Eat, drink, craft, work out: How to navigate coronavirus restrictions while supporting local businesses

West Pecan Coffee   Beer in Pflugerville is offering beer, wine, coffee and pastries to go in light of recent temporary restrictions on dine-in establishments across the state of Texas. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
West Pecan Coffee Beer in Pflugerville is offering beer, wine, coffee and pastries to go in light of recent temporary restrictions on dine-in establishments across the state of Texas. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

West Pecan Coffee Beer in Pflugerville is offering beer, wine, coffee and pastries to go in light of recent temporary restrictions on dine-in establishments across the state of Texas. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

This week, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Texas, the governor temporarily closed schools, gyms, bars and dine-in portions of restaurants across the state. In addition, his order banned gatherings of 10 or more people. In light of event cancellations and disruptions to everyday life, small businesses and locally-owned restaurants are finding creative ways to operate.

Here are ideas to beat boredom at home and support local businesses while keeping a responsible social distance to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Host a virtual happy hour or virtual dinner party

With bars shut down for the next several weeks, you can still enjoy a beverage with friends remotely. Restaurants with a mixed-beverage permit may now sell alcohol for delivery as long as food is also ordered for delivery.

Liberty Barbecue in Round Rock is offering beer and wine deliveries with food orders. Hutto restaurant The Downtown Hall of Fame will deliver beer and mixed drinks with a food purchase as well.


Willing to pick up drinks and food for your virtual happy hour? Gino’s Vino Osteria in Round Rock is currently offering a pickup option for alcohol and food purchases. The Growler Bar in Pflugerville is also accommodating beer and cider pickups with food orders, including menu options such as pizza, pizza rolls, wings.

Get crafty

Looking for an artistic activity to do from home? Round Rock craft studio Toast + Timber has you covered.

Pick up a do-it-yourself art kit at the studio, or request delivery to your doorstep if you are located within a 10-mile radius of Toast + Timber.

“With the mandates and amid COVID-19, we are practicing social distancing by offering virtual workshops," co-owner Lisa Tan said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. "We are hoping to bring a little fun and creativity into families' homes during this time."

Craft kits include instructions as well as a video recording of a virtual workshop.

"As a small, family-owned business, we are working through this the best we can and hope to bring some light to the community," Tan said.

Host a virtual office lunch

Working from home? Order lunch for your coworkers and use a video conferencing platform to catch up from your separate spaces.

Order food from one of the 223 local restaurants that are offering takeout, delivery and curbside pickup in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.

Sweat

In response to the mandate to close for several weeks, many local gyms and studios have elected to stream classes online. While some classes require a paid membership, others allow users to pay per class or stream a session for free.

Locally, check out online classes hosted by The Yoga Room Round Rock, daily workouts for members via Burn Boot Camp Round Rock, daily virtual classes for members via Love Barre and free classes on The Hutto Yoga Room's Facebook page.

Get outside

Feeling fidgety after working from home for several days? Get out of the house in a socially distant way, which means keeping at least 6 feet between you and another person, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Around town you can take a photo in the bluebonnets, hike a local trail or go on a scavenger hunt.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.