Editorial: Support Small Businesses

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It may have been conceived by a credit card giant in American Express, but Small Business Saturday — held the day after box-store shopping juggernaut, Black Friday — has resulted in billions of dollars being funneled into local businesses.

Small Business Saturday supports mom-and-pop operations that operate under the threat of a growing trend by customers to shop online in favor of saving a few dollars on the hottest new toy or luxe bag. But what is the real cost of that savings?

In Sag Harbor, despite a number of heartbreaking changes on Main Street this past year, downtown is still a district with a tremendous number of family-owned business. Many of those businesses offer a unique shopping experience, high-quality goods and hearty conversation about village life on any given day.

It is hard to imagine a Main Street without Nada and Gwen (and the whole team) at the Wharf Shop or Lisa at the Sag Harbor Variety Store. It’s hard to imagine Sag Harbor without the Emporium, Henry Persan and Sons, Cavaniola’s, InHome, Black Swan Antiques, the Sag Harbor Garden Center, the Sag Harbor Florist, Fishers Home Furnishings, Flying Point in all its incarnations or Ethel & Row. What would Sag Harbor be without Canio’s, Harbor Books, Provision’s, Lifestyle, Stella & Ruby, Relax Sag Harbor, Romany Kramoris Gallery or Flashbacks, DJ Hart, Kites of the Harbor, Landshark, SagTown, Fingers Fine Haircutting, Illusions or Blooming Shells? And there’s many more.

Those who live and work in Sag Harbor have discovered this year — perhaps more than any other year — what it’s like to lose a local businesses and the community members who owned them. On Saturday, support local retail with pride, knowing you will not only be buying amazing goods for your family and friends this holiday season, but that you will also be supporting another local family instead of a distant CEO when you do so.

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