About Shop Local
Local, independently owned businesses are a hallmark of our community, an essential part of the urban landscape, and an appealing and vital part of the 39th District’s neighborhoods.
Small business owners frequently live in the community and remain invested in our neighborhoods economically and socially. Small business owners frequently provide jobs to local residents, take the "high road" in how they relate to neighbors, workers, and the environment, and also have a proud record of supporting local not-for-profit groups.
There are many more reasons to support our local, independently-owned businesses. They provide local character and help foster an active street life on our neighborhoods’ main corridors. Additionally, because they’re usually a walk or a quick bus ride away, shopping at local businesses is more environmentally friendly than going to a big box store that requires a long car ride to reach. If you're looking for even more reasons to support independently owned shops, check out this great list from the Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID.
I hope that in looking through this website, you will think of some your favorite neighborhood stores, and I hope that you will nominate your favorite locally owned business to be recognized for their excellent service and dedication to the community. You may also want to read about recent recipients of the Shop Local Award.
Additionally, you can look through a list of great local restaurants, bars, shops, bakeries, and businesses serving our neighborhoods. You can also learn more about other Shop Local efforts.
Thanks for your interest in keeping our small businesses and our community strong,
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