Kick Off the Holidays in Nyack This Small Business Saturday

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock, 43 S. Broadway

Nyack businesses are gearing up for the holiday season, kicking off on the weekend following Thanksgiving Day with special offers, discounts, and one-of-a kind gifts and goods.

The focal point is November 27 — Small Business Saturday® — but many Nyack establishments are not stopping there, taking on the big box stores and online giants with enticements for Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchasing as well.
Nyack’s holiday season will continue into the new year — and will include online shopping offered by many local merchants — but offline, brick-and-mortar browsing is a key draw for this beautiful riverside village.
“Nyack is one-of-a-kind — a village with an amazing array of eclectic shops, service establishments and eateries recognized as among the best in the Hudson Valley,” said Roger Cohen, President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. It’s a winter ‘wanderland,’ with shops and restaurants you could never find anywhere else. It’s heaven for the discerning shopper.” 
Smart shoppers who come to Nyack will get special deals on a broad array of goods and services offered by dozens of Nyack establishments ― including a broad array of retailers, as well as Nyack’s top-rated restaurants and bars that will be joining in to offer shoppers refreshment and many delicious ways to relax.
“Good things come in small packages,” said Cohen. “Nyack packs over 100 businesses into an area covering just over one-and-a-half square miles — all easily walkable.”
Tree of Chocolate
Tree of Chocolate, 6 S. Broadway

Despite the village’s many advantages, it’s no secret that Nyack businesses, like many independently owned enterprises nationwide, suffered severe hardships during the pandemic. Many were forced to shut down. But the Nyack community has proven its resilience despite nearly insurmountable odds.

“We lost over two-dozen businesses during the height of the pandemic, and the challenges continue,” said Don Hammond, mayor, Village of Nyack. “But we’ve also welcomed just as many brave new businesses to the village during this very same timeframe. It’s proof that our village can survive and thrive during the toughest economic conditions.”
The 2021-22 holiday season will mark a critical turning point. As an example, many retailers traditionally count on the holiday season to deliver 40% of their total annual revenue. This season, some businesses will be aiming for holiday sales to provide upwards of half their annual take.
“That’s why we see shopping local as a win-win,” said Hammond. “Shoppers who come to Nyack get great merchandise, and our businesses get the sustenance they need to keep going.”
“There’s another win,” commented Maria Luisa Whittingham, Nyack Merchants United and owner, Maria Luisa boutique. “What better way to reduce our carbon footprint than by shopping local and shopping small? Also, many of our shops source their merchandise from suppliers who support sustainability and ethical production practices.”
Saffron Trading Company
Saffron Trading Company, 14 S. Broadway

As economic data show, there’s nothing small about small businesses. Independently owned retail shops, restaurants and service establishments make big contributions to their communities and local economies, providing jobs, paying taxes, offering local products, working with local vendors and supporting civic programs and institutions.

Some studies have shown that about 70 cents on a dollar spent in local businesses go back into the local economy, compared to less than 50 cents on a dollar spent with large corporate establishments.
Taking a bird’s eye view, the 2020 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey commissioned by American Express (founder of the”official” Small Business Saturday), shows that, in 2020, consumers who made purchases in independent shops and restaurants spent nearly $20 billion on the one Small Business Saturday shopping day alone.

It’s no surprise then, that small businesses create two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. and deliver well over 40% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to a 2019 report issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA also reports that, unlike large corporations, small businesses more accurately reflect the diversity of the U.S. population: 36% of small businesses are owned by women, nearly 15% are owned by people of color (Black, Latinx and Asian) and 9% are owned by veterans. 

“Bringing the big numbers down to street level, it’s clear that small businesses have a huge impact on all of us — and that Nyack is a model small business village that we should invest in,” said Hammond. “We’re proud of our small business community, and the vitality, talent and diversity they contribute to our daily lives.”
“The great thing about Nyack is that we’re in business, but we’re not all business,” added Cohen. “Shoppers can also take advantage of village attractions, such as touring the home of renowned realist painter Edward Hopper, or taking in some river-gazing from the shared use path along the Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge. A day of shopping in Nyack can become a truly memorable experience.”
“Nyack is a treasure trove,” said Whittingham. “Our village offers a special experience, a chance to slow down, savor life and appreciate the beauty of people, place, and special things.”
FOR SHOPPING LISTS (AND BREAKS): Here’s a sampling of Nyack’s offerings for the holidays and year-round:
  • Chic fashions, accessories, lingerie
  • Specialty and hand-crafted jewelry
  • Holiday decor
  • Antiques and unique home furnishings
  • Books: best-sellers and hard-to-find
  • European chocolate
  • Artisanal cheeses and charcuterie
  • One-of-a-kind gifts and novelties
  • Top-of-the-line eye glasses
  • Vintage vinyl
  • Gift cards, coupons and beauty supplies from spas and salons
  • Food, drink and live music for shopping breaks, served up by Nyack’s fine restaurants, casual eateries and night spots
PARKING: Nyack’s streets will open to vehicular traffic and parking for holiday shopping. Shop Small parking will be FREE on Saturdays in the Main Municipal lot and the Artopee lot on the dates below. (Parking is always free in Nyack on Sundays).
Free Shop Small Holiday Parking 2021:
Saturday, 11/27/2021
Saturday, 12/4/2021
Saturday, 12/11/2021
Saturday, 12/18/2021

Nyack village and all establishments adhere to current CDC guidelines for safety, including masks and safe distancing.

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