Shop local on Small Business Saturday, and feel good about where you spend your money

We're not going to reiterate the horrors of Black Friday here.There's a reason why it's called "black," and that is because it sucks, for all the wrong, fucked-up, uncheerful reasons. So we'll just say this: Start loving your neighbor, and your neighborhhood, by shopping local instead.

It's so easy to do. If you're going to spend the dough, just drop by your favorite street. Go to Old South Pearl Street or Tennyson Street or South Broadway. Check out the galleries -- many host small-works and affordable art shows this time of year. Or hit the road this weekend on Small Business Saturday, when the second annual Denver Independent Boutiques Small Business Saturday Boutique Crawl will put out the red carpet all over town and show you the way.

See also: - Cash Mobster - Purple Friday - Photos: Modest in Scale showcases small-scale art for the holidays - The real story behind "Black Friday" - Black Friday 2011: A soul-crushing compilation of humanity at its worst

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