It’s holiday-shopping season — whether you’re ready or not. Fortunately, there are still places where you can avoid commercialization and proudly shop local for one-of-a-kind items, vintage finds and small-batch yummies. Get a head start on your gift-buying at these Small Business Saturday markets and open houses.
7) Svper General Store
Through December 9
The gallery/boutique Svper Ordinary at the Source in RiNo has had a rough couple of months, beginning with a significant burglary and continuing with a crane crashing through the roof of the building. But this is also the store’s second anniversary and the holidays are coming, so Svper Ordinary will celebrate with the Svper General Store, a pop-up shop-within-the-shop showcasing f avorite local designers, makers, boutiques and businesses, like Hazel & Dewey, The Craftsman & Apprentice, Kit & Ace, co-owner Tran Wills’s own Base Coat Nail Salon and others.
6) Small Business Saturday Artisan's Market
Wazee Union and Walnut Workshop, 3525 Walnut Street
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 28
The artists and small-business owners at Wazee Union plan to make full use of their communal workspace before development brings the building to the ground, so the art-incubator in a repurposed warehouse (and its sister venue, Walnut Workshop, on Walnut Street in RiNo) will be throwing its annual Small Business Saturday Artisan's Market. Want to shop local and mingle with the makers? This is the place to be.
5) Horseshoe Holiday Market
Highlands Masonic Temple
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 28
One of the most beloved vintage craft markets in Denver, whatever the season, Amy and Doug Yetman’s Horseshoe returns to the beautiful Highlands Masonic Temple for its holiday edition — with a huge array of all-local vendors, both inside and out, in heated tents. It’s only here for one day so you’ll want to make full use of the nine hours it’s open; arrive early and stay late to enjoy food-truck fare, hot coffee, mug shots with Santa and more on Small Business Saturday.
4) Tennyson Berkeley Small Business Holiday Passport Crawl
Tennyson Street between 38th and 46th avenues
November 28 through December 5
Tennyson Street is also hopping on the Small Business Saturday bandwagon, when merchants up and down the street will bring back last year’s Passport Crawl. Beginning on November 28 and, in some cases, continuing through December 5, you can pick up a passport and start collecting stamps when you make a purchase at one of more than twenty participating businesses (they’ll be marked by an identifying poster in the window). Each stamp is the equivalent of a raffle ticket, entering you in a drawing for special goodies from different businesses; along the way, you’ll also find discounts and freebies for shoppers. Turn in your passport at Jolly Goods, 4020 Tennyson Street, by December 5 to officially enter the drawings.
3) Holiday Art Market
Zip 37 Gallery
November 27 through December 13
Opening reception: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, November 27
The focus is on affordable art at Zip's annual holiday show, featuring original artwork from fifteen-plus co-op members. Art makes a wonderful and personalized gift; here's the place to find it. Zip 37 is open Friday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
2) Small Business Saturday Sale
Bella Glass Studios
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 28
Bella Glass bustles with fused-glass art classes throughout the year. On Small Business Saturday, the family-owned RiNo studio will be catering to students, offering deep discounts on pattern books, scrap glass, used tools and equipment, as well as deals on gift certificates for the budding craftsman on your list, finished works and pretty much everything else in the place.
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1) Prototype Market
The Craftsman & Apprentice
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 28
If you don’t know about Craftsman & Apprentice, this is a great opportunity to see what’s going on in the storefront on East 22nd Avenue. A makers’ paradise offering crafting classes of all kinds for all ages (ranging from from fermentation and pie-crust workshops to soap-carving parties and parents’ night out activities), the studio has just launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a buildout. For Small Business Saturday, the space will be turned over to a hand-picked selection of favorite makers hawking prototypes, one-offs and exclusives —and there will be a party to make this a must-stop shopping excursion, with hot pretzels, pie, live music, free beer and coffee from Huckleberry Roasters, and custom cocktails conjured by Dram Apothecary.