Independent retail businesses are the heart and soul of Downtown New Haven’s business district. 75% of our shops are locally owned and operated. And, while many of our new enterprises are being opened by young entrepreneurs, 30% of our retailers have been here for more than 20 years. 5 businesses have been in operation over 100 years. Independent Retailer Month dedicates July to celebrate independent retailers in Downtown New Haven. We encourage people to support and shop independent retail year around and use July as a time to unite as a celebration for the independent retailers that help build our economy.