By Lily Mauricio - Reporter
With social distancing becoming the new normal, many people all around the world are left staying inside instead of going out to their usual favorite restaurants or other local businesses.
The local businesses have been among the hardest hit during this worldwide pandemic.
Unlike corporations like large food-chains or retail shops, these local businesses strongly rely on their regulars.
The owners of Capitals Ice Cream in Downtown Oklahoma City have created a new way for Oklahomans to enjoy the local experience in the comfort of their own home.
CITYBOX was created to give citizens a chance to shop locally while their favorite stores are closed during the pandemic.
There are currently four types of boxes offered by the creators of CITYBOX.
Each box is curated with a selection of goods from different stores around Downtown Oklahoma City.
The different boxes offered are the CITYBOX, the Date Night Inside Box, the Brew Box and the Stuck-At-Home Box.
Local businesses that have contributed to the CITYBOX include Capital’s Ice Cream, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Commonplace Books, Plant, Stonecloud Brewing and many more.
Items included in the different boxes range from local beer from Stonecloud Brewery, take-and- bake pizza from The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen and ice cream from Capital’s Ice Cream.
Prices of the different types of boxes range from $60 to $115.
Another local business that contributed to CITYBOX is Café Disco.
Café Disco is Oklahoma’s first French macaron shop. The shop, a small 500-square-foot storefront located in Downtown Oklahoma City, was started a little over a year ago by Amanda Sakurai and her husband Spenser.
“We bake all our French macarons and have 12 flavors in the shop, daily,” Sakurai said.
Along with macarons, Café Disco also has a full coffee and tea menu.
“Spenser, my husband, is the coffee nerd and I am the self-taught baker obsessed with perfecting the French macaron,” said Sakurai.
Café Disco is included in the Stuck at Home Box and it includes a six-pack macaron box that includes a variety of the flavors offered daily in the shop.
Now is the time to help support your favorite local businesses and CITYBOX is a great way to do just that.
For now, the boxes are sold out, but with such high demand they are expected to continue on with CITYBOX, even after the pandemic.
These boxes can be found through their website cityboxokc.com or their Instagram @citybox_okc.
The 15th Street News is a student publication at Rose State College.