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Gluten-Free Gems, Coffee Clubs, Playlists, and Small Brands We Won’t Quit

Gluten-Free Gems, Coffee Clubs, Playlists, and Small Brands We Won’t Quit

Gluten-Free Gems, Coffee Clubs, Playlists, and Small Brands We Won’t Quit

We’ve been inspired by the nationwide effort that goes beyond obeying social distancing orders. In a few weeks, people have adapted in so many ways: Restaurants are turning into markets. Bars are selling cocktails to go. Store owners are mobilizing their small businesses and teams to continue to support their communities—even as most places are shuttering their physical doors for the time being. And many bigger businesses are finding ways to give back and help.

These are some of the places, brands, and people that we’d miss if they were gone and that we’re keeping tabs on so they can continue doing what they do best: bringing joy and comfort to the rest of us.

  • Breadblok

    Breadblok

    “In my fifteen-plus years of being gluten-free, I’ve never seen anything like this place: It smells like a real bakery, it’s gorgeous, and it has GF croissants. And giant GF sourdough loaves! I’ve been subsisting on one I picked up earlier this month, and it’s about the only thing that has brought me genuine joy during isolation.” —Jessie Geoffray, senior editor

  • Saie

    Saie

    “This female-founded sustainable clean makeup brand is donating a percentage of its daily sales to Feeding America. I bought the Saie Liquid Lip Balm and the Lash Kit for my mom and sister, who are currently working from home. It’s so easy to not feel glamorous when sitting at your kitchen table all day, but curling your lashes, putting on a little mascara, and swiping on an incredibly moisturizing lip balm helps.” —Natalie Bruno, buyer, beauty and wellness

  • KCRW

    KCRW

    “Now more than ever, I want to make sure I’m supporting my local radio station, which has supported LA for decades. I’ve been starting my morning with news updates followed by DJ Anne Litt on Morning Becomes Eclectic. In this uncertain time, it is something to look forward to each day. Litt’s playlists are filled with uplifting music that sets a positive tone for my day as I’m working from home. I’m already a monthly subscriber to the station, but I’m adding a little extra this month.” —Ivy Benavente, senior buyer, beauty and wellness

  • Italian Fashion

    Italian Fashion

    “It’s been heart-wrenching watching what Italy has gone through in these past few months. But seeing how so many Italian fashion houses have stepped up—and stepped in—has been truly incredible. Gucci donated 2 million euros to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 crisis and enlisted their own community of followers to donate whatever they can. Valentino’s parent company is working closely with the Sacco Hospital in Milan to cover expenses by similarly donating 2 million euros. Prada’s Montone factory in Perugia is producing medical overalls and masks to send to Tuscan health workers. Even Armani has halted production in order to make medical overalls—they also donated 1.25 million euros to hospitals in Milan and Rome. The Italians are passionate people who are so full of life, always holding the industry and community to the highest standards. That might be the most impressive thing of all.” —Ali Pew, fashion director

  • Kickin' Chicken

    Kickin' Chicken

    “Kickin’ Chicken is a Santa Cruz business that specializes in delivery service with the most juicy, crispy fried chicken with waffles and kimchi fried rice. They’re using a new contactless delivery format for customers and a profit pool to keep paying employees who feel obligated to stay home for personal or family reasons. They are also using their delivery infrastructure to help local small businesses that did not previously have the ability to adapt.” —Gerda Endemann, senior director, science and research

  • Diesel

    Diesel

    “Everyone I know is padding their reading lists while they’re at home during COVID-19. I’m no exception. A lot of independent bookstores are closed for browsing but are still taking online and phone orders, shipping books, and offering curbside pickup. This is the case for my local shop, Diesel in the Brentwood Country Mart. I’m fully dedicated to local independent bookstores in the first place, and especially now, so I’m hitting up Diesel and also ordering online through Chevalier’s Books, the bookstore in Larchmont I went to every weekend before I moved out of the neighborhood. You can find the bookstores closest to you at IndieBound.org, where there are also options for e-books and audiobooks.” —Kelly Martin, assistant editor

  • Clark's Botanicals

    Clark's Botanicals

    “The brilliant Francesco Clark of Clark’s Botanicals is my favorite part of This Emotional Life—a documentary about happiness. Watch it immediately on Amazon; it could not be more relevant at the moment. Clark, paralyzed from the neck down in his twenties, built a beauty company after conventional skin-care ingredients severely irritated his newly more-sensitive skin. He also wrote an unbelievable memoir, Walking Papers: The Accident That Changed My Life, and has helped raise millions for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. As the coronavirus began building, Clark felt helpless. ‘I wanted to do something,’ he says. ‘And I realized I could: I could use our factory to make affordable hand sanitizer to keep everyone safe and fight price gouging.’ The sanitizer costs nine dollars, and Clark plans to make it until it’s no longer needed—hopefully soon. His hashtag for the project says it all: #fromhereIcan, encouraging people to think of ways to contribute during this terrible time. Order it—and some fantastic jasmine face cream, because Clark’s will make no money on the sanitizer. I’m also ordering extra from the small food companies I’d be deeply unhappy without: the Himalayan pink salt ghee and the garlic ghee from Fourth & Heart, the unsweetened cashew milk from Elmhurst, and avocado-oil tortillas from Caramelo Tortillas.” —Jean Godfrey-June, executive beauty director

  • Safe Place for Youth

    Safe Place for Youth

    “I am on a board called the Next Generation Committee, and we work with a homeless youth shelter in Venice, California, called a Safe Place for Youth. Right now, with COVID-19, it is extremely hard for volunteers to donate their time to help support homeless youth. We’ve had to postpone a few of our key fund-raising events this spring, so we’ve had to get creative in order to continue making a positive impact on the young people we serve. It’s likely that a lot of other organizations are facing the same issues we’re seeing, so it’s good to remember that even if you can’t physically volunteer these days, you can still donate money or check to see if shelters need items like restaurant gift cards or new socks and underwear.” —Juliette Favat, associate photo editor

  • New York Shuk

    New York Shuk

    “Cooking through this pandemic has its challenges, so I’ve been leaning on my spice cabinet to liven up and reinvent pantry staples and leftovers. So far, the MVPs have to be all the Middle Eastern spices and condiments from New York Shuk. This Brooklyn-based company has a ton of amazing spice blends—like za’atar, baharat, and hawaij—that all add deeply rich and aromatic flavor to whatever you’re cooking. My favorite is the signature harissa: It’s incredibly fragrant and earthy, with a hint of garlic, cumin, and coriander. I’m using it in braises, stews, marinades, and even salad dressing.” —Caitlin O’Malley, food editor

  • A Common Thread

    A Common Thread

    “I was thrilled to hear how the Council of Fashion Designers of America and the Vogue Fashion Fund will be raising money to support those in the American fashion industry who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The fund was originally set up in 2003 to support young designers after 9/11, and it has been a major influence in cultivating American fashion talent. Now, through a new video series called A Common Thread, it’ll not only spotlight up-and-coming designers who have been impacted but it’ll also shed light on the importance of supporting all of the industry workers putting in hours behind the scenes. You can text THREAD to 44-321 or donate online.” —Caroline Griswold, fashion editor

  • Cece Dupraz

    Cece Dupraz

    “Cece DuPraz is a favorite here at goop. We first featured their custom tote kits in our 2019 gift guide, then we had them at the cutest children’s event at our Aspen pop-up back in January. They make timeless gifts for your child or a relative—or yourself! Best of all, now through April, they’re donating 100 percent of profits from these kits to No Kid Hungry, a charity that aims to end childhood hunger.” —Meghan Flynn, associate events manager

  • Roger + Chris

    Roger + Chris

    “As a spill-prone pet owner, I’ve always assumed I should never own furniture above the Ikea level. But the Omaha-based furniture-design company Roger + Chris crafts stunning couches that can withstand my sloppiest moments—and anything my cats can dish out. They come in a nearly infinite range of styles and colors, making these American-made beauties the perfect upgrade to any room in any home. They’re in the process of opening a showroom in Omaha, but given the state of the world, they’ve turned their attention to something else: Their factory team has started making face masks out of the materials used for their custom furniture. They’ll be donating them to individuals and first responders.” —Ethan LaCroix, director, project management

  • Lady Falcon Coffee Club

    Lady Falcon Coffee Club

    “After owning and running several San Francisco coffee shops with her husband, Buffy Maguire wanted to get her hands dirty and roast her own beans. But her dream was met with an overarching response: Coffee roasting is for men. Nevertheless, Maguire persisted. And after many years and hardships, she unveiled her stunning line of organically grown coffee beans and cascara, called Lady Falcon Coffee Club. What’s in the name? McGuire says it’s an ode to the Lady Falcon Bicycling Club, an iconoclastic women’s club from the late 1800s that rode bikes in defiance of the things they couldn’t do, like vote. The coffee is rich and bold, and the cascara—an herbal tea made from the outer husks of the coffee fruit—is light and herbal. The beans are swathed in light-pink and sky-blue packaging. The logo is a whimsical woman with wings. And the signature vehicle of the brand is a tricked-out vintage minibus that Maguire refurbished. All this mirrors Maguire’s spirit—she’s a kind creative with an intense love for supporting other women.” —Stacey Lindsay, contributing editor

  • Beer Noggin

    Beer Noggin

    “My friend Brendan runs a craft beer store and taproom outside of New York City—there’s a place in Bronxville and one in Mount Kisco. He always has a fun, eclectic beer selection and also carries chic wine cans. Now he’s taking online orders for pickup or curbside delivery. I bought a gift card for the next time I’m in town, and I’m wearing my Beer Noggin beanie while it’s still cool in LA.” —Kiki Koroshetz, wellness director

  • Citizens of Humanity

    Citizens of Humanity

    “With a sewing facility capable of churning out more than 75,000 pairs of jeans a month, Citizens of Humanity is one of the first Los Angeles brands to lead the charge in reconfiguring their factory to make washable masks for local businesses, organizations, and children’s hospitals. The brand is working to get a green light from Mayor Garcetti and Governor Newsom to increase production to more than 15,000 masks per day and bring in more employees, while still taking necessary safety precautions for social distancing. It’s amazing to witness all the creative ways our favorite fashion brands are stepping in to help.” —Sandra Slusarczyk, associate fashion editor

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