But businesses are aiming to entice people to stay home and shop local by providing discounts with the “No Trains, Shop Local” promotion. From Aug. 11 to Aug. 13, residents will get 10 percent off of all purchases at 12 mom-and-pop shops when they show their MetroCard. Those who purchase an item for $25 or more and show their receipt at Q.E.D., a comedy and event space, will get a free ticket for themselves and a guest.
If you make your own clothes, visit Broadway Silk at 35-11 Broadway, which has been family owned since the 1930s. Sip on coffee while you shop for your pet at Château le Woof, a pet market and cafe at 30-02 14th St.
Handmade candles, lotions and soaps made with sustainable and organic ingredients can be found at Lavender Label, located at 29-03 23rd Ave. Lockwood (32-15 33rd St.), which serves all kinds of trinkets, and its sister store Lockwood Style (33-02 Broadway), which offers women’s clothes, will also offer discounts.
Stores may offer additional promotions as the dates get closer. Visit the Facebook page for the event for more information.