A Tribute to Small Business

A Tribute to Small Business

In an era when chain stores are becoming the norm, supporting Upper West Side small business has become more important than ever before. Many independent local stores on the Upper West Side are run by families who have been around for generations. They’re part of the community and what makes this neighborhood so family-friendly. Read below to find out what are some of the oldest small businesses that are still thriving today.

Beacon Paint and Hardware

371 Amsterdam Ave.

This Upper West Side hardware store has been on the Upper West Side for 116 years. The family-owned store has been around the neighborhood since 1900! Initially, Beacon Paint operated as a paint and wallpaper one-stop shop and didn’t quite make the transition into a full-fledged hardware store until the 90’s. The mom and pop store carries household cleaning products, AC units, heaters, fans, electrical and lighting supplies, fans, extension cords, and even building materials. They also have tools available for sale or rental and offer key cutting services. Beacon carries Benjamin Moore Paints and customers can match any color or brand of their preference as long as they bring in a swatch of something. The customer service is always courteous, kind, and provides one-on-one individualized attention.

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Edgar Catasus

Edgar Catasus

Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).
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