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

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click to enlarge Get your Craft Boner on at Fort Greene's Holiday Hullabaloo. - CRAFT BONER
Get your Craft Boner on at Fort Greene's Holiday Hullabaloo.
Craft Boner
Holiday Hullabaloo
Fort Greene Bar, 321 East 45th Avenue
Saturday, November 25, 5 to 9 p.m.

Mix cocktails, gift-hunting and DJ spins at Fort Greene’s annual after-dark holiday shopping soirée, with seasonal drink concoctions, select local handmade and vintage-clothing vendors, and yummy pies and pastries from Long I Pie. Look for hand-turned wood and horsehair-tassel jewelry from Olio Goods, cheeky holiday cards from Craft Boner and Mountain vs. Plains, flower- and fern-embedded glass pendants from Planthaus — and more — as you sip and sidle up to the bar.

click to enlarge Give your dog a bone — or a cookie! — from Mouthfuls. - MOUTHFULS PET SUPPLY
Give your dog a bone — or a cookie! — from Mouthfuls.
Mouthfuls Pet Supply
Fourth Annual Tennyson Holiday Passport Crawl
Tennyson Street, between 38th and 46th avenues
Saturday, November 25, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Independent local stores and eateries all along the Tennyson Street Business District drag in northwest Denver will swing open their doors, offering deals to crawlers all day (and into the evening), for the Holiday Passport Crawl, an event now making gift-buying more fun and less harrowing for four years in a row. Here’s the drill: Pick up a passport card at any participating business and collect stamps as you make purchases or redeem passport deals along the street. Once you’ve gotten at least five stamps, drop the card off at Jolly Goods, 4020 Tennyson Street, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a grand gift basket with a $500 value. And, just like that, half or more of your selective, shop-local gift hunt is taken care of. Bonus for families: Stick around in the evening for hot chocolate, caroling and all the good stuff at the Tennyson Tree Lighting, 5 p.m. at the corner of Tennyson Street and 38th Avenue.

click to enlarge Modern Nomad and Mod Livin' RiNo open their doors on Small Business Saturday. - MODERN NOMAD
Modern Nomad and Mod Livin' RiNo open their doors on Small Business Saturday.
Modern Nomad
Grand Opening/Small Business Saturday
Mod Livin’ RiNo/Modern Nomad Home, 2936 Larimer Street
Saturday, November 25, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mod Livin’, the longtime East-Colfax mid-century furniture emporium, is movin’ on up to a second location, as part of Modern Nomad Home, a home decor-oriented retail warehouse and design collective now sprucing things up on Larimer Street in RiNo. The collaborative businesses chose Small Business Saturday to make their dual debut. Dream a little home-makeover dream and stop by for beats and treats, mimosas and plenty of fresh coffee for power-shoppers on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

click to enlarge Dress up your pooch for the holidays with bow ties from Tails, LLC. - TAILS, LLC
Dress up your pooch for the holidays with bow ties from Tails, LLC.
Tails, LLC
Gypsy Farmhouse Holiday Market
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 West Sixth Avenue, Golden
Saturday, November 25, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $5 in advance; $6 at the door

Like your markets homey, old-fashioned and just the right size? Have merch, will travel: Gypsy Farmhouse, an itinerant market that travels around, is making a special Small Business Saturday stop at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, with fifty vendors, swag bag giveaways at opening and again at 4 p.m., and kids’ activities galore, including the Little Market, where children can conquer their own gift-shopping lists. Can’t make this one? Check the Gypsy Farmhouse Facebook page for more markets in November and December.
Small Business Saturday in Cherry Creek North
Cherry Creek North, First and Third avenues, between University and Steele streets
Shop hours vary by business

Want to shop and rub elbows with the chic and tony crowd? Cherry Creek North does up Small Business Saturday with a big, golden bow — and throws in a chance to win big-buck CCN gift cards. Just make a purchase at a locally owned CCN business on November 25 and bring your receipt to the Small Business Saturday Headquarters at Second Avenue and Fillmore Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you’ll be entered in the drawing. Learn more about CCN events and small-business-owners online.

See Westword’s 2017 November Holiday Markets list for more late-November shopping spots.
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