Times Union, November 24, 2020 — Local merchants are taking a larger share of online purchases, thanks in part to a portal that went live last April, just three weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic.

RetailNewYork.com opened up to the state’s small independent retailers the online advantages that big-box retailers and others with deeper pockets had long enjoyed. While many independents already had a website, the portal established by the Retail Council of New York State provided additional exposure.

As of this writing, it wasn’t clear whether retailers might face new shutdowns if COVID-19 continues to spread. But the online portal RetailNewYork.com has continued to expand, with dozens of independent businesses in categories ranging from antiques to woodworking listed.

It could be just the right way to get your holiday shopping completed.

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