Rather counterintuitively, Small Business Saturday was actually started by credit card company, American Express, 10 years ago, which offered small-business owners free online advertising during the holiday season. Despite its corporate origins, the mission has done a lot to bring awareness (and money) to the small businesses that are constantly trying to compete against monopolizing giants like Amazon.
But shopping at a small business does more than help that business thrive; it promotes the entire local economy, keeping an average of $68 of every $100 spent in your community. So, if you want to help the little guys while cultivating community and boosting the local economy, put your holiday dollars to good use at the following businesses on November 30th (or, really, any other day).
OC MADE assists startup businesses in getting off the ground, and this Small Business Saturday it’s celebrating many of the businesses it helped launch through a ribbon-cutting ceremony and shopping experience at the Orange County Market Place. You can check out wares from over 40 vendors while enjoying live entertainment and yummy food and drinks from multiple concession stands.
If you’re in the Long Beach area, then head to Atlantic Avenue in the charming neighborhood of Bixby Knolls to enjoy local shopping, delicious food, and tasty cocktails. All you have to do is walk down the street to find everything from handmade jewelry to local artwork to vintage apparel, so it’s easy to find that perfect something for everyone on your list.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is pairing up with celebrities like Elisabeth Rohm and Bruce Vilanch to encourage shoppers to hit up all of the local retailers and restaurants in WeHo. There will be plenty of discounts, celeb sightings, giveaways, free samples, and food throughout the day, and some of the proceeds from all participating retailers will benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center Culinary Arts Program.
This annual Small Business Saturday event incentivizes buyers to shop locally by offering prizes, discounts, and live entertainment. For instance, you can pick up unique fine jewelry free of sales tax at Presley & Co. Fine Jewelers, enjoy a 15% discount on everything you buy from Home + Hound, or hunt for 10%-off vintage treasures at The Girl Can’t Help It.
Take advantage of the beautiful November Palm Springs weather by spending Small Business Saturday at this open-air street fair. The fair takes place every Saturday and Sunday, but on November 30th you’ll find a bunch of special discounts. Every merchant at the fair is the owner of their business, so whether you’re buying apparel, jewelry, or food, you know that your dollars are serving your community well.
At Pier 27 in San Francisco, SF Etsy is hosting an interactive small-business shopping experience that allows you to peruse handmade gifts from over 150 booths and meet the makers that created them. There will also be musical performances, artist demonstrations, and crafting workshops, so you can bet it’ll be an afternoon well spent.
If you like a side of free booze with your holiday shopping experience (who doesn’t?), then get thee to Day By Day Shoppe come November 30th. The home decor retailer offers all kinds of rare, vintage, upcycled, and retro gifts that you seriously won’t find anywhere else. But the best part is that the shop is serving up free bellinis in the morning and sangria in the afternoon to make your experience that much more enjoyable.
Wynwood Shop is a creative space for artists, creators, and emerging brands to showcase and sell their creations, and it’s doing big things for Small Business Saturday. The space will be selling items from over 40 small businesses and artists, including Daddy Daughter Jewelry, Photography by Paloma, and OK4U, in addition to offering live music, poetry, and painting, so you can check off everyone on your gift-giving list while enjoying an entertaining afternoon.
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