There is a neighborhood a couple of miles from us, with a main street or high street, lined with small local shops. There is a cheese shop, a couple of wine merchants, a butcher shop, two doggie boutiques, a hat shop, a couple of shops selling childrens clothing, and numerous restaurants and bars. Del Ray has that small town anyplace in the world feel to it.*
At the north end of this is Del Ray Artisans. A small gallery, featuring works of local artists, painters, sculptures, photographers, textile artists, and jewelry makers. Prices range from $20 to $5,000, there is something for everyone. And nothing there is being delayed in the global supply chain, everything is local. Most of it supports local artists, most of whom have to have a day-job to support their passion of making art.
It is fun to get out and walk, and visit these small local shops. I always try to do buy something, on the latest visit it was the cheese shop, for specialty items for the pantry.
There was a time when this kind of local shop was the backbone of every community. Shopping local helps to keep these businesses alive.
* The one thing Del Ray does not have is an easy connection to the subway, the reason I didn't consider buying there. I needed the subway to have a livable commute to my office.
That's nice that they are thriving, or surviving at least. I believe in shopping locally but prices have to be reasonable. I don't expect prices to match huge volume sellers but just reasonable.ReplyDelete
I need to go over there more often. I'll admit it, I don't pay much attention to prices.Delete
I especially love these local artist arts shops. So nice to have that nearby.ReplyDelete
I hadn't been in the gallery before, it was neat, I was pleased that the prices were not bad, there was some expensive work, but some was very reasonable (underpriced.)Delete
Places like that bring back childhood memories. I grew up in a place like that.ReplyDelete
It is nicer than the place I grew upDelete
I love little independent shopping areas like this!ReplyDelete
The world needs moreDelete
AND it's the place Dave Grohl grew up!ReplyDelete
And we shopped thereDelete
I prefer shopping small local shops/ The service seems to be better, or at least more personal,ReplyDelete
The people who work there often have an interest in successDelete
good for you for supporting local shops.ReplyDelete