I love local stuff....restaurants, boutiques, grocery stores, bookstores, coffee shops....you name it. Maybe it was growing up in Stanford, Kentucky where you filled your Amoxicillin prescription while they fixed you an orange aide at the old soda shop while spinning around the bar stool waiting for the spanking you were going to get for the "said" spinning. Or the "Frame Shop" that smelled yummy and sold not only frames but cards, gifts and such.
|Coleman's Drug Store....home of the famous orange aide|
Or was it living in the Caribbean....choosing which fruit stand to buy mangoes from or the fish guy who brought the Mahi Mahi every Friday at five. Or was it the waxing and pedicures from Shirley in her non-air-conditioned "salon" of sorts.... or Rosie, my personal taxi driver (you would have to live there to understand having a taxi driver..) Or the roadside plantain stands... yum
|My favorite plantain shop... a grilled plantain cost $1 EC (their money or about thirty cents)|
I believe it was living in New York City that solidified my love for local businesses. We lived in Astoria, the first neighborhood inside of Queens. Across the street from our house was a diner, the Belaire Diner, that was open 24/7, 365 days a year and delivered...our waiter was Lefty, a fabulous Greek man with a great accent. We went to local gym and shopped at the grocery store across the street. I went to the same bodega at the Brooklyn hospital where I worked to get a Naked Juice each morning. We loved eating at Gradisca in Manhattan and I again found a local salon for waxing, nails and hair. The whole time we were in NYC I don't think we ate a national chain more than 5 or 6 times... There were great local shoe stores and boutiques beyond Madison avenue...most I could not afford. My favorite was at Christmas when local artisans, photographers, designers and food vendors would set up mini-shoppes at Bryant Park and Union Square.... you could browse handmaid ties, photos, paintings, all while eating some yummy stuff.
|my in-law in front of our fav, Gradisca|
|Third Avenue Cafe|
The Barber Shop
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