By Edina Center Director Cari


It has been so fun getting to still touch base with our clients during this unprecedented time and to be able to see you all via Zoom and the Livea app (I also love getting to see your kids and pets)!

Many people have been asking how they can help support their local restaurants and not compromise their health and wellness goals. The good news is there are a ton of ways! Here are some ideas to get you started:



Support your local restaurants by ordering meals for curbside pickup. If your favorite place has a limited menu and your usual Fresh and Lean option isn’t available, buy a gift card to use later! You can also buy a meal for a family member, friend or neighbor and leave it on their front step for them.



Drinking more coffee at home? Support your local coffee shop by ordering beans.

Penny’s Coffee is matching your order by donating coffee to local healthcare professionals.



Spyhouse Coffee is offering free shipping on beans and their beans can also be purchased at local grocery stores such as Kowalskis.



Local Businesses:

Support local restaurants and business by purchasing their merchandise! Don’t forget that at local concert venues like First Avenue you can even buy gift cards to be used towards tickets at a later date.


Support your local healthcare workers by donating to a GoFundMe page. Feed our Frontline, Fund our Fooderies is using funds to buy gift cards to local restaurants which will be given to nurses and staff at M Health Fairview-Bethesda.


Askov Finlayson is a local company that started Northern Hospitality. They are selling t-shirts, and all proceeds are going towards Second Harvest Heartland, a local food shelf, and toward putting hospitality workers back to work. They have temporarily suspended shipping until it is safe for them to fulfill orders.




Don’t forget that we can support our local fitness and yoga studios as well! These are local businesses that typically rely on people coming in for classes. Many studios are running specials or, even better, running discounted classes that you can try just one time. Before you buy or stream an online program, consider supporting local first. Here are some ideas:


Alchemy 365. Combines yoga, strength and conditioning.



Blooma yoga is a yoga studio in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Plymouth. They are family friendly and have everything from restorative yoga, baby wearing barre, kids yoga and even tween yoga. Best yet they offer $10 “happy hour” classes at 5pm most days.



I hope these tips and suggestions are useful! Please share your favorite local businesses and how you are supporting them in the comments!