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    Default The local economy

    The local economy in a nutshell. Any other ubiquitous local businesses come to mind?


    All but the poorest barrios:
    Colmados
    Salons/Barber shops
    Paca/Variadades
    Bancas
    Street Vendors
    Cyber/Nintendo
    Pica longa and other fast food stands

    Calle Principales:
    Gomeros/Repair Shops
    Carnecerias/Polleros
    Fruit/Veg Stands
    Panaderias
    Moto Prestamos
    Ferreterias
    Billiar/Sport Bars/Small Discos(Car Wash)
    Dental Clinics/ Medico
    Cafeterias with seating
    Muebles usados
    Gyms
    Cell phone accessories

    Downtown sectors:
    Abogados
    Real Estate
    Fashion and Sport stores
    Bancos
    Chain and Box stores
    Chinese Import Stores
    Cell phone/Cable offices
    Car dealerships/Prestamos
    Restaurants
    Hotels/Casinos
    Large Discos
    High end muebles
    Supermarkets
    Movie theaters
    Wholesalers

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    I've yet to see a barrio too poor for a colmado. Too small, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    Any other ubiquitous local businesses come to mind?
    Here in Santiago I´d have to include all of the Haitians offering the same goods as some of the larger tiendas.. often at a better price.
    I guess they would be considered ¨street vendors¨

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    Forgot the street vendors and the buscones. Haitians selling everything in la capital is on its own an underground economy.

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    farmacies, eye-glasses, agricultural supplies, pet-stores, copy shops, liberias, flower shops, nurseries, iron-works, credit unions, banks, ice-cream parlors, ....etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterInBrat View Post
    Chain and Box stores
    What are these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by london777 View Post
    What are these?
    Really? Jumbo, La Sirena, Corrupio, etc

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    Weird how the farm stores are in town. I'd love to find something like an AGWAY. I couldn't figure out what the big *rocks* were so I asked... Salt blocks.

    We picked up some more chinola vines the other day. 20 pesos in six inch bags.

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    So in a nutshell, the local economy is no different than anywhere else in the world.

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    The per capita number of small businesses is completely different. A list of what the DR doesn't have would still be a lot longer than the first post.

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