It's that time of year again, the one that seems to get here faster every year, its time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. What better way to start off the holidays than sopping local? Saturday, November 28th on Small Business Saturday is the perfect time to get those special, unique gifts for your family and friends. Visit small businesses all over Stueben County and take part in their celebrations. So go out and discover the great shops we are so fortunate to have, and show your support for your local community.
Celebrate with the Gaffer District for a whole day of fun with the family. Get into the holiday spirit with carolers, holiday music in Centerway Square, visit with Santa, and participate in an ugly sweater contest. There will be a drawing for a snowman from Vitrix, a local glass blowing shop and gallery. To thank their customers for forty great years Connors is celebrating Small Business Saturday in a big way. They will be handing out Connors gift cards to random customers, as well as some great sales on items like Vera Bradley, Pandora, and Brighton. Who could resist classic Holiday treats like hot coco and cookies? Connors will be giving them out to all of their customers as well as hot coco flavored candy canes for their little visitors.
Visit Pure Designs where random Pure Design gift cards will be handed out to their customers. Still looking for more delicious treat? They will be sampling Beekman gourmet foods from 12 p.m. until 3p.m. They will also be featuring their new Seattle Chocolate Candy Cane Truffle with samples for everyone to enjoy. Sounds good right?
The Source will be celebrating in their brad new storefront! They will feature a tasting table with a variety of samples for various local culinary artists as well as some of Laura's creations from the cafe. If it's a cold November day warm up with hot apple cider samples from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., even if it' isn't cold no time is a bad time for some cider. Teresa Bonner will be signing copies of her book Kids Won't Eat Healthy? The parents guide to drama free meals.
Visit Hammondsport where you can Shop Small and Wine Big. Stop by any participating store to pick up a game card. Mark off eights of the places you visited and be entered to wine one out of three great prizes! Participating stores include Village Tavern, Finger Lakers Boating Museum, Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor, Scandia House, Luna Mezza Grille, Cinnamon Stick, Union Block Italian Bistro, Steuben Brewing Company, and so many more!
Heron Hill is participating in Small Business Saturday and is very excited to offer 20% off any wine purchase of 3 or more bottles. Also, any purchase of $75 or more will receive a free bottle of Heron Hill grape juice made from Concord grapes grown at the winery.
Doug's Flower Shop and Gift in Hornell is celebrating shopping small with a 20% off sale. Ashley Nicole Designs will be observe the day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with deals so good they won't be released until Black Friday!
Check out the Made Local program, Made in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes, sold in stores throughout the county with products made right here in our area. What better gift than a locally handmade gift to give your loved ones! So go out and start shopping and support local businesses. And just because there is a whole day set aside for it doesn't mean you can't support your local businesses and our local economy any time of the year! Happy shopping!