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If you watched Sunday’s episode of “60 Minutes” – heck, if you’ve walked into a superstore lately – then you know this country has a serious supply chain problem. Docks are filled with items stashed in crates – and there’s no guarantee those products will end up in your stocking or under your tree this holiday season.
The warehouses, truck drivers and shipping companies are blaming each other, costs are going through the roof, and shelves have more bald spots than your uncle Leo.
But there is a silver lining – no, not for that, but in your present planning.
If you’re one of the countless people who shop small, then you know a lot of aggravation can be avoided by patronizing locally owned merchants.
They have products! In fact, many make their own or utilize other nearby mom-and-pop operations for goods.
And if you’re into that whole, “What’s my name, does this look good on me, do you have it in blue, can you gift-wrap it for me?” thing, then you’ll be pleased to know local merchants are eager to answer those questions.
The pandemic is approaching (gulp) two years – and it’s still not easy (or cheap) to cross the border. Residents have been great in keeping local businesses afloat. They are encouraged to continue that practice on Small Business Saturday.
In return, merchants will make available unique gifts and goods at the lowest prices of the year.
There might even be hot chocolate.
Consider these businesses when shopping this weeking.
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The Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce has once again joined the Small Business Saturday Coalition and, together with American Express, supports this year’s Small Business Saturday celebration on Nov 27. For the past 12 years, it has been a part of the “Shop Small” movement “dedicated to supporting the independent businesses that make our communities unique and provide invaluable contributions to our economy. We encourage everyone to celebrate and support the neighborhood businesses in our communities on this special day.”
From 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., chamber staff and board members will have an open house at the office on the corner of Center and South Ninth streets in the Village of Lewiston. President Jennifer Pauly and her team will give away 50 $15 gift certificates to the first 50 people aged 18 and older who stop by the welcome center. Free canvas bags will be given to the first 50 shoppers, along with a listing of promotions from member businesses. Free coffee will also be available.
•Anchor Spirits (113 Lockport St., Youngstown): With each purchase, receive a 13-month Anchor Spirits wall calendar with drink recipes. New this year is a surprise gift drawing celebrating “Shop Small, Shop Local.”
•Antique to Chic (536 Center St., Lewiston): Celebrate the holiday at the unique co-op. Free raffles for a gift certificate or a holiday basket and great bargains throughout the store.
•Barker Outdoors (105 Lockport St., Youngstown): Free tick remover card with a purchase of $25 or more, quantity limited. Tick remover cards are a tool to remove a tick safely from pets and humans.
•Bella Rose Vineyard & Winery (1243 Ridge Road, Lewiston): Music by Dave Thurman from 2-5 p.m. Enjoy local vendors: artist Fay Bailey, Lend A Leaf Tea, All That Chocolate and Sally Avery Jewelry from noon to 5 p.m.
•Canterbury Place (547 Center Street, Lewiston): To show appreciation for customers’ continued support, enjoy a free gift with purchase.
•Cheri Amour (522 Center Street, Lewiston): In-store promotions on favorite brands.
•Everything Youngstown (435 Main St., Youngstown): Free gift with purchase, and featuring Small Business Saturday specials.
•Healing Earth CBD (765 Cayuga St., Lewiston): Start your journey to homeostasis with a starter bundle, botanical bundle or feel good bundle. Spend $25 or more on any pet care product and receive two free samples.
•Inspirations on Canvas (449 Center St., Lewiston): Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 10% off all in-store purchases (excluding gift certificates and commissioned art). With in-store purchase, enter to win one of five inspirational necklaces or one of three Modgy lantern kits.
•Lewiston Love (478 Center St., Lewiston): 15% off all day (excluding gift certificates). All purchases qualify for an entry in multiple drawings for gift certificates.
•One Hemp Holistics (2023 Military Road, Niagara Falls): 15% off entire purchase. Add $10 to every $50 gift certificate from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. Free 10w topical and 100 mg gummy or capsule (four pack). Choose formula of choice – while supplies last.
•Research and Design (721 Center St., Lewiston): Holiday in-store promotions and treats.
•The Roaming Table – Lewiston Food Tours: 20% off all food and beverage tours (promo code: LEWISTONSHOPSMALL)
•Sgt. Peppers Hot Sauces, Etc. (444 Center St., Lewiston): Gourmet food gifts, sauces, spices, rubs, nuts, cheeses and more – 10% off any purchase.
•Warren's Village Hardware (185 Portage Road, Lewiston): 25% off all Melissa + Doug items in stock.
•American Red Cross blood drive at Lewiston Fire Co. No. 1 (145 N. Sixth St., Lewiston): 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register online or call 1-800-733-2767.
•ConnectLife blood drive bus at DiMino's Lewiston Tops parking lot on Center Street.
•Historical Association of Lewiston Museum (469 Plain St.): Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holiday ornaments will be available. Visit www.historiclewiston.org.
•Edward Jones (738 Cayuga St., Lewiston): Toy and food drive for local families from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Bring an unwrapped gift and/or nonperishable food. Cookies will be available.