Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves.
What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Hasbrouck Heights and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day?
That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born.
Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website.
American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its third year on Nov. 24, the event drew over 100 million people last year, according to the Small Business Saturday website.
Locally owned business across the country now take part in Small Business Saturday, offering their own deals to rival those offered the day before on Black Friday.
To find retailers in Hasbrouck Heights that take part in the promotion, just visit the Small Business Saturday website, click on “Find Out Where To Shop” in the menu at the top of the screen and type in your ZIP code.
Hasbrouck Heights has a growing list of stores that all offer their own unique array of items, perfect for gift shopping for the holidays.
For example The Religious Shoppe carries a wide range of decorative pieces and jewelery that reflect the Catholic or Christian religion and is the place to shop for those who want to celebrate the original religious meaning of Christmas.
Not Too Shabby has tons of gift ideas as the shop carries all sorts of vintage items from jewelry to furniture items. The shop offers holiday items as well.
For children's clothing there is Young Fashions right next door to Not Too Shabby, which carries high-quality clothing for nfants, girls, and boys.
Beast, which opened this summer, caters to the sports fan or the music fan as the new shop carries T-shirts, caps and other related memorabilia. The shop also has a wide array of cell phone accessories.
Heights Flower Shoppe and Bill O'Shea's Florist both carry a wide range of gift ideas and the borough is also home to several jewelery stores like Danson Jewelers and Michael A. Diamonds.
Local businesses such as Eye Level Learning Center, a supplemental enrichment education program for students K-12, is offering a free one-month trial. From now until Dec. 31, parents can sign up their kids for one -month free, no obligation. Eye Level also offers a special of $105 per month for the first four months.
The following small businesses will be open Saturday.
The Religious Shoppe
Bill O'Shea's Florist
Heights Flower Shoppe
Michael A. Diamonds
Heights Beer & Wine Emporium
Not Too Shabby
Eye Level Learning Center