(WESTFIELD, NJ) COVID-19 has shifted even more shopping online; but, there are still hundreds of thousands of dollars up for grabs ahead of the busy holiday season. The Downtown Westfield Corporation is doing its part to help. Just in time for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, it opened a Downtown Welcome Center that offers free gift wrapping and local delivery for gifts purchased at Town retailers.
“Jeff Bezos doesn’t need more of our money. Our friends and neighbors who are our local, independent shop owners and retailers, they need our money this season, more than ever,” said Bob Zuckerman in an interview with CBS2.
Amazon has cut into sales in nearly every category of consumer goods, from books and toys, to clothing and accessories.
Many local retailers say they hope area residents shop local when possible.
“Not all of your shopping has to come from downtown, but you can make a concerted effort, that 20, 30, 40, 50 percent of the purchases you make directly affect your town, your community, your neighbors,” said Miriam Silver Verga, co-founder of Mimi & Hill on Elmer Street.
The Downtown Welcome Center is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Christmas.