This online business directory makes it easier to support DC’s small businesses during the pandemic

You probably already know that the pandemic is hitting small businesses particularly hard. But if you’re looking to support DC-area groups while shopping, it can be difficult to know where to turn for certain products or if a store is even open.

This is where the Shop in Place DC website comes in. Created by the Institute for Justice, an Arlington-based nonprofit law firm, the site lists DC-area businesses that are open and selling goods during the pandemic — think places like Second Story Books , Union Kitchen, or District Couverts. (It also lists local restaurants that offer takeout or sell groceries.)

Shoppers can search for featured businesses via a map feature, by neighborhood or by business type, for example, if you’re looking for a store that sells liquor or pet supplies, but don’t know not where to turn. Each listing includes the store’s address, hours of operation, delivery options, and a brief description of the goods or services it offers.

And if you work for or own a local business and want to publicize your services, you can submit information to have your spot included on the site. Store representatives will be required to submit descriptions of the business and owners, as well as the services and goods offered. Only spots offering services or goods with little or no human contact will be eligible.

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Mimi Montgomery joins Washingtonian in 2018. His work has appeared in Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Petworth.

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