front window of Screamin' Mimi's

GETTING THE WORD OUT - The front window of Screamin' Mimi's

Check out our directory of open businesses

See it here: Local Directory of Open Businesses.

Make a donation/buy a gift certificate to a local store

Rei Blaser, director of the Sebastopol Downtown Association (SDA) has added a feature to the SDA’s website that will allow you to make a donation/buy a gift certificate for your favorite local stores and restaurants.

Here’s how it works: When you donate through, the SDA gives all the money directly to the business you name, and then the store turns your donation into a gift certificate that you can use when the shelter-in-place order is lifted.

Take & Bake

Many Sebastopol restaurants are offering to-go meals. A special shout out to La Bodega/ Sonoma Wine Club for taking this a step further with its Take & Bake to-go menu. Because you do the baking at home, it’s even safer.

Shop online at local businesses

You can also shop online at many west county stores. Check back because this list is growing.


Boho Bungalow:




Little Four:

Milk and Honey:

Rust Boutique:


Copperfields Books:

Many Rivers Books & Tea: 

Second Chance Books:


Retrograde Roasters:

Taylor Lane:

Sunshine Organic Roasters:

Acre Coffee:

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The federal Paycheck Protection Program which begins April 3, 2020 can provide businesses with 250% of average monthly payroll amount in a loan that will have no payments for six months. By documenting that you used the loan to cover payroll, rent, utilities and a few other eligible purposes – the debt can be forgiven. The purpose of this loan is to help small businesses retain employees and to keep operating through the pandemic.

Any small businesses that are having problems meeting payroll or paying rent, should know about this program. It would be useful to restaurants, cafes, bookstores, local newspapers, cute stores, gyms and salons.

Our tax dollars are providing this critical social safety net. This is our government providing help for Main Street and it seems like we should take advantage of it to keep our local, small businesses healthy during this time of national crisis.

Small businesses, please use this program to help stabilize during this time of our national health crisis. We want to keep locally owned businesses alive and well for the future of our communities.

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