Shopping Small and Local for the Holidays and Beyond

Jennifer Maher | December 2015

For Small Business Saturday, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and I did some shopping as we usually do, visiting small businesses throughout the area and enjoying the experience of supporting our neighborhood shops, which mean so much to the local economy. Spending time in the businesses gave us an opportunity to see how things were going on this important shopping day, but also to demonstrate that your countywide Chamber of Commerce is working closely with officials to ensure healthy, steady growth and opportunity for businesspeople as well as current and future employees.

“It was a real super way to kick off the holiday season by checking on all our ‘small shops’ and to wish them all a very healthy and prosperous Christmas and Hanukkah,” said Putnam County Executive Odell, “and get a good deal of my holiday list checked off!” I felt the same. There are quality shops with great products, some of them locally made, to fill out your holiday list. We visited the following stores: Kismet in Cold Spring, which specializes in “gifts for her,” then the General Store in Cold Spring, which has a variety of gifts for adults. Next we stopped at Swing in Cold Spring, which serves both children and women. The Carmel Flower Shop has gifts for all, as does Verizon Wireless Zone in Brewster. Then we drove through Patterson to the Patterson Greenhouse, which offers gifts for the “green thumbs” in our lives, and finished up at Lynn’s Card Smart in Mahopac, which has a variety of holiday cards and gifts.
This was just a sampling of the many possibilities to shop locally. You can buy everything from cards and small gifts to cars and boats, without crossing out of our county’s borders. There truly are many reasons to “Shop Putnam” and our County Executive and I were proud to help lead the way for area shoppers.

Jennifer Maher
Jennifer Maher is chairwoman, the Putnam County Business Council and currently serves as the president of the Putnam/Westchester Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors. She is also the Chief Operating Officer, Managing Broker and Partner of J. Philip Real Estate.