To Support Struggling Businesses, Lakeview Chiropractor Lets Neighbors Put Local Treats On Her Tab – Block Club Chicago

24August 2020

LAKEVIEW– Whether it's an open-faced sandwich from Doppio or Coffee Lab's lavender mocha, Ria Tjiong desires everybody to try her preferred area deals with– simply ask to put it on her tab.

Every weekend considering that May, Tjiong has put down $100 at a regional small company and invited neighbors to drop in for a reward on her.

The task started as a way of rallying individuals behind shops browsing the coronavirus pandemic, however her efforts have actually turned into a little motion of Lakeview services supporting each other to make it through the pandemic.

“When times are difficult, like right now, it's a neighborhood effort to love each other and ensure we prop up the local small businesses so they can make it through this,” said Tjiong, owner of Truly Chiropractic at 3058 N. Lincoln Ave. “If you do not have the money, simply put it on my tab.”

Every Friday, Tjiong purchases a present card for businesses to keep by their register through the weekend and swipe whenever customers state they're buying from “Dr. Ria's Tab.” She promotes the freebies online through her social networks pages and Lakeview community Facebook groups.

Tjiong said she started the weekly giveaways to raise awareness about organisations that were open and to help people whose spending plans are tight during the pandemic.

“So many individuals are now jobless on top of currently having bills, debt and living income to income,” Tjiong stated. “The first thing to go is discretionary costs like pricey coffee or treats, so I wanted to spread out a little cheer while helping companies.”

Sandra and Murat Selcuk, owners of Doppio Coffee House, 3054 N. Greenview Ave. Jake Wittich/Block Club Chicago Tjiong's very first tab began May 1 at Doppio Coffee House, a charming family-owned coffee shop simply off the

Lincoln industrial passage at 3054 N. Greenview Ave. Since then, she's spent more than $1,500 on the weekly free gifts.” Dr. Ria is simply an angel and a really fantastic spirit for Lakeview,”stated Murat Selcuk, who owns Doppio with his partner, Sandra.”These mom-and-pop shops bring an individual connection to the area that you can't get anywhere else, so we need to make sure they can stay open.”

Selcuk stated Doppio is understood for its signature open-faced sandwiches— Tjiong's favorite is the salmon on multigrain– and “Rise and Shine” oat meal bars, which his wife began making after they reopened in late April.

Selcuk said Tjiong's tab brought in new consumers who have actually become regulars since May.

Tjiong hopes others are influenced to introduce similar efforts promoting local businesses throughout the pandemic.

David Owens, who owns pet supply store Barks N' Rec with hubby Josh Moore, said they were motivated to pay it forward by partnering with local vendors and artisans who were displaced by festivals and craft reveals canceled by the pandemic.

After Tjiong left a $100 tab at their Barks N' Rec, located at 3030 N. Lincoln Ave., the couple hosted premium dog treat business Squishy Face & & Co. for a weekend pop-up.

“We simply opened in May and Dr. Ria's shoutout developed buzz from consumers who normally wouldn't drop in here,” Owens said. “Lakeview clients wish to go shopping local and assistance small companies like us, so we wished to pass it on in any way we could.”

David Owens, who owns family pet supply store Barks N'Rec, 3030 N. Lincoln Ave.,
with his spouse, Josh Moore. Jake Wittich/Block Club Chicago

Since Tjiong started her weekly giveaways, a minimum of 5 Lakeview next-door neighbors have started tabs of their own at other regional businesses.

“If I can motivate somebody to do an offshoot in Lincoln Park, Steeterville, Bridgeport or any other communities, my mission would be satisfied,” Tjiong stated.

Jake Wittich is a Report for Americacorps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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