Capital Region chamber, BID leaders look local for holiday gifts


While their approaches to holiday shopping differ, from when to start shopping to their willingness to deal with crowds, they share one thing in common: a desire to shop locally. 

Olivia Clemente, director of events and partnerships for Troy BID, starts her shopping around Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to take advantage of the local deals in downtown Troy. Alicia Perez Osur, director of events and engagement for Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce, follows a similar timeline and plans to use the 40th Annual Victorian Stroll on Dec. 4 in Troy as mostly a one-stop shop. 

To space out his shopping and check off his list early in the season, Mark Eagan, director of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, starts hunting for gifts in November, opting to go to stores during after-work and dinnertime hours when the crowds aren’t as bad. He makes sure he’s finished by early December.

“Some people get a lot of energy over the rush of those last few weeks and love the buzz of the stores,” Eagan said. “But that’s not my favorite thing.” 

Anthony Gaddy, co-founder and president of the Upstate New York Black Chamber, however, is a self-proclaimed notoriously last-minute shopper.

“I’m kind of all over the place, all hours of the night making sure the most important people are taken care of,” he said, leading to a mix of online and in-person shopping from locally owned businesses and major retailers.

The pandemic shifted consumers to rely more heavily on online shopping, so they tend to gravitate towards large, national retailers, Eagan said. While he prefers shopping in-person, only using online stores to check inventory, Eagan said many local businesses have adopted online services, so shoppers who want to shop from home can still support small businesses.

While big-name retailers enter the mix for the four, they all focus on supporting local businesses for as much of their shopping as possible.

“The local, independently owned businesses are often the backbone of our community,” Eagan said. Plus, he said, you’re more likely to track down unique, hard-to-find gifts on the shelf of a small business than with a major retailer.

That’s why Clemente, who relies on vibes and humor to find gifts for her friends, does almost all of her shopping locally. One year, she found mixes for artisanal cocktails in Troy for her friend who loves experimenting with mixology. Another year, Clemente’s friends found her, a hot sauce lover, a make-your-own sauce kit locally.

“Things that are funny and quirky are definitely what I’m shopping for,” she said.



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