Twenty-plus Places to Shop Local in Denver on Black Friday Weekend

You can go to the mall. No one's going to stop you, if you're so inclined. And some people really do like the camaraderie of burning off Thanksgiving dinner by freezing to death in line to get into some big-box store and grab a doorbuster deal. But in the interest of thinking small in the most wonderful way -- by shopping local and supporting your neighborhood small businesses -- here's where to do it. Read on for a comprehensive list of markets, shows and Small Business Saturday deals.

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Holiday Art Market Valkarie Gallery Noon to 8:30 p.m. Friday, November 28 Free

This Belmar artist-run gallery and studio will roll out the red carpet for Black Friday patrons weary of shopping for socks and gadgets, greeting all with a blast of fresh affordable art, handmade ornaments and greeting cards, and more. Expect a festive and welcoming atmosphere, and cocoa will be served. Sold!

Black Friday at the MCA Shop MCA Denver Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, November 28 Museum admission: $5 to $8

Should you be saddled with friends and family in town for the long weekend, MCA's blockbuster show Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia is a must-see look into the mind of a pop-cultural genius and a great diversion from buying stuff. But you can so that, too, at MCA's shop, where you can buy highbrow gifts and books, including the excellent Myopia catalog. And on Black Friday, MCA will extend special discounts on books, MCA heart totes, high-tech gadgets and best of all, memberships, which will go for half-price for one day only. Gift yourself -- or the art lover in your life. 

Boxed Wine and Cheap Cookies Black Friday Sale ArtsMyths Studio and Gallery 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 28 and 29

Though it sounds low rent, the holiday sale at ArtsMyths is anything but: The shop and studio where artisans Tiffany Smyth and her mother, Lynn Burtle Smyth, create one-of-a-kind leather masks and costume accessories is downsizing and offering special deals for the next two weeks on everything from fixtures to belly dance sets. Today and tomorrow only, a fifteen percent discount will also extend to any item in the store, meaning deals on what can only be thought of as costume heirlooms -- exquisite handcrafted pieces that will transform the wearer into a pretty convincing fairy, elf or dragon.

Continue reading for more holiday markets.

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