Saturday, Nov. 28, is Small Business Saturday, which will be a part of Boston shopping life again this year. This day represents a time for locals to check out some independent retailers in the area, boosting both the economy and the mom-and-pop industry.
There are a number of local shops in and around Boston that you can support on this day. Not only will you be helping out a small business owner (or owners), but you will also likely find yourself a great deal. Often times these stores have special offers as a way to say “thank you” for your patronage, so it really is a win-win for all. Here are some of the top places to be sure to check out this Small Business Saturday.
Olives & Grace
623 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
Named “Boston’s Best” by the Improper Bostonian, Olives & Grace is a local favorite for a variety of reasons. Many locals enjoy the shop because it offers some unique gift ideas, from snacks to jewelry. The shop itself is cute, and looking around at the different items available for purchase is an enjoyable experience. Many people love the different items that Olives & Grace carries, and truly enjoy picking out something unique for themselves or as a gift for a loved one.
33 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
For a sophisticated take on women’s clothing and accessories, you’ll want to check out KuDeTa. With two locations (the other is in South Boston), the boutique offers a one-of-a-kind inventory with plenty of “OMG I love that!” pieces to add to your wardrobe. The shops carry a wide variety of designers, many of which aren’t found in typical clothing stores. There really is something for every woman at KuDeTa!
Henry Bear’s Park
19 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02445
If you’re looking to get some holiday shopping done for all the kids in your life, you should check out Henry Bear’s Park, a unique toy store with four convenient locations. Pick up a puzzle to engage their minds, or a craft kit for the developing artist. With a wide variety of toys, games and books for kids of all ages, this shop is sure to provide you with the perfect items for the little ones on your list.
Boston Bead Company
75 Holland St.
Somerville, MA 02143
Boston Bead Company is a craft-lover’s dream! The shop has several different types of beads and buttons in all different shapes, designs and sizes. Independently owned and operated (with two locations, the second being in Salem), you won’t be disappointed by the service — or the selection. Stop in to get inspired, and stay to support this shop on Small Business Saturday.
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Aside from being a staple in the Cambridge community since 1932, Harvard Bookstore is independently run, and has been a part of Small Business Saturday for many years. The bookstore is known for having many rare prints, and regularly has award-winning author events throughout the year. Check for updates on their website to learn more about their participation in Small Business Saturday.
Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston’s hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.