Where to Shop on Small Business Saturday in Delaware
Local businesses are offering special deals and activities all over the First State on Saturday, Nov. 25.
The Friday after Thanksgiving marks Black Friday, a day when shoppers’ head out at dawn to battle fellow consumers for the best big-box-store deals. But Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov. 25, offers another opportunity to get your holiday shopping finished, all while supporting your local economy and businesses. Bob Older, president of the Delaware Small Business Chamber, says there are tons of businesses up and down the First State that he expects to be celebrating Small Business Saturday.
American Express sponsors Small Business Saturday each year and, according to its website, $15.4 billion was spent at independent retailers and restaurants last year.
“If we did that on a regular basis, there would be less empty storefronts and our economy would be better,” Older says.
Here are some ways you can support your local businesses this year and take advantage of discounts and fun activities.
The Centreville Civic Association is arranging its first annual “Winter Stroll” from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take your family over to Canby Park to meet Santa Claus, then enjoy children’s Christmas tree decorating and Christmas carolers between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
All participating businesses will be marked with storefront signage. Merchants open at 10 a.m. and include Hardcastle Gallery, Ooh La La, The Beehive, Crystal’s Vintage & Costume Jewelry, Grooves And Tubes, FOUND Antiques and Decorative Furnishings, Wild Thyme, Collier’s of Centreville and Garrison’s Cyclery.
Specials and discounts will be available throughout downtown Dover. The Holiday Market will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Loockerman Way Plaza featuring arts & crafts, food trucks and more. “Shop Small” tote bags will be given away to the first 100 visitors. Any purchase made at a downtown shop or vendor at the Holiday Market will enter you to win a $100 Amex gift card.
On Saturday, meet and mingle with some of your favorite local authors at the Hockessin Book Shelf. From 11 a.m. – noon, John Micklos Jr., author of “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me!” will be doing a meet and greet and signing books. From 1 – 3 p.m., Nancy Sakaduski, author of “The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay,” will be at the Book Shelf and you’ll have the chance to meet the mermaid and get a picture taken with her. Meet Kathy Brennan, author of “The Dinner Plan,” from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., while sampling some wine and chocolate. Books make the perfect holiday gift for your friends and loved ones.
Kennett Square, Pa.
Historic Kennett Square, a nonprofit organization, will be overseeing Small Business Saturday this year. Mary Hutchins, executive director of Historic Kennett Square, says Small Business Saturday is one of the largest shopping days for local merchants, who will be offering plenty of discounts and giveaways, and even free refreshments.
Spend the morning shopping small before hopping on the shuttle that will take you to Longwood Gardens for “A Longwood Christmas.” Tickets are now available for the shuttle service, which runs between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and marks the first day of “Christmas in Kennett.” Purchase your tickets for this event on the Longwood Gardens website.
Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) is introducing its new gift card program this year for Small Business Saturday. Stop by their table located next to the Santa House between 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to pick up a “Shop Small” tote bag. Try your luck at popping a balloon for $1 for the chance to win a gift certificate valued at $25, $50, $75 or $100, which can be used at one of the participating local Milford businesses. Free gift-wrapping is available if you present a receipt at The Music School of Delaware.
Middletown is home to dozens of independently owned shops. Something Old, Something New will be giving away prizes, samples of dips, jellies and hot sauce and more prizes to random participants who take a selfie with the American Express Heart in their store and post the photo with the hashtag, #shopsmall. The first 20 customers will get a free “Shop Small” tote bag.
UNika Custom Creations will have a raffle as well as hot chocolate and “Shop Small” tote bags for the first 25 customers who spend $50 or more.
Both First & Little and Jewelapalooza are extending their hours to 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. They will be offering giveaways and donating 10 percent of the total sales for that day to the Beau Biden Foundation For the Protection of Children. Keep an eye out for Jewelapalooza’s 50 percent off racks as well as $5 and $10 accessory baskets.
Shop Stubborn Soul for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Be one of the first 25 customers to spend $25 or more to snag a free swag bag.
Middletown Main Street welcomes a new local business, The Little Emporium on Saturday, who will be celebrating their grand opening by offering snacks and drinks to all of their visitors. Shop The Little Emporium’s mix of vintage, antique and resale items.
The Downtown Newark Partnership (DNP) is offering a number of giveaways and discounts this year. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visit the parking offices on E. Main Street and pick up a $50 DNP gift card, valid at a number of participating local businesses, and get a $20 gift card free. Shop your favorite local stores, then post a photo with the hashtag #shopsmallnewarkde to be entered into a contest to win giveaways from a number of downtown Newark businesses.
Small Business Saturday commences with the Jaycees 54th Annual Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Then, head over to the Delaware History Museum between 12:30 and 4 p.m. for some free family activities like Christmas carolers, a holiday display featuring toys from the Delaware Historical Society Collections and a screening of “The Polar Express.” Cap the day off with dinner and a show—tickets are now available for the musical, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” at The Playhouse on Rodney Square. Afterward, grab some dinner at one of Wilmington’s many locally owned restaurants.
Saturday will also be the final day in the Open Streets Wilmington series, where vehicle access is restricted along North Park Drive and South Park Drive, transforming a mile and a half into an extension of the park. So get outside and walk, run, skate or bike. Traffic is restricted between 7 a.m.-noon.
Check out Auburn Heights’ “Steamin’ Thanksgiving” at the Marshall Steam Museum from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Take the family for a ride in the 1915 Stanley Steam Powered Mt. Wagon or become a passenger on the 1/8-sized steam-powered railroad. Don’t forget to grab a bucket of steam-popped popcorn from the vintage popper on your way out! General admission tickets range from is $8-$11.
Be sure to stop by Dew Point Brewing Co. for a cold one or to pick up a few growlers to go.