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.
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: