With Black Friday fast approaching, it’s been endless TV commercials informing you of the bargains available at local retail stores on November 27th. If you’re anything like me, the last thing on your mind during the Thanksgiving holiday is embracing the cold in the early morning hours to face massive crowds and super long lines; but you still have a list of gift purchases to make and you want to save some money along the way. Do not fear! Small Business Saturday is the day after Black Friday and to make it more convenient for you, dear shopper, I have compiled my top five favorite small businesses to patronize in Delaware (and beyond!). Skip the lines and the stress and choose to shop small this weekend.
1.) PENN’S PLACE (& Trader’s Cove Coffee Shop) – HISTORIC NEW CASTLE, DE
Ever since stumbling across this gem by accident with a friend five years ago, the coffee shop at Penn’s Place has become my little oasis for relaxation and fellowship. But, this historic landmark is also home to many talented artisans who will be running specials this Saturday. On the first floor is colonial inspired gifts by Jean Norvell (“Bit of History”), as well as Kenneth C. Sturgis of Snickers Ditch Trunk Company who sells refurbished trunks and other collectibles. He will be offering 10% off that day. Upstairs you will find one of a kind creations by Sami ( jewelry), Very Venetia (purses, tea trays) and Donna Teleis (equine, still life and landscape artwork). And, if all that wasn’t incentive enough to stop by, Trader’s Cove is giving customers a free 12oz latte of choice with a $20 purchase from one of their artisans.
206 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE
2.) HEDGEAPPLE ANTIQUES- HISTORIC NEW CASTLE, DE
When you’re finished at Penn’s Place, head a couple doors down to HedgeApple Antiques and let the magical shopping experience begin. Perhaps growing up an auctioneer’s daughter is the reason why I love all things worn, rusty, chipped and re-purpose; it’s from being surrounded by antique treasurers throughout my childhood. If this sounds like you too, don’t miss out on HedgeApple’s early bird special this Saturday. The first twenty customers who spend $20 will receive a complimentary packet of vintage-inspired holiday trimmings (Um, YES!). You’ll have a blast picking out gifts with the store owner who always makes your shopping experience a memorable one.
200 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE
3.) ZONNEBLOEM (Upcycled by Mary) – ONLINE (+ @ World Cafe Live this Saturday)
Not only is this next lady a talented artist, she also happens to be my cousin. After creating masterpieces with old clothing fragments, Mary was encouraged by her sisters to take a sewing hobby to the masses- and Zonnebloem was born. You’ll find an eclectic display of upcycled home decor, clothing, jewelry, dream catchers and soy candles when you meet up with her at an event or art festival. This Saturday she will be at World Cafe Live in Wilmington from 12:00- 4:00 pm. If you can’t make it, you can shop to your heart’s content on her Etsy page. Follow her on Instagram to find out when she’s coming near you.
4.) SHOP MAMIE – TROLLEY SQUARE, DE + ONLINE
When I am scrambling to find the right dress for an event, I know I can always count on Shop Mamie to have a unique outfit that will fit my budget. This quaint boutique located in Trolley Square was started by two friends who shared a common goal: fashion at an affordable price. All their featured items are under $100, which makes a gift card to this store a great present for the fashionista in your life. Along with their clothing selection, Shop Mamie sells Toms footwear, Kate Spade accessories and much more. If you are unable to shop on location, browse their online catalogue at www.shopmamie.com. Host a Shop Mamie trunk party and you receive a complimentary gift.
1942 Gilpin Ave, Wilmington, DE
5.) VINTAGE DOYLESTOWN – DOYLESTOWN, PA + ONLINE
I’m very sad that come January 31st of 2016, I will no longer be able to stop by Vintage Doylestown whenever I venture up to PA. Thankfully, the owner of Vintage is not closing down indefinitely, but has opted to remain solely an online store. You don’t have to wait until February 1st though to stock up on vintage goodies; her Etsy page is already up and running. Worried how a dress will fit? Or, what a hat looks like on? There is a detailed description for each item and often a picture of someone modeling the piece accompanies it. Locals can receive 20% off their purchase when they shop in store between now and January 31st.
63 W State Street, Doylestown, PA
So, there you have it. Now go blow that paycheck!