While many will line up at late at night or early in the morning to be the first to snag deals at big chain box stores, Rivertowns business owners hope local residents won’t forget them for their holiday shopping on Black Friday.
“I was listening to someone today on TV who said their family is celebrating Thanksgiving a day early so they could go shopping on Thanksgiving since all the stores are open on crazy hours, which I thought was insane,” said Ann Scatt, co-owner of Stolen Moments in Dobbs Ferry. “I think we’re kind of losing the point. I mean it’s good to get a deal, but you probably will get the same price if not better with a local merchant.”
In addition to reasonable prices—local store owners say they take pride in offering a high level of personal customer service and quality goods, which big chain stores often don’t.
“In small stores, whether it’s a clothing store or a shoe store or a book store—you’re going to get that personal care, with people helping to point you in the direction of what you want or the best fitting gift for that person,” said Karen Leone, owner of Expressions in Hastings-on-Hudson.
Here’s a list of local Black Friday deals:
Forever Elegant (consignment shop) – 212 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry (914) 674-5920
- Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; offering 50 % off on selected goods
Head 2 Head Sports & Games (toy and gaming store)– 86 Main St., Irvington (914)591-1907
- Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; offering 20 % off on one item
Stolen Moments (musical instruments, lessons, event entertainment) – 39 Cedar St. Dobbs Ferry (914) 693-2309
- Open from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; offering specials on guitar items and more
Expressions (gift shop) – 549 Warburton Ave. Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 478-7278
- Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Say Cheese and Thank You (stationary store and gift shop) - 63 Main St. Dobbs Ferry (914) 591-6277
- Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; offering 15 % off on all custom stationary orders
Suburban Renewal (antique store) – 1 Main St. Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 478-9421
- Open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; offering 10-15% off all furniture, lamps, chairs and rockers, table and glassware (not including Fair Trade items and a few exceptions)
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