Small businesses really have the ability to shape a neighborhood. It’s the independent restaurant or the specialty boutique that make a neighborhood feel more welcoming and special. They help create an atmosphere that people want to be in and they support the local economy.
In fact, it’s estimated that local businesses generate 30% more revenue in a community than non-local businesses. That means for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 stays inside of that community and only $27 leaves. At non-locally owned businesses it’s quite different. For every $100 spent, only $43 dollar stays in the area.
Not only do small businesses support the local economy, they provide more unique options than big box retailers. These businesses are selective while curating their stock. Since they have a smaller selection than national chains, they choose the highest quality and most interesting goods. Even locally owned restaurants tend to have more unique dishes and local ingredients.
So while you’re out shopping this holiday season, make it a point to stop into some of Detroit’s fantastic independent retailers and restaurants.
And if you need an excuse, this Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday. Black Friday belongs to the box stores, but since 2010, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been reserved for small businesses. Last year, $14.3 billion was spent in local, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday.
Need suggestions on where to shop? Try some of these retail spots and holiday markets in the city!
If you want a more walkable, local shopping and dining experience, Midtown is right up your alley!
The Cass and Canfield district of midtown is full of local shopping and dining options, literally within blocks of each other. There are 16 different retail spots within the two-block area. You’ll find everything from leather goods, to stylish and high quality apparel, home décor, books and even gifts for your pets!
Nothing beats shopping downtown during the hustle and bustle of the holidays!
Start your afternoon off at The Detroit Shoppe, where you can stock up on all of your favorite Detroit goodies! Get pictures of the city from decades past and maybe even a few traditional Detroit snacks like Better Made potato chips and a Faygo!
Next, head over to First National to shop at the Zieben Mare pop-up, a Franklin-based boutique that sells a little bit of everything. Really! They have anything from home goods to candies to clothing and accessories.
Finish off the day at the 9th annual CityLoft in 1001 Woodward. The Somerset Collection is bringing more than 30 retailers this year! New retailers include; Bachrach, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Coach, Crate and Barrel, Eileen Fisher, Henri Bendel, L’occitane, Louis Vuitton, Soma Intimates, True Religion and Vera Bradley! There will even be wine and beer bar on the winter patio to help you unwind after all that shopping!
Pure Detroit Small Business Passport
For the last three years, Pure Detroit has distributed their Small Business Passport, a shopping and dining passport full of participating businesses in the city that offer a special discount or deal to customers who bring in the passport. You even get it stamped with a “Shop Detroit” stamp whenever you use it. Passports can be picked up at any Pure Detroit location.
This year, in partnership with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Midtown Inc. and the City of Detroit, over 40 businesses from around the city are participating with discounts ranging from 10%-25% off.
If you purchase from each store, you can bring your completed passport into the Pure Detroit Flagship store in the Fisher Building to be entered into a giveaway!
Shop Detroit Build Bazaar
Build Bazaar is a pop-up marketplace that gives vendors the opportunity to sell their products and get their business in front of new customers.
The next Bazaar is on, November 28, Small Business Saturday, at One Campus Martius from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Shoppers can expect a wide range of vendors and products. They’ll have everything from bath and beauty to gourmet food and even craft goods.
Detroit Urban Craft Fair
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Michigan’s largest and longest running urban craft fair.
The craft fair will start with a preview Friday, December 4 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., and fully kick-off Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. to Sunday, December 6 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Detroit Masonic Temple.
There will be over 100 carefully selected vendors selling everything from home décor to apparel and accessories while DJ Dave Lawson provides entertainment and Vegan restaurant The Lunch Room serves up food!
Cost of admission for the preview party is $10 and includes a make and take activity from floral designers Pot & Box. Admission on Saturday and Sunday will be $1 and the first 50 shoppers on December 5 get a free swag bag!
Noel Night Build Bazaar
This year is the 43rd annual Noel Night. The streets of midtown shut down for a night of holiday fun and festivities! And one of those festivities is shopping!
From 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturday December 5, Build Bazaar will be at the Majestic Theater with more than 50 vendors, musical guests, live art and more!
2015 Holiday Makers Market
This year’s Holiday Makers Market will include more than 70 vendors, all high quality and hand crafted!
The market will be on Saturday, December 12 from noon – 10 p.m. in three different locations; Ponyride, Rebel Nell Studio and Detroit Creative Corridor Center. There will be a shuttle bus traveling between the three locations.
There are plenty of places to shop in the city this holiday season! Which spots are on your list? Let us know in the comment section!