Small Business Saturday is November 26th!
I love that this day has become so well-known and supported. American Express designated that the first Saturday, after Thanksgiving, would be Small Business Saturday a few years ago. They did this as the United States was experiencing a recession. The goal of Small Business Saturday is to well … shop local and support small businesses!
One thing to remember when you are shopping local, you may be paying a bit more, but you are supporting your community. You also cannot find the creativity, you may find from local businesses, in big brand names such as Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.
I will admit that I tend to fall for the GREAT deals that big brand names offer and turn to that route, instead of buying locally. This holiday season, I am setting a goal for myself … I will purchase 1-2 items locally or even MORE! I think that everyone else should set themselves a goal, to help support small businesses and the local community!
The East Village is a great place to start! Not only are there several shops such as Allspice for the culinary person, East Village Spa for the one that needs some pampering, Raygun for some fun t-shirts, but there are also great places to eat while you shop! ? There is also Jett and Monkey’s Dog Shoppe for your furry critter on your list! Check out here for the complete list of shops, places to eats, and events that may be going on this holiday season.
Valley Junction is full of antiques, gifts & collectibles, jewelry, services, and specialty stores. You can purchase a bottle of wine from Wines of Iowa, or some unique gifts at Wicker & the Works. Not only are there several shops to shop at, but there are also great places to wine and dine ?
SHOPS AT ROOSEVELT
The Shops on Roosevelt are located right off of 42nd Street near Roosevelt High School. There are several local, specialty shops including The Cheese Shop, the WORN Store, Bella Salon & Day Spa, The Juice Company, La Mie, and more. A lot of these places you can purchase gift certificates or make your own little gift basket using items from one or several of these stores!
This year, Shops at Roosevelt is holding a super fun event #ShopRoosevelt for Small Business Saturday! There will be family activities and shopping specials starting at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Participating businesses include Cabana Swim, Des Moines Community Playhouse, DSM Salon, Elements Limited, Five Monkeys, La Mie, Pinot’s Palette, Roosevelt Barber Shop, Shakti Yoga, Swell, Prenatal Vision, The Cheese Shop, Worn and vomFASS!
Some special activities include Husband/Daddy Day Care at vomFASS where guests can sample whiskies while their spouses shop, sample bags at DSM Salon, cheese and wine pairings at The Cheese Shop, strolling musicians, and enter to win great gifts from #ShopRoosevelt merchants.
Five Monkeys will be offering crafts for children, the Des Moines Community Playhouse will have story time AND Santa and Willy Wonka will be available to take pictures! Some stores will be offering complimentary cider, cocoa, cookies and much more!
The Ingersoll area is also a wonderful place to shop. They have some awesome restaurants and bakeries (Creme Cupcake!) which make it even more better! ? Badowers may be the perfect shop for the man in your life and Zumi Collection has some awesome jewelry, clothing and home decor! Five Monkeys is a great place to check out for the artwork lover!
Are you not really in the mood to get off your couch and get caught up in all of the people shopping? Well, you can still support small businesses online! I absolutely LOVE Etsy! I have purchased several things off their for my son, our wedding, and gifts for others. You can find about anything on Etsy and you can also have things customized if you like. Check out the link above and look around.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SHOP LOCAL? WHEN YOU BUY LOCAL YOU ARE DOING FOUR IMPORTANT THINGS:
- Supporting entrepreneurship
- Building a strong community
- Helping create local jobs in the community
- Keeping money in the local economy
- Spend your Black Friday cuddled up at home, digesting that wonderful turkey feast and go out to shop Saturday & Sunday to help your local community!