DANSVILLE — There is an old-fashioned feel to downtown when Small Business Saturday opens its doors to great deals.
On Nov. 28 Main Street was visited by neighbors, family, and friends alike to shop local.
Dogwood Trading Company Owner Susan DeMuth has expanded her store back to Dansville Stationers with a lot more products.
“We have seen a lot of our favorite customers (Small Business Saturday) today,” she said. “They like to come out to support local businesses.”
DeMuth added that her customers like what she has done with the new space, and feel good about moving around in the store.
“We are bringing in so many new things,” she said. “I didn’t want that side to become an office, so I moved the Vera Bradley things over there. I wanted to keep both sides retail. We needed the extra space.”
There was 20 percent off store-wide on Small Business Saturday, and the same will be said for Winter in the Village on Dec. 2.
From noon until 8:30 p.m. there will be food tasting with East Hill Creamery Cheese. Santa’s Hat Society and the Boy Scouts Troop 38 will be outfront with raffles, chili, and hot dogs.
DeMuth said she looks forward to a live ice carving demonstration this year for Winter in the Village on the corner of Main and Ossian streets. There will be five available to view on Main Street, and the sixth with be carved live. St. Peters Episcopal Church will have a Live Nativity scene from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. for the Fantasy of Lights.
“I really love that day,” DeMuth said. “It is good to see everyone out having a good time.”
DeMuth mentioned that there has been a lot more out-of-town people coming in on family traditions.
“When family is in town they bring them down to do shopping in small businesses,” she said. “It is fun to see out-of-town relatives reactions to what we have to offer. Sometimes these people come back to town, and make it a tradition to see us.”
Mill Creek Optical Owner Jenni Leuzzi said she is getting ready for the Winter in the Village window display contest.
“We have more stores on Main Street, so I have seen a lot more traffic (Small Business Saturday) on this day,” she said. “I love the three new stores we have. They add a variety to downtown.”
Leuzzi said that when you support local it all comes back around. She plans on having gift certificates and door prizes for Winter in the Village. She will also have wine tasting from Honeoye Falls.
“We had the perfect ambiance for Winter in the Village last year,” she said. “It was very festive, and so much fun.”
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive is being spearheaded by Leuzzi this year. All of the donations stay in Dansville, and are used for needy families. The money is kept to be used by the Dansville Central school for supplies for needy children.
The Red Kettle is at the North Dansville Town Hall and Tops Friendly Markets.
Last year over $12,000 was raised for needy families, and there were many great volunteers out ringing that bell.
“If you would like to volunteer this year for The Red Kettle Drive all the money stays local,” Leuzzi said. “People can sign up at Mill Creek Optical or call me. They can bring their own entertainment for the time they are volunteering. We have had some sing Christmas Carols, some play instruments, and others do gymnastics.”
If you are interested in sparing an hour or two of your time to help with this great cause from now until Christmas contact Leuzzi at 585-727-7147.
“We get a lot of good community service out of this,” she said. “The more people who come out to ring that bell the more donations we get.”
There are a lot of retired people who donate their time to this cause, and enjoy helping the community.
Tish’s Treasures Owner Tisha Welch went to open her store for Small Business Saturday, and had a long line of happy customers waiting.
“People came from Michigan and Virginia to see their families for the holidays and shopped here,” she said. “They wanted to visit downtown, and see what was open (Small Business Saturday) today.”
There will be tables set up inside the store for local artists and food tasting for Winter in the Village.
“I like to help others promote their business too,” Welch said. “I have had an overwhelming response from people coming into my store.”
Nunda Mustard will be available for tasting, and there will be nice gift certificates for Winter in the Village.
“I know Christmas is hard for people, so I have been giving out gifts in the shop local bags,” Welch said. “I love that people buy homemade gifts. I love that someone put a lot of love into making a craft.”
Dansville ArtWorks Board Member Deborah Fenton said there were some good customers who came in for Small Business Saturday.
“They know to come here for unique gifts,” she said. “They like to support local artists.”
Dansville ArtWorks will have Santa Claus visiting from noon to 3:30 p.m. for Winter in the Village. From 6 to 8 p.m. they will have FitzPatrick’s produce samples, soft drinks, and treats. Not to mention there will be gift certificates available.
“This gets the word out on what we have to offer,” Fenton said. “We have to keep in mind there are a lot of local shops with very unique items. We need to support them if we want them to grow.”