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Subterranean Books in the Delmar Loop with a sign citing online orders only due to Covid-19
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A St. Louis-area philanthropic foundation is working to give relief to many of the locally owned businesses and nonprofits financially strained by the coronavirus outbreak. 

The St. Louis Community Foundation has established two grant funds that have raised around $1.4 million combined, according to a press release from the organization. 

An employee brings food to customers outside Indo on Tower Grove Avenue.
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Explore St. Louis has launched a new online hub to help people find restaurants that are serving take-out food during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The site, Curbside STL, came online late Thursday and aims to provide a shot in the arm to St. Louis-area restaurants facing plummeting sales after Missouri and Illinois leaders ordered restaurants to shut down all dine-in services. While many restaurants are scrambling to accommodate curbside orders, others have already decided to close. 

“People just ceased going to restaurants,” said Brian Hall, chief marketing officer of Explore St. Louis. “And it’s crippling, because they’re all small businesses.” 

Mike "Muddy Mike" Clark, standing in the stern, guides adventuregoers underneath the Eads Bridge near downtown St. Louis on a recent afternoon.
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Despite its ever-present vastness along the Missouri-Illinois border, the Mississippi River is easy for locals to take for granted. And all too often, residents completely avoid the river.

It’s one thing to drive above it on a highway or eat a meal at a restaurant overlooking the water; relatively few actually travel its meandering length. But the people behind Big Muddy Adventures are aiming to change that, one canoe trip at a time.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske talked with the company’s founder and lead guide, Mike Clark, who is better known as “Muddy Mike.” Also participating in the discussion was Roo Yawitz, general manager of Big Muddy Adventures.