May 23: Small Biz Strikes Back with Virtual Shopping Block Party

There is no question that local small businesses have been hit hard by COVID 19. They struggled to receive support via Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). There are grants and low-interest loans from federal, state, and local organizations, but these only provide a temporary umbrella. Small businesses still have rent/mortgage payments and other overhead expenses that continue to add up.  The businesses who could adjust and provide essential services are only tapping a percentage of their usual clientele, as most of the customer base is doing their best to observe safe “Stay At Home” practices.

You may find a favorite shop on crowdsource sites. Two such are:  Ear Wax Records, and Spoonbill and Sugartown Books,

Artists, also in the independent entrepreneur category, are performing on video platforms and asking for donations or ticket prices.

This Saturday will bring a mix of brick and mortar with live videos. Brooklyn Block Party Live will go LIVE on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. here: Advertised as “Brooklyn’s first-ever digital live shopping event with your favorite local shops, restaurants, independent designers, and community organizations” viewers will participate in scheduled events that take you to a presentation of each merchant and links where you can make purchases (with discounts).

It all begins at 10 a.m. with a brunch tutorial from Lemons & Olive’s Chef, Amy Hess. She’ll demonstrate the steps to making a delicious shrimp and grits dish. Other activities are a chat on best local books from WORD Bookstore, mindful drawing with Dan DiFerdinando, a craft chocolate tour with KahKow’s Williamsburg factory, and much more.  Go to: to see the full schedule.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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