Black Friday. You know that particular day of the year, after we gather as a family to give thanks for everything we have, where people savagely trample their fellow humans to capitalize on those super sweet, can’t-miss holiday deals?
Oh, you don’t want to have to fight through a sea of elbows just to buy your son a gift? Let me introduce you to Small Business Saturday. Yeah, nobody gets hurt on Small Business Saturday.
But seriously, what started out as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness back in Massachusetts’ Roslindale Village six years ago has exploded into a nationwide statement of support for local mom-and-pop shops. According to Forbes, more than 95 million shoppers went out on Small Business Saturday of last year, and they spent close to $16.2 billion. Even the POTUS himself hopped on the trend, giving the day and Upshur Street Books in Washington a well-received shout out.
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So without further ado, check out which Westchester businesses will be participating during this Saturday’s very calm, non-barbaric, holiday festivities.
Get a jump-start on Christmas this year with Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at Mamaroneck’s Chocolations from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Although a free event, visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to St. Rita’s Free Medical Clinic. Plus, you’ll get 5 percent off purchases all day long.
You can check out some handmade pottery from Maggie Chow at Melita’s Holiday bazaar
Melita’s Home & Friends Holiday Bazaar
With one of the stronger shows of local biz support this year, Melita of Melita’s Home is gathering an impressive group of Ossining’s local businesses for her 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be violin music from Rachel Alexander Private String Studio, who is offering free 30-minute trial lessons, as well as wine tastings from Adega Wine shop. Plus, you’ll have the chance to peruse the offerings of other unique shops, like GG Cakes, Elyse Esthetique, and First Village Coffee.
Yonkers Brewing Company
Stop by the Yonkers craft beer mainstay after a long day of shopping to indulge in a select menu of Small Business Saturday specials.
Head over to the stylish Scarsdale home accessory boutique Current Home to get a $15 gift card for every $100 spent on their modern selection of tableware, vases, bar accessories, and more.
The Brazen Fox
With the purchase of a $100 gift card, you’ll get an additional $50 gift card for free.
Free Parking in White Plains!
Oh, it’s just as sweet as it sounds. Stop by the Business Improvement District at 30 Mamaroneck Avenue between noon and 2 p.m. for a validation code for two hours of free parking. Plus, you’ll get a free Shop White Plains discount card, a reusable tote, and a more free stuff. Who doesn’t love free stuff?
Kelloggs & Lawrence
This Katonah hardware store has quite a lot of history, with roots dating back to at least 1887. More importantly, Kelloggs & Lawrence will be hosting shoppers with hot cider and doughnuts this Saturday as they shop. There will be sales on select items, like apparel and hats.