Ms Apple’s #localbizlove recap #smallbusinesssaturday
I am a big supporter of travel and live like a local - over the last years, I developed a habit to collect restaurants business card to make collage on the kitchen wall, and also made into a coffee travel & exploration collage #coffeeloveproject
In a talk about future of travel & social data, Sam Lessin, the architect of Facebook Timeline and Head of Identity Group, discussed 3 trends he predicts:
(1) The future: be a local everywhere (a real local)
(2) Places will be able to know you
(3) a whole category of unlocking unused and unique inventory in the world is a big deal
This Saturday 11.30.2013 is Small Business Saturday & I saw that Airbnb has a #localbizlove hashtag project, I am happy to be part of it.
(1) Dim-Sum Lady at Jing Fong (Chinatown)
I am aware that Jing Fong is not a small business, but it is indeed a local biz to experience authentic Hong Kong style dim sum lady rolling a cart and order from the dim sum cart directly.
Thomas and a few college mates from Princeton are having a reunion brunch at Jing Fong. After eating, I asked to take a photo with a dim sum lady. Her face beamed and kept saying “thank you! this is so nice. the photo is so beautiful.”
A girl comments “You just made her day.” Looking through the photos, I must say, she made my day too.
(2) Say hi to Lucy @ThinkCoffeeNYC, 123 4th ave
On 6.22.2013, I started to bring #coffeeloveproject to different neighborhoods in NYC, and one of my first stops was Think Coffee. I went because I had learned on foursquare that the original codes of Foursquare were written in ThinkCoffee. In addition, sustainability-minded Think Coffee visits their farms and helped build a library in Ethiopia, where they source their coffee. 10% of after-tax profits go to Grand Street Settlement in LES.
See more detail on my 6.22 visit to ThinkCoffeeNYC and other East Village coffee shops: http://coffeeloveproject.tumblr.com/post/54193814869/ev
I support businesses that make an effort to be sustainable, and give back to community - Think Coffee is one of them. I also noticed that ThinkCoffee is a community-chosen top pick for Airbnb NYC.
(3) Wayside Cafe on 13th and 3rd ave
My review of Wayside on Yelp here.
After organizing two #coffeelovecrawl in East Village with @WaysideNYC, I have befriended barista Miguel & owner Paul.
Today, I had an almond croissant from @Breadsbakery and soy latte as usual. It is nice when you walk into a coffee shop and get greeted by your familiar barista who pours your regular drink. #livelikealocal
This local experience goes back to Sam’s prediction of future:
the future looks a LOT like the past
● There are a LOT that’s changing (technology), but the fundamentals of who humans are, and what they want to navigate are NOT changing
● As effectively information catches back up with physical movement (moving bits catches back up with moving atoms), the last time that happens was in small towns
● Having that same relationships as a businesses that you think the local bartender, local blacksmith, local yoga studio, is the right direction that a lot of products should push in (where the world should go)
Before going to (4) and (5), for those interested Ms. Apple NYC Vegan Tour Blog here: http://msappleorchard.tumblr.com/post/58219650554/vegan
(4) Sustainable NYC on 9th and Ave A
If there is a store in East Village that embodies my values, it would be Sustainable NYC - an eco products store. I have been a fan of their cashew-based vegan ice cream since my first visit.
During this visit, I got a maple walnut ice cream & a spinach feta cheese biscuit. I am happy to get a savory biscuit due to my lack of sweet tooth.
(5) Caravan of Dreams on 6th and 1st ave
My review of Wayside on Yelp here
Caravan of Dreams,founded in 1991 by a Spaniard (Angel Moreno) , is located a bit tucked away at the corner of 6th street & 1st ave. Their menu book cover photo reminded me of Spain and Picasso’s paintings that I saw at the Barnes Foundation. So I asked if this is a Spanish influenced place? The waiter said the owner is Spanish!
[A hidden gem for the community]
The interior is dim, but it is one of those hidden gems of EV that attract a crowd fueled by passion and love for food, health, music, and community. Community in a sense that Caravan of Dreams is not only a restaurant that serves healthy food, but also hosts lectures, cooking demos, meetings, parties and yoga classes. Angel hosts people around the planet who share the same principle of “nutrition and healthy living” in practice at his own store.
I looked through old yellow photos of Caravan of Dreams and my eyes were almost wet. I felt touched that Angel committed last 22 years building this healthy food joint with his passion and vision.
To be fair, I do think the smoothie is a bit pricy. I would get the 24orz cold-pressed juice from Bin Bin at Le Mirage Cafe on 43rd and 5th if it were not close.