Small Business Saturday – SF
The holidays are coming! Whether you like it or not, you are about to hear holidays tunes wherever you go. You cannot escape it! So you may as well embrace it.
We are all too familiar with Black Friday. This is the “shopping holiday” the day after (or the day of for some big box companies) Thanksgiving. This is where hundreds of people scramble into a store at once, at 5am, to get an insane deal on TVs or pots and pans. It’s a mess. There is at least one trampling every year and it’s become a somewhat disturbing affair. Thankfully, the day after Black Friday is a much more civilized shopping affair, Small Business Saturday.
Conceived by American Express, the first Small Business Saturday was held in 2010. This less harried shopping holiday encourages shoppers to patronize small, independent & often local businesses. #smallbizsaturday
This year’s Small Business Saturday #smallbizsaturday will be held on November 28, 2015! Here are some of our favorite San Francisco small businesses. Whether you’re shopping for your (favorite) nephew or your Uncle Rick, there is something here for everyone.
- San Franpsycho – San Franpsycho is a lifestyle brand & custom print design company. They have sweet, sweet t-shirts, other apparel & accessories for all of your super cool family & friends.
- Marine Layer – Absurdly soft clothing. Need we say more?
- Nooworks – Clothing made entirely in the USA. They feature bold graphics from artists. Pick up an insanely cute dress in a flashy pattern for your girlfriend.
- 826 Valencia – The Pirate Store is a front for the 826 Valencia tutoring and writing center. Funds from purchases of its eclectic supplies go directly to the center.
- Mollusk Surf Shop – Visit the San Francisco location of this surf & lifestlye institution. Mollusk sells clothing and handmade products from friends and neighbors!
- Paxton’s Gate – Paxton Gates boasts a mix of merchandise inspired by nature and other curiosities. You should see this store for yourself!
- Rare Device – Rare Device is a shop filled with lovely, curated items perfect for anyone on your list (really!)
- Heidi Says – Heidi Says has two locations in Pacific Heights. One store is specifically for the shoe freak on your list. The other boutique features a thoughtful curation of emerging and established designers.
- Seedstore – Seedstore offers a mix of men’s and women’s clothing as well as a good mix of accessories. Perfect for your cool younger brother!
- Bi-Rite Market – Take a load off, eat some food, drink some wine, have some ice cream. While you’re there, you can grab a great bottle of wine for someone on your list.
- Rand + Statler – You can find upscale labels for Men’s and Women’s clothing at this Hayes Valley shop.
- Gravel & Gold – Gravel & Gold is home to a design collective and shop in the Mission District. They sell goods featuring their prints!
- The Voyager Shop – This California based boutique and art gallery sells high quality, genuine clothing and crafted pieces. They also have a submarine inside!
- Therapy This is a great shop in The Mission District that carries everything from women’s clothing to kid’s toys.
- City Lights – A San Francisco Landmark, City Lights is an independent bookstore that has been around since 1953.
- Booksmith – Also home to some of the coolest storefronts year-round, Booksmith is a great place to get books and book-related gifts for your favorite bibliophiles!
- Precita Eyes – Precita Eyes has a great art center selling both art supplies and postcards of San Francisco murals from the past & present.
- 1-2-3-4 Go! Records – 1-2-3-4 Go! is both a label and record store and online mail order company. They also celebrate Black Friday as “Record Store Day” so check them out!
- The Ferry Building Marketplace– The Ferry Building is home to quite a few small businesses. Enjoy the beautiful view of the Bay while buying some cheese from Cowgirl Creamery or absolutely beautiful bowls from Heath Ceramics!
Good luck with all of your holiday shopping this year!