Business of the Month: Greenwich Locksmiths
The sliver of a shop at 56 Seventh Avenue South became familiar to many New Yorkers for its tiny, triangular shape, and then a few years ago for adding an artistic façade made of thousands of keys. Customers of Greenwich Locksmiths, founded by Philip Mortillaro in 1980, also know it for the high quality of its keys, locks, security systems and customer service. Add the friendliness of Mortillaro and his son and business partner, Philip Mortillaro, Jr., and you know why Greenwich Locksmiths is our Business of the Month for May.
“I just like being me,” said Phil Sr., who has lived in the Village for decades. “If I gonorth of 14th Street, nobody knows me. If I go south of Canal Street, nobody knows me. If I stay in this zone, everybody knows me. And I have an identity: I’m a locksmith.” The GVSHP supporter who nominated Greenwich Locksmiths wrote to us: “The artwork in front is incredibly cool, and always puts a smile on my face when I walk by it.” Read more about this month’s business of the month here, and past businesses of the month here.With GVSHP's "Business of the Month" program, each month a local, independent business is featured on GVSHP's website and blog Off the Grid, and shared via social media and our e-bulletins, to showcase one of our neighborhoods' great and unique commercial treasures. The program underscores what makes each business so valued and distinctive. We hope it will increase support and patronage, aiding our local small businesses' health and viability.
We're asking you, the public, to nominate your favorite businesses for consideration for our "Business of the Month." To nominate a business just fill in a very brief form here.
Local businesses are the backbone of our neighborhoods, and many find themselves in an increasingly tough environment of rising rents and proliferating chain stores. GVSHP is committed to highlighting the businesses that help keep our neighborhoods unique and special, and provide a service, atmosphere, or specialty that can't be found anywhere else.
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