Mountaintop shops unite for Small Business Saturday
As part of the event, shoppers at local businesses received an entry form for a raffle drawing. On the form was a list of each participating shop and restaurant. To enter the raffle, an entrant needed to simply visit five of the establishments on the list, and get the signature of the shop owner. No purchases were necessary to enter the raffle.
Rodriguez owns Miraluz Candles, a candle and artisan crafts shop in the village of Windham. Her shop features the work of more than 40 artisans from the Catskills, including a range of candles handmade by Rodriguez herself.
Rodriguez said she often makes candles to commemorate special events by preserving flowers from weddings or funerals in the wax, essentially offering the flowers an eternal preservation. East Jewett resident George Hewitt visited Miraluz Candles on Saturday, and said shopping local was a priority for him.
“People like to shop here now. This is a place for people to come to shop, and it wasn’t that way 10 to 12 years ago,” Seeley said. “It’s a testament to our small businesses that we have a thriving Main Street again.”
“This was the best Thanksgiving we have had here,” Costanzo said about his business, The Little Bake Shop on Route 385 in the village of Coxsackie. Costanzo and his wife Jill opened The Little Bake Shop in October 2013, and are enjoying their most prosperous holiday season since the shop’s inception.