Local Businesses Flourish in the East Village

Written By Laura Simmons | November 29, 2012
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The East Village have always been an artistic neighborhood rich in culture and history, one that is known for having a diverse community and vibrant nightlife. Well, it seems like the East Village has taken its identity to greater heights as East Ninth Street becomes the Fifth Avenue of small business. New Yorkers can find an array of highly curated vintage clothing and antiques at the many independently owned stores on East Ninth Street. It’s no secret that Fifth Avenue is home to some of the most upscale department stores where some of the finest shopping occurs. Well, the Small Business Saturday annual event is offering a hub of unique shops and boutiques with items that may not be found at Fifth Avenue’s Bloomingdales or Nordstroms.

Residents in the East Village have the opportunity to support their community by shopping at the local businesses after the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, many small businesses on East Ninth Street were closed due to power outages. As these businesses are recovering during Sandy’s aftermath, its up to the people of the East Village to help their community get back on its feet---this can be done by stopping by at Ame Ame on 318 East Ninth Street for a candy-designed umbrella. Looking some vintage sportswear? Well, residents can pay a visit to Mr. Throwback located at 428 East Ninth Avenue---here is where you’ll find a Michael Spitz collection of 1980s and 1990s sportswear.

The East Ninth Street strip has a shop for everyone: women, men and children. For those who are looking to decorate their luxury East Village home with some antique treasures, a little further down the street is The Upper Rust antique gift shop--treat yourself to some great antiques from across the country. Steps away from the antique gift shop is Pink Olive, where residents can find highly curated clothing for their children. Each of these local businesses are offering really cool signature gifts as well. Many of these shops are offering items by local designers--sounds like a supportive community. East Ninth Street is more than just the Fifth Avenue of small business, and the East Village have proven to be a neighborhood that supports the growth of their community.

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