#SHOPBLEECKER, A LOCAL REVITALIZATION AND SHOPPING INITIATIVE, KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 1st, 2018


The Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and businesses along Bleecker Street come together to offer events, promotions, raffles, giveaways and more!

New York, NY (November 1, 2018) – The GVCCC kicks off an intensive local revitalization effort on the twenty blocks that make up the historic Bleecker Street with its second annual #ShopBleecker initiative this month. Running from Thursday, November 1st through Friday, November 30th, #ShopBleecker will highlight many of the unique businesses on the thoroughfare with a variety of events, promotions, raffles, giveaways and more.

Bleecker Street businesses have many individual qualities and #ShopBleecker will provide the people in the community a chance to learn more about the people behind the businesses while experiencing the unique products and services that these businesses offer.

The coalition of businesses created by this initiative encourages the community to shop locally in person on or around Bleecker Street for goods and services rather than go online. As such, many are offering incentives to shoppers, including samples, promotions, and gifts with purchase throughout the month-with special incentives offered at #ShopBleecker Day on November 17th.

As part of the launch, participating #ShopBleecker businesses will provide customers with #ShopBleecker postcards, advertising booklets, and pens. New to #ShopBleecker is the launch of an app sponsored by Locasaur which showcases the promotional offerings and strengths of #ShopBleecker participants.

One goal of this initiative is for shoppers to see the strength of the businesses and their commitment to revitalizing this shopping district wherever they look. Another is to stimulate new business openings by working with local landlords and agents to match them with businesses looking for pop-up or short-term leases in the neighborhood, mitigating the rising vacancy issue, which currently stands above 20%.

“At a time when the face of retail is changing, it is critical that we support mom-and-pop shops and restaurants to maintain the very essence of our city and our neighborhoods. Bleecker Street is not only a jewel of the Village, but of the entire city, and initiatives like #ShopBleecker will bring more foot traffic and help revitalize the retail thoroughfare. I applaud the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce for this effort to aid small businesses,” said NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson.

If you want to save small business and preserve local neighborhood commerce, you must shop locally.This initiative incentivizes local shopping through following activities:

1. For the entire month of November, the Chamber and local businesses will reward individuals shopping on Bleecker by allowing them to enter a raffle to win prizes. The more a person spends on Bleecker St, they more tickets they will earn. The raffle will be drawn on November 17th and November 30th; 2. Throughout November, participating merchants will offer promotions to entice people to shop on Bleecker that the Chamber will market and promote; and 3. On November 17th, the Chamber will host #ShopBleecker Day where there will be events, press and more. Show your support for all the businesses in this historic neighborhood and reinvest in the city we call home.

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