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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Support Small Businesses to Build Strong Neighborhoods

We don’t need a lot of research to convince us that locally-owned, independent businesses are good for building vibrant and healthy neighborhoods — all you have to do is walk in the front door of almost any small business and strike up a conversation with the person behind the counter, who also is likely to be the owner, to appreciate the value of one-of-a-kind businesses and their contributions to the local character.  However, if you need good, solid research to get you to support our great wealth of local businesses we have in St. Louis (and Old North, in particular), then take a look at the study after study after study from places all over the country (such as Salt Lake City; Portland, Maine; New Orleans; Grand Rapids; and San Francisco) that offer evidence that local businesses are beneficial to their communities.  And, according to various studies collected by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, communities that have strong local business sectors are healthier, wealthier, and wiser.  (Click HERE for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s report on the topic.)

In recognition of all of the above, this first Saturday of the holiday shopping season is being promoted as “Small Business Saturday.”  And in that spirit, we encourage all residents and friends of Old North to show your support for the entrepreneurs who have established their businesses in Old North.  Please note that 100% of the businesses at Crown Square, in the heart of Old North, are locally owned, small businesses, as is the case throughout the neighborhood, with the exception of a fast-food restaurant and a gas station along the edge of the neighborhood.

To make it easier to find the small business to serve your needs, we have prepared a map and directory of the small businesses and non-profits within the Crown Square area of Old North.   Click HERE to download a copy that you can print and take with you.  If you’re out and around on Small Business Saturday, please stop in at one of the following Crown Square businesses that will be open today:

Closet Repeats, 2603 N. 14th Street

And if you get a chance to see the owners of any of these businesses,such as Yvonne Reed of Closet Repeats, be sure to thank them for being in Old North.

And if you get a chance to see the owners of any of these businesses,such as Yvonne Reed of Closet Repeats, be sure to thank them for being in Old North.

The Racq Salon & Spa, 2605 N. 14th Street

Rambles Gift Gallery & Boutique, 2611 N. 14th Street

Therapy Boutique, 2717 N. 14th Street

Therapy's owner, Ebony Wilson, indicated that she'll offer a 15% discount on select items for Small Business Saturday; if you don't see any signs or tags for this, tell her you were heard about it on the ONSL blog.

Therapy's owner, Ebony Wilson, indicated that she'll offer a 15% discount on select items for Small Business Saturday; if you don't see any signs or tags for this, tell her you heard about it on the ONSL blog.

Crown Candy Kitchen, 1401 St. Louis Avenue

La Mancha Coffeehouse, 2815 N. 14th Street

Old North Grocery Co-op, 2718 N. 13th Street (at St. Louis Avenue)

If you’re in the neighborhood during regular business hours on other days, please stop in at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group office, 2700 N. 14th Street, to find out about other businesses in the neighborhood or to purchase some Old North merchandise (t-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc.), which also make great holiday gifts (not available in big-box, chain stores).

This entry was posted on Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at 11:01 am and is filed under 14th Street Mall, Crown Candy Kitchen, Crown Square, Crown Square Businesses, Life in ONSL, ONSL amenities, ONSL people, Old North Grocery Co-op, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Uncategorized, sustainability. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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