By Nora Heston Tarte | Feature Image: Trevor Bexon
In a time when we’re not supposed to leave our homes, the mundane can feel like it’s taking over. However, local businesses are making it easy to shake things up—and support them during this difficult time. Take a look at some Reno shops getting creative with their business models, providing opportunities for stay-at-home date nights made easy.
The local Color-Me-Mine pottery studio at The Summit is offering to-go kits for couples, families, individuals—really anyone who needs an artistic activity to get them through the quarantine (ok, ok, stay-at-home order). Kits include pottery, paints, and brushes to borrow and guests can choose from anything in the store. Head online to look at suggested kit options or make your own from available inventory. Staff will deliver kits to anyone who lives within 10 miles of the storefront on Wednesdays and Fridays. Then, call them up when you’re done to have your pieces fired and returned. Details: https://reno.colormemine.com/
Looking for other fun family activities? Delicious Designs is offering homemade sugar cookie decorating kits available for curbside pickup at the bakery on Riggins Court. Or, order through the Etsy shop for home delivery. Details: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DeliciousDesignsReno
Lucky for us, grocery stores are considered essential business so none of us have to worry about our wine stocks getting low. But instead of handing your dollars over to the stores already packed with people, why not support a local label or shop that could be struggling? Downtown on Fourth Street, Basin and Range and Nevada Sunset are selling bottles at a discount for curbside pickup or delivery. Stop by Nevada Sunset from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday or Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. for 20 percent off of bottles. Basin and Range will deliver wine to your door and is offering 25 percent off all purchases (plus a small delivery fee).
If you’re looking for a wider variety of vinos, stop into Vino 100. The wine shop is open from 2-7 p.m. daily and is fully stocked with every varietal you can think of, plus plenty of deals. If you’re looking for something other than wine, ask about martinis to go. You can also call ahead if you don’t want to risk shopping inside. Payment can be taken over the phone and your order will be walked out to your car upon arrival.
Plenty of restaurants are keeping their doors open during the quarantine for to-go service and one of the best ways we can ensure our favorites will remain open after the orders are lifted is to support them now either through buying gift cards or eating takeout when we can. For something different, the Cheese Board American Bistro & Catering Company is delivering fancy charcuterie boards right to your door. Each day they pick a new neighborhood to service. Follow the Instagram page (@thecheeseboardreno) and place an order when your neighborhood hits the schedule. In addition to charcuterie, you’ll be able to grab delicacies like the blueberry fromage blanc hand pie (also available for pickup). Details: https://cheeseboardcatering.com/