Small Business Saturday and holiday shopping- #BoughtItInPatchogue
Back in Patchogue Village’s heyday, it was known as Suffolk County’s largest outdoor shopping area. The village maintained that title throughout the 1950s and ‘60s and even into the ‘70s. Though, admittedly, Patchogue’s not quite there now, it’s pretty close, with over 40 retail businesses in the downtown Patchogue area and counting.
“We proudly held that title for many years, pre-malls. Patchogue was a huge part of the development of southern Brookhaven,” said Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy. “This year, we are proud to have brought in more retail than restaurants, including two new clothing stores in addition to our classics like Blum’s, Burlington Coat Factory and The Colony Shop.”
The new additions such as Thread and the Paper Doll Curiosity Shoppe will make for an even bigger and better Small Business Saturday and holiday shopping season. At this year’s SBS, Saturday, Nov. 25, retail chamber members plan to run specials and discounts as a start to the holiday season. Starting at 11 a.m., the chamber will set up a booth outside the Patchogue Theatre to promote those deals with a gift bag containing information and coupons for the first 300 participants.
Then at noon, Santa Claus will make an appearance in the theatre lobby for free pictures with Santa, St. Joseph’s College carolers the Sharps will begin singing, and the Tri-Valley Brass band will perform at the Capital One Plaza throughout the day. Two baskets featuring 30 days of dining will also be raffled off, as well as two old Patchogue Theatre seats. Winners will be presented on New Year’s Eve at Midnight on Main; proceeds will go toward that event as well.
The Colony Shop co-owner Lori Belmonte promises 20-30 percent off items on Small Business Saturday, as well as tons of holiday-inspired clothing and gifts for children.
“Shop local, shop small, shop Patchogue,” she said, standing in her already-holiday-decked-out store.
John Murray, owner of Kilwin’s, said his shop offers special holiday-wrapped items priced anywhere between $20 and $200. “Everything we sell is special,” he added, to entice shoppers.
Former chamber president and owner of William J. O’Neill’s, Jacqueline Hensley, said her specialty is finding a special gift for any budget. “Not everyone can afford $500 for jewelry, but I will find something with the most bang for your buck,” she promised.
“We want to highlight the fact that when you shop locally, you are not only getting great service and attention you don’t get from a mall, but you are helping out the vibrancy of Main Street and increasing property values. A stronger Main Street means a more robust community,” added Kennedy.
Also, throughout the holiday season, the chamber’s Business Promotions and Retail Association committees arranged for members to give out a special gift, the “I love Patchogue” bear, for local shoppers who spend over $75 at participating shops. The bears can also be purchased for $14.99 as a special keepsake. They will make their debut on Nov. 25, Small Business Saturday, through Christmas and the New Year as long as supplies last. All the proceeds will go to the committees who are in charge of advertising, the annual Chili and Chowder festival, and all family fun nights.
It’s not just about Small Business Saturday, he said, but rather about inspiring shoppers to buy local during the holiday season and throughout the year.
All shoppers on SBS, throughout the holiday season and beyond are encouraged to use the #BoughtItInPatchogue.
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