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Shopping small, shopping local

Local shops are ready to welcome customers for Small Business Saturday

Gianna DeLilli, general manager of the Mohawk Harvest in Gloversville sets honey on a shelf. The market is one of the local small businesses that will be open for Small Business Saturday. They will be open from 10 a.m. until about 8:30 pm. today. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

GLOVERSVILLE — Shop local, shop small and shop on a personal level today as several local businesses will be open for Small Business Saturday.

Now that bellies are full with a Thanksgiving feast, many community members now have the energy to shop ’til they drop all weekend long preparing for the next holiday: Christmas. Starting with Black Friday, continuing with Small Business Saturday and ending with Cyber Monday, shoppers can hit local shops for all their holiday needs such as decorations, gifts, trees, stocking stuffers, or maybe splurge on gifts for themselves.

Examples of a few of the many local businesses that will be open today and selling great holiday gifts include the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, the Glove Theatre, Toying Around in Johnstown and Just Because Boutique in Northville.

Mohawk Harvest, 30 N. Main St., will be open from 8 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m., after the Gloversville Holiday Parade ends. The market will offer a 10 percent discount to all non-members and a 20 percent discount to members for the month of December.

Today, they will have products out for sampling.

Mary Burr, left, and Vicky Hallenbeck, of Mayfield shop Black Friday at Just Because Boutique. (Photo Courtesy Carla Kolbe)

Mohawk Harvest will also provide pre-wrapped gift baskets for sale, along with gift baskets that shoppers can put together themselves and have wrapped there.

For shoppers with children, coloring pages and crayons will be provided.

A paint and sip class will also be offered today. The cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members. There are limited seats open.

“It’s a day to support local businesses and make the community a better place,” said Gianna DeLilli, general manager of Mohawk Harvest.

She said they try to serve the community, and she thinks it’s great when the community returns the favor in supporting local businesses.

Owner of Toying Around, Vincent McCallum toys around in a life size toy box. The local business located on Main Street in Johnstown will be open today for Small Business Saturday. They will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

“I love when people come back and support us,” DeLilli said.

After checking out Mohawk Harvest, shoppers can make their way to The Glove Theatre, 42 N. Main S., where an indoor market, featuring 15 different local vendors selling their goods, will be held today starting at 5:30 pm.

Inside, Santa Claus will also be waiting to take photos, and there will be a big decorated Christmas tree for all to see and get their photo taken next to.

“There’s a little bit of everything,” DeLilli said.

Over in Johnstown, Toying Around, 17 W. Main St, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. They will have many gifts to sell, both big and small. Any items bought that are over $20 will get $5 off that item. Throughout the day, the toy shop will have a Toys for Tots box set up for anyone who would like to purchase a toy and donate it.

Just Because Boutique manager Amy Vanderwerker displays the weekend special - all tall boot socks on sale. (Photo Courtesy Carla Kolbe)

Vincent McCallum, owner of Toying Around, said it’s better to spend locally.

“[The more] you spend locally, the more we can donate to local organizations,” he said.

Toying Around will offer buy one, get one 50 percent off for any Pop figures that are $10.

McCallum said the shop has a lot of great stocking stuffers, key chains, posters, video games and more.

“It’s important to shop at local businesses,” McCallum said. “Small Business Saturday is a great way — without holding an event — to encourage people to come in to shop.”

“Snow and Mistletoe” by local resident and former Vegas performer Ony Antonucci available at Just Because Boutique. All proceeds are going to Make-A-Wish NENY/CJ Kolbe Memorial Endowment Fund. (Photos Courtesy Carla Kolbe)

McCallum said the shopping day is a great way to do outreach in the community, since it creates foot traffic and is a good way to notice new businesses or shops someone may not have noticed before.

In Northville, several small, local business take part in Small Business Saturday, giving community members a chance to take a stroll along Main Street and end up with an arm full of shopping bags.

“People can park and walk and find a whole variety to shop at,” said Carla Kolbe, owner of Just Because Boutique, 142 N. Main St.

She said there are a variety of items community members can shop for such as trees, wreaths, gifts, decorations and more. She said its a great way to find unique gifts.

Kolbe said Just Because Boutique will be open today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shoppers can find a variety of holiday attire, winter fashion, scarves, leggings, hats, and lots of great gifts.

Shown is the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, one of the many local businesses open for Small Business Saturday today. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Kolbe said she will also be giving out a CD called “Snow and Mistletoe” by Ony Antonucci. The CD will be free, but Kolbe will be asking for donations, and all donations will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

She said what makes Small Business Saturday special is that the businesses are family-owned, so it makes it a personal way of shopping, and gives community members the opportunity to meet with the owners.

“Shop local, shop small,” Kolbe said.

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