Park & Shop Nob Hill this Thursday, December 15! Nob Hill Retailers need your help...

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NOB HILL PARK & SHOP DECEMBER 15TH!


The 17th annual Nob Hill Shop and Stroll happened on December 2nd as planned, but hurricane-strength winds and brutal cold kept most shoppers at home. It was bad for business, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nob Hill.

Your Nob Hill neighborhood is struggling. Shop and Stroll is usually one of the biggest sales days of the year for most area retailers. For many merchants, 2011 has been the most challenging year they’ve ever faced. Jay Steinberg, owner of Birdland shares, “for the first time in 17 years I’m on the verge of going out of business.” He is far from alone. Many stores have closed over the last few years in Nob Hill. Matie Fricker, Co Owner of Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center, and lead organizer of Park and Shop explains, “We’re about to celebrate our store’s 5th anniversary, and it should be a time for
celebration. But it’s never been harder just to stay open. When I started talking to neighbors, I realized that we are not alone.” Martha Somerville, the owner of Papers for 15 years has seen the neighborhood change. “I grew up going to mom and pop stores--I always loved the creativity and individuality I found there. It feels very different shopping in a store that is locally owned. You can feel the passion of the owner, their heart is in the business and you really feel the love in how you are treated.” Unfortunately, Martha has been forced to move Papers into a smaller retail space in order to try to save her shop. “The sales just aren’t coming into support the cost of doing business.” Martha fears that without a change Nob Hill could end up looking like a ghost town.  


What's happening in Nob Hill is happening all over America, and through Park & Shop, the merchants of Nob Hill hope to make it easier for folks to keep their money in their local community. According to Wayne Story, VP of Communications & Marketing for the Albuquerque Independent Business Association (AIBA) “Albuquerque area consumers and businesses are spending too much of their money on businesses with ownership in other states and the money is flooding out of New Mexico.. It's filling the pockets of out of state internet businesses and national companies whose profits leave the state and never return.”

Whether or not you can shop on Thursday, December 15th, Nob Hill merchants hope that you will choose to support locally and independently owned small businesses. By choosing to support Nob Hill and other locally owned businesses you can effectively keep vitally needed resources here in New Mexico.

Learn more on our facebook event page. Then share with all your friends.


The list of retailers offering big sales on December 15th is growing.  Go here for a current list of sales!

Some participants are:: Revolver, Kosmic Trading Post, Self Serve, T ‘n’ A Tobacco, The Herb Store, Cowboys and Indians, Birdland, Gearwerks, Olo Yogurt Studio, Stone Mountain Beads, Terra Firma,
Rhythm Dance Company, Rockit Hair Studio, Toad Road, The Yarn Store, Tres Boutique, Sole Art and Antiques, Bath and Body Distro, Stilo, Ecco Gellato, Bath and Body Distro, Astro Zombies, Papers,
Zap..Oh!, Form Gallery, Aqui-Nob Hill, The Barber's Shop, Stone Circle Massage and more.

The community response to the call for help has been hopeful and powerful. 1 day after the launch of the facebook event there are already over 200 rsvp’s and 2,700 invites sent.

If you’d like more information about this, contact Matie Fricker at 505-340-6258 or email matie@selfservetoys.com



Some participants are:: Revolver, Kosmic Trading Post, Self Serve, T ‘n’ A Tobacco, The Herb Store,
Cowboys and Indians, Birdland, Gearwerks, Olo Yogurt Studio, Stone Mountain Beads, Terra Firma,
Rhythm Dance Company, Rockit Hair Studio, Toad Road, The Yarn Store, Tres Boutique, Sole Art and
Antiques, Bath and Body Distro, Stilo, Ecco Gellato, Bath and Body Distro, Astro Zombies, Papers,
Zap..Oh!, Form Gallery, Aqui-Nob Hill, The Barber's Shop, Stone Circle Massage and more.

The community response to the call for help has been hopeful and powerful. 1 day after the launch of the facebook event there are already over 200 rsvp’s and 2,700 invites sent.

If you’d like more information about this, contact Matie Fricker at 505-340-6258 or email
matie@selfservetoys.com

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Comment by mombat on December 13, 2011 at 2:20pm

 

YAY!

We braved the winds for shop and stroll and had a great dinner at the Slice Parlor, bought a necklace at Ohh Ahh, and some groceries at the Co-op before giving into the weather.

A do-over sounds good.

Comment by Crista on December 13, 2011 at 8:19pm

I also braved the winds, with my group of 4 others from Discover Albuquerque, (a Meetup group). We had FUN fighting the wind and freezing, then warming up with Guiness and pot pie at 2 Fools. Better 4 fools at Two Fools than 2,000 fools who let a little wind spoil their Christmas Shopping and our local economy... ;-)

Comment by Judy on December 14, 2011 at 9:57am

Last year my mother, my husband and I did our own shop and stroll on Nob Hill on a Saturday afternoon. We did one pass up the street so we could point out things we liked and then split up so the purchasers could purchase. Unfortunately, having to drive back to the east mountains and tend to a herd of animals after work, these evening events do not work for me. But that did not stop us to create our own. Last year, I was proud - all gifts were purchased from local stores and artisans, many on Nob Hill. It is not hard and nor did it break my budget. I did not step foot in a mall or order online. I am on track to do the same this year. It was a pleasant shopping experience and one that was not rushed.

Comment by mombat on December 15, 2011 at 8:50am

Wow Dull John, I had the opposite experience. Everyone was extra nice at the Shop and Freeze. The staff at Slice Parlor was very busy , but people were polite and helpfull. I had great time at Ohh Ahh jewlery, i even found affordable sausage at the Co-op.

Comment by nancy on December 15, 2011 at 11:00am

I'm very excited that Nob Hill is having another Shop and Stroll, since we weren't stoic enough to attend the earlier event on that cold and windy evening.

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