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Bronxville PTA and Chamber of Commerce Join Forces to Encourage Local Shopping during Holidays PDF Print Email


By Suzanne Davis, Bronxville School PTA


Dec. 2, 2015:  The Bronxville PTA leadership and the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to encourage consumers to shop locally this holiday season.

The campaign to promote holiday spending and celebrate the winter season is called "Bronxville Hometown Holiday," and the PTA and Chamber are planning some of this season's events to be the start of an annual occurrence.

"The majority of our businesses are independently owned stores, restaurants, and service providers whose distinctive offerings and high-end customer service help create a vibrant and destination-worthy business district," said Susan Miele, executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce. "We're thrilled that the Bronxville PTA is committed to helping the Chamber showcase what makes Bronxville so special."

The free festivities include a holiday tree-lighting event, Santa's workshop, holiday happy hour, an appearance by Frosty the Snowman, a student window-decorating contest, and free-parking days. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, December 4, 5:00 to 5:30 pm: Bronxville Hometown Holiday Tree-Lighting Celebration. Frosty the Snowman helps light the tree in Leonard Morange Square (Parkway Road). Enjoy entertainment and complimentary refreshments and join a caroling procession to the grand opening of Santa's Workshop!located at 60 Pondfield Road. Winners of the Bronxville High School Window-Decorating Contest announced. Sponsored by Merit Auto Body and Samson Management

Friday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, and Saturday, December 5, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Santa's Workshop: Visit St. Nick and his helpers and enjoy entertainment and complimentary refreshments, sponsored by Merit Auto Body and Samson Management, in space donated by Admiral Real Estate Services Corp.

Saturday, December 5, 3:00 to 5:00 pm: Holiday Happy Hour: In-store specials and complimentary refreshments at participating businesses.

Saturday, December 5, Noon to 6:00 pm: Free parking in the Garden Avenue, Kraft Avenue, and Avalon lots, courtesy of the Village of Bronxville.

Friday, December 4, and Sunday, December 6: Bronxville PTA member savings at participating businesses (present your membership card).

Thursday, December 24, Noon to 6:00 pm: Free parking in the Garden Avenue, Kraft Avenue, and Avalon lots, courtesy of the Village of Bronxville.

"This is the continuation of the PTA's effort to inspire its members to shop locally, as it's a win-win for merchants and Bronxville residents," said Lisa Rao, president of the Bronxville School PTA.

Visit www.bronxvillechamber.com/holiday for details and updates. Events are rain, snow, or shine.

Pictured here:  Bronxville business district in a previous year during the holiday season. 

Photo by A. Warner

 
Mary Liz Mulligan, Manager of the Bronxville Farmers' Market, to Step Down after 15-Year Tenure PDF Print Email

By Carol P. Bartold


Nov. 25, 2015:  Saturday marked the end of the fifteenth season for the successful Bronxville Farmers' Market, and it also marked the end of an important era for the popular weekly market on Stone Place at Paxton Avenue.

Mary Liz Mulligan, whose research, campaigning, and hands-on work resulted in the market's opening in 2001, is retiring as market manager.

Mulligan credits a neighbor for sparking her interest in bringing a farmers' market to Bronxville. "For about a year, he kept saying I had to come up to Hastings to their farmers' market. I finally went and thought we can do this and we should do this. I could see this happening in the village."

Serving in her first year as executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce at the time, Mulligan brought the idea for a farmers' market to the group's board of directors. "They said, 'OK, do your homework.' I did and they loved the idea. That's how it started," she recalled. Mulligan worked very closely with current Mayor Mary Marvin, who, at the time, was a village trustee and liaison to the chamber of commerce.

With $1,500 in seed money from the village and the chamber of commerce, a banner, and the use of every possible free means to publicize the market, the Bronxville Farmers' Market opened in 2001. At the time, Mulligan noted, only four such markets were operating in Westchester County. "We started small," she said, "with maybe six vendors, and two of them were orchards. We started before the wave of farmers' markets took off in this area."

Mulligan left the chamber of commerce in 2005 but stayed on as manager of the farmers' market.

The mission of the market, Mulligan stated, is to help the farming industry in the Hudson Valley and New York State, as well as provide a service to the community and neighboring areas. "This is the livelihood of our vendors," she said.

Currently, the Bronxville Farmers' Market, one of the larger markets in the area, began its 2015 season with 38 vendors. "What I like most about our market," Mulligan said, "is we have some very special smaller vendors."

Mulligan has run a tight operation through the years to provide quality products for customers and also to give the vendors a reliable platform for selling their products. She has filled two encyclopedic binders with vendor agreements, certificates of insurance, a self-description from each vendor, a calendar of when they plan to attend the market, and copies of their certifications and licenses.

Prior to the market's annual opening, she visited farms to look at vendors' product lists and see where the farmers grow their produce.

Not only must all market offerings be produced in New York State, Mulligan noted, but vendors who sell baked or other processed goods must source at least one ingredient locally. "And they do," she said. "The vendors go to each other to source their ingredients."

In fifteen seasons, Mulligan has canceled only two markets, and those closures were due to hurricanes.

What will she miss the most about the market? "I'll miss the vendors the most," she said. "We have three vendors who have attended every market week since the first one."

"I still have things to do," Mulligan said. "I want to do a ten-year comprehensive report for the chamber of commerce board." She also planned to prepare one last batch of chili to serve the vendors for lunch after the market closed.

Pictured here:  Mary Liz Mulligan, who is stepping down as manager of the Bronxville Farmers' Market.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Bronxville Stores to Pull Out All the Stops for Holiday Season; Kick-Off Begins Thanksgiving Weekend; Free Parking and Discounts PDF Print Email


By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Nov. 25, 2015: The holiday shopping season is upon us, and Bronxville businesses are ready. Never mind Black Friday--support your local independent businesses instead.

Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday, the annual event organized by American Express, when cardholders benefit monetarily from supporting participating independent businesses.

To further promote local buying, Admiral Real Estate Services and Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate are sponsoring free parking from noon to 6:00 pm in select locations on both the east and west sides of the business district. Look for the covered meters to identify the free parking spots.

Bronxville stores are also pulling out all the stops this holiday season. On Small Business Saturday, enjoy complimentary munchkins and mimosas plus a 15% discount on purchases of $400 or more at Adrian East, and at Yum Yum Tree take 30% off all regular-priced items and 40% off select items--plus the first 15 customers receive a $20 coupon to be used toward their purchases. These are just examples of what's in store for village shopping.

Stay tuned for additional announcements about the holiday shopping season from the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce and the Bronxville PTA, who have teamed up to unveil new holiday events coming up after Thanksgiving.

Save the dates of Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5!

Pictured here:  Santa at Light Up the Town event in previous year.

Photo by A. Warner

 
Bronxville Farmers' Market Winding Down but Ramping Up PDF Print Email


By Mary Liz Mulligan, Manager, Bronxville Farmers' Market


Oct. 7, 2015:  The fourteenth season of the Bronxville Farmers' Market (BFM) is coming to an end. Right now our produce and fruit are at peak season and this wacky growing season was actually good to us while driving our farmers crazy! Best tomato season I can remember! Ever. Fall items are popping up--squash, potatoes, spinach are back again and hardier than ever! Leaves are changing on the trees. We all know what is coming. Ugh!

This past Saturday was inspirational to me. With a week of total angst due to hurricane musings--hundreds of emails and texts--we opened as usual. We had a limited number of vendors since they need to prepare/order for markets and their products can be washed out or blown away very easily. I gave the vendors the option of not attending.

They were aware I had canceled the BFM only two times in fourteen years and had no intention of closing unless a safety factor arose or Paxton Avenue flooded! That put all on call the night before in case I was notified Paxton was closed.

This is their livelihood and they will be there if we are open. It is also their passion. The BFM's mission is to help the farming industry as well as enrich the community at large with a bounty of healthy options.

I arrived at 5:45 am. One farmer was there and already half set up. Fifteen minutes later, another farmer arrived. That repeated itself three more times. When I looked around at 7:00 am, we had five farmers, which is the norm for our weekly market.

Then, with a chill in the air and the wind giving it an assist, more vendors trickled in. Before opening, we had about 35 customers. Rock Hill Bakehouse was sold out by noon and the bakery had over-shipped their order. Pie Lady and Son was sold out by 11:30 am and so on it went.

The BFM is certainly well established now, but the kindness, support, and total loyalty of our community never ceases to amaze me, as well as that of our vendors, some of whom travel 2+ hours each way to get to Bronxville.

Now we all know why it's called the Bronxville Farmers' Market! 

Pictured here:  Produce at Veritas Farms.

Photo by Mary Liz Mulligan, Manager, Bronxville Farmers' Market

 

 
Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale to Be Held this Weekend, October 2 & 3 PDF Print Email

By Susan Miele, Executive Director, Bronxville Chamber of Commerce


Sep. 30, 2015:  The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce announces the return of the annual Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale, scheduled for this Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, with bargains galore in retail and services. Business hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, although hours vary by participating business.

Free parking will be offered on Saturday, October 3, from 11:00 am on in the Garden Avenue lot and Kraft Avenue lot, courtesy of the Village of Bronxville. The Avalon lot is free all day Saturday (meters in effect elsewhere). The event is sponsored by Merit Auto Body and People's United Bank.

Close to 60 businesses are expected to participate, including clothing boutiques, home-furnishing stores, salons, banks, bakeries, spas, fitness studios, and more--with discounts as high as 75% off regular prices. Several restaurants will also offer shoppers' dining specials.

Newly opened businesses making their sidewalk-sale debut include Stillmeadow Gourmet, Blue Mercury, Sharmin Faruque, and Beer Noggin.

The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will have a table set up both days at 60 Pondfield Road with free offerings, including a Shoppers' Directory and eco-friendly bags with numerous giveaways. Plus, those who sign up for the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce's e-newsletter can enter a raffle for a chance to win exciting prizes generously donated by various businesses, including Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary and the Bronxville Farmers' Market.

For more information about the Bronxville Fall Sidewalk Sale, contact Susan Miele at 914-337-6040.

 
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