If you’ve tired of Black Friday encroaching on your Thanksgiving holiday, try shopping local. Many local businesses are open and offer deals and events on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. With varied selection, friendly and helpful employees, you can find a gift for everyone on your list without having to wake up early. Get into the holiday spirit and support the local economy by shopping for your holiday gifts at one of these local businesses.
Pearl Street Mall
1942 Broadway, Suite #301
Boulder, CO 80302
If you’re looking for small, locally owned businesses in Boulder, you will find many of them on the Pearl Street Mall. On Thursday, November 28, the mall will be hosting its annual Winter Sidewalk Sale. Local vendors both on and off of the mall will feature discounts, and the mall will be decked out in holiday style. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. With a wide variety of stores and restaurants, Pearl Street Mall offers a one-stop shop for all of your holiday needs. Click the link for a list of participating stores.
Hailee Grace Boutique
1423 Larimer Square, Suite 090
Denver, CO 80202
For all of the fashion-forward people on your gift list, Hailee Grace has presents that will impress. The store offers a carefully curated selection of clothes that are perfect for people who like to dress to impress. From festive and trendy winter sweaters to accessories like jewelry, scarves, handbags and more, this boutique is a great place to cross the picky person off of your list. In 2013, the boutique celebrated Black Friday with 20-percent-off discounts, coupled with holiday cocktails and treats.
2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206
Having started as a small, local bookstore in the early ’70s, the Tattered Cover now has three locations in the Denver area. Its Colfax location is part of a newer development near East High School. With three floors of books, there is something for everyone. From journals, to fiction, to local history books, the Tattered Cover has it all. Its employees are well read and passionate about books, so if you have a hard-to-buy-for person on your list, the Tattered Cover is a good bet.
Old Glory Antiques
Denver, CO 80203
If you have a giftee who’s into the shabby chic look, or someone who likes vintage and vintage-inspired home decor, check out Old Glory Antiques. Find the perfect accent piece for your friend’s decor, or get your mom a new throw pillow. Old Glory Antiques offers a variety of options at many price points, so you can find a gift for a dear friend and/or a casual acquaintance. Stop by on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday while perusing other stores on South Broadway.
Birds & Belles
1113 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
A buy, sell and trade shop on South Pearl Street, Birds & Belles has an impressive selection of clothing and accessories, alongside gifts from local artisans. With brands like Alice + Olivia, Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity and more, there is sure to be something for a fashionable person in your life. Birds & Belles is selective about items that it accepts for consignment, so you can save money without looking like you’ve regifted something from your own closet. While you’re there, you can also pick up some new clothes for your holiday season. Last year, Birds & Belles offered 20 percent off for Black Friday, so stop in and see what’s up.
Alaina Brandenburger is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.