Holiday season debut of carriage rides, complimentary gourmet hot chocolate and special sales to mark day in honor of small businesses nationwide

Guests can enter to win a $1,000 Stuyvesant Plaza Shopping Spree 

ALBANY, N.Y.  – The holidays arrive in grand fashion Saturday, November 27 to Stuyvesant Plaza – one of the nation’s original outdoor shopping venues. Kicking off the official shopping season on the heels of Black Friday, Stuyvesant Plaza will celebrate Small Business Saturday with complimentary carriage rides, free gourmet hot chocolate, numerous one-day store specials and the exciting launch of a $1000 Shopping Spree contest.

In the spirit of the holidays, old fashioned carriage rides will be available 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. every weekend beginning on Small Business Saturday through December 19. As in previous years, carriage rides will depart in front of Jean Paul Spa & Salons.

“We encourage everyone to visit Stuyvesant Plaza on Small Business Saturday for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping,” said Stuyvesant Plaza Vice President of Real Estate Janet Kaplan. “With the return of free carriage rides and gourmet hot chocolate — something of a holiday tradition for us — we are reminded of all we have to celebrate as we welcome our customers to the Plaza.”

Shoppers can stroll the plaza sidewalks while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season. Complimentary premium hot chocolate will be available courtesy of Saratoga Chocolate Company in front of TA-DA!, while supplies last. The Plaza will boast festive decorations and holiday music throughout the day, and will be the perfect setting for the kick off of a $1000 shopping spree contest.

Sponsored by the Times Union, the contest runs November 27 through December 24. To enter, customers may visit Guest Services, located near Ten Thousand Villages, which is open seven days per week. One grand prize winner will be selected at random and may redeem their prize at up to five Stuyvesant Plaza shops and restaurants. No purchase necessary to enter; limit of one entry per guest.

Nearly two dozen shops are participating in Small Business Saturday with special discounts and promotions, including Bare Blends; Beck Furs; Delmar Bootery; Different Drummer’s Kitchen; DiNapoli Opticians; Edleez Tobacco; Footbeats/Stride Rite; Frank Adams Jewelers; G. Willikers; The Hot Yoga Spot; Oliva!; Pearl Grant Richmans; Penzeys Spices; Primal; RAD Soap Co.; Silver Parrot; Ta-Da!; Ten Thousand Villages; Top Shelf Wine & Spirits; and White House Black Market.

Silver Parrot is giving away a free pair of earrings with a purchase of $40 or more, as well as offering 20 percent off select holiday jewelry on Small Business Saturday. Different Drummer’s Kitchen is offering 10 percent off electrics and 15 percent off bakeware, cookware, and textiles on regularly priced items. And Top Shelf Wine & Spirits is offering five percent off purchases of $50 or more.

A complete list of specials and sales can be found at

Stuyvesant Plaza is conveniently located at the corner of Western Avenue and Fuller Road in Albany. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Hours and policies for individual tenants may vary during this time. Shoppers should contact each store or restaurant for details.

Shoppers are encouraged to follow Stuyvesant Plaza on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter for regular updates.

About Stuyvesant Plaza

Since opening in 1959 with 18 tenants, Stuyvesant Plaza has grown more than threefold to become the Capital Region’s premier outdoor lifestyle shopping center and professional office park. Stuyvesant Plaza, which opened just 12 years after the nation’s first outdoor shopping center in Los Angeles, is currently home to nearly 60 shops and restaurants. For more information, visit


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