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Hampton Coffee is ready for end-of-year cheer, having roasted 1,000 pounds of its holiday blend to meet demand.

Holiday shopping season is on.

But unlike most end-of-year shopping stretches, this year’s is six days shorter, giving retailers a smaller window to boost revenue. That’s because Thanksgiving fell on the fourth Thursday of November, the latest the holiday could possible fall.

So there’s an element of urgency for shoppers and retailers alike. For some, price reductions are what sell. For others, the more innovative and personalized the offerings, the better, experts said. And at holiday time, Long Islanders enjoy supporting local nonprofits.

“Black Friday was robust this year, with an interest in jewelry and watches especially strong,” said Deirdre Costa Major, president of Castagna Realty Retail Group, whose properties include Americana Manhasset, a shopping destination on Long Island’s North Shore.

“Customers were also partial to designer novelty items, those unique accessories that are hard to come by and won’t be around after the holidays,” Major said. “In addition, we had two exciting new store openings on Friday: Audemars Piguet with London Jewelers and Hirshleifers Sneaker MRKT / Coffee MRKT featuring Ladurée – all of which created a lot of buzz through the Thanksgiving weekend.”

On Black Friday, shoppers reportedly spent $7.4 billion online. Small Business Saturday brought in an estimated $19.6 billion in reported…



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