Small Business Saturday in the Adirondack High Peaks

Holiday shopping can be stressful, but I like to look at it as more like a treasure hunt. I want to find the ideal present. Around the Adirondacks many local merchants will be offering discounts and sales throughout Thanksgiving weekend. The wonderful thing is that these local businesses have handpicked each store item. 

Here are a few things on my “To Do List.” Gift baskets are popular items for my extended family. I fill the baskets with local cheeses, Adirondack-made condiments, candles and maple products from Nori's Village Market and Green Goddess Natural Foods. I add packets of original notecards from artists at various galleries or Adirondack  made chocolates such as Barkeater Chocolate in North Creek, Adirondack Chocolates in Wilmington or Lake Placid Chocolatiers.   

One family member enjoys complex puzzles and card games. A stop at Goody Goody’s or Imagination Station allows me the opportunity to talk with a person that has actually played the games and can assist me in choosing the most difficult. Each year I think I’ve finally stumped him. (Besides I’m a huge fan of someone else wrapping my purchases.) I’m also always on the look out for unique locally made jewelry, crystals and handcrafted bags for my nieces as well as new ornaments for each of my kids. 

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Various Saranac Lake businesses will offer specials and in-store discounts such as The Community Store, which has extended its 10% off coupon until December 5. Any person making an in-store purchase from now through December 5 will receive a coupon good for 10% off the next order. The coupon can’t be combined with any other promotions and must be presented upon checking out. Duplicates won’t be accepted and prior purchases can’t be applied to the discount but no minimal purchase required. Check out other area stores and restaurants for lively entertainment. 

 Tupper Lake’s Wild Center will once again host its annual Artisan Fair Saturday, November 29. There will be crafts for kids and a local artisans trunk show. Shop the Wild Supply Store for some unique items and get free gift-wrapping. Enjoy some maple treats like spun maple cotton candy and sugar on snow. Test your New York State knowledge with the Wild Center’s latest interactive game.  Admission is only  $5 for adults and free for children 14 and younger. 

Lake Placid merchants are hosting their own specials, discounts and sales. For example, The Bookstore Plus has a whole selection of autographed books so come and browse for one-of-a-kind gifts that can’t be found elsewhere. 

There will also be two authors available to autograph their books as gifts. Maxwell Eaton III will be available from 1-3 pm with his popular “Andy” and “The Flying Beaver Brothers” book series as well as Patricia O’Gorman signing copies of her Women Personal Power series, from 3-5 pm. 

If you are set on spending Friday at the mall then reserve Saturday for the annual Small Business Saturday. This initiative focuses on local businesses. Many Adirondack downtown shops are offering specials and discounts. Anyone with an American Express card, go to for a map of local businesses that are eligible for a $10 statement credit (up to 3x) for shopping locally. (To receive the credit, the cardholder must preregister.) This list hardly covered a fraction of all that these communities offer. I hope you find everything you are looking for. Happy Thanksgiving!  

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy Adirondack family hikes, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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