Consider it the antidote to Black Friday—on Saturday, November 28th people all over the country will be heading to community-owned businesses for Shop Small Saturday.
Austinites already love shopping small business—that’s where the whole “Keep Austin Weird” thing came from, by the way. But if you’re new to town (and there are a lot of people new to town) you might not know what kind of cool little local shops you want to visit. Here are some of our favorites.
110 W Elizabeth St, Austin, TX 78704
For such a tiny shop, you could really spend hours looking through everything Eco-Wise has to offer. From candles and bath products to toys, games, and gadgets, there are plenty of things that you could wrap-up as a gift for your more granola-y friends. While you’re there, pick up some eco-friendly everyday necessities like non-toxic cleaners or biodegradable trash bags so you’re prepared to take on the season with minimal environmental impact. If there’s someone in your life who would just need to experience this store on their own, Eco-Wise offers gift certificates.
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200 W Mary St, Austin, TX 78704
Embrace your inner city-witch at The Herb Bar. Their selection of totally legal herbs include dried, tinctures, teas, essential oils, soaps, and incense. Next to the herbs, this little South Austin shop sells knowledge. Not only do they have an extensive library on all things natural and spiritual, but the staff there is happy to stop and chat with you about the benefits of the various products they offer. Gifts like handmade cards, beeswax candles, and teapots will take care of the more Zen loved ones on your gift list.
2614 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
This adorable East Austin shop has a highly-curated selection of vintage clothes, handmade accessories, unique housewares, and all sorts of bits ‘n bobbins to enjoy. They also pair with local record shop End of an Ear to provide an amazing collection of new and used records that will make vinyl-lovers rejoice. After you’ve found all the twee gifts you need (or things you may just want yourself), grab a Stumptown latte or a seasonal shrub and take a moment to relax on their adorable patio decorated with a full-sized teepee.
1011 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757
For the techies and gamers on your list, Discount Electronics has you covered. Their friendly staff will help you find the perfect gift AND stay under budget. This is also a great place to pick up some stuff you may find helpful as you face a busy December. Extra memory to store all those pictures you’re going to take? Got it. USB speakers to blast the tunes during your holiday party? Got it. Everyone’s got electronics needs around the holidays. Discount Electronics will get it done while still staying local.
After the chaos of the holidays, your home may need a bit of maintenance. The unpredictable December weather might leave your windows looking less-than sparkling. Go ahead and schedule a window cleaning for January or February. We’re offering 15% off all our services these months, so you’ll save some money after the financial strain of the holidays. (just mention 15% off in the notes section of the appointment form on our website)