With the economic crisis in full swing and the real possibility of a deep recession on the horizon, many Ballard residents are wondering how long before the neighborhood begins to feel the effects. You can’t help but wonder what the downturn will mean for small businesses and the explosion of new development, including the many new restaurants in the area. KOMO TV asked a couple Ballard businesses how they’re doing, and specialty shop Romanza said sales are down. “We’re really hoping people stick to that idea of shopping local, get away from those box stores,” said Vince Harris, the owner of the store. “Please shop locally. Support your local people. It’s the best thing you can do for all of us.” That’s very good advice.