If 2020 and even early here in 2021 has taught us anything, it is that we need to think outside the box to do so many things that we all once took for granted.

Especially when it comes to our small business owners, finding a way to survive these tough times has become critical. Well, Level Two Co-Working in The Shops at Perry Crossing is trying to help in an exciting new way we should all support.

Under the leadership of Interim Executive Director John Anderson, Level Two, a nonprofit, co-working space that helps foster entrepreneurship and cultivate growth in the small businesses in and around Hendricks County, will partner with Plainfield, Indiana, businesses to bring virtual experiences into your home over the coming weeks.

I love that each experience should bring in different audiences to support these local businesses, and that participants will get to peek behind the curtain to get unprecedented access to these business owners. I also love that Level Two is basically doing this for free with all proceeds from each event going back to these small businesses.

So, let's get into each of these events:

Virtual Experience With Toy Buzz & FizzToy Buzz & Fizz

Toy Buzz & Fizz is another Downtown Plainfield small business that continues to fight to survive this pandemic. So, please help them by participating in this virtual tour at 6 p.m. March 11. The store's owner Bob Taylor will share his journey and his knowledge and passion for toys during this interactive virtual event.

Every registration includes a Lego set of your choice. Bob will walk through what makes Lego sets so much fun along with detailing other items the store offers.

Participants can either have the Lego set shipped to their home or they can pick it up in store prior to the event.


Virtual Tasting With Oasis DinerSit on a virtual stool and join Doug Huff to learn about the Oasis Diner

Oasis Diner has become a dining destination along U.S. 40 in Plainfield, but what you may not know is all the work that went into moving it into its new location and returning it to its former glory. You may also not be aware that they sell their own line of sodas.

If I could provide you that many did you knows in just two sentences, just imagine what you will learn and experience during this event at 6 p.m. March 18.

Enjoy this live virtual tasting with Doug Huff, the owner of Oasis Diner. Registration includes a four-pack of handcrafted soda and a slice of sugar cream pie that you can pick up at the diner prior to the event or have shipped to your home.

Huff will discuss the handcrafted sodas including their signature butterscotch root beer, the history of the diner and what went into making it functional again. It is an amazing story you won't want to miss.