YORK, PA – Joined by Downtown York business owners, Downtown Inc and the York County Economic Alliance, Mayor Michael Helfrich on Tuesday issued a special proclamation to celebrate Small Business Saturday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year for city merchants.
This Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday, the day when shoppers are encouraged to take a break from the big box stores and bring their holiday shopping to small businesses in their community.
Since America Express established Shop Small Saturday in 2010, customers have reported spending more than $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants during Shop Small Saturday, according to the credit card company. For downtown merchants, the surge of shopping following the Black Friday rush typically means a sizable uptick in foot traffic – and in their sales.
“When people shop small, they’re supporting their friends and neighbors and driving their hard-earned dollars back into our community,” Helfrich said. “Small businesses not only create jobs for our residents, but also drive commerce to other local merchants and create investment in our neighborhoods. When we shop small, we can have a huge impact in our backyard.”
My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe, one of the many boutique shops of Downtown York, will serve as a Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champion. Owner Alexandria Keener Hammond said customers can expect a high level of service from small businesses like hers.
“When people shop small, they’re likely to see the owners working behind the counter and receive hands-on attention,” Keener Hammond said. “We get to know our customers, their families and their preferences. That’s the difference between shopping local or in large chains. And that’s what shoppers will find all across Downtown York on during Small Business Saturday.”
With a historic-yet-hip vibe, Downtown York has plenty of options for shopping small. From the boutiques in the Market District, to the art galleries of Royal Square and the shops of WeCo, shoppers are sure to find a gift for everyone on their list.
Plus, everyone can start their Shop Small Saturday with breakfast in Central Market or Penn Market, and make plans for lunch or dinner at one of Downtown York’s many restaurants.
“Even if you aren’t shopping for the holidays, you can still make participate in Small Business Saturday and make an impact,” said Silas Chamberlin, CEO of Downtown Inc and Vice President of Economic & Community Development at the York County Economic Alliance. “Whether you take a yoga class at the local studio in the morning, have your hair cut at the salon down the street or cap your day with a show at the local theater, you’ll be supporting the small businesses that form the foundation of our downtown.”
Luckily for shoppers, getting downtown is easy and so is parking. The three downtown garages will all be open and free of charge – just like they are every Saturday. All are within walking distance of downtown shops, meaning you won’t have far to carry your bags when the day’s shopping is done.
Downtown Inc will also sponsor metered parking in the unit blocks of Market, Beaver, George and Philadelphia streets. White Rose Bar & Grill also allow free parking in its lot for Small Business Saturday.
An affiliate of the York County Economic Alliance, Downtown Inc is THE organization working to drive, enhance and encourage investment in York’s central business district through economic development, promotions, placemaking and public safety. Downtown Inc is the trade name for a joint venture between the York Business Improvement District Authority and Main Street York, a 501(c)(3) not for profit. Visit www.DowntownYorkPa.com for more information.
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Here’s what Downtown York businesses have planned for Shop Small Saturday. Please note, this might not a complete list. Inquire with individual merchants for more details about specific promotions.
My Girlfriend’s Wardrobe (38 N. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: Women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Specializing in designer and name-brand pieces.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special Promotions: The first five customers to check out will receive 15 percent off all items they can fit into a Shop Small tote! (Items must not hang out, no further discounts or coupons can be combined with the deal.) We will provide the tote. All other customers will receive a Shop Small tote with purchase while supplies last!
Revolt Style Studio (26 N. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: Vintage and artisan goods, featuring curated selection of clothing, accessories, home goods and more.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special promotions: Extended hours, free Shop Small tote while supplies last. Free gift wrapping and TONS of new arrivals, including new vintage and new handmade vendors.
The Watchmaker’s Daughter (22 N. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: A local family-owned jewelry store offering an eclectic mix of styles from modern to estate jewelry. We proudly feature local artisan jewelry and offer full-service repair and design services.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special Promotions: Special guest artist Jill Claire will visit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also offering Buy One Get 20 percent off your next item (some exclusions apply). Free gift with purchase while supplies last and enter to win .50 CTW diamond stud earrings with every $100 spent.
Sky Optics Sunglasses (24 N. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: SKY OPTICS SUNGLASSES is an Industrial Boutique Sunglass Store that offers an exceptional mix of performance, fashion and prescription eyewear. Sunglasses make great holiday gifts.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Promotions: 10 to 20 percent off on many popular sunglass brands, prescription specials, up to 50 percent off of select models, gift card specials. *Note: The same hours and deals apply to Black Friday, too!
Kaletta's (57 N. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: Kaletta's represents York's Urban Elegance with being a Downtown Boutique.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Promotions: Local artist Kathy Plata will speak from 10 a.m. to noon about her original watercolor of Christmas at York's Central Market. This watercolor is now a classic Christmas card sold exclusively at Kaletta's. Drawing of names at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. for Beekman and Toykomilk products. New Canaan Mulling Spices will be sampled.
Lele B’s Boutique (13 S. Beaver St.)
What You’ll Find: Layered and casual clothing styles to take you from the work day to the evening and into the weekend.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special Promotions: Shop a ton of new inventory. Get a free pair of Black Fleece Lined Leggings with a $50 purchase (while supplies last). Plus, gift wrapping material provided while supplies last.
Indigo Bleu (39 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: Downtown York’s premier bohemian boutique for women.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special Promotions: $15 sale rack. First 15 customers that purchase a gift certificate with a value of $50 or more will receive $25 in Indigo Bleu Cash. One per customer. Customers who spend $50 or more will be entered to win a tote filled with Indigo Bleu merchandise worth over $100.
Sarah’s Sweet & Savory Snacks (9 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: Local healthy snack bakery featuring small, hand-made granola, brittle, cookie bites and more! Many local artisan foods as well as fresh-brewed coffee and tea.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Special Promotions: Offering 10 percent off all pre-order gift items; product sampling; free gift wrapping.
Elizabeth & West Fashion House (44 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: Boutique with trendy and affordable women's clothing and accessories.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Promotions: Snap a #SmallBusinessSelfie. Post on social media using that hashtag and tag Elizabeth and West Fashion House for a chance to win a $100 gift card! Breakfast snacks and OJ. Noon to 3 p.m. – 10 percent off Missed the Mark Rack. Show receipt from another downtown merchant, get a coupon for 15 percent off for use at later time.
Pippi’s Pen Shoppe (146 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: Since 2001, Pippi’s Pen Shoppe has been home to distinctive writing instruments, quality accessories, paper and leather goods for you or for your gift-giving needs.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Promotions: Offering $50 gift certificates for $45. All purchases made on this day are discounted or come with a gift. Plus, kids take home a dip pen or feather quill.
Escape Games Live (147 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: We pretend to lock you in a themed room and you have 60 minutes to find clues in order to escape!
Address: 147 W. Philadelphia St.
Hours: By appointment. Book your party at EscapeGamesLive.com.
Promotions: Use promo code "SBS" for $10 off your game on Small Business Saturday!
Art & Framing Warehouse (147 W. Philadelphia St.)
What You’ll Find: Custom Frame Shop and Gallery
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Promotions: 50 percent discount on all framed art. 60 percent off on all custom framing orders.
Tutoni's (108 N. George St.)
What You’ll Find: A scratch Italian kitchen in Downtown York with a menu of old world standards rooted in our region’s abundant agricultural scene. Featuring self-serve wine tasting systems and craft cocktails.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Herb & Herd stand in Central Market, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the restaurant.
Promotions: For every $25 in gift cards, receive a $10 kickback for yourself all day long. Businesses buying for employee gifts can enjoy 20 percent off bulk gift card purchases. Opening early at our Herb & Herd market stand. Grab your cheese and charcuterie for holiday parties and pick up gift cards in the same spot.
The Handsome Cab (106 N. George St.)
What You’ll Find: Wine Bar– Restaurant – Art Gallery
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Promotions: Lunch Special Price Fixe $10 and $15 menu. Includes three courses. Also offering special wine menu for $5 a glass. $15 off wine bottle selection.
Gift Horse Brewing Company (117 N. George St.)
What You’ll Find: Craft beer brewery in the heart of Downtown York
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight
Promotions: Buy one $20 gift card, get two $10 gift cards for free! Keep them for yourself or give them as a gift!
York Revolution (5 Brooks Robinson Way)
What You’ll Find: York’s professional baseball team, the Revolution hosts affordable family fun throughout the year. Get the best deals now on 2019 tickets! Go Revs!!
Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Promotions: Get 4 FREE Christmas Magic passes when you buy a Family Fun Pack! (4 ticket vouchers, 4 food vouchers, 2 playground passes, 1 parking pass – just $55!) But hurry! The Magic passes disappear after the first 20 Family Fun Packs are sold!
The Fig & Barrel Pub (25 W. Market St.)
What You’ll Find: Authentic Fare. Vintage Cocktails. Olde York Charm. Enjoy wood-fired pizza and an extensive selection of whiskey.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Promotion: Get a $10 gift card for you when you buy $50 for someone else!
The Junior League of York Thrift Shop (166 W. Market St.)
What You’ll Find: The Thrift Shop provides a community service by selling quality, gently used and new goods, at reasonable prices.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
York County History Center (250 E. Market St.)
What You’ll Find: Historical Society Museum, gift shop and book store
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Promotions: Buy one item at in our museum shop or book store at regular price and receive 50 percent off second item. Some exclusions apply. Purchase admission at any of our sites and receive 50 percent off second admission of equal or lesser value. Visit www.yorkhistorycenter.org for hours and tour times.
ROYAL SQUARE DISTRICT
OMG Studios (57 E. King St.)
What You’ll Find: Art studios featuring fine art, fine crafts and unique gifts.
Small Business Saturday Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Special Promotion: Free spin of the prize wheel with any purchase.
King’s Courtyard Artists’ Collective (124 E. King St.)
What You’ll Find: Jewelry, fine art, sculpture, photography and clothing and more.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Promotions: Browse multiple Christmas trees filled with affordably priced handmade ornaments, many starting at $6. Plus affordable handcrafted gifts including glassware, jewelry, prints, hats, bags and more.
Molly’s Follies (56 S. Duke St.)
What You’ll Find: We are a home furnishings boutique that specializes in unique home goods and “upcycled” furniture decorated and remade with lots of love!
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Promotions: All purchases $25 and over will receive a Shop Small swag bag PLUS a 10 percent off coupon for the next time you shop with us! Light refreshments will be served for you to nibble as you peruse our curated selection of ornaments, Christmas décor, unique gifts and home decor.
Paco's at Taste Test Restaurant Incubator (105 S. Duke St.)
What You’ll Find: Paco's dishes are inspired by Mexican flavors and deeply influenced with local ingredients, inside downtown York's restaurant incubator in the Royal Square District.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Promotions: Paco's will have gift cards, special chef's table tickets and tickets for a masa making class all available for purchase! Stop in to learn more about these special events. Half-Price Happy Hour and $2 street tacos, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Collusion Tap Works (105 S. Howard St.)
What You’ll Find: Brewery and tasting room with 24 draft lines pouring a rotating selection of beers.
Hours: Noon to midnight.
Promotions: $5 off gift certificates of $25 or more, $10 off of gift certificates of $50 or more. Maximum of two per customer.
SMALL STAR Art House (232 W. Market St.)
What You’ll Find: Located in York’s WeCo District, SMALL STAR proudly features a 26-seat screening room showing first-run indie films and a gallery of York-made artistic creations. Enjoy snacks while watching the latest indie films or relax in our lounge. BYO friendly.
Hours: 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Special Promotions: Buy three movie tickets for $30 and get a fourth ticket free (cash only). Buy 10 movie tickets for $75 (versus the usual $100). For only $75, buy your loved one the gift of knowledge with a certificate to Tuesday night Film Appreciation Classes (series of six classes).
INSIDE CENTRAL MARKET
Strathmeyer Christmas Trees
What You’ll Find: Strathmeyer will have its usual stand at Central Market York from Black Friday through Christmas.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Special Promotion: $5 off purchase of $20 if customers show receipt from another downtown business (Offer also valid at York Fairgrounds location).
Naked Chick Art
What You’ll Find: An artist collective focusing on handmade eclectic artworks created using natural, repurposed, reclaimed and up-cycled items. Items available include paintings on reclaimed wood, woodworks, beaded, macrame and silver jewelry, repurposed textiles into aprons, purses, boho jackets and home decor.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Promotions: With a purchase of $25 or more customers will get a free hand-painted wood magnet (until supplies run out).
What You’ll Find: Quality, bulk loose-leaf tea, herbs and spices.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Promotions: 10 percent off select autumn teas.