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Pledge to Shop Small

Support local business this holiday season and Shop Small Business

“First, there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. Now, there's Small Business Saturday, a day to Shop Small”

Small business is the backbone of every community’s local economy. They are also the same businesses that sponsor our community events and fundraisers, high school yearbooks and sports calendars, church and synagogue programs. Small business supports us all year long so now it’s time to say thank you and support them by "Shopping Small" for your holiday gift giving.   

Our local businesses offer a selection of unique gifts that you don’t usually find in the large chain stores. At Jewelers in Peekskill you can find beautiful one of a kind gemstones, diamond jewelry for every price range, as well as Chamilia Beads, Elle Sterling, Bulova and Caravelle watches and Estate pieces.  has a huge selection of art and artisan jewelry. at the Hat Factory is where you can purchase pottery created by local artists. 

If you are looking for an eclectic shopping experience, check out Treasures and Tales, Trinkets and Feed The Birds in Croton for a truly whimsical selection of gifts, jewelry and toys.   

For the wine connoisseur on your list,  the knowledgeable proprietors at Dylan’s Wine Cellar, Hollowbrook Wines and Spirits, B & B Wines and Peekskill Wines and Liquors will help you select the perfect wine from their large in-house selections to satisfy even the most discriminating palette.  

If you are stumped for ideas, give the professionals at Forever Yours Flowers and Gifts and a Basket Case a call and they will help you put together the perfect holiday gift basket. Consider giving a gift certificate to the Paramount Center for the Arts or to any of our wonderful restaurants, cafes, coffee houses or the quaint

Does the handyperson in your life have a certain tool on their list? Stop by your local home improvement retailer like, Dains, Home Mason Supply or Peekskill Paint and Hardware who are all ready to help you fill the order. 

Give the gift of health and wellness with a gift certificate to Premier Athletic Club, NY Sports Club, Hudson Valley Gym, or the Energy Movement Center. 

These are just a few examples of the many gift ideas which can be purchased from a local business. All the businesses I referred to are members of the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce.  For a complete listing of all Chamber Member business, go to www.hvgatewaychamber.com and click on the “Find a Reliable Local Business” tab.

Treasurers abound in our downtowns. Why not wrap one up for your loved one this holiday!

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Patty Villanova November 23, 2011 at 08:06 PM
Why isn't the taxpayer funded Peekskill BID doing anything to support our struggling Downtown merchants? Why is the Paramount dark and undecorated with nothing but closed blinds in their beautiful windows? For that matter, with all of the alleged artists in town, why isn't there Art in the windows? Thanks to Deb Milone for at least trying to help. Sadly it's not a one woman job.
Leslie Masson November 20, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Hi Patty, Although not presented in a positive way, your idea about decorating the Paramount is a great idea and the kind I like to see coming from that wonderful brain of yours. Although I do think the BID and the artists are trying to help with their plans to decorate some store fronts for the holidays with art and light, I am not sure if they thought of the idea of the Paramount as one of the places to decorate. But I think that is a wonderful idea and it has already set off all these thoughts for what could be done in my head, and I'm not an artist, so imagine what they could do. Definitely worth pursuing and I will see what I can do to help that along. Happy Thanksgiving all.
leesther brown November 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It took you a year to respond to this post?...Here we go folks! $10 dollars to a donut Masson will BID on the Paramount....
Patty Villanova November 20, 2012 at 05:03 PM
As I read Leslie's comments I thought- why do I feel like I'm back in Catholic school again, listening to some nun tell me how smart I am just as she's about to whack me on the hand with a ruler? No offense to Leslie but please spare me the patronizing remarks, I think we're both a little too old for that kind of stuff. Now that we've got that out of the way, I must say that I really do miss Peekskill-- this will be the first holiday season my store will be closed and I really wish things didn't turn out the way they did for me and the many other would be retailers who invested so much time and money trying to make a go of it in a city that can't seem to support small businesses like ours. If I thought for one minute that I could re-open Side Effects and make it work, i.e. actually make some money on my investment, I would be back in a flash. But I just don't see that happening any time soon. Meanwhile, I am enjoying Cold Spring and being in a location that's more suitable for shops like mine. I keep hearing about all these wonderful "new" things that are happening in my beloved Peekskill that sound strangely familiar to the old things that were tried. The answer to the problem of retail recruitment & retention has been solved & is posted on the city website. Too bad Foster & Co. couldn't care less about implementing the ideas that are presented in the study that they bought and paid for.

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