In a week, we’ll all be waking up with turkey hangovers and more leftover stuffing than we know what to do with. More than a few of us will swear off pumpkin anything and everything for another year and still others will be nursing the emotional wounds of football losses.
If that weren’t enough, the day after Thanksgiving is also the biggest shopping day of the year. Some of you will drag your sluggish bodies to the local big box store and wait in line in the freezing cold before dawn with the hopes that you’ll be able to score one of this season’s hottest thingamajigs.
I want to offer you an alternative to mass consumption hysteria and early morning buying binges. This year, why not do something different? Why not make the effort to buy local? You can find wonderful gifts for everyone in your family and support small business owners that give back to the community so much more than those gigantic retailers that have their main offices who knows where.
The perfect time to get your local shopping spree going is next Saturday, November 30th, on Small Business Saturday; the local answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Downtown Boulder has put together an exceptional collection of locally owned businesses that are participating in Small Business Saturday and a winter sidewalk sale that extends the entire weekend.
Some of the businesses that are participating include: Boulder Furniture Arts, El Loro, Full Cycle, Kidrobot, MadeLife, Seamless Toy Company, Spruce Confections, Weekends and much more. For a full list of the participating businesses, check the Downtown Boulder website.
If sidewalk sales and extra discounts aren’t enough, then come for the carolers and Santa Claus. There will even be an ice sculptor doing a demo on the bricks from 12 to 4 pm. Plus, it’s not just retailers getting in on the action. Many restaurants and coffee shops in downtown Boulder are participating, so you can enjoy a great meal or hot cup of coffee while you shop.
Next Friday, sleep in, move around and hang out with family. You don’t need to stand in lines for mass produced toys and games. Take your time and come downtown on Saturday to support the local businesses the help keep Boulder the unique and wonderful place that it is.