Downtown Holland Launches “Eat Local” Facebook Challenge to Support Area Restaurants

With restaurants closing to in-person dining for three weeks beginning Wednesday, November 18 under the order of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Downtown Holland is excited to launch a new “Eat Local” social media challenge. Each week a new “Eat Local” Challenge will be posted on the Downtown Holland Facebook page. By accepting the challenge and commenting on the Facebook post accordingly, customers will have a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Downtown Holland restaurant of their choice. This week’s challenge will be posted on Wednesday, November 18.

“In a normal year, November and December are very busy times for the restaurant industry, as families, friends and co-workers get together to celebrate the holidays,” said Downtown Holland Marketing Coordinator Kara de Alvare. ”With COVID having a such a huge impact on local restaurants, it’s more important than ever to give them our support. We want to encourage customers to order takeout and tip restaurant staff generously during this difficult time.”

Not only is eating local important this holiday season, but so is shopping local, with many retailers relying on holiday shopping to carry them into the new year and beyond. To help promote shopping local this holiday season, Downtown Holland businesses are offering great deals, fun giveaways and exciting promotions during Shop ‘Til You Drop (November 13 – 20), Small Business Saturday (November 28), the Shopping Jam (December 12-19) and the Twelve Days of Christmas (December 13 -24). Retailers will be operating under occupancy restrictions and mask requirements as mandated by the MDHHS to help keep shoppers safe.

“Our Downtown Holland businesses also understand that not everyone is comfortable shopping in person right now,” said de Alvare. “But there are still so many options to support local businesses all season long. Most retailers offer online shopping and will take orders over the phone for shipping or curbside pickup. You can also support local businesses by purchasing gift cards, giving them positive reviews online, liking, sharing and commenting on their social media posts and by encouraging your family and friends to shop local for holiday gifts this year.”

Customers are also encouraged to visit the Shop Downtown Holland ( and Dine Downtown Holland websites ( that were launched last spring to easily explore all of the retailer and restaurant offerings in Downtown Holland.

About Downtown Holland:
Located in the heart of the City of Holland just minutes from the shores of Lake Michigan and adjacent to the beautiful Hope College campus, Downtown Holland is a premier shopping, dining and events destination like none other. Downtown Holland features over 100 locally owned boutiques, shops and galleries, along with breweries, cafes and restaurants. Downtown Holland is also home to unique cultural attractions and an award-winning farmers market. For more information and the latest Downtown Holland news and updates, visit us online at, follow Downtown Holland on Facebook and Instagram or call 616.796.1210.