Astoria, Boutiques
Aug 10, 2017

No Trains? No Problem. Get Your Deals in Astoria While Subway Service Stinks

Shop in Astoria this weekend while the trains are kaput.

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“I’m going off the rails on a crazy train” with all these subway disruptions.

Back in May we warned you about a series of weekends with no trains (to be fair, shuttle buses will run), with pretty much all of August and half of September being affected most intensely:

  • August 12-14
  • August 19-21
  • August 26-28
  • Labor Day weekend, September 2-5
  • September 9-11

In response to that, a group of local business owners have chosen this first weekend of the shutdowns, Saturday August 12 and Sunday August 13, to organize the “No Trains, Shop Local” campaign. These indie shops are offering 10% off all purchase for the weekend.

“Everyone in Astoria seemed so disappointed with trains being shut down this August, and I thought it would be fun to take that time to celebrate all the great things Astoria has to offer,” explains Nicole Panettieri of the Brass Owl. “In the past, the independent retailers of Astoria have done promotions that have been well received by the community. So this was a great way to keep it going.”
Here’s who’s participating:

On top of that, QED has their own awesome deal—show your receipt for a $25+ purchase at any of the above shops and you and your guest will be admitted to a show. How’s that for community support?

Here’s their Facebook event page. We hope you get a chance to head out for some retail therapy while supporting local businesses. Here’s to making lemonade out of MTA lemons!

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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