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Shop Small, Big Impact: Small Business Saturday in Michigan

‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop! Why not support your community while you are at it?

The nationally celebrated, annual event, Small Business Saturday, is Saturday, November 27, 2021, and is always sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Eastern Market, Detroit - Small Business Saturday
Eastern Market | photo via Aaron Cruz

Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday has taken off and gained support in communities all throughout the United States. In 2015, nearly 95 million people participated in Small Business Saturday shopping.

This official day (approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2011) encourages people to shop at independent and small businesses instead of chain stores and online. Small business is often described as the backbone of local economies and can have a large impact on communities. In 2014, nearly $14.5 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday!

Shop Small Logo, AMEX - Small Business Saturday
photo via American Express

Shoppers appetites also support local eateries and restaurants, helping more than local retailers on this busy day. So, as you search for unique and memorable gifts this holiday season, be sure to shop small in a neighborhood near you!

Where to Shop Small in Marquette

Where to Shop Small in Sault Ste. Marie

Where to Shop Small in Grand Rapids

Check out the Downtown Market for gifts perfect for the foodie in your life. Vendors feature specialty items including wine and spirits and cooking oils and spices. Don’t forget about Michigan Pantry to stock your pantry with locally sourced salsas, dip mixes, pasta, soup, honey, and more!

Satellite Records, Kalamazoo - Small Business Saturday
Satellite Records

Where to Shop Small in Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo has a wide range of stores guaranteed to help you check off your holiday shopping list. Find special gift wrap, cards, and stationary at Petals and Postings. Warm-up with a cup of tea at Tudor House Tea between your shop-hopping.

Where to Shop Small in Holland

Dutch Winterfest, Holland - Towns to Visit in Winter, Small Business Saturday
Dutch Winterfest | photo via @downtownholland

Where to Shop Small in Lansing

Visit the Old Town district and stop in Mother & Earth Baby Boutique for natural and unique gifts for moms and babies this holiday season.

Where to Shop Small in Jackson

Where to Shop Small in Traverse City

Stroll through downtown Traverse City for a fun small-town shopping experience. You can find extraordinary gifts and Michigan-themed apparel and merchandise.

M-22 Summer - M-22, Shop Small Saturday
M-22 Summer | photo via @wellbeingwithkat

Where to Shop Small on the Leelanau Peninsula

Where to Shop Small in Glen Arbor

Where to Shop Small in Petoskey

Grandpa Shorter's Gifts, Petoskey - Winter in Petoskey, Small Business Saturday
Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts | photo via @amyriordan

Where to Shop Small in Harbor Springs

Where to Shop Small in Charlevoix

Where to Shop Small in Bay Harbor

City Bark, Detroit - Small Business Saturday
City Bark | photo via @citydetbark

Where to Shop Small in Detroit

Explore Eastern Market in Downtown Detroit and the auto city pride stores nearby including Detroit Vs Everybody. If a neighborhood adventure is more your style, go to Shop Small in Detroit where lots of local vendors and shops will be open to celebrate.

Where to Shop Small in Birmingham

Where to Shop Small in Royal Oak

Where to Shop Small in Rochester

Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland, Frankenmuth - Small Business Saturday
Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland

Where to Shop Small in Frankenmuth

Where to Shop Small in Midland

Where to Shop Small in Bay City

Where to Shop Small in Flint

For handmade gifts, stop by the Holiday Handmade Market and check out more than 40 local vendors! You can also always support local farmers and artisans at the Flint Farmers’ Market.

Totem Books, Flint - Winter in Flint, Small Business Saturday
Totem Books | photo via @jessarielle

What are your favorite Michigan stores for holiday gifts and treats? What neighborhoods and communities do you support on Small Business Saturday?

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