How you can support smAlbany

Businesses and Employees

During COVID-19.

During this time of adjustments, we encourage you to remember our many small businesses throughout the City of Albany that employ your friends, family, and neighbors - and to continue supporting them as much as possible. There are many things you can do to support our businesses, including:

  • Purchasing gift certificates from restaurants and retailers

  • Shopping Albany retailers online or call to place an order

  • Tipping on takeout and delivery food the same as you would if you were dining in

  • Share this page to encourage others to support Albany businesses












Everyone in the community can do their part in helping businesses impacted by the virus. All but "essential" businesses - a specific list of entities that includes gas stations, grocery stores and health care facilities - have ordered to close by the governor in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


However, your favorite restaurants, bars, delis and other food-related businesses are operating in a limited capacity, offering take out, drive-thru or delivery service only. Ordering from them at this critical time, or even purchasing a gift card to be used at a later date, can help keep these local businesses alive. More suggestions can be found in this Albany Times Union article.


For more guidance on what is and isn't an essential service at this time, please refer to this guidance issued by the governor's office. If you believe your business IS providing an essential service but does not appear on the state's list, you can request a formal designation as such. (Note that single-occupant businesses are automatically exempt). To access the form necessary to seek an essential business designation, click here

Central Avenue Business Improvement District

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Downtown Albany Business Improvement District

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Quarantine Cuisine: Downtown restaurant chefs/owners will create a recipe based on what you have in your kitchen. 

Socially Distanced Social Hours Programming: The Downtown Albany BID has established new ways to stay connected to downtown businesses

Lark Street Business Improvement District

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The Lark Street BID Support HUB has recommendations on ways to support local businesses, business addresses and contact Information are listed here.

Dining At A Distance

Dining at a Distance is a third party website that is helping communities find businesses that are open to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis. 

FEED Albany

Feed Albany is providing at-risk and in-need local residents with prepared and pre-packaged food, utilizing commercial grade kitchens shuttered as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Tip Your Bartender

Tip Your Bartender is a third party website that was established to provide support to hospitality industry employees - servers, bartenders, chefs etc. - who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis 

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