My community spotlight series takes a look at some of the interesting businesses and establishments that give New Rochelle its unique character and about which many residents may be unaware.

When does a business become a community institution? It’s hard to say for sure, but half a century of commitment to New Rochelle surely qualifies. This year, Dan’s Carpet and Blinds, located at 15 Division Street, will celebrate its 50th birthday. Since 1962, through good times and bad, this family-owned and -operated business has provided services and products to thousands of homeowners. That kind of loyalty to New Rochelle, which is shared by only a handful of other downtown establishments, deserves to be recognized.