Baltimore Small Business Saturday – Shops, Events & Deals in Charm City
In the wake of Black Friday, and before Cyber Monday, an altruistic consumer holiday has emerged – Small Business Saturday.
The “holiday” was founded in 2010 to encourage customers to shop at local businesses during the holiday season. Thanks to the Shop Small campaign, sponsored by American Express (great brand positioning, by the way), local businesses have access to all kinds of resources to help promote their business. They also benefit from the national campaign’s message to “shop small."
Small businesses are critical to Baltimore’s economy. In fact, small businesses account for between 40 and 52 percent of all jobs in Baltimore City. And across the state of Maryland there are 500,000+ small businesses. So basically if you don’t shop local you are a menace to society.
I’m sharing a few of my favorite local shops in Baltimore, along with some cool events and deals that local businesses are offering this Saturday, Nov. 25.
Comment below to share your favorite small businesses in Baltimore.
This is probably my favorite store in Baltimore. I like to describe it as “if my Pinterest board could exist as a store, it would be Punch!” The store sells clothing, home décor and accessories, among other adorable finds.
Punch! is hosting a ton of events throughout the holiday season (my friend actually suggested we devise a “Punch strategy” to take full advantage of all the deals), and Small Business Saturday is no exception. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., shoppers can enjoy spiked gingerbread lattes and 20 – 50% off the entire store. You’ll also get a Holiday Gift Guide with additional coupons for use throughout the season.
Brightside Boutique now has three locations, in Hampden, Fells and Fed (the Fed location is right across from Punch!). Brightside’s vibe is very cool, hip and a little snarky. They have clothing, accessories and a few home décor items. Brightside will be offering 20% off all clothing on Nov. 25 in celebration of Small Business Saturday.
Aptly named, Trohv, is a treasure trove of gifts and home goods. The store is located in Hampden and has a great mix of new and vintage items. It’s one of those places where you sort of want everything because it’s just so perfectly curated and maybe if you bought everything your house would finally look like the pages of the magazine. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, they're giving away gift bags to the first few customers -- get there early to take advantage of their giveaways.
If you want to hit a bunch of local businesses all in one city block, check out the Waverly Holiday Pop-up Market. Some of the vendors on the list include: Refugee Youth Project, Stellarium Jewelry, Hey Thanks Herbal Company, Terra Verde, Stephney, Orange Scissor Art, Moongirl Paper Works, Wildwood, 29 Bridges Studio - hand dyed yarns & handmade knits, BuddhaBites Energy, RavenBeer, KatArt, Charm City Soaps, LLC, Boomerang Bags, and the Baltimore Community Mediation Center.
The concept of The Ideal Arts Space (a small business in it’s own right) is pretty cool. The Ideal is a former movie theater that has been converted into an open creative space for dance lessons, musical rehearsals, improv classes and pop-up markets. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, over 40 vendors will be at The Ideal to share their local, handmade products. Click here for more details.
For location information on all of these small businesses, click here.