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Gainesville Small Business that Need Your Support

Updated: Mar 2, 2021

The Gainesville community stands together, supporting each other when times are rough while never failing to celebrate our successes in unity. During this time, it is more important than ever that we acknowledge those that are struggling and give back in any feasible way. As restaurants and other local businesses slowly begin to reopen in Gainesville under strictly enforced rules and guidelines as a result of unfortunate recent events, it is imperative that we step up and let these businesses know that they are not alone. Simple actions such as ordering takeout from restaurants or purchasing locally sold goods and services have the potential to completely transform the livelihood of small business owners who are struggling to make ends meet. Let's take a look at some of Gainesville’s local hidden gems. 



1) Harvest Thyme Cafe

What’s better than supporting local businesses? Supporting local businesses that pride themselves in the ways they, themselves, give back to their community. At Harvest Thyme Cafe, all ingredients are purchased from various Gainesville establishments such as Sweetwater Organic Coffee, Artie’s Tempeh, Village Bread & Bagels and Rainbow Produce. With such a large menu, which can be found on their website, there are a plethora of options for everyone. Whether your diet is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or dairy-free, Harvest Thyme Cafe is the place for you! The cafe is located at 14816 Main Street in Gainesville, Florida, and they are offering delivery services to Alachua, NW Gainesville, High Springs and Newberry during this time. Call and place an order today at (386) 588-3188. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and they are not currently open on the weekends. Enjoy the delectable roots of Gainesville in every bite!


2) 4 Paumes



Ahoy, maties! Looking for a bite to eat? 4 Paumes is quite the catch! Specializing in a variety of seafood boils including their jumbo shrimp combo, blue crab combo and snow crab combo, 4 Paumes has something for every Gainesville seafood lover. Looking for “More Than Seafood,” well their delicious wings are just the thing for you, with flavors such as original, BBQ, ranch or lemon pepper. Their new Gainesville location can be found at 2687 NE 70 Street in Gainesville, Florida. Visit their Facebook page today (@Morethanseafood) for their menu and place an order for pickup or delivery at (352) 514-3887.


3) Gainesville Soul Kitchen




A beautiful part of local businesses is the heart and “soul” that is so clearly put into them. Gainesville Soul Kitchen is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just as long as you are a meat lover! Chicken (Fried, BBQ, or smothered), pork chops, ribs and fried seafood are just a few of the menu items that have brought the delicacies of the ethnic-cultural cuisine to Gainesville. Gainesville Soul Kitchen is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Their only location is located at 2201 NE 2nd Street and their menu can be found on their Facebook page (@GainesvilleSOULFOODKitchen). Currently, they offer carry-out by calling (352) 792-6027. With just a glance at all they have to offer, you will definitely be soul’d. 


4) Urban Thread



Do you even thrift bro? You won’t be able to resist once you see all the great finds at Urban Thread in Gainesville. Summer is right around the corner and what better way to spruce up your wardrobe than with one-of-a-kind pieces from an innovative small business. Urban Thread’s inventory consists of fashion-forward gameday wear, name brand pieces (Champion, Free People, etc.) and up-cycled vintage clothing. They have two locations in Gainesville that are now open and can be found at 802 W University Avenue and 1236 NW 21st Avenue. You can also follow them on Instagram (@UrbanThreadAvenue and @UrbanThreadGnv) to stay up to date with all their latest posts. If you are not local to Gainesville, don’t you worry! Urban Thread’s clothing can be also purchased on Etsy (@UrbanThreadProject). Let’s get thrifty!


5) Pinspiration


Pinspiration is a crafty way to spruce up family time, your child’s birthday party, or even girls night! This local craft studio is an excellent place for individuals of all ages to go and express themselves artistically. After a period of closure with craft kits solely accessible through curbside pick-up, the studio is back in business and following specific rules and guidelines to ensure the safety of their staff and customers. By visiting Pinspiration’s website you can pick your DIY (acrylic pouring, splatter room, faux succulent sand terrarium, vision board, etc.) and make a reservation. Walk-ins are also welcomed. Visit their Facebook page (@PinspirationGainesville) or website for more details. 


6) Kori Brooks Yoga



Relax and unwind with one of Gainesville’s local yogis from the comfort of your own home. Kori Brooks Yoga encompasses the wonders of meditative yoga through a variety of classes such as weekly group classes, in-home group sessions, private lessons, and sessions with parents and children. Over the past months, Kori Brooks has offered copious virtual classes, however, will resume in-person sessions starting June 5th. Visit her website to book a session that works best for you! You can also find Kori Brooks Yoga on Facebook (@KoriBrooksYoga). Keep calm and say “om…”.









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