Put your mouse down. Stand back from the iPad. This year, you will leave the house and buy something from a local store. Yes, we understand that many things sold in local stores are not made locally. Yes, local stores might not have every single item you think you might want, and they might even cost you a little more money. But talking to human beings and browsing their stores is one reason you live in a city — you could have moved to strip-mall land years ago, and lived in peaceful anonymity. Heck, you could live in a five-bedroom mansion outside Cleveland for what you’re paying in rent every month!
But you don’t.
So get out there, Upper West Siders! New zoning laws aren’t going to save this neighborhood’s character. You and your bulging (or slim) wallet are.
The sign above is from the Columbus Natural Food market, one of the great Upper West Side stores. Let us know in the comments about some stores where you’ll be shopping this year and what you bought. It will give the rest of us ideas.