Small Business Saturday – Shop Small in South End

November 25, 2013 4:48 pm

While mulling over your shopping options this Thursday at Thanksgiving, Hanukkah,  Thanksgivukkah, or where ever you may be; give a little extra thought to shopping local this year. Sure it’s fun to don a valuer tracksuit and head into battle at the big-boxes during the wee hours of Friday morning, but this weekend in South End is shaping up to be slightly less chaotic and much more jolly.

While many of our retailers will be open on Black Friday,the real deal is on Small Business Saturday. We’re kicking things off at Atherton Mill Market at 10:00am with Mayor Patsy Kinsey as she officially proclaims this Saturday as Small Business Saturday. Our District 3 Council Woman, LaWana Mayfield, will also be on hand to help celebrate the act of shopping small on Saturday and everyday with one of the best bands in all of the land providing the backdrop.

We’ll have plenty of maps available so that you can find more than 200 retailers in South End, and we’ll be running the South End Holiday Trolley to get you from place to place. We will also be giving away $1,250.  Read on.

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Yep. there will be fifty American Express gift cards floating around South End. Many have been given out to retailers who will be running individual promotions to put them in your hands. While you are at one of the following retailers, be sure to ask what they are doing to spread the holiday cheer: Blush, Shu, Brief, Black Sheep, the Blank Canvas, Lark and Key, Ciel Gallery,  Bang Olufsen, the Furniture Connector, the Pick It, Vin Master, the Art League, Griffith Street Consignments, Post and Gray or Savory Spice Shop. A handful will also be given out throughout the day at Atherton, on the South End Holiday Trolley and by other merchants.

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Speaking of merchants… they are where Small Business Saturday really takes place, and they are ready.  Almost every retailer will be participating with something to make your shopping experience a little bit special. Discounts, sweets, treats, mimosas, wine and a long list of other ideas have poured in from all around South End. The list is so long (with 200 retailers this can happen) that instead of highlighting them all, here’s just a glimpse of what you might find…

Charlotte Artery –  This collaborative of artists will have sweet  and lots of art, paintings, jewelry, pottery, fiber art and stained glass to fit all budgets.

Ciel Gallery – Stop by and enjoy cookies and cider while shopping the unique mosaics, pottery, paintings and jewelry.

Lark and Key – This gallery is stocked with locally sourced art. They’ll be offering 10% off artwork, 20% off pottery and jewelry, and a free Duy Huynh poster with the purchase of $50 or more. You can also catch a sneak preview of the sale on Thanksgiving Eve (open till 3pm)!

Inside Out Sports – For your running, swimming and cycling needs – Inside Out will be offering $100 gift card with the purchase of any bike, 40% off wetsuits, great deals on Garmin products and a blowout on footwear.

Blush Boutique – This can’t miss shop will offer 30-60% off select items and some of the trendiest ladies dresses and accessories in town.

Re: Salon and Med Spa – Once you think you’ve had enough shopping, stop by and refresh! Then take advantage of 20% off all services and products. They will also have free gifts and gift cards for purchases over $100

Modern Fabrics – This shop specializes in discounted designer interior textile, and their vast selection inspires all sorts of indoor furnishing ideas.  They are offering a 20% on all inventory all day on Small Business Saturday and only on Saturday.

Bead Me – Offering handcrafted gemstones and artistic bead jewelry, Bead Me will have refreshments and complementary chocolates while you peruse a wonderful selection of handmade scarves and handbags as well as decorative boxes and gift cards for customized jewelry.

Savory Spice Shop – Celebrating their 3rd anniversary on Small Business Saturday, this shop will offer limited edition, handcrafted tins of Mayan Sea Salt to the first 100 customers. Maddie Cakes will be in the shop offering samples of their dairy free desserts, custom cakes, cupcakes and cookies.

Post and Gray – This amazing home furnishing store will have sweet treats and cider throughout the day and will offer 15% off an entire purchase to the first 25 customers

Shop Micro Local Pop-up shop – This pop-up store will be located at 1320 S. Church St (behind Unknown Brewing) for one day only, Small Business Saturday! For the person on your holiday shopping list who has everything, give the gift of consumption! This collection of food vendors will offer seasonings, jams, spreads, fair trade coffee, chocolate truffles and much more. Gift baskets featuring locally made products will also be available for purchase. Mmmmm.

This is just a handful of what you’ll find in South End this Saturday! Forget about the stress of shopping large this year, and join us in South End to shop small. In fact, shop your sleigh bells off.

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