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Hamburg businesses will hold Green Friday Nov. 23

Nearly 30 Village of Hamburg businesses will participate in “Green Friday” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Shoppers will be able to pick up the trolley “Cinderella” at various locations throughout the village that day to take them from place to place.

BY: Christopher Gordon | November 14, 2012

In a week from now, stores will be preparing for the onslaught of customers on what is known as Black Friday, the start of the Christmas shopping season.

While local business owners certainly do not want to see the big box stores lose customers, they also want to see that many of the same people take time out of their day to patronize them as well.

Monroe, the owner of Monroe’s Shop, a boutique located at 182 Lake St., said she has been working on an idea for a number of years to create a promotion to attract customers to the Village of Hamburg. As a result, the first “Green Friday” will be held on Friday, Nov. 23.

“I created this idea about four years ago,” Monroe said.

Along with Eric Adams, owner of Picture Your Walls in Eden, and Cindy Barrett, owner of the Comfort Zone in Hamburg, the three have been working on the idea, and have received support from several state, local and county officials.

This includes State Senators Mark Grisanti, Tim Kennedy and Patrick Gallivan, Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses, Hamburg Village Trustee Laura Hackathorn, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters, the Hamburg Village Business Advisory Council, small business owners and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

According to Monroe, the green idea is not about money. It refers to the idea of recycling money back into the community to help local businesses.

In a week from now, stores will be preparing for the onslaught of customers on what is known as Black Friday, the start of the Christmas shopping season.

While local business owners certainly do not want to see the big box stores lose customers, they also want to see that many of the same people take time out of their day to patronize them as well.

Monroe, the owner of Monroe’s Place Shop, a boutique located at 182 Lake St., said she has been working on an idea for a number of years to create a promotion to attract customers to the Village of Hamburg. As a result, the first “Green Friday” will be held on Friday, Nov. 23.

“I created this idea about four years ago,” Monroe said.

Along with Eric Adams, owner of Picture Your Walls in Eden, and Cindy Barrett, owner of the Comfort Zone in Hamburg, the three have been working on the idea, and have received support from several state, local and county officials.

This includes state Senators Mark Grisanti, Tim Kennedy and Patrick Gallivan, Hamburg Mayor Thomas Moses, Hamburg Village Trustee Laura Hackathorn, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters, the Hamburg Village Business Advisory Council, small business owners and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

According to Monroe, the green idea is not about money. It refers to the idea of recycling money back into the community to help local businesses.

While the trio believes it is vital for people to support local businesses in all communities, they wanted to see that this promotion finally got off the ground.

“That’s why it’s centered around Hamburg,” Adams said.

Adams said the numbers do not lie. For every $100 spent at a national retail chain, $43 goes back into the local economy. For every $100 spent at local, small businesses, $68 goes back into the local economy, he said.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., several businesses in the Village of Hamburg will be holding “Green Friday” deals to help support the Hamburg economy.

“We’re getting commitments from the retail businesses in the village,” Adams said.

There will be nearly 30 businesses participating, Monroe said.

Because the Village of Hamburg has businesses that are spread out more, a free trolley service will be offered that day.

It will begin at Staub’s at 206 Lake St., near Dairy Queen, and the stops for the trolley around the village will be wherever you see green balloons, Adams said.

“They can park there and get on the trolley,” Monroe said.

While the service is free, there will be a gratuity jar on board for those who would like to leave a tip to the driver.

Part of the reason for the promotion is for residents to be able to enjoy the traditional feel of shopping in the village at Christmas time.

“We’re hoping to offer something more nostalgic,” Barrett said.

There will also be extra incentives for people to want to not only visit businesses on “Green Friday,” but also throughout the holiday season.

Monroe said a big part of the idea is awareness. They realize that all customers are not going to purchase items from them at that time, but they want to be able to introduce themselves to customers, and as much as anything, get them to stop in.

By doing so, they will have a chance to win some valuable prizes just before Christmas.

“They’ve got to go around and get stamps from the businesses they have visited,” Adams said.

There will be “three great prizes” handed out, and the winners will depend on the number of stamps collected, Adams said.

Those who are on Facebook can like HamburgGreenFriday, where there will be continued updates on deals.

“At many of the sites, there will be some extra’s,” Monroe said, adding this includes places where there will be live music or treats.

The big thing, Monroe reiterated, is that they simply want people to walk in the door and support local, small businesses.

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