We are so excited for Thanksgiving and all the fixins next week! But once the the turkey has been eaten and the football games have been watched, our attention shifts pretty quickly to holiday shopping.
While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are buzzed about because of the incredible deals you can score on the season's hottest items, there's another unofficial shopping holiday sandwiched right there in the middle that we are much more excited about. Small Business Saturday encourages customers to head to -- you guessed it -- local businesses. It's a terrific opportunity to knock some items off your Christmas shopping list, while supporting your neighbors in their business endeavors.
Many local businesses offer deals and incentives to entice holiday shoppers to ditch the big-name brands for the day and #shopsmall. So mark your calendars because this year Small Business Saturday falls on November 24.
Here's our quick guide to navigating Small Business Saturday in various neighborhoods in the DMV:
Spend Saturday strolling on M Street or Wisconsin Ave, embracing both the holiday feeling and the abundance of small businesses! Little Birdies Boutique is offering 20 percent off select fall pieces and Lou Lou Boutiques is offering 20 percent off clothing in-store. Want a tattoo? Highland Ink will give 20 percent off tattoos booked on Small Business Saturday. Books, art and ceramics will be 10 percent off at Pillar & Post. If you're hungry from all your shopping, enjoy a complimentary side dish with the purchase of a Taco Trio at Chaia, or receive your choice of prosecco, bruschetta or tiramasu at dinner at Ristorante Piccolo for free if you mention Small Business Saturday. Sip on some wine or beer for $3 off at Pizzeria Paradiso if you mention Small Business Saturday. Sterling & Burke Ltd is giving complimentary personalization of initials on leather goods.
Shaw is making this a community celebration with free t-shirts, recyclable shopping bags, a gingerbread house challenge, free hot spiced cider from Bazaar Spice and the City Market at O Family Festival. The coolest part about shopping small in Shaw? $5 "Shawbucks" will be given out at retailers in the neighborhood to be used like cash to give you $5 off your purchase. A complete list of stores participating will be posted on Shaw's website before Saturday. Once you're done shopping, you'll be close to the Miracle on Seventh Street Holiday PUB for a festive drink.
Alexandria is another quintessential holiday shopping destination. The store fronts and cobblestone streets are the perfect backdrop to your day. Shop at 3 Sisters or The Hive and receive 20 percent off. Bishop Boutique is offering 30 percent off the entire store and a "free gift" is included with all purchases. The Old Town Shop, which will offer 10 percent off everything, sells locally-made products, so it's really a small business win-win. Need to relax after Turkey Day? Periwinkle Boutique is offering a whopping 50 percent off. Make a custom pair of earrings at Wear Ever Jewelry and get 15 percent off your entire purchase. Supplement your day of shopping with some sips of wine. Wine Gallery 108 is offering free tastings of wine on Small Business Saturday. And don't forget about your furry friend! The Dog Park is giving out a free gift with every $100 purchase.
This is the 5th annual holiday market at DC Brau where the brewery is turned into a "crafter's marketplace." Shop wares from over 40 local vendors and artists starting at 2 p.m. While general admission is free to the market, VIP tickets cost $10 for an extra hour of shopping and a DC Brau tote bag. Purchase honey, soaps, body scrubs and more from Hope Honey Farm, handmade body and home fragrances from Pure Palette, children's clothing from Yinibini Baby, D.C.-themed clothing from Bailiwick Clothing Company or art from Ewba. Live music, food trucks and DC Brau beer (with two new brews) will make this holiday market feel like a party.
This Dupont Circle store is the holy grail of supporting local businesses. As the name suggests, it sells items made in D.C., including apparel, art, decor, furniture and jewelry, from over 100 different businesses. On Small Business Saturday, you'll receive free Lost Sock coffee, a Shop Made in DC tote bag when you spend $50 and a chance to sample goodies from Mastika, the store's new Greek bakery. This is easily your one-stop small business shop for holiday gifts.
Poppir's Small Business Saturday pop up bazaar is coming to Bethesda Row for two days, with tables of local artists and vendors set up for you to easily browse and complete your holiday shopping. Stay tuned for more information about this market here.
If you're looking to get some shopping in before the Thanksgiving madness begins, you're in luck. The Urbnmarket Holiday Pop-Up on Bethesda Lane is taking place *this weekend*, November 17-18. Vendors will include The Dough Jar, Filthy Clean, J Squared Candle, Bright Body, and Canine Capes and Cuddles.