Although some holiday shoppers enjoy Black Friday and all that comes along with it, many others would prefer to avoid the stampedes and support local makers, artisans, creators, and independent shops instead.
Small Business Saturday, a movement created by American Express, is a way to support small businesses and many local organizations, chambers and business initiatives use this as a way to support these amazing small businesses.
On November 30, stores and restaurants all over the North Shore will be offering specials and discounts to entice Thanksgiving-stuffed shoppers to pick up gifts a little closer to home. This initiative boosts the local economy, supports local makers and provides an opportunity to explore your local community.
In addition to the small business offers, some cities are getting into the day by providing special incentives for shoppers, one example is The City of Salem which will be offering free parking for the day at special Downtown locations.
Note! This list is being updated as the 30th approaches, check back or follow Creative Collective for listings!
Where to Shop Small on the North Shore November 30th
The historic Beauport Hotel Gloucester is having a gift card sale that starts on Black Friday and runs until Christmas. For every $50 gift card purchased, you will receive a $10 bonus card.
Salem’s favorite one-stop goth shop in Pickering Wharf is open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on small business Saturday, offering 25% off all in-store purchases over $50 (excludes some consignment art items). They are also hosting a finders keepers gift Card Scavenger Hunt, encouraging patrons to find a hidden gift card among our holiday decorations.
These cookie (fatty) slingers will be whipping up batches of fresh baked goods all weekend long. Plus! They will be giving a FREE coffee to any customer that tells them they will be shopping locally that day.
The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance – Hamilton/Wenham
It’s Small Business Saturday in Hamilton-Wenham too with the Holiday Stroll sponsored by Shop Local HW. The Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance will be open from 9 to Noon and offering free Drop-In/ Drop Off Classes from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm for ages 3-7. Also, anyone visiting the studio from 9-Noon is welcome to enter a Great Raffle for a Gift Certificate and more goodies to be used at the school.
This historic hotel is offering some sweet deals for Small Business Saturday. They’re offering free brownie sundaes to anyone who picks up a $50 or more Hawthorne Hotel Gift Card on November 30th. They’ve also created a bookable “Stay Local & Shop Local” Package which includes a discounted room rate plus a Hawthorne Hotel Tote Bag to bring on shopping excursions throughout Salem, available for overnight stays starting November 18th through the month of December.
The House of the Seven Gables invites visitors to check out the museum gift shop on Small Business Saturday, where it’s possible to find the perfect gift for the history enthusiast, literary fan, or Salem fanatic for 10% off all orders of $10 or more. During open hours, they’ll also be offering samples of their famous, warmed Wassail that guests can enjoy while they shop in the quaint 1665 Retire Beckett House.
The unique decor and housewares shop Moody Interiors is offering visitors a free gift on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for every $50 spent in the store!
Northeast Arc Works – Peabody
Peabody will be hopping this year for Small Business Saturday. The Peabody Holiday stroll will be taking over downtown with lots of participating businesses, including those operated by Northeast Arcworks.
Peabody’s Black Box will be hosting FREE Screenings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas during Peabody’s Holiday Stroll and Tree Lighting on Small Business Saturday (Free trolley rides around town!. Starting at 1 p.m. at Peabody’s Black Box on 22 Foster Street!
Shine Jewelry at the ArcWorks shop will be having a sale involving 20% off all pottery, cards, stationery, and jewelry crafted by artists supported at Northeast Arc from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Breaking Grounds is offering 20% off all espresso bar items during the day (8a – 5p) and 10% ‘gift back’ on all gift certificates purchased through 12/24.
Regulate Yours and Peabody’s Black Box are joining together in offering an awesome online deal for Small Business Saturday. The first 25 people on November 30th to pick up tickets to the 2nd Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser, taking place on December 5th, who use the code “SBFS19” will get 25% off the ticket price.
On November 30 and December 1, the Salem Arts Association will be hosting the Holiday Artists’ Market at Salem Old Town Hall, featuring a variety of local artisans and crafters offering original fine art, unique gifts, and hand-made housewares to delight yourself or gift to others.
Salter’s Point Provisions will be vending at the Salem Arts Association Holiday market that weekend, but will also be offering free shipping on all online orders through cyber Monday.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and support local artisans with small business Saturday at Sea Level Oyster Bar in Salem. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Sea Level Oyster Bar and Finz Bar and Grill will be co-hosting their 3rd annual Holiday Marketplace on Pickering Wharf.
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