Small Business Saturday - Shop Local in Colorado!

As much as we love celebrating Thanksgiving, we also love indulging in leftovers while avoiding the crowded malls and big box stores on Black Friday.

Instead, we save our shopping lists for Small Business Saturday, when we enjoy hitting the small retailers and indie boutiques that can be found across the Denver metro area.

Why should you SHOP SMALL this holiday season?

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. All you have to do is look at the numbers to know how important the 28 million small business owners are.

Small businesses make up:
• 99.7% of U.S. employer firms
• 98% of all firms exporting goods
• 55% of all jobs and 66% of all new jobs since the 1970s
• 54% of all sales in the U.S.
• 30-50% of all commercial space
• 43% of all high-tech employment
• 33% of the U.S.’s exports value

Small businesses create jobs, boost local economy and preserve neighborhoods.

So, join us in supporting locally-owned and operated small businesses this weekend!

Here are a few of our favorites:

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.

Two of our Tennyson Street favorites are Ooh Aah Jewelry and Sara O. Jewelry, where you will be sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Another not-to-be-missed shopping event is the Horseshoe Holiday Market on November 25-26:

10 am-5 pm each day

They will have over 100 extraordinary local vendors at our 2017 Horseshoe Holiday Market on Small Business Saturday, November 25th and Sunday, November 26th from 10 am-5 pm each day. This award winning market will be held at the historic Highlands Masonic Temple in NW Denver at 3550 Federal Boulevard. If you are looking for gifts with a unique, handcrafted, or Colorado vibe you are sure to find it at the Horseshoe Market!

Olde Town Arvada's Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a fantastic kick-off event on November 25 to celebrate Small Business Saturday in historic Olde Town:

Join us in KICKING OFF our favorite shopping day of the year! Small Business Saturday in Arvada! Be sure to stop by and see us at 10am in Olde Town Square (corner of 57th Avenue & Olde Wadsworth). The first 100 people will receive free breakfast from School House Kitchen and Libations. And, the first 100 people to stop by and see us at 11:30am will receive free lunch from Fuzzy’s Tacos! Don’t miss free coffee from Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters and 5340 Coffee! We will also have some great register-to-win prizes from 5340 Coffee and EventsHilton Garden Inn ArvadaThe Barre StandardSteuben’s ArvadaApex Park and Recreation DistrictHarts Dancewear Arvada Colorado and more!

Bring your walking shoes, wallet and holiday spirit....Olde Town Arvada has some really fun + unique boutiques. A couple of our favorites are Sock and Scrumptious!

Here are a few other local shopping districts and destinations participating in Small Business Saturday with special events + discounts planned:

Cherry Creek North 

Denver Mart

Stanley Marketplace

Highlands Square

Larimer Square

We hope that you have a great time making your lists + checking them twice while shopping this Small Business Saturday!

Did we miss your favorite local shopping destination? Let us know, and we will add it to this guide!

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