Working Together, Apart

April 13, 2020 Written by Marina Atherton-Howe
Image created by our designer Delaney who is practicing creativity while staying home. Image created by our designer Delaney who is practicing creativity while staying home.

A love for our community is at the heart of everything Third Sun does, and we have been inspired by how much of that community spirit has been reflected by our incredible clients, partners, and friends in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

From small businesses facing big changes, to nonprofits finding creative new ways to serve the community — we are proud of how our community is coming together, (while apart) to adapt and move forward. Here are some stories of just a small handful of clients and how they’re making changes.

At Your Service

Many of our incredible restaurant and brewing clients are finding new creative ways to keep moving forward despite the ban on dine-in service. Consider lending them, and other local businesses, your support — your tastebuds will thank you!

  • In addition to their unique array of regular offerings, SLC Eatery has make-at-home pasta kits that include ready-to-bake focaccia. Perfect if you’d like a fun and tasty family activity!
  • If you’re in the south end of Salt Lake Valley, Porch is offering curbside pickup and delivery and they now offer tasty family-style packages.
  • Pig and a Jelly Jar and their sister-restaurant WB’s Eatery have been offering curbside pickup — hello, chicken and waffles! — while also working hard to donate meals for Utah’s healthcare workers. You can donate through their site to help support these meals.
  • The meat magicians at Pat’s BBQ have daily specials, family platters, bbq-in-the box, and bulk meat options available for curbside pickup. No time like the present to invest in 2 pounds of brisket!
  • Longtime institution The Pie Pizzeria is offering takeout and delivery for when the pizza craving strikes, and we’ve noticed our cravings seem to be pretty strong lately…
  • If it’s sushi you’re after, Tsunami Restaurant and Sushi Bar is offering curbside dinner pickup on their deliciously fresh sushi and small plates. Yum!
  • RoHa Brewing is offering curbside pickup for their array of staples and seasonal beer offerings. Keep an eye out for a new launch coming soon — we can’t wait!
  • Speaking of breweries, Utah Ale Trail has been updated to include all the info we could find about new hours, closings and restrictions at Utah’s breweries during this time. Keep drinking local craft beer and support your local breweries!

If you’re staying in but would still like to show some support (or if you need a quarantine birthday present idea for a special someone), consider those who could use your support via their online channels.

  • Amour Spreads are the perfect topper or mix-in for all that homemade bread, but if you eat them straight out of the jar we won’t judge.
  • While they’re temporarily closed, The Bagel Project is selling e-gift cards to ensure you can get your bagel fix once they reopen their doors.

Another excellent way to help those working in the Salt Lake restaurant industry is through the Downtown Alliance’s Tip Your Server campaign. Pitch in if you can because our restaurants and bars are a huge part of what makes Salt Lake special.

Meeting New Needs

Nonprofits have been continuing to offer vital support in the community, and have been adapting and expanding their services to meet these unique new circumstances.

  • Utahns Against Hunger will be collecting and maintaining information on emergency food resources in the state.
  • Bountiful Food Pantry is continuing to make sure people have food to eat and they are providing informational resources on relief efforts.
  • Catholic Community Services are still collecting and distributing food and supplies to those in need — they’re even adapting by offering virtual volunteer orientations for those looking to lend a hand.
  • Moab Valley Multicultural Center is offering phone support to their community members — offering food and thrift store vouchers as well as interpretation services.
  • Utah AIDS Foundation is providing updated information and resources, including a weekly online forum called “Couch Talk.” Their food bank is still accepting and distributing to those in need.
  • Utah Nonprofits Association is working diligently to keep resources up to date for nonprofits, and they’re continuing to provide informational email updates.
  • With businesses and events shutting down Waste Less Solutions has been working to rescue and relocate the food that would otherwise go to waste. They’ve also been providing tips on their Instagram account on how to stretch what you’ve got on hand and prevent food waste.
  • The Downtown Farmers Market is at risk, and seeking support so that they may continue ensuring that people have access to healthy, local, produce, and farmers, ranchers and food producers have income. Please consider making a donation to them if you have the means.

Keeping Us Connected, Even if Apart

Life is richer with art and entertainment, and though we can’t enjoy many of these things in the same way right now, many organizations are finding creative new ways to bring these enriching services into our homes.

  • Salt Lake Film Society has hustled to create SLFSathome.org, for patrons to buy a great specially-curated film to watch online — in support of their organization.
  • Though we can’t enjoy concerts in person, The State Room is bringing the shows into our homes. Every Wednesday they are posting a classic recording on their website from the past eleven years of making memories. They just celebrated their anniversary and we couldn’t be more excited to go back and enjoy a show in the future.
  • Tracy Aviary may be closed but they’re still providing a wealth of enrichment and learning experiences with their virtual resources. From coloring pages to storytime and informational videos, they’re keeping people engaged and entertained in all things feathered!
  • Ririe Woodbury is offering free virtual movement classes to help us move around and feel less cooped up. Donations are also welcome.
  • Salt Lake Acting Company’s doors are closed but they’re working to collect personal stories to document the human experience during this global pandemic.
  • The in-person Utah Arts Festival we know and love is being postponed until 2021, but there are plans in the works to keep us connected virtually to their artists, activities, and more! Further details coming soon.
  • Artspace has been working to compile resources on how commercial and residential tenants can find support at this time. They're highlighting small business tenants on their blog and social media channels and they're providing updates on support options for tenants.  
  • Wasatch Community Gardens has an annual spring plant sale fundraiser that will continue this year, but with some new adjustments to ensure everyone’s safety. We’ve worked with them to help set up a new platform for their sale — you can preview the offerings and start planning your summer garden! 

Stay well, everyone!

We are all in this together. Please do what you can to support these and other vital community members to ensure they continue on into the future. If you need help, there are support systems and people out there that want to see you thrive, and if we can help in any way, please be sure to reach out!