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Small Business Saturday: How to Support Local Small Businesses this Weekend in STL

Caitlynn Bohanon, Biology/Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies '22
November 23, 2018

While Thanksgiving weekend is for family, friends, and food on Thursday, don’t forget to support local St. Louis small businesses on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, 2018.


Why Shop Small?

While there are many reasons to support small businesses in your community, a new Small Business Economic Impact Study highlighted the important economic benefits of shopping locally this holiday season:

  • An average of two-thirds of every dollar spent at a small business stays in that community.
  • Small businesses directly employ members of the community, and spending by those small businesses and their employers brings 50% of the money back into their community.
  • For every 10 jobs at a small business, another 7 are supported in the local community.


[messagebox] “For small business owners, their business is not just a business. To them, it is an extension of who they are. Giving the local businesses within your community a chance is crucial to not only their survival, but to give them an opportunity to win you over as a customer.”

-American Express



We compiled a list of local small business events happening this weekend that will make it easy for you to spread the love and #ShopSmall!


 Downtown St. Louis, MO

1137 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63101

Join 314 The City Bar in Downtown St. Louis from 11:00am-2:00pm the eat, drink, shop, and enjoy the day with local vendors coming together while dining!

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Bowood Makers Market

A selection of local makers will set up shop in The Studio at Bowood with an assortment of their handmade goods.

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Left Bank Books 

399 N Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Left Bank Books, a local indie bookstore, is putting on an all-day event from 10:00am to 10:00pm to reinvest in your community, shop for the perfect holiday gifts, and participate in special activities throughout the day!

Join for a Grinch-themed children’s story time at 10:30am with exciting activities and giveaways. All day activities will include Blind Date with a Book, Holiday Wish List photos, audiobook sales, the launch of the Angel Tree Book Drive, and much more! There will be a Holiday Happy Hour from 4pm-6pm.

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Downtown Kirkwood, MO

Shop, dine, and explore Downtown Kirkwood throughout the day. Many shops will have specials happening throughout the day!

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Maplewood, MO

Take yourself and you friends on a self-guided tour through Downtown Maplewood to experience food samples, wine tastings, demonstrations, and special deals happening throughout the day!

Meet the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker and our entire community of small business owners who work hard every day to bring you quality products.”

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Delmar Loop – U. City, MO

The Loop is home to many independently owned boutiques, gift shops, and hardware stores. Over 140 shops, including 57 restaurants, 10 galleries, 40 boutiques, gift, book, and music stores, and 12 entertainment venues throughout the Loop are participating this year with special deals and promotions throughout the day.

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Central West End

Shoppers will have an opportunity to win a Golden Ticket, good for $100 in CWE Bucks, when they pick up their complimentary Small Business Saturday tote bag. Bags will be available at the CWE Information Booth, located at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid.

Shoppers can also enjoy live music and make complimentary s’mores from 1-5 p.m. The roasting station will be located at the intersection of Maryland and Euclid.

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