On Black Friday, while customers rushed the malls and big-box stores around the Island, it was business as usual around Babylon, Lindenhurst and Farmingdale villages.
Some people in Babylon said they were just there to grab a bite to eat, while Lindenhurst had visitors to the Modern Bakery and Patsy’s. Some people in Farmingdale said they were cooling their heels before going to see a movie at the nearby multiplex.
It’s pretty much the same every year, said Dennis Murphy, co-owner of Sport Shack in Babylon Village.
“No one’s coming here. They’re all going to the malls,” Murphy said.
John Murphy, brother and co-owner, said the store is saved by its wholesale nature. It’s affiliation with a number of sports leagues across Long Island have made it a place that athletes can go to get uniforms, jackets and equipment specifically for their team.
“But, there’s no one beating down the back door,” he said.
As a result, some villages across Long Island, including Babylon, Port Washington,
Port Jefferson and Oyster Bay, really start pumping up the shopping season next week.
In Oyster Bay, the chamber of commerce has organized three Holiday Shopping Strolls. On Dec. 2, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16 Oyster Bay-based businesses will be opening for extended hours and historical sites will remain open until 7 p.m.
“We’re sending a message to the malls and big box stores that they can’t compete with us for unique gifts and a great shopping experience,” said Michele Browner, Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce president.
But not everyone is giving up on this weekend. American Express is running its first ever Small Business Saturday tomorrow. According to “Small Business Saturday’s” Facebook page, the first 200,000 shoppers who register with American Express and make a purchase at a local business on Nov. 27 using their American Express card will get a $25 credit on their monthly statement.