Seattle’s neighborhood business districts are gearing up for the holiday season by supporting small businesses, and promoting shopping and dining locally. Most business districts will launch their holiday shopping activities on Small Business Saturday (November 26). Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States, and the Shop Small campaign continues until December 24.The Office of Economic Development also worked with the Shop Small campaign to design and launch a “Shop Uniquely Seattle” campaign, featuring some of the iconic and unique local products available throughout Seattle.
“We’re lucky to live in such a vibrant and diverse community,” Brian Surratt Director of the Office of Economic Development said. “Because our small business owners are as diverse as the world itself, shoppers who shop locally will not only be supporting their communities, but they will get a taste for global cultures.”
A variety of events will help you to explore new businesses and find unique gifts for your friends and family. Choose one of the events below or drop into stores you’ve never visited before. Not only is this a good way to keep local dollars in your community, but it will give you time to digest that extra Thanksgiving serving.
In the Chinatown/International District, shoppers will be able to look for gifts at the Shop Small Shop Ethnic Holiday Pop-up Market in Hing Hay Park from 11 AM to 6 PM on November 26. There will be fun for the entire family with an ice carving demo, Selfie with and Elfie and the Seattle Seahawks fan van swag giveaway.
Celebrate and shop the Black Arts Love Mixer and Marketplace at Franklin High School on Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 12 PM. The first 100 guests will receive #ShopSmall swag.
If you want to give Santa your holiday wish list stop by Ballard’s Holiday Festival from 3-5 PM on November 26.
What better way to end your shopping spree than by visiting Magnolia’s Winterfest 2016 from 4-8 PM on November 26 in Magnolia Village.
Head down to Rainier Beach for the “All You Need is Love” Light up the Beach Challenge on Friday December 2nd from 5 to 8 PM where you’ll be able to vote on the best business decoration.
Columbia City’s holiday ambiance during their Winterfest on Dec. 3 starting at 4:30 PM is a must see with friends and family.
If you are looking for that unique gift, Georgetown has you covered with their Art Attack Holiday Shopping Event from 6-9 PM on December 10.
For the dog lovers, round out your holiday shopping during Pioneer Square’s Howlidays for a costume contest with your pup from 11 AM to 3 PM on December 10 in Occidental Park. Also, why not play a little Hooky in the Square and be rewarded with special offers from participating businesses.
Holiday markets featuring Seattle Made businesses provide ample opportunities to shop local for that one-of-a-kind gift. And, to make it even easier, be on the look out for the Seattle Made Gift Guide at each event.
Try shopping a new way with a chance to win prizes with Little Boxes on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday shopping season.
Can’t get enough Shop Small activities throughout the holiday season? Follow #ShopSmall and #SmallBizSat on Twitter and Facebook, @SeattleEconomy on Twitter and Facebook, and check out the Shop Small Neighborhood Champions in Seattle. For special deals at businesses in all these neighborhoods, visit Ethnic Seattle (#ethnicseattle) where you will find everything for the food and wine lover to the trendsetter at Seattle’s ethnic businesses. Get out and explore your local businesses this holiday season