Get Local!

Guide to East Village Shops: In Stores and Online NOW

The East Village is NOT a strip mall – the same chain stores you’ll find in town after town are few and far between in this neighborhood. We seek to keep our community unique, independent, and sustainable.

The EVCC compiled the seventh edition of our Get Local! Guide to locally owned and operated stores. Click here for the online version.

How can you help? SHOP LOCAL! When you spend your money locally by avoiding franchises, chain stores, and the big-box retailers, there are many benefits to the community.

The updated Guide is in stores now!

  • Choose creativity and personality over uniformity
  • Provide economic diversity and stability
  •  Keep more of your money in your community
  •  Create local jobs with fair living wages
  •  Sustain small business owners who strengthen the local economy * Defend our neighborhood’s identity
  •  Fight the lie that “low prices” at chain stores makes up for the loss of local business ownership

Ready to start shopping?

Find local stores in the online Get Local! guide

To assure that your business is listed in Get Local!:

Contact the EVCC by calling (212) 979-2344 or write to biz (at) evccnyc (dot) org

For more information on the benefits of Getting Local, check out these sites:

  • American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA)
  • Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
  • Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)

Latest News on Our Get Local! Efforts

  • East Village Consumer Survey Do you live in the East Village? Or love to visit? Don’t get here often enough? Let us know what you think! Take our short survey by November 22nd to help us determine where and how people are spending in the community.  Goals of the survey: Help to identify what types of retail are missing from the East Village Assess ... Read More
  • It’s Time To Reserve Your Spot In The 2014 Get Local! Guide OUR NOT-FOR-PROFIT GUIDE PROMOTES LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS We list 500+ businesses located in the East Village for free. We educate consumers by encouraging them to shop locally instead of in chains and franchises,  and to use local community services. The 8th Edition of the Get Local! Guide hits the East Village this Fall! We print 12,500 copies. We will distribute ... Read More
  • Help St. Mark’s Bookshop move to new location in the East Village The Friends of St. Mark’s Bookshop is sponsoring an Indiegogo campaign to move the Bookshop into a new space in the East Village. But the Bookshop needs another financial push to build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue. Once ... Read More
  • Feb 24: Introducing EVIMA you’re invited to… Introducing EVIMA a gathering with food, conversation and more information about the East Village Independent Merchants Association (EVIMA) Monday, February 24 7:00-9:00 pm Ciao For Now 523 E 12th Street (between Aves A & B) Light Snacks Provided East Village Community Coalition (EVCC) has been collaborating with small business owners in order to create the East Village Independent Merchants ... Read More
  • Get Local! Map of Local Alternatives to 7-Eleven Click to get your copy of Spend Local! Alternatives to 7-Eleven Find local business that offer the same products and services at 7-Eleven. Store this wayfinding map in your wallet and help support local business by keeping more money in the local economy. Read More
  • Announcing the East Village Gift Guide! The East Village Gift Guide presents 36 unique items found locally that make great gifts for this holiday season. These items are all from independently owned businesses throughout the neighborhood.  Copies of the East Village Gift Guide are available in both digital or print formats. Digital copies of the guide are available for download. Visit one of ... Read More
  • Get Local! Guide East Village Shops Now Available Our neighborhood boasts resident-serving retail outlets and unique offerings from creative merchants. The East Village is NOT a strip mall – thankfully the monotonous chain stores found in town after town are in short supply here. In an attempt to keep our neighborhood independent and unique, we publish our free Get Local! Guide to East ... Read More
  • Midnight Wednesday in the East Village Wednesday, December 12th Shop Until Midnight – Help Local East Village Boutiques Survive Small businesses in the East Village were hit hard by Sandy. The effects linger. If sales don’t pick up, it is possible you’ll see some of your favorite small, indie boutiques forced to close shop. Let Midnight Wednesday inspire you to do your holiday ... Read More

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