The following guest post is authored by Jonathan M. Solis, a Haverstraw Village resident and local entrepreneur. Jonathan created Local Roamer, a local business discount platform, and NutraSol Natural Center (a health food center); Jonathan hopes to eventually open a branch of NutraSol in the Village.
I’ve always said that Haverstraw is a gold mine and it is evident with the amount of new businesses arising in the area. Entrepreneurs are beginning to see the potential in this little village just north of New York City and it is our responsibility as residents of Haverstraw and Rockland County as a whole, to support these businesses and buy local. However, I sometimes feel that we take these local mom and pop shops for granted. Sometimes we overlook the importance of these businesses and the role they play in the lives of local residents in the area.
Just think of the convenience these local businesses offer the Village of Haverstraw. Whether you need to buy some groceries at the local Bodega, need to take your kids to the doctor, or you have to pick up your prescription from the local pharmacy, everything you need is right there close-by and all in walking distance for those who live in the village. Now imagine how much harder things will be for the locals if those businesses didn’t exist. It would be more difficult and more expensive to have to travel a farther distance to get the goods and services elsewhere.
Local businesses stimulate the local economy. There are many people from out of town who visit Haverstraw to have dinner on the Hudson, purchase their homemade candies from Lucas Candy, or get custom cakes from Vilma’s Bakery. The diversity of these businesses all in one village attracts tourists and more business overall. Each of these businesses is actually helping each other. Even the bar and grill restaurants who one would think are competing, are actually helping each other out in some ways too. I see the village of Haverstraw becoming like Nyack where people go for the purpose of bar hopping for a night out. If there would only be one bar, Nyack would not attract as many visitors as it does on the weekends. It’s the same concept in Haverstraw where people are going to start going for a night out with the sole purpose of walking through the strips and visiting various spots. The fact that these local shops are all close-by within walking distance of each other makes the village of Haverstraw a breeding ground for social gatherings where friends and family can have a good time.
Local businesses stimulate the local economy and we have to make the wise decision of buying locally so that we can continue to have the privilege and convenience of having everything we need in our own backyard, the Village of Haverstraw.