The big box stores are taking Black Friday to a new level this year – a record number are openingon Thanksgiving. It’s been the water cooler talk at officers around Western New York this week. We want to steer the conversation toward supporting local business and showing them the green on Black Friday.
Here are a bunch of cool alternatives over the holiday weekend to standing in line in the cold overnight!
Clarence – Merchant Stroll
Date: Saturday, November 30
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Place: Meet in the Center – Clarence Center, NY at the 4 corners of Goodrich Rd. & Clarence Ctr. Shopper specials at The Perfect Gift Boutique, Creative Essence, Yours Truly, Gertie’s Restaurant, The Hen House II, Clarence Center Café and Clarence Pizza Company.
Elmwood Village - Black Friday Boutique Crawl
Date: November 29, 2013
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Attention shoppers, join the Elmwood Village for a Black Friday Boutique Crawl. Fuel-up and check-in from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at various coffee shops along Elmwood Avenue including Caffe Aroma, Spot Coffee and Blue Mountain Coffee. The crawl continues all day. Shoppers will receive a boutique crawl punch card and an Elmwood Village Map & Guide then hit the street to get their card punched. Shoppers who complete the crawl will be entered to win gift baskets from various Elmwood Avenue merchants.
Hamburg – Green Friday
Date: Friday, November 29, 2013
Time: All day, trolley rides from 11 am – 4 pm
Hope on board the Christmas Trolley for a fun day of Holiday shopping in the village.
Springville - A Very Merry Main Street
Date: November 29, 2013
Time: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
The businesses along Springville’s downtown business district will launch A Very Merry Main Street on Black Friday, Nov. 29, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. In addition to in-store deals and special offers, a $500 cash prize will be drawn. Shoppers can enter by obtaining a stamp card at participating businesses and getting that card stamped, for each purchase they pick up.
Williamsville - Holiday In the Village
Date: November 29 through December 24, 2013
Time: Normal Business hours
In the Village of Williamsville, along Main Street at area merchants
you can shop and dine in the historic Village of Williamsville all month long and enter to win a $250 Shopping Spree in the Village. Stop in area merchants, put your coupon in the box and win the fun shopping spree!
Our Facebook fan, Sara Johnson, is also highlighting local business to shop leading up to Black Friday. Check out her suggestions on her business Facebook page here.
Did we miss one? Please leave us a comment below if you know of another alternative Black Friday shopping experience for Western New Yorkers!