What is truly local in Hoboken?

“Shopping Local” in Hoboken, NJ – what does that mean?

After hurricane Sandy – the biggest catch phrase of the year immediately became “shop local!!”

“Support local businesses now!”, “Help Hoboken rebuild!” And so on…

What reasons do you have for shopping local? What makes it hard?

But how many of you really got off the popular opinion train for a minute and asked yourself what in God’s name does shopping local mean exactly? What good does it do?

If you think about it – shopping local doesn’t always fit, and shouldn’t really be so widely accepted as being beneficial for a city. Just because it sounds like a warm and fuzzy thing to do, doesn’t mean it always is.

Real local shopping in my opinion, would be only the following: Local resident, selling products made locally, and employing locals. But that’s not realistic now, is it?

But is it truly shopping local if the business here in town sells things made in China? Or if the owner didn’t live here?

Do we want to support “local” businesses just to prevent the “big corporations” from taking over the city? To maintain that “charm?”

Does shopping locally limit you only to the town you live in? Or any “small business” in any town in the country? Is it big businesses vs. the little guys?

Besides shopping locally, why don’t we have mobs of residents asking landlords to support local businesses by making the rent more affordable? Where do you draw the line? Landlords are technically local businesses, too!

Lastly – while I’m personally a fan of countless local businesses in town, and shop at them almost every single day of the year – not every resident can afford to shop local. It truly is a shame that some people are forced to shop at the Walmarts of the world to clothe and feed their families.

How would you fix the situation where small local business would be the #1 place to shop for all people, regardless of income level?

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4 Comments on "What is truly local in Hoboken?"

2 years 11 months ago

There are only a few stores in Hoboken that have clothes I like and can afford.

2 years 11 months ago

Unfortunately, the greed of landlords trying to make a killing on rents force these establishments to have higher pricing. Some feel it’s the convenience of shopping local and put up with it. What I can’t understand is why these landlords are demanding high rents? There are so many vacant stores due to this, so why doesn’t a landlord try to get “something” for their spaces, rather then see them un-occupied for years? What am I missing?[quote comment=”218736″]There are only a few stores in Hoboken that have clothes I like and can afford.[/quote]

2 years 11 months ago

It’s sad how the landlords enforce such high rents and it equally if not harder for businesses to stay afloat. As a plus size woman I was always hoping a stylish store would open for us, but now as I think of it I probably couldn’t afford to shop there anyway. During the hurricane I walked up to the candle shop because I needed more and since I heard they were selling candles at a lower price I decided to give it a try. A few dollars off their candles was still untouchable for me. The… Read more »

2 years 11 months ago

Only a small portion of the people are capable of critical thinking nowadays. But at this point in the game, the local businesses really have an uphill battle in this economy. Wait until the new taxes and Obummercare come in to play. Good luck with that.