Seven years ago, American Express created Small Business Saturday in response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers during the busy holiday shopping season. This year, even more consumers and communities across NYC are coming together to show their love for all types of small businesses (from retail shops and restaurants to fitness studios and record stores) on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.
Some of the exciting New York events that are happening include:
Free Rides to Shop Small in NYC with UberPOOL
• Location: NYC (all five boroughs)
• Time: All day on November 26th
• Details: To help shoppers get together and Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, Uber is offering free UberPOOL rides (up to $20) for American Express Card Members in NYC. Visit the Shop Small map to for ideas on where to go, and ride together to Shop Small!
• Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm and after party from 5:30pm – 6:30pm
• Activity: Get access to a map of all the participating small businesses across the UES through the Veea app. When you shop and check-in at 10 local businesses, you are entered to win a gift card. Then, come to the afterparty at Daisy for drinks and snacks with your UES neighbors.
Union Square Partnership
• Time: 2pm
• Activity: Host a walking tour in Union Square Park at the Cross Road of New York for free, which they will pass out holiday shopping guides encouraging attendees to shop small. Attendees on the walking tour will receive a 10-20 percent discount to one of the small businesses in the area to use while shopping after the tour.
Dine Small with The Infatuation
o Pasquale Jones, 187 Mulberry Street, New York, NY 10012 – 1 hour “quick pizza” seatings: A glass of wine and a pizza
o Emmy Squared, 364 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 – Double stacked Emmy Burger + Emmy Burger Pizza special
o Mimi Cheng’s, 179 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003 – Exclusive Taiwanese Gua Boa special
o Happiest Hour – 121 W. 10th Street, New York, NY 10011 – Specialty item TBD
• Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm EST
• Details: The Infatuation is hosting Dine Small events at local restaurants in New York City, creating exclusive Small Business Saturday menu items.
Park Slope Christmas Tree Lighting
• Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm
• Activity: Join the Park Slope community for their annual tree lighting at 5th avenue and 4th Street. The first tree lighting of the NYC season, the festivities will include live music, a visit from Santa and free activities.