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Local Pride - By Anna Zappia

Neighborhood Support
Local companies and artisans not only reflect the areas in which they live,
but they also strengthen them. Building a strong support network is crucial,
especially in times of economic uncertainty. " Maybe this is idealistic, but
I feel that Brooklyn is a place where we care about our community and
we help our neighbors. I think a lot of our businesses feel very connected
to their customers because we have this whole ecosystem here, "
says Samara Karasyk, executive vice president and chief policy officer
at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
Brooklyn Designs, founded in 2003 by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce,
was one of the first fairs to showcase and promote the range of goods
being produced in New York City's most populous borough. With textiles,
jewelry, and furniture on display, the creativity of smaller, local design firms
garnered attention like never before. Although the show will not be held
next year, the Chamber continually adjusts its offerings based on the pulse
of the marketplace and what will best serve members.
" When we started Brooklyn Designs we were the only ones doing this
type of event, " Karasyk notes. " We knew that all of this great work wasn't
getting exposure, and I really think we helped bolster that growth. Now,
as we see what patterns are emerging through the pandemic, we are ready
to set up whatever programs are needed to help our sectors move forward. "
When designers and artists work together, it strengthens the bonds in
the entire neighborhood, which results in creative and economic success.
Zimmerman, who runs Ot/tra with her husband, Adam, says it's one of
the benefits of being in Brooklyn. " We're proponents of community over
competition, " she offers. " If people come to us looking for something that
we can't make, we're quick to recommend other artisans. It just comes
naturally to me to be a connector. And I think that because we all have our
unique products, we should be sharing, not competing with each other. "
Even in smaller towns or areas where every commission is crucial, designers
believe there's enough work for all. " We are aware of each other's expertise
and which projects we've worked on, " notes Bragg. " We support each other
much in the same way fine artists support the arts community. There's
a mutual respect and understanding that as long as everyone's businesses
are thriving, we are all winning and we can collaborate with each other. "

Design opportunity: Restaurants in Brooklyn
have gotten creative with their outdoor dining
areas as they navigate business amid a pandemic.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce even
held a contest for best outdoor dining space.
(Image: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce)

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