It’s Small Business Saturday. Here are 10 small businesses to know in Northern Westchester and Putnam.


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For small businesses, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is their Super Bowl: a time to celebrate their unique offerings and to encourage shoppers to ditch online ordering in favor of good old-fashioned face-to-face interactions. In honor of the day, we rounded up ten local small businesses who, against all odds, found a way to either open or thrive during the pandemic.

Railyard Arts Studio (Croton Falls)
Just one of the many small businesses contributing to a burgeoning arts community in the hamlet of Croton Falls, Railyard Arts offers a place for artists to relax, talk, share ideas and inspire each other in a casual lounge space designed to create collaboration.
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LL Country Barre (North Salem)
Lori Laub’s 60-minute pilates barre classes are a unique combination of slow, muscle-burning agony, graceful lifts and soulful meditation. The classes are taught in a blush-walled ballet studio on the third floor of North Salem’s historic Union Hall building.
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The Market at Union Hall (North Salem)
Daniel Pereira wants every person who walks into his charming market to feel like they stepped into the home of a beloved family member. The coffee’s always hot, the pastries are always plentiful, and the service is incomparable.
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Acme Bicycle Co. (Katonah)
The second outpost of this Brooklyn-born performance bicycle shop focuses on high-touch, custom fittings for serious cyclists. Co-owner Colin Tanner couldn’t be happier that the pandemic led to the opportunity to cultivate a cycling community here in Northern Westchester.
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Charles Department Store (Katonah)
This fourth generation family-owned department store sells everything from pots and pans to shoes and sweaters. Since their doors first opened in 1924, the Raneri family has operated by one motto: “be nice to your customers, and they’ll come back over and over again.”
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Little House of Ceramics (Somers)
The Laurenzano family built a pottery studio designed to serve as a community gathering place, with affordable classes and camps for all ages and abilities. Lisa and Anthony Laurenzano built the space themselves, everything from sheetrock to painting, and recruited their adult children to help run the business.
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Gather (Katonah)
This minimalist home design studio is run by mother-daughter duo Suzanne and Autumn Martin. The pair concepted a space that offers inspiration for the home, and draws heavily on the influences of Scandinavian hygge and Japanese wabi-sabi.
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General Bakeshop (Brewster)
David Carmichael and Michelle Quintana left the high stress world of New York City fine dining behind to launch their passion project - a general store that serves the most delicious food and pastries around.
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Peak Athletics (Brewster)
Tyler Steinfeld inspires kids and adults alike to see sports and fitness as an outlet for healthier living, less stress and more fun. In the past year, Peak Athletics, the indoor facility located on Fields Lane in Brewster, has expanded to include gym memberships, turf field rentals, a nutrition bar, personal training and more.
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Katonah Classic Stage (Katonah)
Trent Dawson and Sharron Kearney, the husband and wife duo behind Katonah Classic Stage, have created a non-profit professional theatre company that aims to produce the most engaging classic and contemporary plays for audiences in Northern Westchester.
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