By: Tyler Schultz Photo: Lilian Reits for Made for Corpus Christi
Held annually, Shop Small Saturday has become one of the highlights of the holiday shopping season, acting as a local counterpart to the holiday deals found on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The annual nationwide event encourages buyers to shop local, supporting small businesses during one of the nation’s busiest shopping seasons of the year. The initiative gives shoppers the opportunity to support their community by supporting the small businesses that bring their neighborhoods to life.
Here’s a look at some shopping opportunities you can find around town this Shop Small Saturday.
Shop Small Crawl
If you’re looking for the chance to support a variety of small businesses in town, the Shop Small Crawl has just about everything you might need for the holiday season. Taking place across Uptown and throughout Downtown, this event showcases dozens of local businesses and vendors. Even better, the event offers you the chance to win a grand prize featuring local goods. To enter, grab a punch card at one of the stops – once you’ve hit every spot along the way, enter your card into the raffle for the chance at an incredible assortment of goods.
With the large variety of stops along the way, many of these local establishments are hosting their own events and programming. So, even if you aren’t on the actual crawl, make sure to stop by one or more of these awesome spots for Shop Small Saturday deals and surprises.
Shop Small Crawl – Uptown Stops
Made in Corpus Christi
Featuring a variety of handcrafted goods from in and around Corpus Christi, Made in Corpus Christi has all the coastal bend goods one might need for the holiday season. Their event will also feature a delicious jelly tasting from Nauti T’s Creations and a special shopping preview of Made in Texas Co.
Lavender and Lee
Perfect for a holiday gift, Lavender and Lee offers small-batch handcrafted jewelry that’s perfect for any occasion. The minimalist, dainty, botanical pieces are beautifully handcrafted, each piece unique from the next.
Boarri Craft Butchery
With a carefully crafted selection of hand-cut meats, Boarri Craft Butchery has everything you need for the next holiday dinner party.
Lemonade Stand Cosmetics
Handcrafted and professionally made, Lemonade Stand Cosmetics offers a variety of vegan and cruelty-free beauty products that make the perfect gift (for a friend or yourself). Plus, their Holiday Market taking place from 2 PM-5 PM will feature even more vendors to shop small from!
Shop Small Crawl – Downtown Stops
Loca for Local Market
With a variety of vendors, the Loca for Local hosted by Sew Bonita at BUS is the perfect stop to find a range of incredible gifts for the holidays. One of the most anticipated market events of the year, Loca for Local is pet- and kid-friendly, features family photo ops, a live DJ set, face painting, complimentary tote bags for the first 100 guests, and more.
K Space Contemporary
Featuring a variety of pop-up vendors, K Space Contemporary is the perfect stop along the way to enjoy some beautiful work crafted by local artists while shopping local. Make sure to browse through the gift shop for a variety of art pieces and other goodies that will make excellent gifts or stocking stuffers.
With lots of vintage goods and a variety of vendors, this stop along the Shop Small Crawl is sure to have lots to choose from. Along with vintage goods, enjoy live music from Rudolf Llanes and shop the Skeleton Key Curios pop-up all at 20/20 Vintage.
With a variety of curated goods to choose from, Commons is the perfect stop on the Shop Small Crawl to grab gifts for everyone on your list. Plus, the shop will be hosting pop-ups from local vendors such as Strawberry Moon Bead, Rebel Vintage, Messie’s, and Chia Handcrafted.
Driftwood Coffee Co.’s Small Market
Driftwood Coffee Co.’s Shop Small Market features locally roasted coffee, plants from Get Growing, home goods from Home by Harvey, and more. Grab a cup of coffee and browse their curated market shelf while you’re there.
Coffee Waves Shop Small Event
Coffee Wave’s annual Shop Small Saturday Event is a great opportunity to shop locally this year. With a selection of beloved vendors like Oak and Vintage, Trendy Eats & Vegan Treats, Wild Oat Collective, and more there’s ample opportunity to support local businesses.
If you’re in Rockport, don’t miss out on the chance to win prizes for shopping small. Participating small businesses will offer “Roundabout Cards” that can be entered to win incredible prizes. The shopping experience starts at the Welcome Station, located at Beachco, where you can pick up a map of participating shops and restaurants. From there, make your way around town to shop and eat, collect your cards and drop them off at the final stop, CBD Trading Post, by 4 PM. The event will take place from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Sweat, Sip, Shop
Join local favorites Betty & June and the Quad Fitness Studio for this Shop Small Saturday event! First, a community workout for all levels will kick off the day, followed by delicious drinks and sweet shopping deals. RSVP your spot online now.
Small Business Saturday Market at the Village
Join the Water Street Village for their first-ever Shop Small Saturday market event! Show your support for a variety of local shops and find unique and amazing one-of-a-kind items for the upcoming holidays.
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