STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - WEST SHORE - "Pick three, spend fifty." That's the motto of "The 3/50 Project."
In honor of Staten Island's 350th anniversary, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce has signed on as a supporter of The 3/50 Project, a national, grassroots campaign created to help support mom-and-pop businesses that make our communities unique, diverse and viable.
The program was founded by a Minneapolis woman, Cinda Baxter, to encourage consumers to think about the locally-owned businesses in their neighborhoods that they would hate to see leave, to stop in and say "hello" and to spend some money too.
"We hope that The 3/50 Project here on Staten Island will help our locally-owned businesses increase their exposure and help preserve our rich and storied history," said Linda Baran, president and CEO of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
Island business owners can sign up with the Chamber to participate in the program. To date more than 100 businesses have registered. The Chamber hopes to sign up at least 350 businesses in keeping with the 350th anniversary theme. Businesses can find out more about the program on the Chamber's website, www.sichamber.com, or at www.the350project.net.
Here are the West Shore businesses that have signed up to participate so far, organized by ZIP codes:
* 10314: Alpha Omega Coverage Corp., 1253 Richmond Ave., Graniteville; Beyar's Market, 2241 Victory Blvd., Meiers Corners; Clark's House of Flowers, 1875 Victory Blvd, Castleton Corners; Contrino Travel Inc., 36 Rockville Ave., New Springville; Fidelity Merchant Services, 2164 Victory Blvd., Meiers Corners; Law Office of Patrick C. Gatins, 27 Jaffe St., Graniteville; Northfield Bank, 1731 Victory Blvd., Castleton Corners; Relevant Public Relations, 1535 Richmond Ave., SOBOR Suite 3, New Springville; Richmond Aluminum Supply Co. Inc., 26 Watchogue Rd., Meiers Corners; Shamrock Paints, 1887 Victory Blvd, Castleton Corners; Staten Island Board of Realtors, Inc., 1535 Richmond Ave., Graniteville; W.H. Roth & Co., 1775 South Ave., Travis; Lewco Gold and Silver Corp., 2845 Richmond Ave., New Springville; Nicole's Emporium, Inc., 3555 Victory Blvd.; Nostalgia Oak Warehouse of Staten Island, 3729 Victory Blvd., Travis; Staten Island Travel, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville; Video Surveillance Corp., 83 Stephen Loop, New Springville, and A Little Bit Country, 1890 Victory Blvd., Meiers Corners.
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