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There's a lot going on downtown Batavia this winter

Oct 25, 2016 11:12AM ● By Neighbors Magazines


Shop where your heart is

Local First—Small Business Saturday—Shop Local—

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The list of catchy taglines goes on and on all with a similar goal of getting consumers to make a conscious shift on where they spend their hard earned dollars.

Why? What is the real impact of choosing to make a purchase in Downtown Batavia at a locally owned, independent shop as opposed to a big box store?

• If you spend $100 at a local business, roughly $68 stays in your local economy. If you spend the same at a large business, only $43 stays in the local economy (Source: Civic Economics Study in Grand Rapids, Michigan).

• Small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes (Source: Seattle Good Business Network).

So what does this look like here in Batavia?

As you take time to put together your Christmas shopping lists, make sure to think about what you can purchase right here in Downtown Batavia. Be sure to check out some recent additions such as Fawn Gifts, The Tea Tree, Bar Evolution, Buddha, Gandhi & Me and the newly relocated Furniture Dollies. Continue to shop and purchase gift cards from some long standing downtown businesses like For All Occasions, Salvaged Heart Vintage Wares, Limestone Coffee & Tea, and Olmstead’s TV and Appliance. By supporting the already existing local businesses in town, we funnel more and more dollars into the downtown economy and make Downtown Batavia much more attractive to other potential local businesses.

Don’t let Christmas be the only thing that drives you downtown to shop though. These local businesses need our support all year long.

So let’s do it! Shop where your heart is. Right in the heart of this community, Downtown Batavia.

Jamie Saam

Executive Director, Batavia MainStreet

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Downtown is everyone’s neighborhood!

Downtown Batavia Indoor Market—No need to worry about where you will do your weekly local shopping once the Batavia Farmers’ Market has its last day. The Indoor Market began Sat., Oct. 29 from 9am until 12pm. Gaetano’s has again graciously opened their doors for us to fill the main floor with between eight to ten weekly vendors plus their wonderful Italian Market in the lower level. Gaetano’s is located at 15 E. Wilson St.


Holiday Market— This vintage and one-of-a-kind shopping event will be full of fabulous finds from downtown retailers and selected local artisans. Thurs., Nov. 10 will be a ticketed preview night for a limited number of sneak peek shoppers. Open shopping will be Fri. & Sat., Nov. 11 & 12 inside Batavia Congregational Church at 21 S. Batavia Ave. This is your go to place for your holiday shopping!

Downtown Santa— Kids should be on the lookout Saturday mornings in December as Santa will make special appearances at businesses around Downtown Batavia. He will be ready with treats in hand to take free photos with children of all ages.