Small Business Saturday 2022 has passed (November 26). But wait! Why is there only one day of the year that reminds us to shop small businesses? Especially during the retail windfall that is the holiday season. Small businesses are more personal than the corporate alternative. They reflect the community they are in — because if the community supports them they stick around.
Big business has its conveniences and the more types of stores, the merrier. But if you want your money to talk — small business hands it a megaphone. There are other benefits of small business shopping: a walk in the brisk air of late fall with holiday lights hanging over your head, is a memory in the making and good exercise.
Consider circulating your concentrated consumer power in your own backyard. Retail can also mean restaurants – as you can purchase a gift certificate at most places, and many from their website.
Take a shopping stroll along, Graham Avenue, Grand Street, Manhattan Avenue, Franklin Street, Bedford Avenue, then choose your own shopping adventure by veering off on a side street. Or if you’d like to take a trolley with Santa and have a photo op, Graham Avenue BID has Santa riding a trolley on December 17 along Graham Avenue from noon to 3 p.m. — a great opportunity to shop the shops on Graham. Santa will also visit Capri Jet Realty (533 Metropolitan Avenue) the week before, December 10 from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.