Post-Thanksgiving Shopping - Buy LOCAL this Year


Tis' the season - the season to head out and look for the perfect gift for your favorite people. Here are just a handful of deals happening after Thanksgiving right here in the city. No need to head to the big box store, try local first.

Shop Local - Black Friday Deals:

This Friday, Black Button Distilling is releasing their new Little Barrel Bourbon. This is the first locally made-craft bourbon to hit the market in Monroe County since Prohibition. This bourbon is a limited 1,400 bottle production that has aged four months in 5-gallon barrels. And, if bourbon's not your thing they have plenty of other gift options to peruse. GO SHOP!

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Got that need for caffeine or coffee related items? Joe Bean Coffee Roasters will have in-store and online sales this Black Friday. In-house: spend $50 or more and receive a $5 gift card. Online: free shipping on orders for $75 or more. Time to stock up! See Deals.

Small Business Saturday - Support SMALL!

It doesn't matter if you eat too much on Thanksgiving, good homemade dessert can never be passed up. This Small Business Saturday, Scratch Bakeshop (soon to open on Park Ave) is offering 15% off on any order placed on Saturday. Do you know what you're going to order yet? Scratch Bakeshop website.

Hip, urban florist, Stacy K Floral, located on Park Ave, will be offering 10% off store-wide on Saturday. Shop their vast selection of gifts, decor, and fresh flowers and plants. What are you waiting for?

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Friday, Saturday & Beyond!

If you're looking for the perfect piece to accent a family member or friend's home (or maybe your own), look no further than More Fire Glass Studio. This studio produces incredible glass-blown vases, sculptures, ornaments, and more. Their annual holiday sale is Friday-Sunday, November 28th-30th, as well as Saturday & Sunday, December 6th & 7th. Don't miss this sale!

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New isn't always better. Know someone who feels that way? Head to Far Out Vintage on Monroe Ave to give a unique piece new life. Get 50% off on Black Friday and 25% off on Small Business Saturday. Go Vintage!

If you're not even sure where to start shopping or what to get for someone... try Zak's Avenue. This eclectic shop in the South Wedge really does have everything. Gift for a guy, girl, friend, hostess, boss, etc. if you're not sure where to start, start here. For both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Zak's is offering 20% off your purchase of any one item over $20! Get shopping!

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So, once you've eaten all you can and gotten a good nights sleep - get out there - and shop, support a local business.


Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She is planning to do lots of local shopping this year and hopes you will too! Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow her on Twitter.

Zak's Avenue: a one-stop shop in the Wedge



Are you constantly trying to find the perfect gift for a family member, significant other, friend, or even coworker, but have no idea what to get? Zak's has an answer for you and they'll even help you find it!

Zak's Ave in the South Wedge Owner, Deb Zakrzewski, spent many years in the corporate world before working in a small specialty retail store. It was there that she first considered opening up a shop herself. After spending some time in the South Wedge getting to know other business owners, she decided this was the perfect spot!

Zak's Ave in the South Wedge When you first step inside you may not know, but there are items for sale from over 40 local artists!

Shopping for a gal who loves accessories?

Jewelry at Zak's Ave Maybe a friend with a sense of humor... or who just plain needs this?

Unique Shopping You'll be set for your sock loving sister...

Shop for Socks at Zak's Or your favorite baker...

Shop for the Baker And whether you're looking for a little loved one with two legs...

Gifts for kids or four...

Shop for Pets With over 9,000 items in stock and new items arriving weekly, you'll find what you're looking for here (even if it's just for yourself)!

Get shopping!


Hours: Mon - Fri: 11am-7pm Sat: 11am-6pm

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