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Tell Us: Holiday Shopping

Do you shop local?

When it comes to holiday shopping, there are plenty of opporunities to visit Main Street. Even though people decry Port Washington's empty storefronts, there are longtime favorites from Dolphin Bookshop to Lou Babs & Moogs, Bluetique and more, to new retailers including Wit & Whim, Vintage Grapes, Digmi Nation and others. 

Which has wondering? Do you shop local for the holidays? Do you find the selection of shops enticing? Or is something missing from the mix?

Tell us in the comments. 

George Mulligan December 20, 2012 at 02:55 PM
My family has done most of our shopping on line or at Macy's in Manhasset. My daughter wants a flat screen TV. I don't think you can purchase a TV in Port Washinton. So PC Richards here we come.
Port North Resident December 23, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I would love to do more shopping locally but unfortunately our local merchants are much more expensive than their larger store counterparts. In these tough economic times how can someone justify paying much more for the same item? If our local merchants would have the same sales and values as Barnes & Noble, Macy's, and the like it would be a no-brainer but until times get better or local merchants start price matching, I need to make my dollars go as far as they can.
Bobbie Polay December 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
You may not be able to get a flat screen TV in town, but think of all the other things you can get. Many people do not think about how much the "mom and pop" stores support our community, in addition to giving Port Washington such a charming small town atmosphere. Barnes & Noble and Macy's do not make contributions to our community organizations. What would the school, community group, church and synagogue fund raisers do without the financial support from our local stores? There would be no holiday decorations and no flags for Memorial Day. Imagine Main Street without the Dolphin Bookshop, Alper's, Bluetique and others. You may or may not get a better price online, but if people do not at least try to shop locally, it will cost them in ways they have not thought about. Check pwguide.com for whatever you need, then enjoy the convenience of visiting our friendly merchants.
Lynn Keating, Acupuncturist December 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I only shop locally and online. Cost prohibits me from doing all my shopping in town, that and the fact that we are a large electronics/ gadgets household and there are no stores in town for that. I do understand why the prices are higher as I am a business owner and know the rents here but it is important to me to be able to have such great stores so close and I feel it is important to support them as best we can. We live in a beautiful community and I love seeing storefronts filled with businesses. This year I found great gifts at Impulse Boutique, Dolphin Bookshop, Unleashed Pet Boutique, Lou Babs and Moogs, and Denim Hospital at Nancy Sinoway. I also had absolutely wonderful experiences at all and it was nice to see all the stores busy with shoppers.
Drina Scheiber December 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I mix big box stores with local shopping. A gift from Dolphin Bookshop or Suite 275 is so much more personal than one from the mall and helps keep our local economy alive. There are too many empty store fronts in our adorable town - if we all shop local as much as possible we can bring back our community.
nancy sinoway December 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I have to say "thank-you" to our local community for all of the support of our business Nancy Sinoway Tailoring and Alterations and www.denimhospital.com It has been a fantastic year and we could of not have done it without all of the people of this great community. We take pride in living and working in this beautiful town, and hope people will continue to embrace how lucky we all are.
nancy sinoway December 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
thanx Lynn for the "shout out". We all have to support each other!
Wendy Collett December 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
One of the reasons I moved to Port Washington many years ago is its overall charm - exemplified by the unique and wonderful offerings of our small businesses and by the very talented and caring people who make up a majority of residents.
Lisa Hodes December 31, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I have found that there is a group of extremely loyal customers who always try and shop locally and they are all very pleasant and heartfelt. I have also found that there are many people who never even look when they drive on Main St and have no idea who the retailers are and what they sell.

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