At this LIC Store, It’s All Made in Queens
By Sylvie Williams
Are you looking for quality products ranging from jewelry to food made by your neighbors but don’t know where to begin? It’s Queens suggests you head over to Long Island City and pay a visit to the new Made in Queens store.
Made in Queens opened it doors to customers this past summer, and offers locally produced and manufactured items. It’s a prime example of sustainable and conscious retail.
It’s the little things that count at Made in Queens. The store sells clothing and jewelry, home goods, knick-knacks, and even food. With a shopping and lounge space, you might find yourself spending the whole day roaming the Long Island City space.
“We don’t have a lot of things that say Made in Queens, just some t-shirts, but what we do have here are things that are unique to each manufacturer and items that are made locally,” said Sante Antonelli, director of Business Services at Made in Queens. “There is a story and personality behind each product.”
Made in Queens was opened under the direction of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. With each product sold, Made in Queens is helping local businesses thrive and flourish.
Unlike mish-mash flea markets where you usually find local products, QEDC intended to give Made in Queens a more “home-like” atmosphere, comforting yet trendy.
No customer is forced to sort through piles of random clothing searching aimlessly for the right t-shirt.
Each month the store is refreshed in a sense, as the products on sale revolve around an ever-changing theme. For instance, the first month the theme was “Queens Has it All,” which showcased the ethnic and economic diversity of the borough.
Each customer was made conscious of their purchase decisions and the many stories the borough has to share.
What’s innovative and distinctive about the shop is the white card unique to each product that shares a quirky and interesting detail about the item or artisan, such as the producer’s favorite restaurant (in Queens of course!), why the product is special, or where the product originates.
“We ask vendors questions like ‘How is this Queens or locally central?’” Antonelli added. “For most stores, you don’t know anything about the product, like where it comes from or who made it, here you do.”
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