Where to Shop This Small Business Saturday
Big-box stores aren't the only ones rolling out the hot deals this month.
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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.
If that sounds like the more appealing option, 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 a special 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 limited can release of "Bake Sale," a nitro oatmeal stout that is heavy, filling, and has a great cold-weather vibe.
Home to a bevy of small and locally owned businesses — and a dearth of paring 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, Pole Position Studio, or the Lazy Boy Saloon 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!
Some of our favorite spots are back this year, like Melita's Home Holiday Bazaar, featuring gift and home goods from Melita's Home and various friends. For the home chefs, WillYum Spice is offering some serious 20% discounts.
If hand-crafted is more your style but you feel bad just scrolling through Etsy on your couch, the Ossining Public Library has you covered! The Library will be hosting the Etsy Artisan Holiday Artisan Market, a gathering of crafters from the Northeast Etsy Artists Association on both Friday and Saturday this year. Artists will be on-hand to meet and greet customers, and answer questions about their wares. If you're looking for some cool handmade gifts but still would prefer to "shop small," this is definitely your go-to!
Mount Kisco will be chock-full of deals this weekend. The Chamber of Commerce is still adding local businesses to this year's celebration, but past participants have included health and beauty shops such as Massage Envy, Club Pilates, All of Me Medispa and Gynecology, and even the Center for Health and Healing. On the flip-side, beloved town eateries like Crabtree Kittle House, Exit 4 Food Hall, Winston, Siegel Bros., and all the "Littles" have also participated, so you'll have plenty of places to refuel between shopping binges.
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!