With the Friday after Thanksgiving comes door-busting deals, a frenzy of shoppers sprinting through department stores and tents lining the parking lots of Best Buy, Kmart and Target.
It’s insanity for sure, but I’ll let you in on a secret that could help save you from the chaos that accompanies Black Friday: It’s called Small Business Saturday.
In its second year, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses during the busiest shopping weekends of the year.
Instead of lining up outside of Macy’s for its midnight opening on November 25 or scouring over store ads while you eat Thanksgiving dinner, you can shop with ease while supporting your local community.
Best of all, you’re likely to find a one-of-a-kind gift for your friends, family or even yourself.
Here at The Voice-Tribune, we love our local shops, which is why this year for the holidays we’ll be spending our time scoping out the boutiques around town.
Here are some of our staff’s favorite spots for great holiday finds for you and your loved ones.
“Rather than the impersonal – and, in my opinion, lazy – gift card routine, I prefer giving personalized gifts to those on my holiday shopping list. I plan on hitting up Regalo for their alphabeats – photos of business sign letters and such from around town that spell out a particular name and are then inserted in a frame. How much more personal can you get than that? I totally want one in my place and I think the recipients are going to love them!”
– Bridgette Borraga
“As always, I will buy gifts from Carmichael’s. Electric Ladyland is a favorite as well. For entertaining, and meals out, I always go to local eateries such as The Bristol and Avalon. Local is so much better than big box.”
– Jim Hines
“I’ll be frequenting Work the Metal, Gifthorse and Circe this holiday season. It’s hard to not be a repetitive gift-giver when you’ve had the same group of friends for the last decade. It’s nice to think out of the lipgloss and monogrammed picture frame box and find unique items. Any of these three locales will have something to fit the wild child of your group all the way to the most conservative.”
– Lauren DePaso
“I usually buy most of my Christmas gifts from local shops here in town because it feels more unique – as if I thought about it a little more. I love the NuLu area and plan to check out Scout and Salvo for gifts. The Urban Farmhouse Market on Frankfort also looks like my style.”
– Joanna Hite Shelton
“For unique female gifts I always go to Discoveries and The Edenside Gallery, both on Bardstown Road. For guys I usually hit the mall.”
– Chris Humphreys
“When shopping this holiday season for family and friends I think about each individual’s personal style. So, I will be browsing the many different local boutiques and businesses. I love shopping in NuLu or downtown in Scout, Gifthorse, Salvo, Canoe and Bittners. Also, the stores in St. Matthew’s in Chenoweth Square. I love the gift-wrapping at Bedded Bliss.”
– Lori Kommor
“Mom’s Music and Carmichael’s Bookstore are always go-tos on my list. And of course, lots of Heine Brothers to keep me going.”
“I can’t tell you for sure because it’s become an unintentional tradition to wait until December 24 to go shopping for Christmas gifts. If I had to guess though, I’m thinking I’ll be stopping by Gifthorse or creating a last-minute photo collage of some sort with sentimental and/or comical value.”
– Ashley Anderson
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Ashley spends half her time writing stories at The Voice-Tribune office and half her time out on the town conducting interviews, while occasionally dressing in wild outfits to fully immerse herself in the experience (aka Princess Leia at Comic Con). Ashley is a huge UofL fan and loves the Yankees and the Boston Celtics (she is fully aware of the irony). She hopes to one day outshine Erin Andrews on ESPN and enjoys running, Bardstown Road/Fourth Street, Breaking Bad and reality TV (she’s not ashamed to admit that).