With the blockbuster deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, the time has come to focus on shopping locally this holiday season. If you haven’t made a dent in your wish list or are already done with your Christmas shopping and are onto the wrapping process, check out these local shops and show support. It’s the mom and pop shops like local craft stores, bake shops and clothing stores that keep the community running. Consider supporting these family-owned businesses this season.
3264 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown
Turning out what are arguably some of the best cakes and Italian pastries on Long Island, Dortoni Bakery has been doing it right for the past 40 years. Owned and operated by the Messina family since 1976, the authentic European styled bakery is a favorite for cookies, cakes, pastries and fresh-baked bread. A must-stop if you’re in charge of bringing dessert.
The Wooden Heart
1867 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh
Looking for a thoughtful and homey gift this season? Pop into The Wooden Heart for vintage Victorian furnishings and accessories. Unique items like knitwear, ceramic platters and jewelry will suit just about everyone in your family.
New Wave Seafood
1847 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh
For the Italians in the neighborhood, it’s not Christmas Eve unless the seven fishes are the star of the meal. Consider buying fresh seafood at New Wave’s fish market. The store spans four generations and there are always plenty of options from crab legs and fresh fish to crab cakes and a variety of soups and chowders.
Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe
1080 Hicksville Rd., Seaford
For quality indoor/outdoor furniture and quaint crafts, head over to The Amish Craft Barn. Inside, customers will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand painted Christmas trees other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes as well as decor for the home. It’s the perfect place to shop thoughtfully and give back to a good family business.
The Joey Foundation
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, consider making a donation to The Joey Foundation. Founded by Ann Torcivia after she lost her son Joey at the young age of 6, the nonprofit organization helps sick and underprivileged children celebrate the holidays. Make someone else’s holiday a little brighter this season by helping a local charity.