2013-09-13 / Community

Rockaway: Business Opportunity Knocks?

By Dan Guarino

Last week The Wave shared readers’ ideas on what new businesses they would like to see in the Rockaways. Responding to the Wave’s call for even more ideas, Pamala Wyatt, who describes herself as “Painting Pamala, creating art from salvaged, reclaimed and repurposed items in the Rockaway Beach area,” suggested some of the following.

“I would like to see a venue created for local artisans and crafters,” she noted, “to showcase their wares in a shared retail location. Many of us are trying to survive in difficult economic conditions and could benefit from the extra cash that could be generated from such a place.

“Each person would get a designated space to set up and sell their wares, such as homemade jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, jewelry, handcrafted art, etc. Think of “Etsy” (a popular online retailer) as a brick and mortar showplace.

“We could have community organizations, musical performances and local caterers set up as well. It could be opened up to include collectibles such as comic books and baseball cards or antiques but should not be thought of as a “garage sale”.

“To help us all trying to survive during very difficult economic conditions, the goal is to organize a retail location to the benefit of our community and its local population. With interesting and one of a kind products, unique handmade health and beauty products, and attractive handcrafted jewelry, and art crafted out of salvage we could attract customers to Rockaway from all over.

“The venue could be in the vacant 99¢ Store on Beach 116th or any of the larger vacant storefronts there. Each vendor would pay a fee for their space based on its size. It could be open only on weekends during the offseason and all week during the summer and maybe the holiday season as well. As a local artist I would like to be a part of a thriving local economy, and helping other artisan vendors live a little better without fear of not being able to pay their living expenses.

“Thank you for allowing me to share my idea.”

Is there an imaginative entrepreneur or a real estate matchmaker out there? Let’s hear from you and get some business going.

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