Why Sidewalk?

Retail has changed, and we want to help you succeed.

 

Sidewalk is a hyper-local e-commerce marketplace, designed to help customers find and buy products from local retail stores.

We want every local retailer to have a successful holiday shopping season and a successful 2021.  However, retail has changed and in order to thrive, we must embrace change and do things differently this year.

Here’s why:

60%  The number of customers who say they want to shop locally during the holiday season.
78% The percentage of shoppers who want to browse an online marketplace for their holiday shopping, up 29 points since 2019
70% The number of shoppers who would prefer to do as much holiday shopping online as possible, but keep it local

 

We bring local businesses and customers together to build stronger communities.

Sidewalk aims to bring authenticity and personal connection back to our communities by connecting customers with the local businesses that serve their neighborhoods. 

 

Mission

Our mission is to build stronger communities by keeping consumer purchasing local

At Sidewalk, we are connectors.  We help customers find the products they need online, sold by local retailers in their neighborhood.  We believe that in order to build and sustain strong communities, locally owned, independent businesses should have access to the customers that spend billions of dollars online annually. 

 

Our goal is not to replace brick and mortar stores, it is to augment them.  By lowering the barriers to entry so local businesses can join online marketplaces, Sidewalk helps to harness the power of thousands of businesses on our platform so businesses can reach more customers.

 

Put simply, we make it easier to shop locally, and we do that by aggregating the products independent retailers sell and putting them onto one easily searchable website. 

 

Our Story

It all started in search of a foam roller and a bike helmet in the wake of the first COVID-19 citywide shutdown in Denver, CO.  Despite the power of major online marketplaces, founder and CEO Lizzy Lee was told it would take weeks to receive her online purchases due to the pandemic.  In need of something much faster, she wondered how on earth she could ever find out if a local business in her Denver community carried what she needed and dreamed of an online marketplace that helped her get to know local businesses and their products in her area. 

 

Three days later, when her neighbor Saba commented he was in need of a bike helmet and would just buy it on Amazon, Lizzy insisted they visit the local bike store around the corner that had just opened and were in desperate need of local support.  Out of real necessity and the desire to support the local community during a time of need, Sidewalk was born.  

 

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