Empowered Together: Ways to Support Local Businesses

Photos by Joel Barhamand

It’s a tough time for everyone, but we can get through it together.

Since the start of Lyric, we’ve had one core value that has guided how we do business, how we deliver hospitality, and how we treat each other, Empowered Together. The idea is simple: empathy, compassion, and community propel us forward. That’s why we prioritize working with local businesses in our markets, and why we partner with brands who believe in the power of community and who put people first. It’s a tough time for everyone, but we do believe every effort (no matter how big or small) helps bring us together and support each other.

In the spirit of doing our small part, we wanted to share a few ways you can support our local partners and their communities. Follow their pages. Shop their products. Spread the word. And get some incredible coffee, vinyl and books in the process. It’s a win-win.

Coffee + Food

BrooklynSey Coffee is open for take-out beverages and bags of beans. They also have an online store where you can order beans or sign up for a monthly coffee subscription.

NYC: Black Fox Coffee Co. at 70 Pine is open for take-out and free white (latex) glove delivery in FiDi. You can also show your support by ordering gift cards online - use code FOXFAMILY for 10% off purchases of $20 or more.

NYC: Crown Shy at 70 Pine is temporarily closed for lunch and dinner, but if you know what's good, you'll stock up on gift cards in anticipation of their reopening — they're adding an additional 20% on top of any dollar amount  purchased through April (ie. $100 gets you a $120 gift card).

NYC: The Wooly Daily is open for take-out and delivery (via Seamless or Caviar), including the full food and drink menu from The Wooly Public. Pro tip: stock up on Wooly Bars.

New Orleans: Congregation Coffee Roasters in Algier's Point is open for take-out coffee and tea. Head to their online store to order beans, gift cards or sign up for a subscription. Pick up a Gator Mug while you're at it.

New Orleans: Mosquito Supper Club is temporarily closed, but luckily their first cookbook debuts April 14th which you can (and should) pre-order here, along with a gift card so you can make a culinary pilgrimage when they reopen.

PhiladelphiaReanimator Coffee is offering local pick-up in addition to their online store, where you can order whole-bean coffee, merch and sign up for a subscription. They also set up a Barista Relief Fund for donations that will be split between their staff (they're matching all donations).

San Diego: Bird Rock Coffee Roasters cafés are temporarily closed, but they're still roasting beans and you can get your coffee fix online (better yet, sign up for a subscription) — with free shipping over $30.

Washington DC: Small Planes Coffee is also social distancing (aka available online only), but you can get free shipping when you order two (or more) bags or sign up for a subscription. If you're in DC, Peregrine Espresso will deliver Small Planes beans to your door if you live within 3 miles of Union Market (free with code PEDALER).

Miami: Panther Coffee locations may be temporarily closed, but you can still order freshly roasted beans online, and pick up gift cards that keep on giving — 100% of proceeds will go to their baristas.

Now that you're stocked up, you can learn how to make the perfect pour-over at home.


NYC: Superior Elevation is open by appointment — with gloves, sanitizer and hand-washing supplies at the ready. You can also update your stay-at-home soundtrack online or Instagram, and pick up a gift card and some truly amazing merch here. Even better, they're offering free US shipping on Discogs.

New Orleans: Euclid Records is open, but limiting customers to 6 at a time. They provide gloves,  hand sanitizer and best practices for browsing. Not in NOLA? You can dig through their virtual vinyl crates here.

PhiladelphiaBrewerytown Beats is open by appointment (just send them a DM or text 267-324-7661) or you can shop their selection online on Discogs.

San Diego: FeeLit Records is letting you shop their latest vinyl treasures via Instagram — browse their feed then send them a DM for pricing and purchasing. You can opt for curbside pick-up or $5 shipping in the US.

Washington DC: Som Records is open for walk-ins, or give them a follow on Instagram to virtually shop their new, used and rare finds.

Miami: Sweat Records is open limited hours (12-5pm as of today). Their brand new webstore is also up and running, and stocked with 83 pages of vinyl, plus merch and gift cards. Use code SWEAT15 for 15% off everything.


NYC: Strand Book Store locations are temporarily closed, but you can still replenish your TBR pile online, send your friends an e-gift card and join their new book club on Instagram to stay connected and inspired.

Washington, DC: Kramerbooks is here to make sure your bookshelf stays stocked. DC locals can have books delivered in under an hour though Postmates, or contact them directly to place an order for Curbside Pick-Up. You can also support the shop online at bookshop.org, an online platform on a mission to support local bookstores.