One of the saddest memories I have from my stint in the East Village was the closing of a very talented designer shop just a few doors down from my store. One day, the store was empty. The whole street was buzzing with questions and concerns. All the retailers on the street were hyper aware of Trump??s son in law buying the building and becoming the new landlord. This is all we knew. I ran into the owner a few weeks later in the local hardware store. I introduced myself and expressed my sadness and well wishes. She opened up to me and told my what had happened. I never forgot her words. The last straw was not having the funds to fix the store??s broken gate. She did not have the substantial amount of money and the landlord refused to fix it. She was tired of fighting the fight. My guess is a truck came in the middle of the night and she pulled down that broken gate. I never forgot the question I asked her. ???Why didn??t you reach out to your neighborhood and ask for help??? I knew this option was never on the table for her. She is quite reserved and shy. I was serious. If we all knew what was going on, as a collective, maybe there could have been support. Did someone know someone who could fix the gate for free or at a reduced rate? If the media was introduced to the story, maybe the landlord could have be persuaded to chip in. Could we throw together a quick fundraising raffle and go door to door! I am writing this story because I realize there may have been potential to stop the closing of yet another small retail store. I also realize the potential of Townsquared. I see it already. Bits and pieces of advice offered to those whom have reached out and asked for help. Many of the questions and answers are relatable to what my specific needs are. Many of us have similar issues. This is a major time saver for curating information. I also see the support system taking hold. It is awesome :)