as we said in our H-Town holiday gift guide, it's more important than ever to shop locally this year. This Saturday, November 25, brings Small Business Saturday, launched in 2010 to help small business owners attract seasonal shoppers.
The annual event succeeds Black Friday, when hordes of tryptophan-laden zombies descend en masse on storefronts nationwide in search of deals and steals. If this year, your own Black Friday includes such a trip to an old standby like Wal-Mart, Target or Macy's, well, godspeed. But we hope you also get out to show some love to your local neighborhood institutions.
After all, they deserve it: American Express reports the 2.6 million small businesses operating in Texas account for a whopping 99.8 percent of all business here. And in 2014, data shows, 178,892 new jobs were created, meaning nearly 46 percent of all employees in Texas worked for a small biz.
To make your life that much easier, we've rounded up eight reasons to shop small for a big impact. And if that's not enough, check out our directory of 101 great little shops and use SBS as an excuse to start working your way down the list.
2000 Edwards St.
Over 100 local vendors and small businesses offer their wares for one-of-a-kind gifts at this curated market, which runs all weekend from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Beyond collectibles, jewelry, furniture and art, you’ll find local food vendors and trucks, a pet adoption event, music and even a bar. $5 grants you admission; kids 12 and under are free, and leashed pets are welcome.
FM Kitchen and Bar, 1112 Shepherd Dr.
Check out the best Houston has to offer in all things local – vendors, art, food, breweries, services, non-profits, talent and more – Saturday from noon–10 p.m. Stop by to avoid FOMO: event organizers say attendance has doubled each year since the Love Fest’s inception.
The Hideout Bar & Lounge, 4803 Lyons Ave.
Shop outdoor booths, tables and tents from small businesses all day long on Saturday. Kids’ games, a DJ, popcorn and snow-cones make it festive for all.
Start at Diverse City Realty at 2525 Robin Hood St. for complimentary light bites and cocktails plus vendors and live music, then get to strolling: A welcome bag and neighborhood map will guide you through participating retailers and restaurants in Rice/West U. Get a passport stamp at each spot and return for giveaways and prizes. The fun lasts from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday.
Onion Creek Café, 3106 White Oak Dr.
Forego stores for … trucks? Yes, you heard us: Eight fashion trucks from around Houston gather for a shopping extravaganza. Visit each mobile boutique while indulging in brunch, cocktails, craft brews and burgers from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday.
703 Yale St.
Skip Friday’s mayhem and enjoy just-as-sweet savings on Saturday when Rebecca Lankford Designs offers 30 percent off all RLD jewelry (in-store only) from 1–5 p.m. It's your only chance this weekend to check out this hand-crafted, Houston-made fine jewelry – the studio is closed Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
5306 Almeda Rd.
Enjoy early bird shopping specials from 9–11 a.m. Saturday when the entire store is 30 percent off, plus local vendors, food trucks, warm holiday elixirs, music and sales all day long – from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., take 15 percent off everything in-store.
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SBS Community Breakfast & 24-Hour Coffee-Thon
Kaffeine Coffee, 5235 Almeda Rd.
Need to recharge? Get your caffeine fix during Saturday's shopping breaks when partial proceeds benefit Dan’s House of Love, a non-profit for cancer patients needing lodging during treatment. From 8 a.m.–noon, enjoy a community breakfast with crepes, drinks, desserts, kids’ games and local arts exhibits.