“Small Business Saturday” is an initiative launched by American Express in 2010 in order to celebrate and encourage small business spending, with special deals located at small businesses around town, according to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's office.
Here's a list of some of the small businesses or individuals on the North Fork offering deals on Small Business Saturday. If you would like to add a deal or sale for readers, add to the comments section.At JABS, located at 32845 Main Road in Cutchogue, a sale kicked off on Black Friday and continues all day Saturday.
Anyone who buys a gift certificate to JABS will receive a discount on the brand new line of JABS gear: 10 percent on gear with the purchase of $100 gift certificate, 15 percent with the purchase of $150, 20 percent with the purchase of $200, and 25 percent on gear for purchases of gift certificates of $250 or more.
"We hope to encourage people to give the 'gift of wellness' while supporting a local business this season," said Nicole Alloway, events coordinator at JABS. For additional details, click here.
Visit the Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery to view the current exhibit this weekend, sign the mailing list and receive a complimentary Shop Small Tote along with a Complimentary Wine Tasting Card for Waters Crest Winery. The
Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery is located at 25425 Main Road, at Alvah's Lane, in Cutchogue.
Local Southold musician Brady Rymer, who is making a new album on his small record label, Bumblin' Bee Records, is engaged in a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding. For Small Business Saturday, Rymer said he was promoting a 40 percent off deal, for people who pre-order the album thru Kickstarter.
"This is a fun deal, it includes a digital download, a friendship bracelet, stickers and a thank you note from me," Rymer said. "We're also taking 40 percent off our complete back catalog of six CDs."
To learn more about the rewards on Rymer's Kickstarter initiative, click here.
"It's been a fun, new way for our little label to make a record, having the fans involved for the whole process," Rymer said.
Local photographer Randee Daddona encouraged shoppers on Facebook to visit the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. on Small Business Saturday. That's where her first solo exhibit was unveiled recently. "Take home photographs capturing the East End," she said.
Brooke Dailey of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce urged shoppers to visit local businesss, and reminded that on Dec. 7, the Chamber's Shop Local campaign will be centered on Mattituck's Santa Day and tree lighting.
In addition, the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce recently sent a shout out encouraging shoppers to support the town's local businesses.
The Chamber's "Go East End" initiative promotes those businesses, and offers special promotions and sales. For a list of Small Business Saturday deals around Riverhead, click here.
The Chamber sent out a flyer listing all of Riverhead's small businesses, and said shoppers should frequent them not just on small business Saturday, but every day.
For a complete list of local businesses offered by the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, click here.
In addition, Lori Ledek of Lori's Originals in Calverton told Patch coupons are being given out for 20 percent off a customer's entire purchase on Small Business Saturday. "Last year was a huge success," she said.Lori's Originals is located at 4364 Middle Country Road in Calverton, next door to J&R's Steakhouse.
According to the U.S. Labor Department and the Small Business Administration, small businesses accounted for 65 percent of all new net jobs in the past 17 years and small businesses employ 65 million Americans, Bellone said. A research firm employed by American Express found that $5.5 billion was spent on “Small Business Saturday” in 2012. The U.S. Senate officially recognized “Small Business Saturday” in 2011.