Ditch Black Friday and shop local instead

Small Business Saturday returning to Bay Shore

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Since 2010, Saturday, Nov. 27 has become known as Small Business Saturday, a day in which individuals are encouraged to shop locally for their holiday gifts after the madness of Black Friday. The initiative was started by American Express and has gained traction in the last few years with many local businesses participating. This year as in years past, the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce and the Bay Shore Beautification Society are teaming up to combine the Holiday “Winterfest” with Small Business Saturday.

“[The event] brings much joy and pride to the many people in Bay Shore and Brightwaters who come together to join in the festivities,” said Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce president Donna Periconi. “We invite them to stroll, shop and dine at our fine stores and restaurants while enjoying the caroling of the Bay Shore High School Harmonaires as they promenade into local shops and eateries on Main Street. Our lampposts will be decked with hundreds of holiday wreaths and red velvet bows, and our street trees will be sparkling with thousands of bright lights.”

According to Periconi, Bay Shore was one of the early neighborhood champions of Small Business Saturday and encouraged shoppers to shop small and shop local again.

In addition, the Bay Shore Historical Society will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 22 Maple Ave. for their annual snowflake sale and meet and greet with a Victorian Santa. At 3 p.m. community members are invited to gather at the bandshell in King’s Park to enjoy musical performers.

Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Christmas tree and menorah were lit via Zoom and the village could not celebrate Small Business Saturday. This year’s event promises to be better than ever, with more people aware of the difficulties faced by small businesses throughout the pandemic ready to shop small.

“Their survival or loss has become a major concern of every person in every city and town in our country,” Periconi said of small businesses. “Americans have been forced to remember and appreciate their importance in our daily lives and our history, and most of us have reached out to patronize these stores before it was too late. This holiday season we shall rejoin the movement, and rally our community to shop local and shop small.”

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