Looking for a Christmas present for the person who has everything? Want to avoid big box stores with even bigger crowds? Take the day off on Black Friday to relax with your family and friends and venture out on Small Business Saturday instead.
Whether you live in St. Charles, Florissant, Kirkwood, Central West End, Chesterfield, or downtown, there are plenty of small businesses to shop. Those eclectic little places that you drive by but never go into; the cute little boutiques nestled in between the larger big stores. Those shops are what make America; why wouldn’t you want to support them?
I checked out a great small business recently while exploring Alton, Illinois. While browsing antique shops, we noticed a cute little store called Mississippi Mud Pottery, a pottery shop that is run by a husband and wife team. They love what they do and it shows in every piece in the store. Everything is made by hand by them. While we were there, the owner took the time to show my son how to “throw clay” to make a clay pot (which was not at all what my son thought it was going to be). They had everything from bowls and plates to large baking dishes and olive oil dispensers. They also display and sell works of art from other local artists.
Another great neighborhood which offers a plethora of small shops and fun activities on Small Business Saturday is Maplewood. Cozy coffee shops, bakeries, and boutique shops offering everything from art, antiques and fashion to holistic pet food and solar installations, offer something for everyone. They take pride in their small businesses and offer tons of fabulous deals, cute gift baskets, free samples, even live music events on Small Business Saturday.
Cherokee Street is jumping in on the Small Business Saturday fun this year, offering a map to guide you through the neighborhood, a gift bag to start your day, and to have your gifts wrapped at the end of shopping. Plus, Perennial will host a “Make and Take” ornament craft table, and you can keep warm with complimentary Bloody Marys and hot cocoa.
To help you locate more small shops in your area, you can go to Americanexpress.com, click on Visit the Map, type in your zip code, and it lists the participating local small businesses in your area.
A lot of small businesses are having great sales on Small Business Saturday that may save you more than going to those big retail stores. So stay warm and inside on Black Friday and go out and support your small businesses on Saturday instead. #ShopSmall
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