Walk through any of Commack's strip malls and you'll find mom-and-pop shops coexisting with many big box retailers.
Places like Emily Sky Fashions and compete with, , and other nearby retailers for back-to-school shopping.
The competition can be tough for even the biggest of chains, as and have recently closed their doors.
Monday's Patch Question asks: Do you prefer to shop at big box stores or mom-and-pop businesses? Where did you do most of your fall and back-to-school shopping?
Tell us in the comments below.