Ways to Celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Small Business Saturday will be celebrating its TENTH anniversary this year on November 30. Of course, there are many ways in the area to participate and support our local retailers!

Local Small Business Saturday Events

Downtown Iowa City Small Business Saturday, Iowa City

Small Business Saturday in The District, Cedar Rapids

Boutique Bus Crawl, Swisher

Holiday Bazaar at The History Center, Cedar Rapids

Shop Small Vendor and Art Fair, Mount Vernon

There are also several stores hosting events:

Small Business Saturday with RePurpose It, Washington

Small Business Saturday with Simply ME Boutique, Tiffin

Small Business Saturday with Kae Apothecary, Mount Vernon

Small Business Saturday with The Downtown Dachshund, Ely

Home for the Holidays at Rust and Dust Salvage, Lisbon

Holiday Open House by Under a Tin Roof, Wellman

Small Business Saturday: local store

Ways to Support Small Businesses Year-Round

This shouldn’t be just a one-day-a-year event, however. There are so many ways to support small businesses this holiday season and beyond. Here are four easy ones.

1. Reduce Your Shopping at Big Box Stores

You don’t need to completely swear off chain retailers–just make a commitment to reduce your holiday shopping at those stores a certain amount in favor of small businesses

2. Bring a Friend or Two

Bring along a friend to your small business shopping day–two small business shoppers make a bigger impact than one! Also, sharing your favorite businesses with friends on social media is a great way to help increase visibility for shops who deserve it.

3. Plan for Long-Term Needs

Look to discover a small retailer you can frequent for other shopping and gifting needs throughout the year. Take mental note of places that you can come back to later, even after the holiday season.

4. Eat & Drink

Visit a local restaurant or coffee shop for a food break while you are out shopping. Mom-and-Pop cafes need your support, too!

Small Business Saturday: Local downtown storeSupporting local businesses has an enormous list of benefits, from the economy to the environment, so seek out ways to shift your shopping habits this holiday season and beyond. If you need some ideas, try some of our favorite local hidden treasures in the small towns around Iowa City!

What is your favorite local small business? Give them a shout-out!


Brigette lives in North Liberty with her husband Brian, energetic daughter Kate (October 2014) and their two cats, Penny and Olive. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Brigette came to Iowa City to attend the journalism school at the University of Iowa, fell in love with the area, and decided she couldn’t leave. After meeting Brian while working at the same Iowa City restaurant in college, they got married in August 2015 in the heart of downtown. She works full time in project management and as an employee of the Core Fitness Kids Club while finishing her MBA at Upper Iowa University. In her free time, she drags Kate out garage sale-ing, tries to keep up with her reading list and runs, lives for Hawkeye football season, enjoys a good meal on a patio, runs her Bachelor/Bachelorette bracket with her family and friends, and of course, chases her daughter around the pool and the park.


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