My periodic “community spotlight” posts aim to highlight unique and interesting businesses or organizations within New Rochelle, about which many residents may not know.

Today, it’s Steiner Sports, a leading (perhaps the leading) national provider and marketer of sports memorabilia, such as hand-signed collectibles and sports gifts, posters, promotional goods … even big chunks of athletic venues, like the old Yankee Stadium.

You can visit their website to participate in online auctions and to shop for merchandise. Or you can meet with one of their sales professionals for a tour of their offices and warehouse, located right in downtown New Rochelle at 145 Huguenot Street. Having taken the tour myself, I can tell you that any sports fan will find it an eye-popping experience. More than 100,000 square feet filled with every sports item imaginable, including some really striking images of athletes and fascinating artifacts from bygone sporting events.

Steiner has a close relationship with more than 1,700 professional athletes, for whom it offers a full spectrum of marketing services, including organizing corporate and charity events. There are quite a few on-site signing events, which bring some of the country’s best known athletes to New Rochelle on a pretty regular basis. (As I was leaving my tour, in walked Doc Gooden! My brother Oren and City Manager Strome, the two biggest Mets fans I know, would have been even more excited.)

Under the leadership of its founder and CEO, Brandon Steiner, Steiner Sports has taken an active role in our community. It is a partner in Mo’s NY Grill and also operates the Last Licks Ice Cream chain, with stores located in New Rochelle, Rye, Armonk, New York City, and at Yankee Stadium. Brandon Steiner himself serves as an Assistant Coach for the New Rochelle High School Huguenot Boys Basketball team and is one of the sponsors of Ray Rice Day. He is also a committed philanthropist, having made notable contributions to Family Services of Westchester, the creation of the Jerome Wagner Youth Residence for Boys, and the soon-to-be-opened Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls.