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Holistic Pet Shops Ride the Pandemic-Pet Gravy Train

Tazz Latifi of Petropolis.

Last February, when the city shut down, Tazz Latifi chose to close her natural pet supply store in the Financial District. With Petropolis’ doors shut, Latifi, like many New York City small business owners, contemplated the future of her retail space. “I didn’t know if I could do retail, and my lease was coming up. At that moment, I thought, Okay, perfect time, I could just shut it all down,” she told me over the phone. “Then I started getting email, after email, after email from clients.”  More →

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A Free Grocery on the LES? Canal Cafeteria’s Founder Wants to Bring It to Fruition

(Photo  Andres Castillo)

It’s been eight months and over 1,000 bags filled with 10,000 pounds of fresh produce since Canal Cafeteria began nourishing the Lower East Side. And one woman is behind the entire operation. Chelsey Ann Slagle founded Canal Cafeteria to provide immediate relief to those facing food insecurity brought on by the pandemic. True to its name, the organization began on Canal Street in front of the coffee shop Little Canal, with a long folding table, premade PB&Js, packaged snacks, fresh fruits, bottled water, and a goal to feed a community. More →