After the crash of 2008 and the recession of 2009 Westchester had more than a few financial issues. Cities, towns and villages reeled with the loss of commerce as the public pulled in their horns and stopped spending. This created budget shortfalls as revenues from sales taxes decreased. Shops that had been around for decades were announcing final clearance sales and shuttering their doors for good. Some areas started to look almost abandoned as “for rent” signs for retail spaces started propagating like bunnies. It was a jolt to what is generally a well-heeled and prosperous community.
In early 2010 the problem dragged on. One place particularly hard- hit was a popular portion of Palmer Ave. in Larchmont just a block from the Metro-North trains station. For all practical purposes, this should be a very popular area for retail as the location is a real draw for commuters walking to and from the train. Nevertheless, the area was bereft of retailers willing to step up an plant their flag to make a go of it in the worst recession since the great depression. A few brave shops remained while the other spaces just emptied out.
But by the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 – a real turnaround was starting. New retailers were making their move into these abandoned spaces and storefronts in Larchmont New York were showing signs of life – the “for rent” signs were being replaced bye “Coming Soon..” signs. It was a breath of fresh air.
Is also a new addition to Palmer Ave. in Larchmont. It has quite a presence in Chicago – but there are only a few branches in tristate area. Although I haven’t sampled any of their products myself – it looks like they have a wide and yummy variety of pizzas and salads. The pizza is prepared fresh on the premises and is wrapped for you to take home. When you are ready to eat – you bake the pizza in your own oven with a piece of parchment paper that is provided…. No muss, no fuss, completely fresh. Check out their website – HomeMade Pizza Co.
Made its debut last year. Red Mango is a franchise that serves all natural frozen non-fat frozen yogurt – gluten free with probiotics. They have a variety of Parfaits Smoothies, hot chocolate chillers and much more. I enjoyed some fresh non-fat pumpkin yogurt last fall on a warm sunny day. To keep up with the latest from Larchmont’s Red Mango you can follow them on Red Mango – Larchmont on Face Book.
Is another newcomer to the area. It offers a variety of specialty cupcakes, mini-cupcakes and other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Come in just for a treat or have your special event catered.
You can find them on their website Sweet and Social You can also follow them on their Sweet & Social page on Face Book or SweetandSocial on Twitter.
Recologie is a truly unique store that sells products that are created from items that would normal end up in a land fill. Truth be told – this store relocated from a less central location further down Palmer Ave. But still it is nice to see a truly local business moving into some prime retail space. They are an eco-friendly, socially responsible boutique that has everything from picture frames to clothing. Their products are truly unique and while I was there I was fascinated by the way they were able to make use of items that would normally just be discarded as trash. I will have more on this unique boutique later. You can check out their website at Recologie.com . They also have a Face Book page – Recologie.
Congratulations to all the newcomers who were able to help bring Palmer Ave. back to its prosperous and unique self….
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