This holiday season, be kind to yourself: Shop before you’re half insane with the double whammy of post-election depression and the holiday blues. Throughout November (which includes Small Business Saturday on November 26), there are plenty of options for leisurely and off-the-wall gift shopping that won’t break your budget — or your brain. And shopping local is easy: We're showing you where to get started without ever setting foot in a mall. Keep reading for ten holiday markets (and watch for updates)...
Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday Deals
Aillea, 1408 Larimer Street and 3000 East First Avenue, #203
Willow, 2595 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder
November 25 through 28
Three area boutiques — the iconic Highland fashion temple Goldyn, chemical-free beauty products emporium Aillea and Boulder contemporary womenswear shop Willow — will offer storewide discounts (30 percent at Goldyn, 20 percent at Aillea and 25 percent at Willow) over the post-Thanksgiving weekend and right on through to Cyber Monday. The discounts extend to online purchases at Goldyn (use discount code ALLBLACKEVERYTHING) and Aillea (discount code 2Thankful). You might just have something left over to buy something nice for yourself.
Horseshoe Holiday Market
Highlands Masonic Temple
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 26, and Sunday, November 27
After going single-day last year, the Horseshoe Market re-expands to two days for Small Business Saturday and then some, bringing its hyper-creative signature mix of vintage and handmade-craft vendors back to the Highlands Masonic Temple for another great year. This is one of the best markets in town in any season, and founders Amy and Doug Yetman really know how to put the sparkle into the task of holiday shopping: You can explore 100 vendors, indoors and out, enjoy food-truck fare and, new this year, live music. The lucky first fifty early birds to walk in the door each day will receive swag bags full of treats and merch. It’s all free, so make a day — or two — of it and finish all your shopping in one place.
Small Business Saturday Market at GRACe
Globeville Riverfront Arts Center
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 26
Local artists and artisans with studios at the Globeville Riverfront Arts Center have declared their newly renovated facility open for business, after many of them lost their spaces at Wazee Union to new development. GRACe will carry on where Wazee Union’s traditional Small Business Saturday sale left off, offering great variety and the novelty that only a close-knit, co-working creative community can generate. Choose from fine art, jewelry, wearable arts, home decor, beauty products, artisan foods and handmade holiday decorations, and stave off your hunger with eats out front from Wong Way Vegan and Food To Truck.
Craftsman & Apprentice
4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, November 26
Throughout the year, Craftsman & Apprentice, in City Park West, opens its doors to people of all ages for hands-on workshops covering everything from how to make a perfect pie crust to basic woodworking for adults, and embroidery to imagination-building tinkering for kids. But when the holidays roll around, the space pays tribute to a handful of entrepreneurial makers of all kinds by hosting the Prototype Market, which, unlike most fairs you’ll encounter during the gift-buying season, focuses on one-of-a-kind experiments and exclusive works that you won’t see anywhere else. The variety is stunning: Choose from Strange Dirt’s beautiful decorative prints, holiday pies by Long I Pie Shop, hand-screened T-shirts and merch from the Moore Collection and much more.
Small Business Saturday on Tennyson Street
Tennyson Berkeley Business District
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 26
All of the businesses along the Tennyson Street retail drag join forces annually on Small Business Saturday to celebrate neighborhood commerce and creativity, but it’s more than just a shopping crawl. Events kick off bright and early with a family-style pancake breakfast, hosted by Midwestern Saloon from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Photo ops with Santa are part of the morning menu, along with a yummy square meal that will prepare you for a long, productive stroll (please RSVP so the ’cakes don’t run out!
). The stalwart and local-leaning craft boutique Jolly Goods will again be organizing a streetwide Holiday Passport Crawl; pick up a card and get it stamped by participating merchants, and you can enter a big giveaway drawing. To top off your day, congregate at Cesar Chavez Park after 4 p.m. for hot chocolate, cookie decorating, high-fives with Santa and a community tree-lighting at dusk. Visit the Facebook event page
for a list of businesses taking part in the festivities.
Keep reading for five more holiday markets.