Open sign in front of Carriage House
Giving Back in Livingston County

April 22, 2020 | Story by: Amelia Ritter

Throughout the last month, the Livingston County community has rallied together to support local businesses, health care professionals, and other essential workers. We are committed to sharing resources and ideas to for continued support of those in our community who need it most.

Your acts of kindness and generosity are greatly appreciated. You can continue to help support our community in a few ways:

Giving Back

Many Livingston County restaurants are open for carry-out and delivery meals. Participate in #TheGreatAmericanTakout every Tuesday for a chance to win gift cards, but also to show your favorite local restaurant some support. You can check out our #EatLivCo page for participating restaurants.

If you are an essential worker, or looking to show support, please see this list for restaurants offering special discounts or donation meals to essential workers during this time. You can also consider ordering or buying gift cards from businesses who have given back to healthcare workers, like Jonna’s Market and La Marsa.

La Marsa donating meals to a hospital

La Marsa

Now more than ever, it’s important to patronize your favorite businesses as you are able to. Purchasing gift cards is a great way to help cash flow and support local establishments and giving yourself the opportunity to visit them sometime in the future. There are several Livingston County establishments offering online gift card purchases, as well as e-commerce and delivery on items like books and handmade artwork.

Leo's Gyro

Leo’s Coney Island

The Artisan’s Bench


Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan says, “Travel is important for so many reasons, one of those being the inspiration it provides and the opportunity to look ahead to something with anticipation. There is no doubt that we are currently going through an incredibly difficult period as a state and as an industry and especially for our colleagues who have been laid off or furloughed. So many face uncertainty at a time when we are usually getting ready to roll out the welcome mat for the busy summer tourism season. We are all in this together, which is why I encourage you to donate to the Michigan Hospitality Employee Relief Fund if you are able. These grants go to employees in the hospitality industry impacted by COVID-19.”

There are other ways to support the hospitality industry in our state, like through a donation to Michigan Cares For Tourism or the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, as well as through local campaigns. Brighton recently launched its Small Town, Big Hearts initiative, inviting residents and visitors to help the local small business community through this difficult time. You can find more Patronicity campaigns, like supporting Bourbons, 2 Dandelions Bookshop, Southern Shaved Ice, Jack’s Custard and Cakes, and more here.

Jack’s Custard and Cakes

People walking on a bridge over the Mill Pond in downtown Brighton

Downtown Brighton

Virtual Support

You can enjoy what Livingston County has to offer from the comfort of your home by checking out attractions like the Howell Nature Center and Huron-Clinton Metroparks as they go live with tours and educational activities for you and your family.

Enjoying your virtual experience? Send some love to your favorite Livingston County businesses on Google, Facebook, Yelp, or TripAdvisor. Or you can give them a shout-out on your social media channels. As always, we encourage you to share photos on social media from your favorite Livingston County memories to lift spirits and inspire future visitors. Use hashtags #LoveLivCo and #EatLivCo to share your experience.

For more ideas on how to explore and support Livingston County right now, check out our virtual trip guide.

Howell Nature Center

Kensington Metropark

Times are tough, but so are we! The Livingston County Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the Brighton-Howell Area. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our parks, trails, events, restaurants, hotels, and shops soon.

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