It’s difficult to believe summer is already over and we are publishing our September Notebook edition. As the weeks of 2020 continue to pass it’s proving to be a very challenging year for small businesses. We’re sad to see so many small businesses close. So many of our favorite brick & mortar stores have closed and transitioned to online only or closed completely.
We miss the joy of discovering, exploring and browsing stores in real life. Around the world the retail landscape has forever changed. The pandemic caused businesses to pivot; restaurants became grocery shops and people turned to online shopping in droves. As a result of the pandemic the way we shop has changed. And as with all change there is good with the bad. The bad being that many small shops have had to close, but we are happy to see that there is a renewed interest in supporting local shops. People want to retain the character and integrity of their local communities.
So in our September Notebook we are honoring the many shops that have closed their brick & mortar stores – and we are hopeful that when the time is right they will reopen new physical shopfronts. However these are just the shops that we are aware that have closed. There are probably many more..
And remember, we have launched our Best Shops 2020 campaign so share the love and vote for all your favorite shops.
- Matta has closed their NYC location but you can still visit their Sag Harbor shop.
- Favorite vintage store Wooden Sleepers has closed their Red Hook, Brooklyn shop and is open online.
- Beautiful Miami lifestyle store Mrs Mandolin has relocated to the charming back house of sister business, Mandolin restaurant, and opened a second location at Soho Beach House.
- 2 Note have closed their Warren Street shop in Hudson and are now operating their online shop from a renovated horse barn.
- After fifteen years Dublin flower shop Appasionata have closed their shop and are now operating their business from their floral studio.
- Hawkins NY have shuttered their NYC and Hudson, NY shops and have moved their business online.
- Federicks & Mae have closed their Brooklyn Shop and are now online only.
- In Other News, we’re loving award-winning shopkeeper Victoria Suffield’s home featured in Remodelista.
- From the NY Times “7 Ways the Pandemic Has Changed the Way We Shop for Food“, and unsurprisingly Local is a bigger lure.
- The supply chain is being transformed too, and premium trade show, Shoppe Object has reinvented itself as an online marketplace, Shoppe On.
- Join in our newest hashtag #localshopfronts and support all your local favorite shops.