2022 Holiday Guide to “Small Shopping” in DC

November 26th is Small Business Saturday and holiday shoppers are encouraged to support the small, independent businesses that are so important to every community. Here’s a guide to help you “shop small” this holiday season.

Big retailers get a lot of attention on Black Friday, but day two of the holiday shopping season is all about smaller businesses.

November 26th is Small Business Saturday.

American Express launched the event during the 2010 recession, encouraging holiday shoppers to support the small, independent businesses that are so important to every community.

The event gained momentum a year later when Congress unanimously passed a resolution supporting the event. Elected leaders also joined with trade groups, communities, business associations and others to form the Small Business Saturday Coalition. It has since become a holiday tradition.

Here’s a guide to help you “shop small” this holiday season.



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Shop Made in DC, which has a number of locations in the area, will be opening a gift box pop-up shop at Georgetown, 2920 M St. NW throughout December. Shoppers can purchase signature boxes “filled with merchandise from manufacturers across the DMV” or shop “a la carte,” said Stacy Price, co-founder and CEO.

Shop Made in DC – which also has a storefront at 1304 Wisconsin Ave. NW has – works with hundreds of manufacturers in the region. It is also expanding with locations in Maryland and Virginia.

“Supporting local businesses is essential to keep the business alive,” Price said. “What I’m so proud of is that when you support our businesses, you’re not just supporting a local business, you’re supporting a local business that is supporting nearly 1,000 other businesses.”

Restaurants and other shops in george town will mark Small Business Saturday with some special promotions. Visit the Georgetown Business Improvement District website for more information.

Another good online resource for finding DC retailers is the Shop in the District website. It has a store directory that allows shoppers to filter by neighborhood and other categories like “eco-friendly” and “LGBTQ owners.”

in the South East, a pop-up market featuring local black-owned businesses, will be held Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic School, 4265 Fourth St. SE. Traders can reserve a free spot at the market on Eventbrite.

The 18th Annual Downtown Holiday Market runs until December 23 on two blocks of F Street Northwest between Seventh and Ninth Streets. (The market is closed on December 5.) The market will feature dozens of small businesses and entrepreneurs from across the region. Visit the Downtown Holiday Market website for a full list of exhibitors.

“Holly Days” returns to DC Eastern Market for a sixth year starting Saturday. It will feature “unique gifts from around the world sold by local small businesses” both indoors and outdoors. And on Saturday at 5:30 p.m., shoppers can see the Capitol Hill Christmas tree lit up in Eastern Market Metro Park.

Visit the Holly Days website for an overview of opening times and see a complete list of Eastern Market businesses at the Eastern Market Main Street website.

Participating companies in the row of barracks The neighborhood will be offering discounts and other special offers on Saturday, and some will extend throughout the holiday season. In addition, shoppers who shop at a participating Barracks Row business will receive a $5 gift card to use at another local business from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, November 27.

Visit the Barracks Row Main Street website for more information.

And in DC’s show Neighborhood, Shaw Main Streets again marks Small Business Saturday with the Fifth Annual City Market at O ​​Holiday Celebration, near the intersection of O and Eighth Streets Northwest from 4pm to 7pm. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary candy, cookies, and hot cider.

Shoppers can also get a little help before tackling this shopping list. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Shaw Main Streets tent at City Market in O, you can pick up $20 in “Shawbucks” to be used for cash at all participating stores that day only. A list of participating retailers can be found on the Shaw Main Streets website.

Virginia

Dozens of dealers in there Alexandria will mark Small Business Saturday with discounts, free snacks and free gifts with purchases.

A number of pop-up markets will also be open, including at Port City Brewing Co. on Saturday and at 110 S. Union St. Friday and Saturday. (There is an outdoor market near the intersection of King Street and Strand Street.)

Shoppers are also encouraged to support black-owned businesses in the city on Small Business Saturday and Plaid Friday.

Visit the Visit Alexandria website for more information.

Shoppers who couldn’t find the perfect gift on Saturday can drop by Museum Store Sunday. The National Women’s History Museum and the Alexandria Archeology Museum are among several in the city (and region) that will be participating. For an interactive map of participating museums, visit the Museum Store Sunday website.

in the Fairfax City, shoppers have until December 5 to participate in the city’s fourth annual Elf-on-the-Shelf scavenger hunt. It begins Saturday at 9 a.m. at 10415 North St. Twenty-five elves will be hidden at participating stores. Shoppers who find five of them and make at least one purchase at a participating store will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card.

Learn more about the scavenger hunt and download a “pass” from the Fairfax City website.

in the Loudoun CountyBear Chase Brewing Company in Bluemont will be hosting an “Old World Christmas Market” on Saturday from 10am to 3:30pm

And a week later, on December 3rd, Old 690 Brewing will be in Purcellville will hold a Christmas market from 12.00 to 17.00. There will be “a variety of unique vendors selling pottery, candles, jewelry, decor, lotions, soaps, jellies and more.”

Maryland

A pop-up Christmas market featuring “unique and handmade gift items from local artisans” is planned for Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown silver spring on Ellsworth Drive, between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street.

The following Sunday, December 4th, shoppers can then visit the Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show at Veterans Plaza from 12pm to 4pm. There will be “over 80 artisans, artisans … and other local small businesses” on display.

Farmers markets are a good option to find something made by a small business. And in County of Montgomeryshoppers can celebrate Small Business Saturday by checking out vendors at the market at downtown’s Veterans Plaza silver spring. It is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A full list of providers can be found here.

Another farmers market in Montgomery County is at kensingtonSaturday from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. in the historic train station from . Shoppers who need to pick up produce on Saturday can also find potential gifts such as olive oil, tea, cheese and baked goods.

And in Gaithersburg‘s Borough of Kentland shoppers can find a range of delicious gift options – including spirits, juices and coffee – during the Saturday Farmers’ Market from 9am to 1pm

Ellicott City is bringing back its OEC Bucks promotion this year. Each is worth $10 and will be available at the Welcome Center beginning at 10 a.m. during a Shop Small kick-off event on Saturday. All Old Ellicott City merchants will accept OEC Bucks through December 31st.

in the Prince George’s Countythe city of laurel brought back its Small Business Passport Program. Shoppers can pick up a pass at the community center, collect six stamps from six different participating businesses, and win a prize basket. Passports must be returned by 4pm on Monday. A drawing will take place the following Thursday.

In addition, shoppers can enjoy coffee and donuts at 378 Main Street on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Several shops in Hyattsville offers discounts in November and December. And until December 31, parking in city parking lots is free.

Hyattsville buyers can also participate in a Spot the Snowflake scavenger hunt from Saturday through December 16th. Shoppers who receive 10 stamps and return their passport can enter a raffle for “a goody gift basket” from local businesses.

A brewery inside Prince George’s County, Robin Hill, marks Small Business Saturday with an event featuring over 50 vendors, live music and food trucks. (Buyers also have the option to pick up a bottle of wine for that special someone.)

Visit the county website for a directory of small businesses in Prince George’s County.

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