Sometimes the best way to make big changes is to think small. That’s the idea behind Small Business Saturday, an initiative launched by American Express to shine a spotlight on the small retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues that are the backbone of the economy. Scheduled as an alternative to the Black Friday big-box melee, Small Business Saturday falls on November 26 this year. So, for at least a day, disconnect from online shopping sites, avoid huge crowds at megastores, support your community, and check out those little independent options in Nashville.
Shop Black is a group that brings together black-owned businesses to showcase their products in front of large groups of shoppers, and they’ve held more than 50 pop-up events in the area over the past three years. Nov. 26-27 is the finale of a six-city tour where they’ve matched buyers with sellers, and they’re celebrating with a big Small Business Weekend at the Scarritt Bennett Center on the Vanderbilt campus. The event will run from 1-6 p.m. each day with music, food, shopping, and networking opportunities for anyone looking to support the black business community. Free entry.
If you’re looking for something crafty to tick off a few names on your vacation shopping list, head to Red Caboose Park in Bellevue for this curated craft vendor market. Held as part of Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this event is brought to you by Handmade Nashville, a collection of artisans and artisans who have come together to promote themselves. Among the expected vendors are Poppin in the City with their gourmet popcorn (which will also be included in loot bags for shoppers), Beckitybootique which will feature children’s clothing and adorable pet bandanas, and jellies. of Pepper Dealer’s Fruited Pepper Jelly.
One of the most charming parts of Franklin’s quaint town square is that most of the stores lining the sidewalks are small independent shops and boutiques. For Small Business Saturday, many of these retailers are offering specials for the occasion.
If you’re in the market for an electric bike, Pedego Franklin offers free battery upgrades on three of its most popular models so you can go further and faster without breaking a sweat. They will also be offering deep discounts on some of their high-end bikes.
If your spice cabinet needs a refresh (and we know there’s probably some crispy bay leaves hiding in that drawer), you can’t beat the deal Savory Spice has on their collections of flavor mixes, dry dip mixes and sauces. Purchase $100 or more of merchandise and receive a free $100 gift card. Now, we’re not mathematicians, but that sounds like a good deal.
heylee b. Is a women’s boutique known for its trendy and affordable clothing and accessories. For SBS, get $20 off a $75 purchase and put it in the pocket of your cute new outfit.
Purple Butterfly is where Franklin’s best-dressed kids shop to stay fashionable. As part of the Franklin Small Business Saturday Celebration, they are offering 20% off all holiday items, including Christmas pajamas, clothing, bows, decorations and toys.
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The Getalong is a community of small retailers who have come together to share space, and they have invited their Sky Blue Cafe neighbors to host a day of shopping, eating and drinking in honor of Small Business Saturday. Sky Blue will be offering drink specials and soup to sip while you shop with some of their friends.
Cybelle Elena is a very talented designer who will show off her glamorous furniture, and Holly Carden Illustration will offer her delightfully macabre prints and puzzles. Check out LilaLue Sweets for small batch cookies, cakes and brownies made from old family recipes and Stomping Ground Herbals to shop for body care products made from herbs grown on the owner’s farm on the same land as his great-grandmother collected medicinal plants.
Local realtor Wendy Monday welcomes Thistle Farms to its small business offices Saturday at 500 Madison St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help support the important work of the group, which sells handcrafted products made by women who overcame prostitution, drug addiction and exploitation. Proceeds from the sale of soaps, candles, essential oils, household items and jewelry help Thistle Farms operate seven residences and an emergency shelter, providing 36 beds for women to begin healing.
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