Forget Black Friday— shop small this year and check off your gift list on Small Business Saturday. Local businesses across the state will join the national movement to show their gratitude for shoppers with special deals, giveaways and fun events on Nov. 30.
The 10th annual nationwide event, which is sponsored by American Express, encourages shoppers to support brick and mortar shops in their community. According to the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses provide jobs for 48 percent of all employees in the private sector, making local shops and restaurants vital to the economy.
“Awareness towards the importance of small business to a local community should be yearlong not just one day,” says Bob Older, president and founder of the Delaware Small Business Chamber.
Here is your guide to where you can shop small and score some great deals in Delaware this year.
Celebrate local businesses in the village of Centreville with their third annual Winter Stroll. Get your Centreville passport stamped at six of over a dozen participating shops between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to enter your name for a $200 gift certificate from the shop of your choice. Participating shops include Wild Thyme, The Beehive, Found Antiques & Décor and Adorn Goods.
Throughout the event, keep an eye out for the strolling Santa and Christmas carolers, and don’t miss the ceremonial tree lighting at 4 p.m.
Every Small Business Saturday, Wild Birds Unlimited takes pride in showing gratitude for local shoppers.
“We believe that they deserve something in return for supporting us during the holiday season,” says owner Charles H. Shattuck IV. “We understand that the customer has many alternatives for shopping and hope they realize the benefits of shopping a small business.”
This year, the birding store is giving every costumer a free holiday greeting card with any purchase while supplies last.
On Saturday, the Hockessin BookShelf is also celebrating Indies First, a campaign that encourages shoppers to patronize independent bookstores. Along with handing out swag and sweet treats, they will be holding raffles and sales on select items. Author Erin Entrada Kelly will also be at the store for a book signing from 11 a.m.-noon.
Many of Middletown’s one-of-a-kind shops will be taking part in the festivities. First and Little is hosting a Shop Local Weekend on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday with extended hours, swag bags, new arrivals, discounts, giveaways and more.
Stubborn Soul Boutique is offering swag bags, and The Little Emporium will have great deals on holiday decor and gifts. Nicole J. Boutique will have new styles and giveaways for local shoppers, plus expect unique gifts, decor and super sales at UNika Customs, LLC.
Something Old, Something New is celebrating with sales, raffles and giveaways. The first 100 people through the door will recieve a scratch off card to reveal a prize, plus shoppers get a raffle ticket for every $5 spent for additional chances to win prizes.
Hit up Main Street for great deals and delicious food. Newark’s unique shops are home to the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays. Some local favorites include Bloom, Grassroots, Frolic and Switch Skateboarding.
To encourage local shopping, many Historic New Castle businesses are offering special discounts and rewards. Stop by the courthouse to pick up a passport and get stamps from participating shops. Those who turn in their passport will enter to win a drawing for the grand prize basket.
Enjoy up to 20 percent off of collections at 2nd ACT Antiques.
Fresh Faced Skin Care is offering 20 percent off select products and free moisturizer with all purchases of $50, plus get a $25 gift card for free if you purchase a $100 gift card.
Warm up at the Courthouse with free refreshments, and browse offerings of pop-up artisans in the West Wing.
Begin your winter festivities with the Wilmington Jaycee’s 56th Annual Christmas Parade, held in conjunction with Downtown Wilmington’s Small Business Saturday celebration. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and features marching bands, floats, local celebrities and, of course, Santa Claus.
The fun continues at the Market Street Pop-Up Holiday Villiage and Light Display, featuring local vendors, Christmas lights, demonstrations and more.
Shops and restaurants across the city will offer special discounts and giveaways to show their thanks for local shoppers.Buy one adult entrée, and get a kids entrée free at Chelsea Tavern (open 10 a.m.-10 p.m.) and Ernest & Scott Taproom (open noon-9 p.m.). At UDairy Creamery, get a $5 gift card for every $25 spent on ice cream or food in a single transaction.
For extended hours, specials and more, visit Dover’s local shops and restaurants. Check out Loockerman Street for sidewalk sales, entertainment, kid activities, food trucks, a craft and vendor fair and a $100 American Express gift card raffle.
The celebration starts at 11 a.m. with Santa’s arrival to Milford. From Small Business Saturday until Dec. 23, Santa will be in his house on Walnut St. to meet children and hear their Christmas wishes. Children age 12 and under who visit will receive a free picture with Santa, a candy cane and a stocking filled with treats.
Visit Second Street in historic Lewes for a hub of family businesses and restaurants. Check out Edie Bees for delicious confections, Kid’s Ketch for children toys, The Vintage Underground for vintage clothes and music, and Notting Hill Coffee to refuel.
Downtown Rehoboth will be buzzing with special deals and complementary refreshments for local shoppers. Stop by Main Street to recieve discount coupons for downtown shopping plus light food and drinks. Show your shopping reciepts at Penny Lane for free gift wrapping from 4-8 p.m.
Swing by Avenue Apothecary and Spa for sales and giveaways, and sip on their signature cocktail while you shop. For purchases over $250, recieve a gift bag filled with deluxe samples and full-sized products.
Holiday shoppers can explore all of Kennett Square‘s independently owned small shops while enjoying the town’s convenient parking garage, gift-wrapping and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
The Christmas in Kennett shuttle will be availible on Small Business Saturday between downtown Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens. Shuttles will pick-up riders between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and return from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.