Local stores offer value you won't find online

Posted at 7:50 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 20:05:35-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The official start to the holiday shopping season kicks off on Thanksgiving Day/Black Friday for many people. While online sales are expected to be high once again this year, local stores are reminding the public that they offer "value" that cannot be found online.

The TreeHouse Toy Store in Buffalo spends the year searching out the best gifts for children of all ages - which can save you time scrolling through endless internet pages looking for the perfect toy. In addition to its expertise, the store also offers free curbside pickup and gift wrapping.

Lilypad Boutique in Amherst has unique items for all sorts of occasions. It also hand-makes soy candles that are sold across North America in places like Alaska and North Carolina. Lilypad encourages shoppers to check out local stores because you might be surprised what is available around Buffalo. An added plus to shopping local is the ability to physically look and handle something you are buying - no surprises when a package comes in the mail.

Small Business Saturday falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Several local business in Buffalo are offering enticements to attract customers, including this one:

The holiday shopping season in Downtown Buffalo officially kicks off on Small Business Saturday, November 30th. This day of celebration supports shopping at local businesses. Buffalo Place invites shoppers to the Market Arcade Building at 617 Main Street to start the day right with a free breakfast. Buffalo Place will provide free coffee from OverWinter Coffee as well as Paula’s Donuts to the first 250 guests that visit the Market Arcade Building.