good-b CHOICE: Holiday Shopping with Impact in the Big Apple! This season make your gift giving count by giving back to the local community while saving the planet. Good-b editors have selected a few specialty shops where your gift-giving bucks can go that extra mile for sustainability. The first selection, Sustainable NYC, is a small business in the East Village chock full of eco-friendly and socially good gifts. The shop is listed as a sustainable general store and stocks everything from recycled stationary to vegan shoes (seriously). If you are near Thompkins Square Park this season, don’t miss this eco-consious gem.
Next up and equally noteworthy is Chelsea’s ArcadiaNYC, spa and gift shop. This only-in-NYC small-b started out a decade ago as an eco-spa and has branched out to offer sustainable gifts from sustainable chocolate to eco-friendly housewares. The local Chelsea owners organize events and blog about small business sustainable efforts. Definitely worth checking out their enchanting shop or if you are not in town, you can shop online and support their locally good initiative.
Another great find are New York’s amazing holiday markets in Union Square, Bryant Park, and Columbus Circle. You will find local artisans and craftspeople who knit sweaters and scarves, brew their own beer, hand paint their paper goods, or handcraft an eco-friendly puppet for small children. You name it, they have it. Our favorite? Union Square of course. But that’s just because it’s in our nabe and we can walk to it.
Last and definitely not the least: If you want to make an even bigger impact with your shopping dollars and help local New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, then check out Shopping With Benefits. Local start-ups and entrepreneurs (including Good-b) have come together to offer an online Ebay-like shopping forum where each click of the mouse helps Sandy victims. Bid on your favorite and unusual items, like dinner with Sopranos stars (Yo! Ya talking to me?) or a personal meet-up with a baseball legend. Spend your money wisely by giving and getting through supporting this vital local New York-New Jersey cause. A great way to finish your conscious shopping this holiday season by helping your fellow New Yorkers.
East Village: Sustainable NYC: Best Eco General Store in New York!
139 Avenue A at 9th St. or shop online
Every sustainable, fair trade, eco-friendly, organic product and gift imaginable under one roof: paper goods, candles, clothing, health & beauty, jewelry, home décor, chatkes…
After shopping, relax in the cozy café with a vegan homemade soup or Fair Trade Espresso!
ArcadiaNYC: Sustainable Skin & Spa, Home Décor Products, Gifts
249 West 23 Street or online
This is both a fabulous eco-conscious gift shop and holistic spa! Shop until you drop and then relax with all organic body treatment using biodynamic body oils and aromatherapy bath products from Dr.Hauschka. Or give a gift of massage to your loved one!
Tribeca Beauty Spa
8 Harrison St. or online
Raw, certified, organic beauty products & awesome holistic Spa!
Endorsed by Green Beauty Team: Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic products are created from raw, certified organic, biodynamic or ethically wild-crafted ingredients, contain no chemicals or synthetic materials, are not tested on animals, and are so pure they’re actually edible!
Outdoor (Heated) Holiday Markets:
Greenwich Village: Union Square
Upper West Side: Columbus Circle at Central Park South
Jewelry, clothing, crafts, home décor, gifts, pottery, children’s items, and food! By local artisans and small business owners!
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park:
120 Local Artisans and Craft shops, holiday specialties and special events in outdoor heated seasonal craft village.
SHOPPING WITH BENEFITS!
Stand for Something Good and Help Hurricane Sandy Relief:
Help Hurricane Sandy victims devastated by the Storm with direct aid supplied by Farm2Me, NowStreetNews, and LastClick.
Bid on items and help Hurricane Relief Effort at Lastclick