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Holiday Shopping Season is here, check out this NC Triangle Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide and support some local businesses!
So today is my birthday and I’m so excited that not only is my hubby off from work today but my parents are in town to help me celebrate! Since it’s my special day I thought I would make today’s post about something I love to do and that is shopping. My favorite kind of shopping is shopping small. I love supporting local businesses and I often find that I’m more likely to find something unique which makes it even more special.
This year will make ten years since American Express created Small Business Saturday to encourage shoppers to support local businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving. According to their website, for every $1 spent at a business in the US, about $.67 stays in the local community. How awesome is that?!
The North Carolina Triangle is full of so many wonderful local businesses. Since we’re ten days away from Small Business Saturday, I created this NC Triangle Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide.
1st Annual Small Business Saturday Art Showcase
Where? Eno River Farmers Market, Hillsborough 10 am – 2 pm
There is limited information on this new event but it is designed for shoppers to buy handmade goods from local artisans. Check their Facebook page for any new information.
Where? Durty Bull Brewing Company, Durham 1 – 8 pm (Live Music 4 – 6 pm)
Small businesses, handcrafters, and local artisans will be selling their products. Enjoy beer, live music, and food while you shop. See their Facebook page for a full list of vendors.
Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market
Where? NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, Friday and Saturday 9 am – 6 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm
Vendors from all over the country come to Raleigh to sell their goods at this three-day gift market held at the fairgrounds. There is a cost of admission to this event. Ticket prices: Adults $9, Seniors/Military $8, Children (6 – 12) $5, Children (5 and younger) Free. Tickets are good for all three days with a return pass! Check out their Facebook page and website for more information.
Holiday Party and Shopping Extravaganza
Where? Compass Rose Brewery, Raleigh, 2 – 6 pm
This Small Business Saturday event will have local vendors, Santa, giveaways, music, and beer, of course. Check out their Facebook page for more information and a list of vendors.
Small Business Saturday Downtown Apex
Where? Downtown Apex, 9 am – 9 pm
Stroll along Salem Street and buy some gifts from one of downtown Apex’s local shops. Check out this website for a list of local businesses.
Small Business Saturday Downtown Raleigh
Where? Downtown Raleigh, 11 am – 3 pm
Downtown Raleigh Alliance will be setting up a tent on the corners of Hargett and Wilmington Streets. You can pick up reusable bags, shopping maps, and more information. Check their Facebook page for any updates.
Small Business Saturday Downtown Pittsboro
Where? Downtown Pittsboro, 8 am – 5 pm
Check out this webpage for a list of Pittsboro local businesses and parking map. The Pittsboro Business Association has a lot planned for Small Business Saturday including prizes!
Small Business Saturday Downtown Mebane
Where? Filament Coffee and Tea and Grit and Grace, 8 am – 9 pm
These two local businesses will be offering free gift wrapping services for any in-store purchases made on Small Business Saturday. Check out their Facebook pages and websites for more information.
Small Business Saturday Downtown Wake Forest
Where? Downtown Wake Forest, 10 am
Check out this webpage for a list of Wake Forest’s local businesses. They also have quite a few places to stop for lunch or dinner in the area and Wake Forest will have their Christmas Tree Lighting later in the evening.
Small Business Saturday Downtown Chapel Hill
Where? Downtown Chapel Hill
Check out downtown Chapel Hill’s listings of local businesses to find plenty of boutique and gift shops along Franklin Street and its surrounding area. There are quite a few wonderful shops to grab some UNC gear for your favorite Tar Heel fan!
Small Business Saturday Downtown Carrboro
Where? Downtown Carrboro
After exploring Chapel Hill’s small shops, hop on over to Carrboro and explore some of their cute shops. Check out this webpage for a list of their local businesses. Both towns have excellent local restaurants to choose from when you’re ready for a shopping break!
So whether you’re a Triangle local or visiting family for the holiday weekend, I hope this NC Triangle Small Business Saturday Shopping Guide will give you some ideas on where you might want to do some holiday shopping while in town.
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