Bend Online Shopping During COVID-19

Hello Bend! We’re certainly living in unprecedented times as we “shelter in place” to stop the spread of COVID-19, and “Flatten the Curve” of the pandemic. Because it’s been identified that the main way to stop the virus is to avoid coming into contact with others, it has changed the way restaurants, local shops, and even breweries are bringing their products, food & drink, and services to you! It’s easier than ever to set up a hassle-free, no-contact delivery or pick up. Many local Central Oregon shops have set it up so you can order online and have it delivered straight to your door or pick up at their curb in a designated area. Aside from our current reality, my family always lives a very active and slightly crazy schedule, so ordering online has become a staple in our household and saves me so much time each month! It has been amazing to watch as these businesses have worked tirelessly to evolve and adapt to our community’s needs during this time of collective crisis.

In addition to ordering groceries online, local store owners have gotten creative on ways to get you products!

At the grocery store, I am very particular about what I get, especially when picking out produce. So I was very skeptical about ordering online. At first, I wasn’t sure about what would have happened if they didn’t have the product in stock or if I was going to get products that would expire soon. In 2016, I started using the Fred Meyer Clicklist/PickUp, and it’s been a game changer for our busy lifestyle. I wrote a blog post on it then: you can find it by clicking here! I have looked around at a few others to see what else is out there, and I’ve compiled this list of options for Bend online shopping:

Grocery Shopping
  • Safeway – Instacart (Home Delivery)
    • Delivery fee: $3.99; Minimum order:  $35
    • Pros – Delivery in as soon as two hours, can schedule a delivery window, receive fresh produce
    • Cons – Safeway Rewards are not available; prices may be higher than in store
  • Albertson’s – Instacart (Home Delivery)
    • Delivery fee: $3.99; Minimum order:  $35
    • Pros – Delivery in as soon as two hours, can schedule a delivery window, receive fresh produce, promotions & discounts available
    • Cons – No Albertson rewards, prices may be higher than in store
  • Fred Meyer (Home Delivery or Curbside Pickup)
    • Delivery fee:  $9.99;  Curbside Pickup fee:  $4.99; No minimum order
    • Pros – Fast, dependable, 2-4 hour delivery window, receive fresh produce, Fred Meyers rewards, deals & promotions, and offering prepared meal delivery. One-stop shopping.
    • Cons – the website can be confusing: View my blog post about this service for tips on navigating their website – Click here
  • Newport Market, (Curbside pick up)
    • Free service; No order minimum
    • Pros – Product notes allowed (ex: ripe bananas), lots of local products, easy to use, friendly staff
    • Cons – Inventory is updated often, but new items may not be available. Delivery not offered
  • Target Order-Online, (Curbside pick up)
    • Free service; No order minimum;
    • Pros – One-stop shopping: order any food, toys, school supplies, and more all from your home. Online only offers available
    • Cons – Delivery not provided. In-store offers/deals not available.
  • Walmart Pickup today, (Curbside pick up)
    • Free service; No order minimum
    • Pros – One-stop shopping:  Order any food, toys, school supplies, and more all from your home; Low prices
    • Cons – Unreliable website, customer service seems to be only available in store
Restaurant Delivery Services
  • PostMates 
    • Order fee varies; No order minimum
    • Pros – Offers deliveries from Walgreens, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven
    • Cons – Limited options
    • Sign up using this code (RAMQ4) for potential offers of up to $100 in delivery fee credits! OR use this link: Click Here
  • DoorDash
    • Order fee varies; No order minimum
    • Pros – Fast, reliable, excellent customer service
    • Cons – Limited options
    • Sign up using this link (click here) for $15 in credits
  • UberEats
    • Order fee varies; No order minimum
    • Pros – Fast, reliable, excellent customer service
    • Cons – Limited options
  • Grub Hub
    • Order fee varies; No order minimum
    • Pros – Fast at home delivery
    • Cons – Couldn’t find a sign-up/discount code to share
Local Business Highlights ~ Offering Curbside Pick-Up or Delivery

Whether you’re looking for more activities to do with your family over this isolation period, or you’re looking to get a jumpstart on that to-do list that Is only getting longer, this is the perfect time to utilize some of the efficient, COVID-19 compliant services put in place by many Bend businesses. Even with the “shelter in place” mandate, many retail stores, breweries, and restaurants are still operating in a limited way or are offering delivery or curb-side pick up.

Here are a few retail stores and their purchasing options:

  • Lowes Home Improvement
    • Free, Order ahead online and pick up in-store. They will bring it out to you, just call ahead!
    • Pros – get any hardware tool; easy and quick
    • Cons – finding the right thing can be hard without seeing it in person.
  • Home Depot
    • Free, Order ahead online and pick up in-store. They will bring it out to you, just call ahead!
    • Pros – get any hardware tool; easy and quick
    • Cons – finding the right thing can be hard without seeing it in person.
  • Dakotas Brick Shop (Lego store!)
    • What is Dakotas Brick Shop?
      Local Lego shop. You can buy & trade Lego’s here. They have over 100 sets of Legos for you to choose from that all offer home delivery
    • Free! Order online and pick up at the store or have them delivered to your door!
    • Pros – Support local business!
  • Learning Express Toys!
    • Local Pick Up at storefront. Order online OR call, email, Facebook message. They will even FaceTime with you to find the perfect toy, game, gift or stuffy for your kiddo!
    • FREE delivery on orders over $40, within 7 miles of store; Free pick up; Hours are limited.
  • Sparrow Bakery  (Delivery  or  Curbside  Pickup)
  • The Source Weekly is keeping a list current of all of the businesses with creative purchasing options: Click here to access it!
  • Many businesses are hurting at this time. Do your best to keep supporting what you believe in!
  • There are so many great business and purchasing options out there! What is your favorite? Comment below and I’ll add it to the list.  We are all in this together!

 

 

 

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