Nov. 24 marks the ninth annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve our neighborhoods. To make this day more festive and kick off the holiday shopping season in a bigger way, the Greater Port Washington BID, the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce and Residents Forward are bringing back “Port Holiday Magic.”
In addition to special offers in stores throughout town, Main Street will have a free trolley with Santa (who will have candy canes and chocolate gelt for the children), costumed characters, carolers, free popcorn and cotton candy and free street parking. The Peter & Jeri Dejana Family Foundation is providing financial support for the event.
Small Business Saturday was originally created by American Express in 2010 as the ceremonial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. The event raises awareness of the vital role small businesses play in our community and our economy. Shopping locally for the holidays is convenient, easy, and saves you from getting caught in holiday traffic at the malls. You are supporting your local merchants who not only appreciate your business, but also pay a large share of property taxes and help maintain the economic stability of our community. They also offer special customer services that the big box stores don’t offer and they support requests for donations for our community organizations like the schools, scouts, religious and civic institutions, and others.
Importantly, online shoppers may not realize that for every $100 you spend in your local small businesses, $68 stays in our community through jobs, taxes, contributions to non-profits and more. For every $100 you spend online, $0 stays in our community.
To support both the businesses and shoppers, the Town of North Hempstead is suspending all parking meter fees on Small Business Saturday. The BID, the Chamber, Residents Forward and the Town are proud of all our local stores and especially those businesses that are offering their customers an extra reason to shop Port on Small Business Saturday.
For suggestions about where to find that perfect gift, call the Chamber at 516-883-6566 or go online to pwguide.com. You can follow Shop_Port on Instagram or follow FaceBook/Port Holiday Magic for updates with the hashtags #ShopPort and #ShopSmall.
Below are some of the special Small Business Saturday offers from our local businesses (as of Nov. 1).
3V Dental, 91 Main St.: $99 New Patient Special – exam, cleaning and x-rays; $500 off Invisalign clear braces; $50 off ZOOM! teeth bleaching
Alper’s Hardware, 81 Main St.: cooking demonstrations in the Big Green Egg
Anthony’s World of Floors, 49 Manorhaven Blvd.: Free Color & Design Consulting Session, and free gifts
AR Workshop Port Washington, 273 Main St.: ornament making day with small quick ornaments that guests can make; complimentary cookies and cocoa for shoppers & crafters alike
Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace, 293 Main St.: one free dessert per table (eat in)
Ayhan’s Shish Kebab, 283 Main St.: one free dessert per table
Bach to Rock, 1015 Port Washington Blvd.: sign up for one month of lessons and get one additional month free
Bluetique, 25 Main St.: 20 percent off
Bubba Brown’s Treasures, 302 Main St.: treats and a free gift with purchase while supplies last
Dolphin Bookshop, 299 Main St.: 15 percent off the purchase of a book
Falconer Florist, 8 S. Maryland Ave.: 10 percent off Christmas giftware
f.i.s.h. on main, 286 Main St.: one free dessert per table
Frank’s Pizza, 14 Main St.: with $50 order – free garlic knots and $5 gift certificate for a future order
Impulse Boutique, 29 Main St.: discounts, snacks, and Prosecco
Kitchens and Baths by Precision, 1A Manorhaven Blvd.: free stainless steel sink with any kitchen purchased and a free undermount porcelain sink with any bathroom purchased
Massage Envy Spa, 47 Main St.: complementary chair massages and stretch services for all guests who visit and free enhancement upgrades for all who book a service during Small Business Saturday.
North Shore Vision, 36 Main St.: Free microfiber lens cleaning cloth, no purchase necessary, while supplies last. Twenty percent off the purchase of a second full pair of glasses. Both pairs must be purchased on the same day. Ten percent discount on non-prescription sunglasses. Cannot be combined with any discount vision plans.
Painting With Flowers, 298 Main St.: refreshments, complimentary Scout shopping tote with purchase while supplies last, and numerous raffle gifts throughout the day.
Port Pop Up Boutique, 142 Main St.: Special discounts, refreshments and free gifts
Port Salt Cave, 403 Main St.: free gift with purchase of one Salt Cave session
Sands Point Shop, 15 Main St.: 15 percent off all handbags
Suite 275, 275 Main St.: 20 percent off storewide
Sullivan’s Quay, 541 Port Washington Blvd.: 10 percent off lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
White + One, 309 Main St.: treats and a free gift with purchase while supplies last
wit & whim, 6 Carlton Ave.: free gift with purchase; automatic raffle entry with purchase; small business selfie contest – customer takes a photo of themselves at wit & whim enjoying Small Business Saturday. They must post their photo to a social media account & tag wit & whim. We select the winner by choosing the most creative photo of the day. Customer will win a $50 gift certificate to the shop to be used in December. Complimentary food & drinks