Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in the Lower Hudson Valley?

Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.

What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over the Lower Hudson Valley and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?

That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.

Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.

American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.

Locally owned business across the country now take part in Small Business Saturday, offering their own deals to rival those offered the day before on Black Friday.

To find retailers in the Lower Hudson Valley that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.

What are your favorite small businesses in the area? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Doreen Grozinger November 23, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I'm a firm believer in supporting the community.. would rather buy my coffee from the family owned business rather than the franchise across the street.. I have become part of this myself by opening a small business called Room to Create, a gallery, studio and gift shop. From paintings to pottery to jewelry and handmade cards and workshops or giving yourself some time to paint.. Stop by for some calm after you leave the craziness of the malls. We're at 245 Harrison Ave. in Harrison. We'd love to see you.
Patty Villanova November 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Best small businesses in Peekskill and the surrounding area: The Coop, the Flat Iron Gallery and Bruised Apple Books Great shopping all year long for stuff you will never see at the malls. Good luck guys.
Bill November 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
If you have an American Express card, be sure to register it at the AMEX site (linked off the one posted in the article, or go to https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/). You can get $25 back on a $25 or higher purchase at qualifying small businesses. You can register EACH of your American Express cards, so if you have a card and your spouse has one, and the card numbers are different (as they typically are with AMEX-issued cards), you can register each of them and get the $25 offer on both. If you can't figure out something to buy, just get a $25 gift card/certificate at the retailer to use later!
Phyllis Karlin November 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Come visit us at KBK, this Saturday, on Small Business Day. Buy a raffle ticket for a $1.00 for a chance to win a gift certificate to KBK. All raffle money will go to our local Support Connection. The money will be doubled by our matching fund. KBK Designs, 3668 Barger Street, Shrub Oak, NY
Lisa Cooper November 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Elisa Contemporary Art is also part of Small Business Saturday. We have several events going on tomorrow during our "A Toy Story and Other Delights" exhibit: * Chance to win a book on Art Collecting * Holiday Cocktails 4-6pm * $25 off your purchase for enrolled American Express (will be rebated by American Express on statement). We also have several Sandy relief efforts taking place including: * A Toy Drive to help Staten Island Families affected by Sandy (we're partnering with a local Girls Scout Troop) * A portion of every gallery sale will be donated to Sandy Relief Efforts * 100% of a limited edition Woodcut print by Houston Artist Mitch McGee will be donated to American Red Cross. See more at www.ElisaContemporaryArt.com or visit us at 5622 Mosholu Avenue, Riverdale NY.
No Costco November 23, 2012 at 09:13 PM
If you really want to support small businesses...then help Stop Costco
Anna Cangiano November 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Thanks for posting this Bill! I am going to repost in other places as well It is great for AMEX to extend this offer to people who shop small business. I am registered for this program and have some great unique gift ideas as well as gift certificates Stop in AU NATUREL HEALTH & BEAUTY 7 NORTH BROADWAY TARRYTOWN NY 10591
Sami November 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Shop www.lovestruckcreations.com for homemade items including iPad/tablet cases, wine totes, coasters, yoga mat bags and more!
Kerry Kourie November 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Come visit Skinchanted Spa right next door the paramount and enjoy 20% off unique boutique gift items and $10 off gift certificates :) for a full list of services please visit www.skinchantedspa.com - skinchanted - it's time for you!
Dan Thaler November 24, 2012 at 01:06 PM
If you are looking for a locally build custom wood kayak check out my website www.moonlightmarine.net or give me a call! 914-715-7245
roberta staley November 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Pet Palace of New City is offering 15% off supplies and $100 off our already discounted puppy prices in celebration of Small Business Saturday. We are open to 6 pm Saturday for all your pets needs
Lee Ann Miller November 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I, too, believe in supporting local businesses. I use Classic Memories, in Westchester, NY, to perserve my family photos with music onto DVD Slideshows. They are great for myself and as gifts for family members and friends. The best part is that they do the work for me, and they're offering 10% off and free shipping. You can't beat that deal! Check out: http://www.classicmemories.com
Neil Garcia November 25, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Thank you Ms. Miller for your comments and recommendation. Customer satisfaction is very important to us. We appreciate your support and business. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays from Classic Memories!


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