Have you ever stepped into a big-box store and felt truly special? Most likely, the answer is no. Now, picture entering a locally owned store, where the shelves are stocked with carefully curated handcrafted goods, and friendly staff are happy to help you find what you’re looking for. Can you sense the difference? Small businesses thrive on personal connections, turning your visit into more than just a transaction – you become a valued customer. These local havens stand as the heartbeat of our community, and your purchase contributes to the economy and supports neighbors pursuing their dreams. Why not skip the Black Friday chaos in favor of this Saturday’s Celebrate Downcity, championing the magic of shopping small?
Westminster Street, stretching from Eddy Street to Union Street, will undergo a lively transformation for the much-anticipated Small Business Saturday event. Highlights include an outdoor raw bar by Gift Horse, Oberlin's brunch menu launch, complimentary cocktails at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, in-store tastings, complimentary mulled wine at Eno Fine Wines, and culinary offerings from Farm to Sandwich, Cultrō, Mac Daddy, and A Mano Pizza and Gelato.
In addition to Westminster Street’s usual shopping choices, neighboring small businesses offer complimentary champagne, expertly wrapped gifts, and captivating pop-up events. New apparel store Bobbles and Lace showcase a curated collection of tattoos and bracelets, Gracie’s opens its doors for an art show featuring local artist Davison Bolster, and, new this year, 63 Eddy Street transforms into a holiday Rock and Roll Yard Sale pop-up marketplace, hosted by What Cheer Vintage + Vinyl. Attendees can browse vinyl records, artisanal gifts, and more all while enjoying drinks served by Trinity Brewhouse and tunes spun by What Cheer and Cotton Candy. For more information, visit Downcity.com
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