Will “e-tailing” erode commerce at brick-and-mortar stores in ways that change the face of Ridgefield’s Main Street? Is it shortsighted to view “service businesses,” like salons and studios, as problematic because they aren’t traditional retailers?
The value of “first-floor retail” tenants to Main Street has long been a widely accepted article of faith among town officials. Many seek ways to preserve the village as a walkable retail district with sidewalks and window shopping. But one town official — finance board member Amy Mccartney Freidenrich — has wondered aloud about the related premise that “service businesses” should be regarded as a threat.