To avoid the crowds and stresses of the holiday season, many shoppers turn to the Internet to browse in peace or head to big box stores to find the best deals. But the local community has a number of businesses offering wares that make excellent gifts—and they’re owned by neighbors trying to make a living. Instead of spending extra screen time, shoppers should consider venturing out to local stores and supporting community businesses. And this year, Glen Cove is making it even easier with several holiday markets where people can go and find goods all in one place.
On Friday, Dec. 2, Deasy Elementary School is hosting its annual Holiday Expo from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring children’s clothing, jewelry, women’s apparel and handmade items. The next weekend, two special events will be held in Glen Cove: a holiday marketplace at City Hall on Saturday, Dec. 10, and the Winter Wonderland hosted by the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 11, at Glen Cove Mansion.
The Holiday Marketplace is a new event hosted by the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District (B.I.D.) and will feature local artisans and entrepreneurs that sell homemade, hand-crafted items and products from home-based businesses. The marketplace will offer residents creative gift ideas from jewelry and home décor items to hand-crafted goods and delicious one-of-a-kind delicacies.
“In our effort to introduce new community events, we hope the Glen Cove Holiday Marketplace encourages area residents to shop local and make Downtown Glen Cove a frequent destination for great gifts, home décor and essentials,” said Mayor Reggie Spinello.
“We see this event as a dynamic opportunity to complement the retail and restaurant offerings of downtown Glen Cove while aligning with artisans, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations of our city to underscore the importance of shopping small—small business that is,” said Francine Koehler, executive director, Glen Cove Downtown B.I.D.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 9 Glen St., Glen Cove and vendor applications are now being accepted. Space is limited and table spaces will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis with “category” exclusives for five-home based businesses. Four community organizations will also have the opportunity to sell beverages, candy, gifts and baked goods for the benefit of their 501C3 group. Table spaces will cost $25 and all proceeds will be donated to the Senior Activity Generational Endowment (S.A.G.E) supporting the Glen Cove Senior Center. To participate, potential vendors can download an application at www.glencovedowntown.org. All completed applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every year, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity for its members to showcase their goods and the Winter Wonderland will again be held at the Glen Cove Mansion from noon to 4 p.m. In addition to shopping, attendees can participate in arts and crafts activities and indulge in hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts.