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COLUMN: Keeping it local

COLUMN: Keeping it local

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When you shop local, 52 percent of what you spend stays in the community.

That’s a statistic from a study by the American Booksellers Association Indie Impact Study Series used by American Express on their website for Small Business Saturday, a movement started by the company in 2010 to get people out to small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

In turn, merchants offer special deals and events.

Locally, there is plenty going on.

The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce has a list of more than 30 local businesses offering deals on goods and services and gift certificates. Check www.adirondackchamber.org.

There’s also the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance’s Buy Local Warrensburg Saturday with a live radio broadcast from WCKM-FM 98.5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Town Hall parking lot. Look for the orange “Buy Local Here” signs in front of participating businesses where shoppers also can score a hand-painted “Shop Warrensburg” tote and a free raffle ticket for a chance to win gift certificates.

The Shirt Factory Arts and Healing Center in Glens Falls is starting festivities on Black Friday with its 12th annual Holiday Open House, which runs Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Last year was the first year we did a full day on Black Friday,” said Dolores Thomson, co-director of The Shirt Factory and a local potter with two spaces in the building who has been involved in planning the open houses for years.

The Shirt Factory had a Friday preview day before the open house — always held the weekend after Thanksgiving — for merchants, and the demand for Black Friday events and deals grew.

“We found people who came on Friday were very excited because they had family visiting or heard about the place, but had never been here,” Thomson said.

This year, The Shirt Factory is selling gift cards in $10 increments that can be used in more than 20 locations in the building.

Co-director Kate Austin-Avon said there is a growing interest in not only buying local, but buying goods made and sold locally.

“When the open houses started, people would have to seek us out, people who like crafts or art. They were a specific demographic. I’d say now it’s busier every year. Hurray for our marketing efforts, but also hurray for people wanting to shop local."

These aren't just local stores, she added, they're local stores selling locally made products.

"These products were made in this building,” Austin-Avon said.

The retailers are located on the first floor, and there are a record number of guest artisans and artists joining them for the event — nearly 40, Thomson said.

There’s also artist demonstrations, sales and mini-lessons.

The Shirt Factory, which has more than 80 tenants, also has a Ladies’ Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 in conjunction with the downtown Glens Falls collaborative Ladies’ Night. Select shops will be open late with special sales.

Other events include a December Open House Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a Friends and Family Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20, and the Last-Minute Dash on Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Austin-Avon said this is the first year Santa is visiting for the Last-Minute Dash.

New practice

Corinth has a new medical office — Meyer & Malin Family Practice, located at 101 Main St.

For doctors Vincent Meyer and Julia Malin, this is their second practice, with the first in Ballston Spa.

They offer a variety of medical care, including family care, medically supervised wight-loss programs, women’s health services and physicals. Most insurances are accepted, a news release said. For more on them, visit www.meyerandmalin.com.

The new Cornith practice is in what was the Hudson River Federal Credit Union and, before that, a Stewart’s Shop.

Renovations took place over the summer.

Mayor Dennis Morreale said in October the practice would fill a gap left when Dr. Richard Pitkin, a well-regarded doctor in the community for half a century, retired.

“It’s going to be a big positive to the community,” Morreale said of the new practice.

Dr. Meyer is a member of the Corinth community and said he saw an opportunity to give back. The two doctors already were looking to expand, so the timing was right.

They have two employees in Corinth and a total of eight between the two practices.

Staff writer Amanda May Metzger covers business news. She can be reached at ametzger@poststar.com. You can follow her on Twitter @ps_business. If you have news related to the local business community, email her or send her a tweet.

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