Assuming you survive travel, your family, and your own bodyweight in seasonal treats, you are now thoroughly fortified to brave the cold, early morning streets in what has become a capitalistic tradition roughly akin to the Running of the Bulls: Black Friday.
Yet why wake up early and risk getting trampled, when you could just as easily sleep off that stuffing stupor for another day and cross items off our shopping list at smaller, locally owned businesses? Not only are the deals just as thrifty, but by choosing to spend your money within the local community you’re effectively putting money back into your neighbors’ pockets instead of the corporations that ask you to start Friday at 6 p.m. Thursday just for the chance to fight each other for an extra 10% off adult apparel. (Yeah, we’re salty.)
If that sounds like the more appealing option to you, then check out some of the great Small Business Saturday promotions and events going on throughout Westchester County.
Let’s skip to the chase: You’re going to be out and about anyway — this is Yonkers after all — and there’s plenty of shopping both big and small to be had. But one thing that’s going to help you through your day? Food. (Alright, and alcohol. That’s two things.) Yonkers Brewing Co. will once again be hosting Black Friday Brunch this year, but they’ll also be running their regular weekend brunch when it means the most: Small Business Saturday. Fuel your shopping spree with classics like a bacon-egg-and-cheese, avocado toast, or fried chicken and waffles, all of which pair nicely with cocktails, beer, or bottomless mimosas.
Recommendation: Try the new release “Terror in the Hollows,” an amber ale with a pumpkin pie aroma for that comforting cold-weather vibe to prep for running store to store, or for once you’re recovering.
Home to a bevy of small and locally owned businesses — and a dearth of parking on the best days — White Plains looked at our wishlist and brought back our favorite present from last year: FREE PARKING!
All you have to do is shop at any participating local business like Westchester Road Runner, StretchLab, or Cantina Taco & Tequila to get validation codes that will reimburse you for your parking time on the ParkWhitePlains mobile app … up to two hours worth! Hey, you were going to end up shopping at a few of these places anyway. You might as well get a little something extra back by doing it Saturday!
Shop super-small in a big way: The annual Lyndhurst Holiday Market officially opens on Black Friday, but #SmallBizSaturday is where it really shines. Select gifts from more than 60 carefully curated local and regional sellers including artists, artisans, culinarians, and talented coomunity makers. When you get tired of tasting local delicacies and scoring perfect holiday presents, drop off your haul in the car and take in a tour of the historic Lyndhurst Manor, fully decked out for the holidays in period-perfect festive decor.
Some of our favorite spots are back this year, like Melita’s Home Holiday Bazaar, featuring local vendors selling a variety of crafts, fair trade items, and plenty of unique gifts at 30-50% off.
If Etsy is more your style but you feel overwhelmed scrolling through vendors from all over the world, the Ossining Public Library has you covered! The Library will be hosting the Etsy Artisan Holiday Market, a gathering of crafters from the Northeast Etsy Artists Association on Saturday this year from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the main art gallery. Artists, selling a range of products from glass art to jewelery, will be on-hand to meet and greet customers and answer questions about their wares. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Friends of the Ossining Library, which helps support the library’s programming and events.
Mount Kisco’s local businesses will be festively keeping the lights on — and not only on strings. Participating local shops and eateries, which will stay open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays from November 29th until December 20th, are outlined on this map, along with spots to park for free! Think of these late hours as time to score some personalized attention with local merchants who can point out unique gift ideas from the inventory they know best.
Lastly, a brief reminder: This is ‘Small’ Business Saturday; not every local shop is going to be able to put up a fancy website or send you an e-mail blast in advance to tease this season’s doorbusters and biggest deals. Make sure to ask your favorite shops and businesses if they’ll be doing anything special, and spread the word if you want to help out!