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Where to shop for the holidays in Rochester NY

The Hungerford Building hosts a variety of community artists and business in Rochester, N.Y.

The 2021 Holiday Season is here, and the United States is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its variants. This is affecting small businesses financially, and the public is bracing for shortages of goods.

So, with holiday shopping fast approaching and supply chain issues, there is no better time to support local businesses.

Small Business Saturday first started in 2010 and is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box shops and e-commerce. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local.

Last year, we asked the r/Rochester community in Reddit to tell us their go-to local businesses for Small Business Saturday, and the response was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to do it again this year. 

Here are some of Rochester Reddit’s unique suggestions: 

The Hungerford Building 

It seems weird to suggest an entire building for Small Business Saturday, but the Hungerford Building, 1115 East Main St., is home to over 80 independent art studios and several food and drink shops that are perfect for holiday shopping.  

The majority of the occupants of the building are artists from whom you could purchase art such as leather goods, ceramics, photography, metalwork, clothing goods and mixed media, among others, said Todd Flemming, who rents a photography studio in the building.