In an age of disappearing staples like Toys R Us, it's wonderful to see longstanding businesses thriving. In an earlier post we touched on how to survive the Retail Apocolypse, which it appears Toys R Us has fallen victim to. If these large chains are toppled in such a fashion, what can small businesses do to avoid the same fate?

Be it ice cream parlors, sweet shops, or even records stores, certain businesses still thrive the old-school way. Having that nostalgic charm can set a business apart from most others who are keeping with modern trends. People enjoy that friendly warmth of vintage shops that remind them of simpler times.

In New York City we constantly see new businesses pop up and wonder how long they will last. It's not uncommon to see two or more businesses occupy a single storefront in the span of a year. This makes these businesses featured here all the more special- all of them have been open for more than 50 years.

This past week's live video highlights our Top Ten Staten Island Old-School Institutions still doing business the classic way in Staten Island today. Learn more about these special institutions by watching this video hosted by's Hannah Jay and Anthony Licciardello.

  1. Majors Records

  2. Philip’s Candy Store

  3. Great Kills Thrift

  4. Liedy’s Shore Inn

  5. Holtermann’s Bakery

  6. Eggers Ice Cream

  7. Delco Drugs

  8. Rustic Music Center

  9. Ralph’s Ices

  10. Bennett’s Bikes


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