach out if you can help: www.kpdo.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.
"We have lived and worked in Fitzroy for over 20 years. We want to let our local community know that we are up and operating. We are extremely focused on providing an essential service that is safe for our customers and staff."
"We run a family business focusing on Plumbing Maintenance for both domestic and commercial clients. We are developing a service around providing a 'Contactless Service Call' - so our clients can feel safe that when we attend their site we are doing everything in our power to keep them safe."
You can get in touch with Butler Plumbing via their website: https://www.butlerplumbing.com.au/
“Our retail store has been greatly affected by the downturn of customers coming in, and all of our major retail events for winter have been cancelled, accounting for a great sum of lost revenue. We would love for people to continue shopping from local makers like ourselves, and shop with us at our online store, where they will find clothing which is made locally and ethically in Melbourne using quality natural fibres.”
Post Sole Studio
Post Sole have had many stockists close, and are experiencing a drop in online sales. If you’re in the market for some handmade, locally-made shoes, check out: www.postsole.com.
“We are usually reaching our peak season for the year, busy screen printing and producing amazing merino Australian made clothing. All our events we get this cash flow have been cancelled. Tomorrow we will have to have the door shut with the shut down in our retail store, and sales online are virtually non existent.”
“We started making soap and hand wash. We will make an online campaign this week. We sell at market price at events, we would like to offer this to customers, which is about 25% off.“
FME Apparel have suffered a dramatic loss in sales with everyone staying home. They sell all of their creative, Melbourne-made clothing online, and are currently running a sale with 30-70% off selected items: www.fmeapparel.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
Gwendolynne runs a 'made to measure' custom wedding gown. Get in touch or check out her Instagram below.
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.”
House of Orange Design
“We are a family owned furniture design and homewares business with a showroom in Armadale since 2006 and our furniture manufacturing in Bentleigh East. This furniture is made with sustainability in mind. Our business employs people from different countries: Nepal, Sri Lanka, Italy, The Netherlands, New Zealand, England, Mexico. A great mix of people.”
Check out houseoforange.com.au for the huge range of homewares on their online store.
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.
“We are a dance for fitness studio. We offer (offered) fitness classes (through dance and yoga) for everybody. We are now attempting to go online, running virtual classes. Given this time of uncertainty, the offer of physical exercise is good both for physical and mental health.”
Glow Dance are now running classes via live stream! Check out their class schedule at www.glow.dance.
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.”
Two Five Zero
“I have an accommodation business and have lost all income as my guests are from overseas and interstate. Airbnb have requested us to refund 100% of all cancellations. I am not sure my business will survive this.”
Two Five Zero is now offering long term accommodation. Click here if you’re looking for a place to stay.
Quiescence Chinese Medicine
“We have had to significantly reduce our hours of operation. We are now offering phone or Skype consults for herbal medicine. Our acupuncture treatments and herbal consults have been heavily discounted to support those who have lost jobs and we have an online store for all our products.”
The Melbourne Apothecary, and Fertile Ground Health Group
These businesses are offering free 10 minute naturopathic consults, as well as online counselling, naturopathy and acupuncture consults. Check out the website for the full range of services: www.fertileground.com.au
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."
Asti Alicia Design
“I am a sole trader with an ethical, slow fashion business with my own studio. I am from NZ and have been here for 2 years. I am also a Breathwork practitioner. Since COVID-19 I’ve had all upcoming clients pull out of jobs, and existing clients unable to afford upcoming payments and am now unable to offer breathwork due to the nature of the practice.”
“This week I will be focusing on making reusable/washable masks, which I will sell for a low price. In the coming weeks I will offer motivational video calls, targeted to those who are struggling to keep a positive mindset throughout this tough period.”
Find out more about Asti Alicia Design’s projects and services here: www.astialicia.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.”
Vinyl Space Records, CD's and Collectables
Vinyl Space Records have lost a lot of foot traffic. They’ve been building their online store for all your vinyl record and CD needs: www.vinylspace.com.
Candy MT offer flower styling for weddings and events. They're mostly unable to work at the moment but will be looking for support once the shutdowns are over. Find out more here: www.candymt.com
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.