The Borough of Mom and Pop Shops


Don't let the big-boxification of Red Hook, the Starbucks-like growth of Dunkin' Donuts or the slew of chain shops in our neighborhoods fool you: Mom and Pop stores still reign supreme in Brooklyn, reports the Daily News. They find a pharmacy in Dyker Heights, a Bed-Stuy bookshop and a Cobble Hill hardware store surviving both the mallification of Brooklyn and the rocky economy. These are places where the owners know their patrons' names and real customer service exists (you know, there's an actual informed human to assist you). One thing we've seen is that a major chain can rapidly force nearby commercial rents to increase, as recently happened with the Flatbush Target. Will these Mom and Pops survive as more big guys make their way to Brooklyn?
Brooklyn Loves Its Mom and Pop Shops [NY Daily News]
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