Expert: Shopping locally trending in Hudson ValleyPosted: Updated:
As some major retailers are closing their doors, more shoppers in the Hudson Valley are spending time at mom and pop shops.
Inspo is a new business run by mother-and-daughter duo Ginghi Clarke and Janice Harding in Pelham's downtown shopping district. The lifestyle boutique features locally made accessories, including Harding’s own artwork.
“I hate malls and felt I wasn't the only person. So I wanted to create this experience for people where they don't feel like they're buying a piece and it doesn't mean anything,” says Clarke.
Inspo is just one of many mom and pops that call Fifth Avenue in Pelham home, and business experts say shopping locally is a trend that's popping up more in the Hudson Valley.
“It has been able to give us a portfolio to continue to recruit and promote other businesses to Westchester County,” says John Ravitz, executive director of the Business Council of Westchester.
Ravitz says there are more reasons to work and play in counties like Westchester, without having to travel to New York City. And, as more big name stores shut down, entrepreneurs have a chance to succeed.
“They have a vision, a dream and take it and create a business in their local communities,” he says.