Everyone knows that Black Friday begins the holiday shopping season, but this year skip the lines. November 30th (the day after Black Friday) is Small Business Saturday and you can find great deals all over the neighborhood! Plus, for every $1.00 spent at a local independent merchant, $.68 stays in the community (compared to $.42 when you spend at a national chain). How about that for a gift that really keeps on giving! You’ll be surprised what you can find made right here in Kensington! Check out the deals below and click here for a map with even more local merchants.
Portside Art Center
2531 E Lehigh Ave
Come by this awesome community art education / art supply / studio space for 10% off of all classes purchased as a gift! Does grandma have an interest in pottery? Is junior showing a knack for still life painting? Give the life enriching gift of art education to your loved ones!
The Head & the Hand Press
2011 Frankford Ave
This craft publishing company has brought us countless stories and poems from local talented authors. On Small Business Saturday, for any Community Supported Publishing (CSP) share ordered Head & The Hand will add a Pocket Journal to your box of books. Also, for every CSP purchased, they will donate a book to inmates at Graterford Prison and the Reentry Support Project.
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
2311 Frankford Ave
This ice cream shop is becoming a Philadelphia household name! Stop in on Small Business Saturday to sign-up for their Deep Winter Community Supported Ice Cream (CSIC) for exotic ice cream shares all winter long. They also have tons of awesome merch including mixtapes and coloring books. If you don’t have time to stop in you can also sign-up for the CSIC online.
The Art Dept
1638 Berks St
This gallery workshop and retail space features goods made by artists right here in Fishtown. On Small Business Saturday, they are offering 10% off ALL retail items including prints, apparel, housewares, and more!
312 E Girard Ave
This store is full of one-of-the-kind finds and gifts for the friend who has it all. For Small Business Saturday they will have extended hours from 10 AM – 7 PM, and everything in the store is 10% off their already great prices!
Square Peg Artery & Salvage
2527 Frankford Ave
If you are looking for funky one-of-a-kind hand-made gifts this season, Square Peg is a must visit. And for those of you who are feeling creative, for only $5 you can fill a large bag with all the arts and craft supplies you could need to make your own unique gifts.
Philadelphia Brewing Company
2440 Frankford Ave
Have some people on your shopping list that you aren’t quite sure what to get? How about a case of beer or cider from Philadelphia Brewing Company? Stop in on Small Business Saturday from noon to 3pm for a tour and tasting, oh and I guess grab a case for your friend too!
701 Belgrade St
Craft Foundry has all kinds of eco-friendly crafts and goods that will make perfect gifts this holiday season. Visit them on Small Business Saturday for 20% off all jewelry. Warning: these hand-made pieces are so beautiful you won’t want to give them away!
Catch & Release Merchants
1832 Frankford Ave
This store is packed with awesome jewelry, apparel, and housewares made right here in America! Stop by anytime from 10-8 on Small Business Saturday for 20% off some quality gifts you can feel good about.
1333 Frankford Ave
This recent addition to Frankford Ave specializes in high-end women’s clothing and accessories. On Small Business Saturday, they are offering 10% off your purchase if you show a receipt from another Frankford Ave store. If you purchase a designer piece you can save 25% on another piece by that designer. Free alterations are being offered for anything bought in the store!
Not around for Small Business Saturday? Luckily you can shop locally right from your computer too! Check out these online stores.
Adorn-Jewelry and accessories designed by Sarah Lewis
Earthwise Naturals-Organic body, bath and home goods
Nikki Angelique– Contemporary women’s dresses
Square Peg Artery & Salvage– Artist supplies and handmade goods
The Head & The Hand– Craft Publishing Company featuring local authors
Craft Foundry – Eco-friendly handcrafted gifts
Lilith’s Apothecary– Herbal bath and body goods
Margaux and Walter Kent– Handmade housewares
Adam Smith– Adorable illustrations, prints, and apparel
Tymbal Art– one-of-a-kind screen-printed apparel