If you're looking to get some snacks and liquor to weather the COVID-19 storm while supporting local businesses, look to Narwhal's Crafted.
The bar, which specializes in frozen cocktails at locations in St. Louis' Central West End neighborhood and in St. Charles, has put together a quarantine care package to keep its own lights on and to support other local businesses who are struggling amid the coronavirus outbreak.
"The idea of the care package was really a way to incorporate other businesses into what we were trying to do and to be local and support local at the same time as being able to provide for our own staff," says Narwhal's co-owner Brandon Holzhueter.
For $75, you can pick up a box full of essentials for hunkering down at home. Currently, the care package includes two 24-ounce Narwhal's frozen cocktails, a 14-ounce bag of potstickers from Crispy Edge, two oatmeal creme pies from vegan and gluten-free baker Prioritized Pastries, 50 frozen pretzel bites from Pretzel Boy, one can of 4 Hands Brewing Co. City Wide, one can of Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Urban Underdog, two bottles of water, a Narwhal's branded straw, a $10 Pretzel Boy gift card, a $15 Narwhal's gift card and – last, but certainly not least given the times – a roll of toilet paper. The box is valued at $100.
The care package, which just launched last week, will likely feature rotating items – last week, it included some food from Pickleman's and two Corona beers, fittingly – but Holzhueter says that Narwhal's is trying to think of ways to bring in more local businesses and keep the care packages interesting. He is even open to the idea of local artists contributing to the packages to gain exposure and give people a little something extra to take home.
Holzhueter also says that in times like these, you have to look for the positives and hope that the care packages can bring a little joy to people at home.
"It was pretty overwhelming seeing the response on social media," he says. "People were really excited about it."
Plus, the Narwhal's staff was pretty excited about it, too; Holzhueter says that some said it was the most fun they had ever had while working.
Over the course of the weekend, Holzhueter says that they sold about 300 of the boxes, and he's grateful not only for the support but also for the team that he has. He adds that he's sending as many good vibes as possible to everyone else in the industry, both at home and across the country, who is struggling right now.
"We're gonna it through it, and we'll do it together," Holzhueter says.
Quarantine care packages can be ordered on Narwhal's Crafted's website for curbside pickup.
Narwhal's Crafted, multiple locations, narwhalscrafted.com