The turkey dinner has been eaten. Thanks have been offered for another year. Uncle Bob and Grandpa Joe are snoozing on the sofa while the football game is blaring on the t.v. The dishes are done and it is time to relax, right? Not if you are a bargain shopper it isn’t. In just a few short hours Black Friday arrives and the biggest bargain shopping day of the year commences. This year the big stores like Walmart and Target are opening their doors on Thanksgiving afternoon. There will be no digesting dessert this year. Unless. Yes, unless you join the new tradition for holiday shopping, Shop Small Saturday.
What is Shop Small Saturday? It is the day when we spend our valuable dollars locally to help support local businesses. Good idea, right? While there will be some gifts that need to come from the big chains, especially for toys there are a whole lot of gifts that can be purchased by local business people and give them a very Merry Christmas.
Here are few ideas to inspire you to join in the Shop Local movement this weekend:
Changing Times is a wonderful New Age gift store filled with books, cards, incense, and jewelry. In their Village Shopping Center store they offer classes in yoga, meditation and A Course in Miracles. They also offer services for a variety of psychic readings.
Pioneer Linens is one of the oldest stores in West Palm Beach. Located on Clematis Street they sell the best linens and home accessories anywhere. From Egyptian cotton sheets to bath oil with gold leaf they are sure to please the most sophisticated name on your gift list.
Circa Who is an eclectic little home furnishings resale shop in Old Nothwood Shopping District. This shop is filled with interesting objects like foo dragons and elephant end tables. They are filled to the brim with rattan, glass and Lucite in vintage, art deco, and cottage designs. Tables, chairs, dressers, cabinets and more can be found. Their stock changes constantly so they should go on your regular browsing schedule.
Bedner’s Farm Fresh Market is proud to be one of a disappearing breed, a family owned and operated local farmer’s market. They are located out west on 441 in Boynton Beach where they make every effort to bring the freshest seasonal produce from the fields, to the market and finally your dinner table. They ship fruit anywhere in the U.S. This would be a great place to bring the family and spend some time touring the farm, visit the u-pick fields, eat BBQ, checkout local craft and food vendors then take home a huge bag of fruits and veggies. Right now Bedner’s is featuring beautiful, fresh Christmas trees.
Fun Depot in West Palm Beach is the go to place for video arcade fun. This indoor activity center has been around since the late 80’s providing a great place for families to have fun together. Besides the video games, there is laser tag and go-carts to race. They offer gift passes and fun bucks for purchase. They also are a great place to host a birthday party or special occasion with the whole clan.
Hoffman’s Chocolates is the home of some of the best chocolate and confectioner treats in the whole of the world, in this writer’s humble opinion. Nobody does Christmas like Hoffman’s on Lake Worth Road does. From the smell of chocolate inside their Swiss Chalet store to the annual Christmas Land open to the public every year Hoffman’s just does it better. Pickup a few snoodles for the stocking. Your daughter’s teacher will give her straight A’s in gift giving when she gets that box of chocolate on her desk. Nothing says Merry Christmas better than a Christmas Gift Basket from one of Santa’s favorite helpers, Hoffman’s.
For the drama lovers on your list look to these wonderful arts organizations for gift certificates:
Kravis Center in Downtown West Palm where world renowned performances come to be seen. Make it a holiday tradition to see Miami City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” or enjoy a good laugh with Wanda Sikes.
Palm Beach Drama Works just moved into their new home on Clematis Street, the Don and Ann Brown Theatre. Celebrating their 12th season bringing Palm Beach County classic theatrical works featuring some of the best actors in the biz Drama Works is the place for plays. Subscriptions are available as well as gift certificates. Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” is the current show and it is selling out fast!
Lake Worth Playhouse has been living on Lake Avenue in Downtown Lake Worth since 1953. This Community Theatre has been bringing the music and the drama to Palm Beach County residents for nearly 60 years. They offer subscriptions and gift certificates. Come see “Shout! The Mod Musical” onstage now.
So there you go, a few choice ideas to shop local this Christmas Season. For more information about Shop Small Saturday visit the Facebook page, Small Business Saturday. Enter your zipcode and find a cornucopia of places to spend your money locally and help not just yourself but your community too!