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'Shop the Rock' and Skip Black Friday

Program aims to aid local merchants

Everyone knows the day after Thanksgiving as the holiday shopping quagmire, Black Friday. Stampedes, tiffs over toys — it's a day no one should go to the mall, but everyone does.

This year the Glen Rock Environmental Commission is giving shoppers a better option that substitutes toy store terror for conscious consuming.

Shoppers who patronize locally owned businesses beginning on November 26 can cash in on two great offers that will save them cash and help them carry what they buy.

“This promotion has two goals: to strengthen the local economy and reduce our community's carbon footprint,” GREC Commissioner Cindy Mehallow said. “Shopping local eliminates trips to the mall and big-box retailers, which in turn reduces traffic congestion and vehicle emissions. Bringing your own bag reduces the fossil fuels and other resources used to create, transport and recycle single-use paper and plastics bags.”

The first 2,000 shoppers to make qualifying purchases at participating small businesses will get an attractive, durable “Shop the Rock” tote bag at no cost.

In addition, shoppers who use their American Express card to make a purchase of at least $25 at a participating Glen Rock small business can receive a $25 credit on their next statement. Card members must pre-register their card at https://sync.americanexpress.com/sbs2011.

More than 25 Glen Rock businesses participating in this promotion are listed on the American Express website.  

Local businesses participating in the 'Shop the Rock' program include: 

CoCo November 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
what a deal using your amex and supporting local businesses!
Elizabeth Cox November 19, 2011 at 11:35 PM
hmmm between the hair salons & the banks i'm sure to find great deals! maybe i'll buy the kids a lamp shade for xmas. cookies from Kilroys or a sandwich for their stockings. why doesn't GR figure out a way to get different store in town. might be a bit more apealing. i would never step foot in the Grow-cery, i would rather buy the kids a bucket of paint or a hammer from the hardware store first! it does sound like a great idea, ut your choices of stores are the problem. there is no diversity, no real "gift type" of place! not trying to be synical because i do believe in shopping local but this is a tad silly
Glen Rock Tailors November 21, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Hello, This is Glen Rock Custom Alterations and Clothing. Please let me know how I can participate as we have great clothing and accessories available for men this holiday season. Thank you.
Cindy Mehallow November 22, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Hi Liz, Come on, you're not really trying. ITry to be a little more creative than that! For example, this summer I challenged myself to shop local. Instead of going to Macy's to buy a charm bracelet for my daughter's birthday, I purchased it and three great charms at TaylorMade. Instead of buying wine for the dinner hostess at the A&P, I went to Beekman's and got great advice from Joel, the owner. For the birthday girl, I picked up cupcakes at A la Cupcake. Know anyone who would like tickets to a Broadway show? You can buy them at Prominent Ticket. Better yet, get them tickets to the next production at the Porch Light Theatre. For a lovely picture frame or unique handmade backpack, stop in at Glen Rock Digital Photo. Give a gift certificate for a facial at Sasha, or a romantic dinner for two at Rocca, Tani or the Greek Taverna. Select a lovely fountain, bird feeder or houseplace at Herold's Farm. Buy child-size gardening clogs, gloves or rake at Herold's Farm or Glen Rock Paint and Hardware so your kids can help you in the yard. See? There are LOTS of choices right here, if you take the time to look for them.
Cindy Mehallow November 22, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Liz, here are some more ideas.....Buy Dad a great grill from Geno at Glen Rock Paint and Hardware. Or, order a stately house number plaque for the new homeowner. For the environmentalist, make a donation to the Glen Rock Tree Trust Fund. For the historian, buy a history of Glen Rock, available at the public library. For the empty nesters soon to leave town, buy a Glen Rock afghan. For the fashion diva, pick up a stylish accessory at the Hidden Treasure Box. For the chocolate lover, try a box of the delectable items from Eileen at Heavenly Treats.
Cindy Mehallow November 22, 2011 at 03:41 AM
We would love to have you participate. We'll send you an information packet and order form tonight!
Cindy Mehallow November 22, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Hey Liz, read the next comment. Stop in Glen Rock Custom Alternations and Clothing on Rock Road for a custom-made shirt -- that would be a real treat for that special man in your life. Or, select a distinctive silk tie.
Cindy Mehallow November 22, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Glen Rock Tailors, your email address doesn't work. Please send a request to grec@glenrocknj.net. Thanks!

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