Small Business Saturday Weekend Deals + Events

The Foundry Home Goods is donating 100% of its sales to local charities this weekend.

by Jahna Peloquin (image courtesy The Foundry Home Goods)

Black Friday is best known as the day major retailers offer serious savings on the latest gadgets, clothing, and toys. But over the past several years, small, local businesses have been getting into the mix with shopping events throughout the weekend that encourages shoppers to put their money into small businesses instead.

The movement started with the advent of Small Business Saturday in 2010, which was originally founded by American Express to support small businesses around the country. Local retailers have carried forth the initiative with special shopping events and deals the day after Black Friday every year. Many also have deals throughout the weekend, including “Plaid Friday,” an alternative campaign to Black Friday that started five years ago in Oakland, Calif., to encourage consumers to put their holiday gift dollars back into the community—and don plaid, of course.

Plan your Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shop-local adventure:

 

  • 14 Hill Gift Shop: The Nokomis gift retailer will be donating a percentage of sales on Saturday to families in need. Saturday @ 4737 Chicago Ave. S. #2, Minneapolis
  • 50th & France Winter Market: 50th & France kicks off the holiday shopping season this weekend with a tree lighting ceremony, strolling carolers, and weekly winter pop-up markets featuring handcrafted gifts from local artists and makers. Saturday @ Edina 5-0 Mall from 1-5 p.m. between Title Nine and Annika Bridal on W. 50th St., 50thandfrance.com
  • Ace General Store: The new heritage-driven men’s lifestyle store from the founders of Solid Manufacturing Co. hosts its grand opening this weekend with live music from Family Three, a Brandon Werth photography exhibition, and complimentary bites and drinks. Find out more about the store on the MNMO Style blogSaturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. @ 356 Water St., Excelsior
  • Arhaus Furniture: Save up to 40% during the store's upholstery sale. Ongoing @ 3200 Galleria, Edina, and arhaus.com
  • Askov Finlayson: For the second year running, the menswear store with an emphasis on the outdoors once again host its Weekend of Giving during Black Friday weekend. The store will donate 10 percent of proceeds from all in store and online sales from the weekend to Climate Generation, a nonprofit that helps fight climate change. Friday–Monday @ 204 N. 1st. St. and askovfinlayson.com
  • Bauhaus Brew Labs: The 4th annual Made by Hands craft market returns to the brewery with 22 makers with goods ranging from handmade ceramics, sweets and nuts, and jewelry. Saturday from noon–6 p.m. @ 1315 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis
  • Bespeak @ Women’s Club of Minneapolis: The historic venue hosts the second annual Bespeak, a holiday pop-up market featuring a broad selection of handcrafted women’s and men’s apparel, leather goods, hats, shoes, and home accents, all with sustainability and customization in mind. Items include both made-to-orders as well as grab-and-go gifts from woman-owned brands including Celina Kane and House of Gina Marie. Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. @ Women's Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak St., Minneapolis. RSVP at eventbrite.com
  • Bibelot (Grand Ave. & Como Ave.): For “Plaid Friday,” Bibelot will open early at 9 a.m. with mystery coupons while supplies last, plus 20% off all buffalo-plaid products. Then on Saturday, save 20% on goods from select local vendors and 25% off all Baggallini, plus receive a free gift with an in-store Baggallini purchase of $85 or more while supplies last and treats while you shop. Friday & Saturday @ 2276 Como Ave., St. Paul; 1082 Grand Ave., St. Paul; 4315 S. Upton Ave., Minneapolis; & 23 University Ave. SE., Minneapolis
  • Blooma: The yoga studio’s Tangletown location hosts a day of shopping with a pop-up from stylish Minnesota-made goods, including A Mano ceramics, jewelry from Liz P. Jewelry and silvercocoon, natural beauty products by Julia Elise and Beautycounter, and baby goods by Baroque Bambino, plus $10 yoga classes at all three Blooma locations. Saturday from 7 a.m.–12:45 p.m. @ Blooma, 5315 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Brightwater Clothing & Gear: The shop hosts a Glassbaby trunk show over Thanksgiving weekend. 10% of sales from the brand’s collorful glass votives benefits the Angel Foundation of Minnesota. Friday–Sunday @ 256 Water St.
  • Carver Junk Co.: On Friday, both locations host a hot cocoa bar, deals, giveaways, and treats. On Saturday, shop handcrafted goods from nearly 100 artisans, and enter to win a $50 gift card. Plus, the store will donate 10% of all Carver Junk’s gift guide item sales to Sponsor a Family MN. Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. @ 206 N. Chestnut, Chaska & 4748 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis
  • Ciel Loft & Home: Save 12% storewide at the global-inspired, modern home store, plus some in-store surprises. Saturday @ 4415 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park
  • Crate & Barrel: Save 15% off full price items. Friday–Sunday @ 3503 Galleria, Edina
  • Cooks of Crocus Hill: Receive a $50 Cooks gift card for only $40 in store only, plus in-store offers on cookware and knives. Saturday @ 324 S. Main St., Stillwater; 877 Grand Ave., St. Paul; and 208 N. 1st. S., Minneapolis
  • Design Within Reach: Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on all Herman Miller products over $5,000, including authentic classics by Eames, Nelson, Noguchi, and more. Ends Dec. 11. @ Design Within Reach Galleria, 69th St. & France Ave., Edina, and dwr.com/sale-herman-miller-sale
  • Duke Albert: The hip new Northeast home and gift boutique from Arrow cohorts Sarah Dwyer and Christopher Drees is hosting a holiday market for the weekend, with vintage threads from Moth Oddities, handmade macrame and cashmere knits, vintage jewelry from the collection of Michael Basham, and artwork. Read more about the shop on the MNMO Style blog. Saturday & Sunday @ 2516 Central Ave. NE., Minneapolis
  • Dumpling: Shop unique jewelry, prints, and ceramics by local design quintet, There There Collective, at this Small Business Saturday pop-up alongside vintage clothing finds from Double Peace Studio and local print artist Casey Deming, plus enjoy Dumpling’s brunch and $3 mimosas while you shop. Saturday from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. @ 4004 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Flotsam + Fork Pop-up: Flotsam+Fork, the Minneapolis-based home & kitchenware importers, will be on-hand with an assortment of their exceptional objects from overseas, including a considered selection of French knives, European linens, and Catalonian cutlery. Friday & Saturday from 2-5 p.m. @ St. Genevieve, 5003 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Forage Modern Workshop (Longfellow): Take 20% off all purchases of $100 or more, in store and online with code GIFTSAREFUN. Friday–Monday @ 4023 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, and online @ foragemodernworkshop.com
  • The Foundry Home Goods: Once again, the modern home store is doing its weekend of giving event, donating 100% of profits to local charities. The boutique recently moved into a temporary, larger space while its original space undergoes construction. Friday–Sunday @ 121 N. 1st St., Minneapolis
  • Golden Age Design: Save 10% off a purchase of $500 and under, 15% off purchases of $500–$1,000, 25% off purchaes of $1,000–$2,500, and 25% off purchases of $2,500 or more on the store's refined selection of mid-century modern home furnishings. Friday from noon–6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. & Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. @ 4157 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale
  • Golden Rule: The maker-oriented boutique will host special guests 1130forever, Dinosaur Hampton, Esther Clark Illustration & Calligraphy, Minny & Paul, Victoria Campbell, and Willful Goods, plus free espresso drinks from Coffee Cart MPLS from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. @ 350 Water St., Excelsior
  • Gray Home + Lifestyle: The home goods store celebrates two years of business with a Small Business Saturday event featuring a lingerie and loungewear pop-up from Edina boutique, Room No. 3, and Bogart’s Doughnut Co treats. Saturday @ Gray Home + Lifestyle, 366 Water St., Excelsior
  • Habitation Furnishing + Design: In an effort to support other small businesses, Habitation is running a special promotion: If you send $500 or more at Habitation, you get a $50 gift card for Mill Valley Kitchen. Saturday @ 4317 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park
  • Holidazzle: Vendors for this extensive holiday market include Faribault Woolen Mill, My Sister, Cooper & Kid, Fair Anita, Hagen & Oats, Hippy Feet, Love Your Melon, and more, plus craft beer from Fulton, Spyhouse Coffee, and hot and prepared food, plus appearances from Santa, free film screenings, and an outdoor skating rink. The market opens this weekend and runs Thursdays to Sundays through December 23. Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5–10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. @ Loring Park, Minneapolis, holidazzle.com
  • Excelsior Christkindlmarkt: This annual three-day event inspired by the traditional German Christkindlmarkt open-air holiday festival features handcrafted gifts, live reindeer, music, parades, and more. Friday & Saturday from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. @ the parking lot behind Excelsior Brewing Co., 421 3rd St., excelsiorchristkindlsmarkt.co
  • La Petite Parfurmerie: Save 20% off Nest candles and diffusers and 20% off Diptyque candles and perfumes. Saturday @ 755 Lake St. E., Wayzata 
  • Linden Hills Farmers Market: Produced in partnership with the Minneapolis Craft Market, the Linden Hills Holiday Market features handcrafted goods and food items from more than 60 vendors every Sunday inside the Sunnyside Gardens greenhouse. Sunday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. @ Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 44th St. W., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com
  • MartinPatrick3Save 20% storewide, including home furnishings and accessories. (Some exclusions apply.) Friday–Sunday @ 212 3rd Ave. N. #106, Minneapolis
  • Navab Brothers Oriental Rugs: The store is offering hundreds of rugs at discounts below market prices for one day only. Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. @ 4409 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park
  • Northrup King Building: Shop handcrafted goods by Minnesota makers during Northrup King Building’s open studio event. A highlight includes the Larissa Loden Jewelry studio (#265), for the release of new custom designs, free gift boxing, and offering a special in-studio discount, hot mulled cider, and Cookie Cart cookies for shoppers. Visit northrupkingbuilding.com for a full list of artists. Saturday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. @ Northrup King Building, 1500 Jackson St. NE., Minneapolis
  • Sanborn Canoe Co.: Save 20% to 40% now through Cyber Monday. Use code HOHOHO for 20% off for a site-wide discounts; select items will already have a percentage taken off bringing the savings up to 40% off. While the sale excludes canoes, Sanborn is offering two free paddles of your choice with each canoe purchase through the end of the year. Now through Monday @ sanborncanoe.com
  • Scandia Down: Save 20% on down comforters and pillows. Saturday @ 3505 Galleria, EdinaWillful Goods: Save 25% at checkout on all home goods by the Minneapolis-based brand with code FRIYAY, now through Friday; code SMALLBIZ for free shipping on Saturday; code GET10GIVE10 on Sunday to get a $10 gift card for yourself and a $10 gift card to give; and CYBER30 for 30% off everything on Cyber Monday. Now through Monday @ willfulgoods.com
  • Showroom: On Friday, the women’s boutique, which specializes in clothing and accessories by local designers, will offer sips, snacks, and giveaways, including hand-dyed tea towels by Kindred Folk for the first ten shoppers and drawings for five gift cards valued at $25 to $150. Then on Saturday, receive $100 gift certificates for $75, free gift wrapping, and discounts of 20-30% off select goods, plus enjoy free mini tarot readings and apothecary goods by mayamade, live music, and holiday wine pairings. Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. @ 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
  • Sociable Cider Werks: Minneapolis Craft Market is popping up at the Northeast cidery for Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday outdoor markets. On Friday, shop goods such as fair-trade jewelry, handcrafted skincare, and hand-poured candles from 14 vendors, plus enjoy new cider releases every hour, hot mulled cider for sale, and live music in celebration of Sociable’s 4th anniversary. Then on Saturday, shop handmade goods from 15 more Minnesota makers, plus local food vendors from Frank & Ernest markets both days. Friday & Saturday from noon–5 p.m. @ 1500 Fillmore St. NE., mplscraftmarket.com
  • The Store at Mia: Shoppers will receive 20% off all purchases and complimentary coffee and treats from Agra Culture Cafe, and My Mia members will receive an additional 10% off storewide. Plus, tickets for Mia’s exhibition, Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-century Europe will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Friday from 6–10 a.m. @ The Store at Mia, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis
  • Wilson & Willy’s: The North Loop modern good store, which carries a mix of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories and home goods, is offering 20% off storewide, in store and The store will offer 15% off full-priced items, luxury gift wrap services for shoppers who spend $150 or more, and festive treats. Saturday @ 109 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis
  • Valentine Wood Interiors: On Small Business Saturday, the Nokomis modern antiques and home store is hosting an art reception featuring fashion photographer Nicole Feest in collaboration with Ashley Mary Art + Design and Wide Eyed Legless, black and white Icelandic landscapes by Eli Bartz, abstract expressionist paintings by Travis Stearns, and architectural photography by Carrie Charest Valentine. Saturday from 5–8 p.m. @ 733 E. 48th St., Minneapolis
  • Victory: Enjoy cocktail samples, prizes, and treats. Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. @ 3505 W. 44th St., Minneapolis

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