Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Rule the Weekend

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

SalephotoThe official holiday shopping weekend is upon us! Whether you’re out for the big box deals or to shop local this year, retailers across St. Louis are offering up bargains to entice shoppers on the biggest shopping days of the year.

Giving Black Friday a run for its money is Small Business Saturday. Set for Nov. 30, SBS has grown over the years to become a major shopping movement, encouraging shoppers to patronize their locally owned businesses in an effort to support the local economy. Small businesses all around St. Louis are teaming up to offer sales and events to patrons on what they hope to be their biggest shopping day of the year.

Don’t miss out on these local shopping deals and events this weekend. Let the holiday shopping season begin!

BLACK FRIDAY

Nov. 28-29, Taubman Prestige Outlets, Magical Night of Shopping: Beginning at  6pm Thanksgiving night, select stores will be participating in Black Friday Midnight Madness and the first 500 shoppers in line at Brooks Brothers entrance by midnight on Black Friday score a $20 gift card. Musical entertainment by Ryan Spearman Band, 1-5 pm. Full details on their website.

Nov. 28-Dec. 2, Thanksgiving Weekend Flash Sales at St. Louis Premium Outlets: Select stores will open as early as 6pm Thanksgiving day, offering unbelievable discounts and deals. For a full list of stores and sales, check out their website.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Rock N Roll Craft Show, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 10am: The Rock N Roll Craft Show is St. Louis’ original alternative art, craft, and music event.  This year, the sale has switched venues and promises to be bigger than ever, offering shoppers a chance to snag unique handmade wares from over 120 artists and crafters. For more information including a full list of vendors and entertainment, visit their official website.

Black Friday Pop-Up Shop and Holiday Jam, Blank Space, 8pm: The second annual pop-up shop will feature clothing, jewelry, art and more from Piece By Peace, Feeling Moody, House Of Ta, Fancy Barbarian, Jenni SewFunky and Clr-Mnstr. Music will be provided by The Soulition DJs, Abnormal, Hubbble, The Paxtons and Ohbliv. $5 cover. Visit their Facebook event page for details.

Nov. 29-30, Black Friday Friends Sale at Left Bank Books: At both locations (the CWE and Downtown), Friends Program Members will receive 25 percent off storewide.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Ivy Hill: Twenty percent off everything Friday through Sunday.

The Foundrie: Ten percent off storewide 5am-noon, Trunk Show by Victrola and gift basket giveaways. (Chesterfield Mall location.)

Ziezo: Fifteen percent off everything, 25 percent off sale items.

Blue Bird Apparel: Save 15 percent off storewide as well as 50 percent off sale items. Offering free grab bags with $100 purchase. Now located on The Loop!

10denza, 5pm-9pm: The Modern Renaissance Collection Exhibition release party will feature clothing and art by Sonny Hagar.

Paperdolls Boutique: From 8am-10am, enjoy 40 percent off storewide and from 10am-6pm, shoppers receive 30 percent off storewide as well as a free $25 gift certificate with every $250 purchase, and more.

Blush: From 8am-10am,  shoppers receive 30 percent off storewide, and from 10am-6pm there are hourly specials, discounts and gifts with purchase.

Scarlett Garnet: The Cherokee Street boutique is offering up an exclusive (but limited) sale on a few of their most coveted items.

Nov. 28-Dec. 1, Collective Outlet: Up to 80 percent off women’s apparel from the area’s best boutiques. Up to 65 percent off furniture and home decor from Niche Home Furnishings. Also, purchase raffle tickets for an amazing basket at $10 each or 3 for $25. Tickets go on sale Thanksgiving at midnight, Nov.28 through Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6pm.

Meka Boutique: From 8am-10am, enjoy 30 percent off all full priced merchandise. From 10am-12pm save 20 percent off and from 12pm-6pm save 15 percent off with an extra 10 percent off sale items all day.

Sole & Blues and Sole Comfort: From 9am-12pm, shoppers get 25 percent off. Beginning at 12pm until 4pm, shoppers save 15 percent off, and from 4pm-9pm, shoppers receive a 10 percent discount. Remember, there is an additional 10 percent off sale on merchandise all day. Extra: For those who want to give back this season, make a donation of a gently used coat at either location to receive an extra 5 percent discount. Sole Comfort is located in Kirkwood at 108 N. Kirkwood Rd.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Devil City: Shop My Closet Sale through Sunday: shop gently used clothing and vintage at low prices.

Women’s Closet Exchange: Beginning at 9am until 10am, enjoy 30 percent discounts. From 10am to 12pm, items will be 20 percent off and from 12pm to 5pm, everything is 10 percent off. Refreshments will be provided.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

The Loop The annual Light Up the Loop Festival once again graces the Delmar Loop, featuring vintage Christmas lights decorating streetlamps and store rooftops, holiday themed window displays and special deals from The Loop’s shops and eateries. Guests will have the opportunity to enter drawings to receive discounts and one-of-a-kind gifts from the neighborhood’s many unique businesses. Santa Claus will also be making an appearance, and there will be a Chanukah celebration featuring a menorah lighting ceremony at the Market in the Loop. A virtual food drive will also be held among the local businesses to support Operation Food Search. For a complete list of events, visit the Delmar Loop website.

Maplewood Historic Downtown Maplewood comes to life this Saturday with special events at their wide variety of locally run businesses. Score unique gifts and steals for the foodies in your life at Great Harvest Bakery, La Cosecha Coffee Roasters, Traveling Tea, Get Grounded and KaKao Chocolate. Other participating businesses include Femme, Maven, Cheryl’s Herbs, Gisele’s and Schlafly Brewery. For a full list of retailers and events, visit the City of Maplewood’s website.

Central West End Take advantage of 20 percent off at select CWE merchants in celebration of SBS, including: 10denza, Bowood Farms, AG, Dazzle Me Twice, Ivy Hill, Left Bank Books, Libby’s, Q Boutique, Moris and Straubs. More details here.

South Grand Select area retailers are teaming up for SBS. Here are the deals to snag: 10 percent off at Avon, Fuller Brush & Watkins; 10 percent off at Bali Cargo Company of St. Louis (excluding furniture and candles); Buy 2 get 1 free Sci-Fi/Fantasy & $1 sale at Dunaway Books; 20 percent off regular-price items at Parsimonia {Secondhand With Style} (excluding handmade items); 20 percent off regular-price items at Rocket Century; 20% off vintage textiles and $25 bag sale at The Upcycle Exchange, plus a free tote bag to the first 100 shoppers who spend $25 or more. More details here.

Don’t forget! Neighborhoods including Main Street in St. Charles, Downtown St. Louis, Kirkwood, Chesterfield, Ladue and Clayton are all advertising a variety of fantastic Small Business Saturday deals!

Clr-mnstr: Enjoy 20 percent off regular-priced apparel and footwear. Shoppers receive a free hand-stenciled gift bag with every purchase.

Blush: Save 15 percent storewide.

Lacefield Music: Offering major discounts and gift card giveaways, plus free delivery and setup ($250 value). Download an all-day savings pass to score all of the deals.

Meka Boutique: Save 15 percent storewide with an extra 10 percent off sale items.

Q Boutique: The WCHOF boutique is offering shoppers 20 percent off on Small Business Saturday from 10-5p, as well as a $5 discount off admission to ‘A Queen Within.’ (Hint: The new curated pop-up boutique, Flux will also be open for your shopping pleasure!)

Scarlett Garnet: Offering an in-store special: buy $75 and get a $25 gift card.

WEEKEND SURVIVAL TIPS

With an entire weekend worth of shopping, how should you plan your route? Here are a few tips to ensure you get the most bang for your buck this holiday season.

1. Make a List (and check it twice), gathering both gift ideas and definite purchases that need to be made to ensure you have everyone covered. Separate items by category like “Tech,” “Books,” and “Jewelry” to make it easier when planning your route.

2. Start Big. Need a new flat screen? Have a son who really wants that new Mac? “Need” a new pair of designer heels? Make it easier on yourself and your wallet by snagging the bigger purchases earlier in the day. Most stores will be running early-bird deals that will give you the best discount early on, and if you go in there knowing exactly what you want, it’s even faster.

3. Don’t forget about the little guys. Whether you wait for Small Business Saturday or not, be sure to take advantage of the sales at your local boutiques. For many, these will be the deepest discounts that will be offered throughout the year and there are many deals to be had. Plus, it just makes sense. Local is the new black.

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