After what’s hopefully a serene and food-filled Thanksgiving, the mad commercial rush following the November holiday can sometimes feel overwhelming. Major retailers have been spilling out deals for over a week already, and digital door-busters preempt the need to roll out of bed at the crack of dawn on Black Friday morning. Moreover, local shops and community business development associations that have already pivoted to a strong online presence have found they’re now perfectly suited to digital events like #SmallBizSaturday and #CyberMonday.
Here are just a few of the places you can score some epic deals while keeping your dollars in the Westchester community.
For a more traditional shopping experience, Cross County Shopping Center will kick off its holiday festivities with its annual outdoor skating rink ($10), Food Truck Market (a la carte), and 44-foot Christmas tree this weekend, along with plenty of sales from the center’s resident merchants. Don’t forget to visit Santa and take a quick photo. Once you’re all tired out from a long day of shopping, relax for a bit as you take in the mall’s festive atmosphere.
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Tarrytown’s annual Makers Market at Makers Central will have one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts, local beer and whiskey tastings, small bites, and so much more. It’s a great chance to check out incredible artisanal pieces from local makers like “The Hot Potter” Connor McGinn.
Much Ado About Pelham
The Village of Pelham is home to tons of indie shops and cultural centers, so it’s no surprise it has a #SmallBizSaturday event all on its own. The Pelham Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Pelham hosts a Winter Wonderland with an activity-packed Saturday from 12-4 p.m. The day starts off with pictures, horse carriage rides, and a holiday market filled with deals from Pelham businesses, followed by Santa’s arrival. Join in on more activities, like the bouncy house, face painting, the game truck, or the petting zoo.
On Small Business Saturday, shop at local storefronts in Downtown Peekskill for Small Business Saturday. The Flat Iron Gallery offers fine art, jewelry, pottery, and more. Plus, check out artwork by Pine Orchard Studio and oil paintings, Christmas crafts, and gifts at Lavinia Wiggins Studio. Last but certainly not least, WinzigArt Studio tempts with fine art, ornaments, earrings, cards, and more. Make stops at the Peekskill Coffee House, Bruised Apple Books, and more shops around town. The 10th customer to each business will win a gift.