Your front page headline “A Douglaston Downer” and accompanying story “Anchor store gone in Douglaston” (Liz Rhoades— July 18) sadly also applies to Little Neck where my wife and I shop and dine as well as it other neighborhoods. There are over a dozen vacant storefronts between the City Line and Marathon Parkway. Some have been empty for years. In these difficult economic times, it is especially important to patronize your local neighborhood businesses. There are so many great local businesses within the heart of your local neighborhood. Leave your car at home and avoid the major commercial strips malls. Get some exercise by taking a walk and shop local. Douglaston may have lost Giftalicious, but has gained Smokin’ Ace’s Championship BBQ. Smokin’ Ace’s is trying to survive at the same location formerly occupied by Stawberry’s Sports Grill.
My wife and I don’t mind occasionally paying a little more to help our local businesses survive. Don’t forget your cook and server at your favorite local neighborhood restaurant. We try to tip 20 percent against the total bill including taxes. If it is an odd amount, we round up to the next dollar. If we can afford to eat out, we can afford an extra dollar tip. When ordering takeout, we always leave a dollar or two for the waiter or cook. It is appreciated.
Remember these people are our neighbors. Our local entrepreneurs have continued to create new employment opportunities without the assistance of federally-funded taxpayers’ stimulus dollars. They work long hours, pay taxes and provide local employment especially to students during the summer. If we don’t patronize our local community stores and restaurants to shop and eat, they don’t eat either.
Please join me and your neighbors in continuing to support the Queens Chronicle. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad.