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It's time to shop safely in South King County. Local businesses are eager to welcome guests with added safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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Safely shop and support local businesses in South King County

Long gone are the days of braving the crowds in stores and hoping the item you want is in stock. Online shopping has changed all of that. Now there's another method of shopping that's increased in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic began: curbside pickup. According to Adobe Analytics data, people are shopping online and choosing to pick up their goods at the store at an increasing clip.

With the prevention of COVID-19 in mind, store owners have adapted their practices to best serve their customers during the pandemic. That includes curbside pickup, delivery, reduced capacity in stores, and socially distanced shopping experiences. Unfortunately, some have struggled to maintain enough revenue, but others are still working to stay viable in this ever-changing landscape.

That's where the "Do Something" campaign comes in. Created by Visit Seattle and the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority, the "Do Something" campaign encourages people in King County to go shopping, order food, get outdoors and be a tourist in your own community. These kinds of tourist activities brought in billions of dollars in revenue and created thousands of jobs in 2019.

Just because you're a local doesn't mean you can't act like a tourist. Local businesses are eager for you to do exactly that. Here's your excuse to go shopping!

Urban Sprouts

Succulents, ferns, floor plants, and more are waiting to be featured in your home. Visit this shop in Renton to test out your green thumb and pick up all the supplies you need to nurture plants at home.

Gentry's Footwear

Whether you're looking for everyday shoes, exercise sneakers, or indoor loungewear, you're bound to find something you like at Gentry's, located at Kent Station.

Boon Boona Coffee

If you're looking for a new brew to try at home, order from Boon Boona Coffee in Renton. The words "boon" and "boona" both mean coffee in different regions in East Africa, so it makes sense that you'll find different coffees from places like Ethiopia and Uganda here. Fill your cup with something unique tomorrow morning.

Pacific Bonsai Museum

This museum in Federal Way is centered completely around the bonsai tree, one of only two museums in the United States of its kind. Here you'll find 150 different bonsai from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Seattle Chocolate Factory Tour

Explore the chocolate factory in Tukwila, where you'll be surrounded by chocolate bars, truffles, caramels, and more. You'll learn how the chocolate is made, and you'll tempt your taste buds as you watch it happen. It's a dessert lover's delight!

Museum of Flight

This expansive aviation museum is closed due to the pandemic, but you can still support them through gift cards for a future experience or by shopping at their online store. This is a place you and your loved ones won't want to miss once it's reopened.

If you're able to do so, consider supporting a local business in your area by loyally shopping there and buying gift cards for others. You don't have to travel far to find fun places to go shopping in South King County. When you commit to having fun locally, you'll benefit small businesses and learn to appreciate the things close to home.

If you ever run out of ideas for new things to do in the Pacific Northwest, visit SeattleSouthside.com for information about activities, hotels, deals, restaurants, shopping, and more.

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