Mayor promotes shopping local in Urban Enterprise Zone

In a new video, Davis reiterates calls to support local businesses

On Dec. 22, Mayor Davis grabs a slice from Mona Lisa Pizzeria at 165 Broadway, a member of the Urban Enterprise Zone.
On Dec. 22, Mayor Davis grabs a slice from Mona Lisa Pizzeria at 165 Broadway, a member of the Urban Enterprise Zone.

Residents are encouraged to continue to shop local to support Bayonne businesses, according to Mayor James Davis.

Many small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat since Gov. Phil Murphy issued a stay-at-home order in March. Even after restrictions had been lifted and many places reopened, business is not the same as it was pre-pandemic.

Buy in Bayonne

Davis has encouraged residents to shop local in nearly every weekly COVID-19 update video. He has urged residents to support local businesses to keep the city “#BayonneStrong.”

A new video now promotes businesses in the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).

“We all know that COVID-19 has been a major challenge for all of us,” Davis said. “So I’m asking you to please shop local, and buy in Bayonne.”

According to Davis, out of every $100 spent locally, $68 stays right here in Bayonne.

He continued, “Get a gift card for any Bayonne business you choose. Every dollar you spend keeps a Bayonne business alive and thriving.”

Davis advised residents to maintain social distancing, keep masks above the nose, and have hope.

“We’ll get past the pandemic,” Davis said. “We all know in our hearts that for Bayonne the best is yet to come.”

For any business interested in signing up for the UEZ, call 201-858-6357.

Innovative ideas

During the stay-at-home order, the UEZ promoted businesses still open to the public. The UEZ wanted open businesses to make themselves known by sending in photos of their stores. Each business was cleaned and sanitized before the UEZ posted on social media platforms that the business is open and safe to visit.

The city created special parking spots for residents picking up takeout. Establishments could call the Bayonne Parking Authority to apply for the “No Parking” designation that Davis said helps to maintain social distancing. Delivery drivers were not allowed to park in the spots, only residents picking up food quickly and returning home.

The special parking spots were reinstated in December.

In September, the city began hosting “Dine Out and Shop Out” events. Parts of streets were shut down during each event to expand outdoor dining for participating restaurants and encourage shopping at nearby businesses. The outdoor dining events may have ceased due to the weather, but financial support of local businesses must continue, Davis said.

To spearhead these efforts, Davis has been visiting eateries, salons, and other businesses and paying for products and services.

“Please do what you can to shop local, it will benefit all of us!” Davis said.

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