In its heyday, Patchogue Village was known as the largest open-air shopping area in Suffolk County. The village retained that title throughout the 1950s and 1960s and even into the 1970s. While admittedly Patchogue isn’t quite there now, it has come quite close, with dozens of retail businesses in downtown Patchogue and it goes on.
Popular shopping attractions including Thred, Say More Boutique, The Colony Shop, and Blum’s, as well as relatively new stores like Patch Print Ship & More and AR Workshop, also offer a wide selection of gifts.
On this year’s Small Business Saturday, scheduled for Saturday, November 27, members of the Retail Chamber plan to hold special offers and discounts to kick off the holiday shopping season.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the chamber will set up a booth outside the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts to promote these deals with a goodie bag containing information and coupons for the first 200 attendees. Then at noon, Santa will make an appearance in the theater lobby for free photos with Santa.
Shopping will be highlighted throughout the month with raffle tickets awarded for every $50 spent at participating retailers. The winners of the four gift baskets, consisting of $250 to $500 worth of local items, will be announced on Small Business Saturday.
Colony Shop co-owner Lori Belmonte promises a big post-Thanksgiving sale on Small Business Saturday, plus lots of holiday-inspired clothing, sleepwear and gifts for the kids.
Adornments and deals will be plentiful at Patch Print Ship, and Thred owner Merav Shiloni predicts her Long Island apparel will be a big seller.
“It’s giving back to your community while you’re doing something you’re going to be doing anyway,” Shiloni said of shopping local for the holidays.
“It saves us from having empty stores. You want to see a bustling, bustling Main Street,” Patch Print Ship owner James Diele-Stein added.
“This year, shopping online may not be the best idea: deliveries are slow, shipping is horrible,” said chamber executive director David Kennedy. “Here you see it, you get it, you take it home.”
“We already have it in store, why go anywhere else? Diele-Stein continued.
Small Business Saturday isn’t just about shopping small, Kennedy added, but also encouraging shoppers to buy local during the holiday season and throughout the year.
“There is no doubt that property values have increased in our community because we have a vibrant main street,” he said, promising to shop locally himself. “Supporting local businesses is an investment in your own community.”