Like so much of our every day lives, COVID-19 has affected one of the annual retail events that can help us save money: Amazon Prime Day. Some outlets have reported the shopping “holiday” will take place in September or October.
The rescheduling of a Cyber Monday-like shopping event isn’t remotely on par with other ways people’s lives have been impacted for the past several months. However, some operators opened their doors for the first time right before or during the pandemic; are taking this time to renovate or otherwise update their venues; or are re-energizing their venues with new glassware and other items.
We’ve rounded up items on Amazon that can refresh your dining room, outside dining area or bar. And with social media helping operators and bar professionals stay in touch with their loyal followings, some of these finds can boost social media engagement.
So, after you’ve clicked here to tell Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS ACT—pleased do this, it only takes a minute or two—and after you’ve contacted your other state and local officials to tell them how they can help the hospitality industry, take a look at below.
The bird-shaped cocktail glasses you’ve been seeing all over social media.
Glassware isn’t as important as making sure the cocktail going inside it is well balanced, but it’s a crucial element of presentation and the guest experience. Creative, attractive and even gimmicky glassware can get other guests talking and ordering, and it’s great for social media. If you’ve noticed elegant bird-shaped glassware on Instagram and wondered where to find it, click here for a two-pack of 5-oz. examples priced at $23.
The cocktail glass that’s really a porthole.
Made (in)famous by drinks-laboratory-cum-cocktail-destination The Aviary, this glass wows guests. These aren’t cheap but purchasing them through Amazon if you have a Prime account scores you free and fast shipping.
Add smoke to your cocktails and put on a show while doing it.
Learning a new technique or perfecting one you’ve not yet mastered can be a distraction from the doom-and-gloom headlines we’re subjected to every day. This one is from Gramercy Kitchen, has earned more than 260 reviews, and comes with wood chips. At just $45, it’s reasonably priced.
Another option is the Breville Smoking Gun. It’s nearly twice the price of the Gramercy Kitchen smoker and extra wood chips will run you another $40, but the reviews are largely glowing.
It’s not too much to ask, is it?
Instagram-worthy neon can really make a statement. This sign’s statement, well…it speaks for itself.
Everyone loves a Vitamix.
This is “The Quiet One,” a new Vitamix mixer that, as you’ve probably already guessed, is quieter than its labelmates. Vitamix claims this blender “produces less noise than your typical commercial blender.” The Quiet One is quiet pricey, ringing in at $1,036 but if you’re outfitting or refitting your bar and want a quieter blender, this may be the perfect fit.
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I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.
After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.
A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.