In an effort to support small local businesses during this time when many have been forced to close (for our safety and theirs) I would like to encourage anyone local to Philadelphia to participate in Freedom Day.

Email me to let me know your favorite bookstore, or how we can buy gift cards for your store.

What’s Freedom Day?

A day to celebrate when it will be safe to be out and about again, small businesses are opening back up and we can socialize up close and personal.

When’s Freedom Day?

I don’t know yet. I am hoping that we can be free to get back together out in the open by the end of April. But there is so much we still don’t know yet. Until then, whether you are sick or not, please abide by your local rules and stay inside unless you must go out, and practice social distancing when you do.

Rather than continually push the date around, I will wait to announce the day when we have a more certain conclusion to this crisis.

What to do before Freedom Day

Purchase gift cards from local businesses. Many of these business will have little to no cash flow during this time, so buying gift cards now will be a huge help. There is a list at the bottom of this post.

Want to add your favorite local store? Please comment or email me with a link to where we can purchase gift cards from your favorite local business and I will add it to this site. Please try to stick to stores that have had to close their doors for now. Many food service places, for example, are still open and doing well if they are able to deliver or offer drive up ordering.

What to do on Freedom Day

Where your Freedom Day t-shirt and head out to all those local businesses to redeem those gift cards. Take friends with you, meet up at that local coffee shop or bookstore, make it a family outing, whatever you like. But get out there and say thank to the local businesses for hanging in there during this hard time.

The Stores

I included the link to buy gift cards where I could, phone numbers where I couldn’t. Links that have phone numbers go to Facebook or other pages so you can see more information about the store.

Antiques

Silver Moon Studio Antiques – Media, 610-891-1733

Books and Comics

A Novel Idea – Passyunk Ave., Philly (scroll down to find Gift Cards)

Big Blue Marble – Mt. Airy, Philly

Brave New Worlds – W Moreland St., Willow Grove

Capes and Cowls – 527 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, 215-816-5188

Fat Jacks Comic Crypt – Samson St., 215-963-0788

Garden of Earthly Delights – Bustleton Ave., 215-332-3321

Knizhnik Co – Bustleton Ave., 215-969-7082

Ontario Street Comics – Ontario Street, 215-288-7338

Open Book – High School Road, Elkins Park

Clothing

Magic Threads Consignment – Media, 484-445-4474

Tancreeds – Media, 610-566-2300

Food and Coffee

Ocean City Coffee – Media

Scooped Ice Cream and Gelato – Media, 484-445-4476

Games

7th Dimension Games – York Rd., Jenkintown

Jewelry

Kuta – Media, 610-565-7967

Pottery and Art

Earth and State – Media, 610-566-9270

Salons

Gary Charles & Associates – Oxford Ave., Philly

Other

Local Home and Gifts – Media

More Details

Proceeds from sales of the t-shirt will go to the PHL COVID-19 Fund, a fund dedicated to community organizations providing support to our most vulnerable neighbors are facing unprecedented strain on their resources with COVID-19.

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