imagesDavid Haber of Bond Street and Phil Chang came by my office to talk to me and interview me for #ForNYC that will be coming to you in the next week.  They are talking to a broad range of NYers about their 3 favorite local spots.  I won’t share mine until the magazine launches but it got all of us talking about the importance of supporting local stores, brands, restaurants, etc.

Over the past decade we have seen global brands take over our streets, our malls, etc.  I get it.  The cost is huge to rent space as real estate goes up but there is a cycle to it and we all believe that the return to local, authentic, interesting businesses is around the corner.  My gut is we are entering a new cycle.

I love the local stores that I support mostly through eating and shopping.  Walking into local places is always inviting and it feels good supporting these spots.  I am also seeing more businesses that are trying to help these local shops become more efficient which is essential too.  Taking the old school up to speed with the new school.

So when you are strolling around your neighborhood, make sure to support your local shop and restaurant.  If they aren’t carrying what you want then speak with the store owner.  Maybe you can help them think about bringing in new products that you know others in the community want.  Bleecker Street in the Village used to be filled with local shops but those shops lost their relevance to the neighborhood.  Everyone I talked to was sad when one after another closed but the reality is nobody shopped there anymore.  Let’s try and support local not only with our dollars but with communication.