Do it for mom and pop

25 11 2009

So, my least favorite day of the year, Black Friday, is coming up.
Overzealous shoppers re-enacting the Battle of Shiloh over the last Tickle-Me-Elmo while coming out of post-Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing hangovers is not my idea of a good time. In fact, I think I’d rather attend a seminar on alternative power sources for the hospital food service industry while semi-trained rhesus monkeys jab forks into my sides for eight hours than go anywhere near a commercial shopping center the day after Thanksgiving.
However, if you simply have to go out and shop on this day, I’d like to encourage you to consider locally owned and operated businesses.
A short while ago, I went ga-ga over an effort to keep local dollars local. The cause is called the 350 project, and it’s there to tell you why spending your local dollars on local businesses will serve your local community in the long run.
So here’s what I’m going to do. In this thread, I’m going to allow local businesses, particularly in Fulton and Montgomery counties but I’m willing to include Saratoga and Schenectady counties, to advertise what they’ve got going on for the holiday season.
Here’s the deal. You must be a locally-owned business and employ local people. You can’t be a part of any franchise or national chain. You business must have started locally, and it must operate locally. Basically, the definitions of an “independent” business, as defined by The 350 Project, apply here.
As long as you meet these guidelines, feel free to list your holiday shopping season deals here. I’d rather see the dollars spent here stay here.

NOTE: Also remember that this blog only reaches a limited audience, so please remember to advertise in your local paper, too 🙂 )




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25 11 2009

Shop North Main Street Broadalbin!

Pizza Supreme (2 North Main Street – 883-5555) – Open daily, pizzas, subs, salads, dinners

Broadalbin Pharmacy (6 North Main Street – 883-3333) – Open M – F 9 – 6, Sat 9 – 1, Many nice gifts and collectibles

Maggie’s Place (10 North Main Street – 883-5060) – Open Tues – Thurs 10 – 6, F 10 – 8, Sat 10 – 2 An old-fashioned variety store packed with gift ideas.

Linda’s Antiques (14 North Main Street – 883-8306) – Open M- Sat 10-5, loads of glass, china, vintage costume jewelry, and collectibles. Specializing in chair caning. Mention this blog and get 10% off all chair caning now to 12/24/09

Broadalbin Christian Bookstore (16 North Main Street – 883-8306) – Open M- Sat 10-5, Christian books, Bibles, gifts, cards, music, Church supplies. Mention this blog and get 10% off all purchases now to 12/24/09

Mountainview Custom Framing (18 North Main Street – 883-8942) – Open M – F 9 – 5, Sat 9 – 12, large selection of frames, mats, prints. Mention this blog and get 15% off all framing now to 12/12/09

Broadalbin Barber and Beauty Shop (20 North Main Street – 365-3860) Open daily.

Nonni’s Flower Cart (22 North Main Street – 883-8575)- Open Tues, W, F 10 – 6, Thurs 10 – 8, and Sat 10 – 2. Nov 28th Holiday Open House 9 – 3 PM Santa will visit 1 – 3 PM 10 % off entire store that day (baked goods excluded) and a drawing for a free Kissing Ball.

Wing Shui II (24 North Main Street – 883-8820) – Open Tues – Sun Excellent Chinese food

Off North Main Street:

Java Junction – 2 Railroad Ave – Coffee and sandwich shop with a nice selection of small gifts

Village CafĂ© – West Main Street – Breakfast and lunch specials

Vandeline’s – West Main Street -Italian-American lunch and dinner specials.

27 11 2009

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – Nonni’s Flower Cart will have an open house tomorrow, Nov. 28th, from 9 – 3. Santa will visit from 1- 3 PM. All items in the store, excluding baked goods, will be 10% off. There will also be a drawing for a free Kissing Ball.

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