Early on Saturday I posted on DoingItLocal.com’s Facebook and Twitter pages that today was Small Business

Shoppers at Spectors got to a chance to do all their holiday shopping in one place!

Saturday, an small business campaign launched by American Express this year. Many of you were strongly in favor of the concept. Margie Rosten commented that the 3 local merchants she visited had never heard of it; I guess they don’t take American Express!

Small Business Saturday is nothing new to Spector Furniture and Home Décor in Ansonia. They have been bringing local vendors together inside their store for a couple years for their annual Holiday Gift Boutique. I had to head up to the valley for my mother’s birthday so I figured I would mix a little business with pleasure and quickly stop by. My wife and I had such a good time talking with everyone we were a half hour late for the party!

Howie Spector greeted us at the door with a warm smile. I introduced myself and received permission to take photos in the store, he recommends I speak to Robin who was coordinating the event. I place my camera bag on a

Mary Jane greets you with a warm cup of tea!

table getting ready to set up my equipment when Mary Jane Paris of Positiv*A*Tea greets us with a warm cup of her special blend of one of her great teas. It was a special treat to hear her explain how excited she was about her product I’ll probably write an article on her at a later time, she has a great story!

I could go on and on about how great each and every vendor was. It was such a refreshing change from dealing with the big box stores. Don’t get me wrong, there are good employees at the big box store but there is a huge difference with the small business where you are more than likely dealing with the owner himself.

The Holiday Gift Boutique continues again today. I highly recommend the visit. Spector Furniture is located at 285 Main Street and will run from 10am to 4pm. Each of these unique vendors will contribute to the gift basket that customers can take a FREE chance to win. What a holiday gift that would be!

Spector Furniture has been serving the valley for four generations, furnishing homes since 1980. Wow, how many businesses can say that?


The conversation amoung the vendors was excited as they discussed next years plans!

By Stephen Krauchick

DoingItLocal is run by Steve Krauchick. Steve has always had interest with breaking news even as an early teen, opting to listen to the Watergate hearings instead of top 40 on the radio. His interest in news spread to become the communities breaking news leader in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. He strongly believes that the public has right to know what is happening in their backyard and that government needs to be transparent. Steve also likes promoting local businesses.

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