April 26, 2021 By Allie Griffin
Astoria residents will have the chance to receive a tote bag filled with goodies if they shop at eight or more local stores in the neighborhood this week.
The giveaway is part of a spring “shopping crawl” hosted by the organization Shop Small Astoria.
The crawl, which began today, encourages residents to shop at local mom-and-pops either in person or online. More than a dozen businesses throughout the neighborhood are joining in the crawl.
Participants have until Sunday, May 2 to shop at the 18 participating stores. To earn a goody bag, they must shop at at least eight of the 18 stores and submit proof of purchase — either a receipt or screenshot — by email to [email protected]
Those who hit eight or more stores will get a “Thank You for shopping Astoria” tote bag filled with goodies. The bags will be available for pick up at The Brass Owl, located at 36-19 Ditmars Blvd.
The 18 participating businesses are listed below, along with any special deals they are offering during the weeklong shopping crawl.
1. The Astoria Bookshop
2. Belief NYC
3. The Brass Owl – Online 20% off, free sticker + free candle for purchase over $100 and in store 10% off and free sticker
4. Disco Paws
5. Earth & Me
6. Fern Botanica – weekend pop-up shops
7. Gamestoria NYC – 10% off puzzles and up to 20% board games
8. Gift Box – Up to 15% off hand printed tots, 10% off select categories
9. HiFi Records & Cafe – 10-20% off select categories
11. Incasa Decor – online 10% + handmade gift for purchase $50+ in store 5% off
12. Lockwood – Free shipping online + free gift when you spend $75+
13. LoveDay 31 – 15% off
15. NYC Pet Services – 10% off all toys & treats
16. Petals & Roots
17. QED & Vintage Queens
18. Side B – raffle, 10% donation to #stopasianhate, purchase $50+ get a drink or 2 tacos from Tacostoria
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In these difficult economic times, it is important to patronize our local businesses. ”
I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our other local stores survive. The employees go out of their way to help find what I need. Customer service is their motto. As an independent mom and pop store, they don’t have bulk buying purchasing power that Amazon or big box stores have. The owners can’t negotiate lower prices from suppliers like Amazon or big box stores have. This is why they sometimes charge a little more. It is worth the price to avoid the crowds and long lines at larger stores in exchange for the convenience and friendly service your neighborhood community store offers.
People who work at your local store are our neighbors. The owners work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment. Customers also patronize other commercial establishments on the block. Foot traffic is essential for the survival of any neighborhood commercial district. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing.
The owners of hard working independent mom and pop stores are the backbone of our neighborhood commercial districts Thank the hard working owners and employees who continue to work during these hard times. Show your support by making a purchase.