Small Business Saturday Everyday

A very charming shop, By Liv Handmade (293 Manhattan Avenue).  This place can whisk you back in time, with a twist.  Liv creates new clothes of her own design from vintage pieces.  On entering you’ll be surrounded by tin ceiling tiles and the place’s past life as a social club.  Just one example of the joys of shopping indie businesses.

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. 

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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