"I Shop New York" is hitting the road again, this time making way to the Hudson Valley, visiting four area favorites selected by loyal shoppers across the state. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the New York Retail Council's initiative, encouraging shoppers to patronize local stores first.
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- “We are everything you're looking for in regards to a pharmacy and gift store, but we're much more than what you're actually expecting,” said Dedrick’s Pharmacy and Gifts Senior Buyer and Manager Michelle Harris.
A longtime local favorite pharmacy started by two brother pharmacists. Dedrick's, now banking on 40 years of business, is gaining recognition for their unique retail experience.
“These are the stores, they employ our neighbors, they support our tax base, they add vitality and charm just like Dedrick’s,” said Retail Council of New York Membership and Communication Vice President Rebecca Flach.
Landing them a top 10 spot for favorite stores statewide and Michelle Harris says that’s just the formula that keeps customers coming back and shopping local.
“We have a passion for our customers and they're thoroughly loyal to us, especially in the day and age where many of our customers, unfortunately, have to get their medication through mail order,” said Harris.
As stores like Dedrick’s continue to face growing competition from out of state shops or internet only merchants, the “Local Gem Tour” is aiming to shed light on area stores, encouraging shoppers to think local first.
“That’s what it’s all about, giving these stores some extra play,” said Flach. “We’re trying to drive the economy and draw some attention to these local stores to get some support for them.”
Support the community store is glad to gain as they look forward to offering another 40 years of service in the Hudson Valley.
“We’re really, really honored and very, very proud,” said Harris.
Anyone looking for more information on how to get involved can head to retailcouncilnys.com/ishop-ny.