LES Shops, Restaurants Offer Holiday Deals Tonight

A more detailed version of an event we mentioned yesterday… the Lower East Side BID’s holiday shopping extravaganza.  Shops and galleries will be staying open late, and along with LES restaurants, they’re offering special deals, in-store entertainment and other perks.  “Shop More, Shop LES” takes place from 6-9 p.m. Click through to see the complete lineup.

Shop Local LES for the Holidays

Holiday shopping can be a drag. But if you keep your dollars in the neighborhood, special treats like complimentary champagne and gift-wrapping and a place to drop your packages and get a free coffee and massage will smooth the way. Following up on last weekend’s “Small Business Saturday” campaign, our friends over at the Lower East Side Business Improvement District this afternoon announced new promotions and special events designed to draw holiday shoppers to local stores.

The initiative takes place Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18 and involves 40 participating stores. The retailers are offering a huge variety of in-store promotions such as discounts and freebies, especially on Sunday, Dec. 11. Throughout both weekends, shoppers will also be welcomed at a “Holiday Oasis Lounge” located at the Mark Miller Gallery and sponsored by Lost Weekend NYC, featuring complimentary gift-wrapping, a bag check station for shoppers to unload and unwind, refreshments, free back massages from licensed massage therapist and “lookbooks” with gift ideas from participating merchants.

See the full list of participating stores and their specials on the BID’s website.

Hester Street Fair Team Preps For Holiday Market

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are getting ready to celebrate the Holidays with a festive indoor market in nearby Little Italy. They have a great list of vendors, including many local favorites from the Hester Street Fair. They write: From vintage and handmade jewelry to kids crafts, arty cuff links to terrarium and hand crafted perfume…this is anti-mall at its finest.