Support Your Local Shops on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

As we promised in our Buy Nothing Day article, we also have some ideas for shopping local on Thanksgiving weekend buy embracing the “Plaid Friday” or “Small Business Saturday” movements. Saturday is also “Indies First Day” at local bookstores. Instead of the hustle of corporate Holiday shopping, these events offer a slower pace and a kind of “old-fashioned, small town” shopping feel that just seems more conducive to family time.

Plaid Friday on Black Friday

Instead of paying big bucks at the big box stores, Buy It Local and the local retailers are encouraging shopping local on Plaid Friday, November 26, 2021. And seriously dress up in plaid. You will receive discounts for wearing plaid. (It seems perfect for a cold, Minnesota winter day to be wearing flannel. Now I just need to pull mine from high school out of the depths of the closet. There are so many great deals at so many of the different shops around town. Music, refreshments, and deals. You really can’t go wrong.

The Thinking Spot – OPEN HOUSE

3311 County Road 101, Suite #4, Wayzata, MN 55391
A brand new bookstore with a goal to be a unique community gathering place for exploring and interacting with science.  Pre-opening sneak peek Open House – November 26, 2021. 10am-6pm.

Textile Center Holiday Gallery Shop

Textile Center, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
In-store specials, spin the (virtual) wheel to get a deal. Lots of unique gifts for kids and families. Extended hours 10am-4pm on both Friday and Saturday. Browse ahead on the Textile Center’s online store here.

2021 European Christmas Market

Union Depot, 240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101
Opening Day. An authentic European Christmas Market featuring local vendors and Holiday entertainment. 4pm-9pm.

Bonus Family Fun

Kids will be able to meet with Santa and his reindeer and participate in a Christmas scavenger hunt.

Black Friday at Midtown Global Market

Lake Street and 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Shop black entrepreneur pop up shops. Free gift wrapping. Noon to 6pm.

Bonus Family Fun

Music, Santa, free kids grafts and selfie stations.

 


Small Business Saturday / Indies First Day

Keep the local love going on Saturday, November 27, 2021, with these Small Business Saturday and Indies First Deals. Small Business Saturday, like Plaid Friday, is another chance to support small local businesses. Indies First is celebrated at local bookstores to bring together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. These events are listed as they land in our mailbox and in no particular order.

Light Up The Lake – Small Business Saturday

Wayzata, MN 55391
Wayzata encourages shopping and supporting small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the the entire holiday season!

Bonus Family Fun

Stroll through Depot Park after dusk to see the decorations.

Visit Downtown Chaska – Small Business Saturday

Chaska, MN 55318
Small businesses in Downtown Chaska will be open for shopping. Receive a commemorative Downtown Chaska ornament with purchase.

Bonus Family Fun

  1. Print this Small Business Bingo Card and collect a stamp from each business that you visit. If you collect them all, you can turn in your card for a chance to win prizes.
  2. Stop by the Chaska Library between 1pm-2:30pm to warm up with a winter themed craft.
  3. Stop by Shop 501 & Company to take a picture with a vintage sleigh and horse.
  4. Visit the Chaska Historical Society between 1pm-4pm.

Buffalo – Small Business Saturday

Buffalo, MN 55313
Find a list here of shops in Downtown Buffalo, Depot District, Hwy 25 & Hwy 55 ready for Holiday shopping.

Textile Center Holiday Gallery Shop

Textile Center, 3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
In-store specials, spin the (virtual) wheel to get a deal. Lots of unique gifts for kids and families. Extended hours 10am-4pm on both Friday and Saturday. Browse ahead on the Textile Center’s online store here.

Indies First and Small Business Saturday

Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
This is the perfect day to order ahead and pick up a signed Kate DiCamillo book. Wouldn’t that be an awesome Christmas gift? Any purchases of $50 or more come with a Red Balloon Mug. If you would rather shop online, get a 10% discount with code INDIESFIRST on Saturday. 10am-7pm

Bonus Family Fun

Get a hot drink on the patio from 10am-2pm for a hot drink and learn about the Red Balloon Book Drive.

Irreverent Bookworm, 5163 Bloomington Ave S., Minneapolis MN, 55417
Extended Hours, 10am-5pm.

Excelsior Bay Books, 36 Water Street, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331
Open 10am-6pm.  Visit between noon and 1pm to meet Minnetonka author, Phyllis Alsdurf with her picture book A Simple Christmas on the Farm.

Bonus Family Fun

  • Find The Mice. Find and count all the Christmas Mice in the front window of the store, report your findings at the front counter and get a prize.
  • Chriskidlesmarkt at Excelsior Commons begins this weekend as well!

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2021 European Christmas Market

Union Depot, 240 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101
An authentic European Christmas Market featuring local vendors and Holiday entertainment. This may be a less-busy alternative to next weekend, when more Christmas festivities begin. 10am-8pm.

Bonus Family Fun

Kids will be able to meet with Santa and his reindeer and participate in a Christmas scavenger hunt.

Small Business Saturday & 15th Birthday of Midtown Global Market

Lake Street and 10th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407
15% off all stores (one or more items). Prizes. There will also be wreaths for sale from Mitchell Family Farms. 11am to 5pm.

Bonus Family Fun

Kids celebration from 11am-noon, including live music and dancing, storytelling, balloon art, birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday at noon. All day scavenger hunt and face painting.

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