If you love to shop — and even if you just have
to shop — this is your time to pay back the small businesses that keep Denver hipper and more eclectic, in spite of creeping development and incoming cookie-cutter stores. Shopping on Small Business Saturday weekend is a mutual love-fest, when the money you spend doesn’t leave your community and shop owners greet you like an old friend.
Although some of the Small Business Saturday events have ended, many others continue today. Keep reading for your options:
Bag of Colfax
Saturday, November 27, starting at midnight
The Colfax Ave Business Improvement District (BID) is making it easy to shop local this holiday season with the sale of its second annual Bag of Colfax, filled with items from the strip. Pay $60 for five-to-seven products, or $75 for a VIP bag that includes an upcycled tote bag made from vintage Colfax street banners. Find out more here
Small Business Saturday Weekend
Pearl Street Mall, between Eighth and 20th streets, Boulder
Through Sunday, November 28
The Pearl Street Mall might have toned up over the last twenty years, but the Downtown Boulder retail corridor can still claim more than 100 locally owned shops in the mix, which amounts to more than 70 percent of retailers along the thoroughfare. Let’s keep them there: Skip Black Friday and save your buying power for the little guys who make shopping friendlier, more interesting, personalized and local-centric. Find a map of businesses joining in the Saturday deals here
Small Business Weekend, Cherry Creek North
Shopping local is beautiful at the Cherry Creek Holiday Market.
Cherry Creek North
University to Steele Street, between First and Third avenues
Through Sunday, November 28
Cherry Creek North is a compact space stuffed with what seems like miles of retail paradise. There are 175 small-business boutiques, gift shops, galleries, eateries, fair-trade emporiums and home-decor establishments packed into a walkable sixteen-block area, many of which will be offering giveaways and deals over the weekend. And if that's not enough, the Cherry Creek Holiday Market is open for business at Fillmore Plaza. Go to the website for a listing and map of businesses to visit
Beaver Creek Holiday Market
Beaver Creek Village, Beaver Creek
Through Sunday, November 28, 1 to 5 p.m.
You’re up I-70? No worries. You can shop small over Small Business Saturday weekend at Beaver Creek, where a hand-picked selection of vendors will be peddling in the afternoons. Santa will also be standing by for photo ops.
SoSu Artist Collective Holiday Studio Sale
What will you find at Kitschy Witch's holiday open house?
Kitschy Witch Vintage
Streets at Southglenn, 6851 South Vine Street, Centennial
Through Sunday, November 28
The South Suburban Artist Collective lends an artsy vibe to SouthGlenn’s homegrown retail mix, offering original art from seven members, as well as $29 pre-packaged art-box care packages with a focus on creativity. Visit this weekend and next for holiday deals.
American Field Après Ski Holiday Market
American Field brings the Après Ski Holiday Market back to the Dairy Block Alley.
Courtesy of the Dairy Block
Dairy Block Alley, 1800 Wazee Street
Through Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
American Field is setting up its Après Ski Holiday Market again this year in the Dairy Block Alley, to run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 26 through December 19. You’ll find a mixture of Colorado and national retailers selling clothing, home goods and other delights while being entertained by the Jingle Belles carolers, visited by Santa and snarfing food and drink specials. That’s holiday spirit!
Olde Town Arvada Holiday Makers Market
Olde Town Square, 5700 Olde Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
Through Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Now that Olde Town Square has been reimagined as a pedestrian mall, with street closures, outdoor activities and open-container ordinances in effect, a new full-blown makers market will bloom there for the holiday shopping season, from the day after Thanksgiving until December 18. After the market closes today, switch gears for Olde Town’s Christmas Tree Lighting celebration, which begins at 5 p.m. with a parade through the streets led by marching band Guerrilla Fanfare. It all ends at the square for the tree lighting and hot cocoa warm-up beside new fire pits, a mini-golf course and a curling rink. Curling? Drop by and find out.
Christmas in the Rockies
Aspen Grove, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Through Sunday, November 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Metro Denver Farmers’ Markets' Christmas in the Rockies craft show is coming to Aspen Grove this season, with a down-to-earth selection of vendors selling locally sourced prepared foods and goodies, children’s books and games, toys, holiday decor, jewelry, dog treats and other giftables. Everything’s indoors, so you won’t need to bundle up. The market continues weekends through December 23 (and daily December 20-23).
Cheerful Vintage Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Shop EllynAnne Geisel's Cheerful Vintage pop-up for vintage aprons and more.
BRDG Project, 1553 Platte Street
Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At the BRDG Project gallery on Platte Street, one group of shows will be ending this weekend to make way for new ones opening on First Friday in December. But first, artist and apron collector EllynAnne Geisel’s Cheerful Vintage Pop-Up, an eclectic market of old books and magazines, used decor, linens and aprons, will give clues about her upcoming Tie One On
exhibition. Peruse Geisel’s vintage and goods through December 29, but the best pickings are first come, first served.
Holiday POP! Gallery
1421 Pearl Street, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder
Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Boulder visual-arts organization Open Studios takes advantage of temporary spaces on the market to mount pop-ups; this holiday season, you’ll find eighty or more member artists (and others living and/or working in Boulder County) selling original works in a vacant space handily located on the Pearl Street Mall. Kids will be well occupied with family-oriented make-and-take activities while you shop. The pop-up continues through Christmas; find out more here
Horseshoe Holiday Market Globeville
Shop Colorado-made soaps and other lucky finds at the Horseshoe Market.
Courtesy of the Horseshoe Market
Former Salvation Army Headquarters, 4751 Broadway
Sunday, November 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Horseshoe remains quintessential in its non-glitzy approach to running a handmade market. What makes it all work is in the curation and the idea that quality merchandise and a pleasant atmosphere is really all you need to keep customers coming back. More than 100 vendors will show up this year at the Horseshoe’s newest location in Globeville (there’s a smaller market next weekend at Breckenridge Brewery in Littleton), accompanied by food trucks, live music and a bar. Free, but a $5 donation is requested.
RiNo Holiday Bazaar
Enjoy holiday shopping and seasonal cocktails at the RiNo Holiday Market.
Zeppelin Station, 3501 Wazee Street
Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Denver Bazaar is at Zeppelin Station in RiNo for Small Business Saturday weekend, with eighty or more artisans and makers on board, along with pop-up bars, live music and, of course, the location’s handy food hall right inside the building waiting for folks to get hungry from all that shopping. It’s free to shop, but as usual for the Bazaar, there are ticketed options, including drink tokens, Bottomless Bluegrass on Saturday (with or without alcohol) and Mixes & Mimosas with DJ Polyphoni on Sunday. Buy in advance at Eventbrite
Holiday Art Market
Vonalda Utterback, “In Other Worlds.”
Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Avenue, Longmont
Sunday, November 28, noon to 5 p.m.
A dozen or more local artists and makers will be standing at the ready, waiting for walk-in buyers on Small Business Saturday and the lesser-known Artists Sunday at the Firehouse Art Center. Why? Because a gift of original art chosen for a special person can be a life-changer during a season when many folks turn morose rather than jolly. Firehouse also offers gift certificates for shoppers who feel less confident about choosing art for someone else; pick one up in the gallery shop or online
. They are good not only for art purchases, but also class registrations.
Mercado Mistletoe Holiday Store
Mercado Mistletoe offers the Jendayi Head Wrap Collection by AfriCoast and other multicultural wares.
People’s Building, 9995 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Sunday, November 28, noon to 6 p.m.
The Mercado Mistletoe Holiday Store debuts on Small Business Saturday with a homey collection of multicultural indie makers and artisans whose vendor booths will then be open Wednesdays through Sundays through Christmas Eve.
Shop Small Saturday 2021
Curate: A Local Mercantile, 8242 South University Boulevard, Centennial
Saturday, November 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Curate: A Local Mercantile takes the “small” part of Small Business Saturday seriously by dedicating its celebration to young entrepreneurs who are entering the retail business world. Six kid-run micro-businesses — Something Creative crochet and candles, Sewing With Smiles handmade bags, Little Sista Treats sweets, Soleil & Co. art sweatshirts, LightnerDesigns art and GatorTailz neck gators — will be showcased in their own pop-up shops. See the schedule online