BPJCC to Host Meeting on Monday for Boro Park Store Owners to Remind Community to “Shop Local”
By Yehudit Garmaise
In anticipation of further lockdowns, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) would like to invite all Boro Park store owners to a meeting at 12pm on Monday, Nov. 23, at 1310 46th St, to take part in a strategy session to brainstorm ways to get the community to "Shop Local," even during a lockdown.
Store owners who would like to attend the meeting must register in advance, which they can do by e-mailing [email protected].
"Local business owners are hurting from COVID, but the BPJCC is here to back them and support them," said Avi Greenstein, BPJCC’s CEO. "We are going to be here for you."
As part of a campaign to get the neighborhood to "Shop Local," instead on amazon.com, or other online businesses, the BPJCC wants to collect from all local businesses their crucial information, such as their e-mail addresses, their phone numbers, web sites, a list of the goods and services they offer, and delivery information, so that Boro Parkers can easily get what they need from local businesses.
"We understand how the store owners have suffered. We want to hear what their concerns are and how we can help them. The stores have our support. We are here to back you.
"We are not going to leave our local businesses hanging. We are going to work with them and help them."
"The stores have been on lockdown for weeks and months," echoed Assemblyman Eichenstein, in a video he made for the community. "They are literally on the verge of bankruptcy. As neighbors, we need to come out and support our fellow neighbors."
"The rent still has to be paid," said one local store owner. "The bills are coming in, and the suppliers need to get paid."
"Please come help support the local stores," said Assemblyman Eichenstein, who visited several stores in Boro Park, Midwood, and Coney Island to show his support. "We need you! Don't go to big box stores. You don't need to go online. Shop local!"
City Councilman Kalman Yeger, similarly asked Boro Park shoppers not to turn to the Internet for items that can be easily purchased by quickly walking down the block.
"Our community's businesses have been devastated by the unfair lockdowns," said Yeger. "The easiest way we can help bring our local businesses back to their feet is by shopping locally. Shop in our own communities and keep our economic engine alive: That's how we'll build back our community."