After a day of chowing down on plate after plate of stuffing and chugging Riunite by the jug, Black Friday shouldn’t be anyone’s priority. This year, just nurse your hangover today so that you're in fine form to shop local on Small Business Saturday. Metro Denver is full of independent shops, and they'll be rolling out the merchandise on November 28. Here are ten places where you should show some love — and cash — on Small Business Saturday.
18 South Broadway
If you head to Broadway on Saturday morning, you may never leave. And you won't have to: By shopping along this stretch, you can check off most of the items on your Christmas shopping list by buying an assortment of handmade and recycled vintage goods. The array at Sewn is particularly impressive — and shopping here benefits the 25 regularly contributing artists.
2) Hope Tank
Whether you’re buying a bottle of Elevation Ketchup or a knitted Bronco cap for your cat, you can feel good about spending your money at Hope Tank. Dozens of local artists and craftspeople sell their handmade products at Hope Tank, and a portion of each sale goes to a charity of their choosing.
3) Ink Lounge
29 South Fox Street
Just a half-dozen blocks west of Broadway, Ink Lounge is tucked into the Baker neighborhood — and it's definitely worth a stop. The “Squeegees” specialize in screen-printing and design work, and you can shop right in the middle of their studio. This Saturday they’ll have posters, T-shirts, totes and more screen-printed goodies available for purchase.
4) Grandma’s House Brewery
1710 South Broadway
By the time you make it this far south down Broadway, you'll want to stop by Grandma’s House Brewery to recharge with a beer...fortunately, you'll also be able to do some shopping while you sip. Grandma’s House supports local artisans by selling their products alongside its brews. This is also the perfect place to grab your own grandma a bingo talisman.
5) Ashae Soaps
725 Santa Fe Drive
The Art District on Santa Fe is another hub for small businesses, along this strip you'll find a number of small galleries and shops worthy of your support. At Ashae Soaps, for example, you can pick up organic handmade products, including affordable, all-natural soaps that are easy stocking stuffers.
6) Studio Colfax
2418 East Colfax Avenue
Save some time and cash for a quick trip to East Colfax Avenue, where Studio Colfax celebrates local artists and always has a rotation under consignment. Whether you’re in the market for jewelry or clothing, you'll find items provided by a handful of local artists who'll benefit from sales on Small Business Saturday.
7) Bigfoot Yowie & Yeti
2346 South Colorado Boulevard
If you have a crazy uncle who's obsessed with UFOs and swears he saw what resembled Bigfoot on a camping trip, Bigfoot Yowie & Yeti is a must-stop on Small Business Saturday. A giant statue of a Yeti will greet you on your way into the store, and you can walk away with a pair of Bigfoot slippers. As an added bonus, shopping at Bigfoot Yowie & Yeti helps fund the owners’ research organization, Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies.
8) Bold Lead Designs
350 Norfolk Street, Aurora
Head to Bold Lead Designs to grab a gift for your best friend. Owner Katrina Boldry has reinvented harnesses for service dogs, which she offers at her shop that also stocks a variety of leashes and pet treats. On Small Business Saturday, Bold Lead Designs promises additional specials.
4430 Cody Street, Wheat Ridge
Support your inner yogi/yogini as well as a homegrown business at Catspaw. This Wheat Ridge spot will be offering a yoga class at 8 a.m. on November 28, to prepare you for Small Business Saturday. By 9:30 a.m., you'll be in just the right space to browse for yoga meditation cushions and other yoga accessories.
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10) I Heart Denver Store
Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street
Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 West Bowles Avenue, Littleton
If you only have time to shop at a single spot on Saturday, make it one of the two I Heart Denver stores. More than 150 Denver artists and designers sell their products at I Heart Denver, and the array of items is amazing at both the original location downtown and the new space that just opened in Southwest Plaza. No matter what you walk away with — and it's likely to be a big bag of goodies — you can feel good knowing that you’ve shown some love to locals.
To get behind the #ShopSmall movement and see a complete list of businesses in your area, visit the Small Business Saturday website.