Holidays

Ten Ways to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Small Business Saturday at the Cabalidays Holiday Art Market.
Shop local on Small Business Saturday at the Cabalidays Holiday Art Market. Mar Williams
Think of Small Business Saturday as a kinder, gentler version of Black Friday, minus the frenzy of door-busters and blind consumption, and with the added bonus of supporting Denver’s mom-and-pop retailers. On Saturday, November 25, you can support your commercial community by taking a walk, and your wallet, through your own neighborhood — or other neighborhoods where small businesses abound, full of the thoughtful, whimsical, useful, unexpected and one-of-a-kind gifts you won’t find at your local big-box store. Get a start on your holiday shopping at these ten Small Business Saturday hotspots (and don’t forget your favorite book store: It’s also Indies First Day, with similar promotions for bookworms).

click to enlarge Find Colorado-centric gifts at I Heart Denver. - MILE HIGH CLOTHING CO.
Find Colorado-centric gifts at I Heart Denver.
Mile High Clothing Co.
I Heart Denver Stores
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Southwest Plaza, 8501 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

I Heart Denver’s two metro-area stores are stepping it up for the holiday-shopping season by adding more than 100 new items by Colorado artists and designers to their shelves just in time for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. A true Colorado independent, I Heart Denver supports local talent all year round with its focus on original art and affordable merchandise celebrating the Colorado vibe. If you’re heading to the pavilions, also home to such local businesses as the Colorado Artisan Center, Rosey’s and Jerri's Tobacco Shop & Fine Wines, parking is free all day on Small Business Saturday (first-come, first-served).

click to enlarge Find gifts galore and a street-party atmosphere at Spectra Art Space. - CEE MARTINEZ
Find gifts galore and a street-party atmosphere at Spectra Art Space.
Cee Martinez
Small Business Saturday on South Broadway
South Broadway and Jewell Avenue
Saturday, November 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Businesses adjacent to the 1800 block of South Broadway are banding together for Small Business Saturday with a block-party flair, holiday shopping and deals at Spectra Art Space (freebies with purchases, door prizes, vendor booths, glass-ornament workshops, live music and more), Cabal Gallery (see below for details), Colorado Vape & Glass Co. (holiday discounts), Euro Crepes (free mimosas with purchases of $10 or more), Black Heart (deep storewide discounts) and BOARDLife. Dig Antique Row’s funky addendum and take care of some underground holiday giving.

click to enlarge Get your Krampus holiday cards and more, at the Cabalidays Art Market. - CORRINA ESPINOSA
Get your Krampus holiday cards and more, at the Cabalidays Art Market.
Corrina Espinosa
Cabalidays Art Market
Cabal Gallery, 1875 South Broadway
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Cabal Gallery crew invited forty or more of their best and most creative friends — and their old buddy, Krampus, a now-traditional Cabal visitor — to join in for an affordable holiday art market aimed at a hipper DIY-art crowd. Running for three Saturdays, beginning on Small Business Saturday and ending on December 16, Cabalidays is a stocking-stuffer’s paradise, with jewelry; wacky T-shirts, cards, stickers and magnets; coloring books; and hand-screened posters and prints. Cozy up to Krampus with your anti-holiday gift list and expect the unexpected — not to mention free coffee, cocoa and candy canes.

click to enlarge The Stanley Marketplace is ready for Small Business Saturday 2017. - DANIELLE LIRETTE, WESTWORD
The Stanley Marketplace is ready for Small Business Saturday 2017.
Danielle Lirette, Westword
Small Business Saturday at Stanley
Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
Saturday, November 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The long-awaited Stanley Marketplace market hall, now going full-blast with an array of cool, independently owned eateries, food counters and boutiques, celebrates its first real holiday season this year, kicking off with a snowstorm of Small Business Saturday discounts, giveaways and swag, as well as an opportunity to give back through charitable donations at Stanley’s Giving Wall. As Stanley’s sworn “Stanifesto” notes, “A store is a place people go to buy things; Stanley is a place people go to live: to eat, drink, work, play, learn, grow, gather and explore.” It’s not just a playground for Stapleton families: Stanley welcomes everyone into its retail world.

click to enlarge Discover local artists at the RiNo Made Pop-up Store in the Source. - YOSHITOMO SAITO
Discover local artists at the RiNo Made Pop-up Store in the Source.
Yoshitomo Saito
Small Business Saturday at the Source
The Source, 3350 Brighton Boulevard
Saturday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Source, another popular Denver market hall in RiNo, gets in the swing of Small Business Saturday on a cozy, up-close-and-personal level. Shop small (and taste Nova Chocolate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at Mondo Market and benefit from foodie deals and other goodies to taste and buy; pick up some manly gifts at a weekend-long Armitage & McMillan pop-up and support artists living and working in the RiNo Made Holiday Pop-up Market. Good eats and drinks are also within browsing range of the shopping at Acorn, Comida, RiNo Yacht Club and Boxcar Coffee.
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