Thursday, March 19, 2020

Quarantined Cash Mob

As New York's mom and pops have been forced to close for public safety, #SaveNYC is launching a "Quarantined Cash Mob." Each day (we hope) we will highlight a different small business in the city that you can support easily from home.

Make a donation or buy a gift card. Order take-out or delivery from restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. Take action and spread the word -- before we all emerge to find New York has vanished completely.

Thank you Tommy Noonan of dcx for the design

For the kick-off today we're starting with Gem Spa.

Gem Spa has been on St. Mark's Place in the East Village since 1957, a favorite spot for rock stars, artists, poets, and everyday New Yorkers. Currently owned and operated by Parul Patel, Gem is best known for its delicious and celebrated egg creams. They have recently designed their own line of popular merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, and special edition artworks.

Visit their online store to shop for merchandise.

Make a donation on their GoFundMe page to help them stay in business during the coronavirus crisis.

In addition, Gem just announced they have started delivering. On their Instagram, they write:

"Call 917-509-0964 to place your order & pay by scanning the barcode on Venmo (click for code) or on spa. Get PortoRico coffee, flavored teas, snacks, drinks, cigarettes, Ecigarettes, cigars, Gem Spa merchandise delivered straight to your door. In the interest of safety, deliveries can be left outside your door or with the doorman."

Parul Patel, photo by Calla Kessler/The New York Times

- Here's a list of more businesses to support and more ways you can help New York's mom-and-pops, and their employees, stay afloat while we all stay home.

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