Ways to Get Local!

Find independent East Village merchants by using the Get Local Guide – in print or online!

For every $100 dollars you spend locally, $68 stay in the local economy. But for every $100 you spend in a chain store only $43 stay local.

Avoid unnecessary spending at chain stores, reference EVCC’s Spend Local wayfinding map to locate local independent alternatives to the Avenue A 7-11.

Local business owners tend to reinvest in the local economy by hiring local suppliers, employees and tend to live and shop in the same community they work. Local firms purchase local goods and services at more than twice the rate of chains. Whereas chain stores profits are often returned to corporate headquarters and diffused through economies farther from the point of sale.

Pledge to shift $20 of your monthly spending to East Village business.

If everyone in the East Village redirected $20 of monthly spending to a local business, approximately $9.8 million would move into the local economy.

Support zoning changes that will help protect small businesses by stemming the proliferation of chain stores.

Read our report on formula retail and proposed zoning in Preserving Local, Independent Retail.

Share the name of your favorite independent East Village businesses with others.

Mention your favorite places on social media with #eastvillageloves.