By Janee Law
It’s time to start shopping for the holidays, and what better way to kick off the season than with Small Business Saturday. The annual tradition, sponsored by American Express, will be alive and well across the Town of Huntington this Saturday, Nov. 25, including in Huntington village. Here’s a breakdown of what some of the village merchants will be offering.
BlueBird NY Boutique
324 Main St., Huntington
At BlueBird NY Boutique, owner Joanna Koelmel said she’ll be offering promotions both in store and online. For every $100 or more spent in stores, customers will receive 20 percent off. For online shoppers, the boutique will be offering free shipping, plus 10 percent off the first order. This promotion will be for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and continue on Sunday. Koelmel said that Small Business Saturday spotlights the smaller stores around town. “People really make an effort to shop small, as opposed to going to the mall or big box stores,” she said. “They’re really trying to support the cause, which is nice.” Koelmel said her goal for the day is to exceed sales from last year’s Small Business Saturday event.
Ooh La La
306 Main St., Huntington
To keep village-goers warm during Small Business Saturday, Ooh La La boutique will set up a table outside of its storefront to offer hot chocolate, sweets and a photo booth, Kathy McKee, manager of the Huntington location, said. The table will also feature Ooh La La winter items, such as gloves, scarves and hats. For the day, the boutique will be offering a gift for customers who make a purchase using American Express cards. McKee said the store constantly promotes the importance of shopping small. “If people don’t shop local, we’ll be gone and the town will be bars and restaurants,” she said. “We encourage people all the time to come in and shop small and we go out of our way to make sure people leave happy with their purchases.” McKee expects a huge turnout for the day to help kick off the holiday season.
Lot 356 Fashion Boutique
356 New York Ave., Huntington
Lot 356 Fashion Boutique will have various sales throughout the store for the weekend of Small Business Saturday, owner Laurie Burlison said. Sales will be on all store items, which include jewelry, accessories, dresses, and sweaters. In addition, the boutique is also offering a sale where customers can get $10 off each $100 spent, $20 off $200, or $30 off $300. Burlison said it’s significant for local businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday to compete with big stores. “You need to encourage people to shop local,” she said. “It’s important to give good discounts to promote people to shop and utilize the small stores.”
259 Main St., Huntington
For those interested in shopping for stunning fragrances, Scentsational will also be participating in Small Business Saturday, offering 20 percent off any one item, manager Christina Weber said. Along with its handmade fragrances, the store offers a variety of gift items, such as skin care, jewelry, and accessories. Weber added that the promotion will be offered for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. In addition to sustaining the town, Weber said Small Business Saturday helps keep local businesses afloat while competing with bigger stores. Small Business Saturday usually brings in a crowd to the store, Weber said, adding that she expects another good turnout this year.
Super Runners Shop
353 New York Ave., Huntington
Super Runners Shop, which sells running shoes and apparel for men and women, will be offering hot chocolate for Small Business Saturday, owner Heidi Kern, said. The store is also going to be offering free shoelaces and free shoe bags with purchases. In regards to the significance of shopping small Kern said, “We have to support the small town businesses or the town is going to go out of business.” She added that they hope to have a busy day with sales. “We hope the town is booming on Saturday,” she added. “It’s good for the town and it’s good for all the businesses in the town.”
255 Main St., Huntington
For Towne Boutique, customers can try their luck at spin the wheel and receive discounts, owner Sallyann Russo said. “We have a wheel that customers can spin to win 25 percent off their purchase, a $20 gift card or a free gift with purchase,” Russo said. The women’s clothing store will also have a selection of sale merchandise for the day, and offer a variety of gift items under $25. Russo said that Small Business Saturday is a great day for the town, bringing in a lot of foot traffic to local stores. This year, the store will be offering new items, such as plus sizes, boots and booties. She added, “I think we’re going to do even better this year than previous years because we have a lot more inventory.”