In the spirit of both giving back to the community and shopping for holiday gifts, Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to buy from local businesses the day after Black Friday.
Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 27 this year and there are countless locally owned stores in metro Phoenix to shop from online and in person.
American Express, the financial services company best known for its credit cards, created Small Business Saturday in 2010 amid the recession to bring more revenue to small businesses during the holiday shopping season.
Here is a selection of 26 local businesses you can shop from on and after Small Business Saturday; many have the option to buy online.
Nonprofit organization Local First Arizona also offers an online shop where Arizonans can purchase locally made gifts.
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B&R African Styles
B&R African Styles sells apparel — including dashiki dresses, shirts and shorts — as well as self-care products such as shea butter soaps and fragrances.
Details: 6719 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 602-410-8064, https://www.brafricanstyles.com.
Straw and Wool
Find men’s hats and accessories at this shop — "a destination for hat lovers and hat newbies alike" — in the Roosevelt Row arts district.
Details: 610 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. https://strawandwool.com.
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If you’re looking for accessories, cards, mugs and apparel with punchy phrases emblazoned on them, this is the place for you.
Details: 10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-279-5467, https://www.shopfrancesboutique.com.
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You might just find a holiday gift for yourself at this clothing store with "hand-picked, high-quality vintage items" in downtown Phoenix.
Details: 801 N. Second St., Phoenix. 602-277-5765, https://antiquesugar.com.
Here you’ll find soaps, deodorants, sprays, incense and more at a shop that “proudly and mindfully (handcrafts) vegan, safe, healthy, clean products.”
Details: 1501 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 928-637-6270, https://www.strawberryhedgehog.com.
Changing Hands Bookstore
With locations in Tempe and Phoenix, this independent shop caters to all your literary needs while also offering novelty gifts, greeting cards, journals and toys.
Details: 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe; 480-730-0205. 300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix; 602-274-0067. https://www.changinghands.com.
Bunky Boutique, in the Roosevelt Row arts district, specializes in "unique apparel, jewelry, home (and) gifts."
Details: 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. https://bunkyboutique.com.
Shop hats, apparel and stickers galore while also giving back. Only Human, an "LGBTQ+-owned small business in Phoenix," says 10% of profits benefit a different nonprofit organization every month. Past nonprofits they have donated to include It Gets Better Project and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, "a local community and cultural hub with a specially curated diverse collection of books, an art gallery, a workshop and event space and small mutual aid garden," relocated in 2021. It is part of a new collective called Nurture House, which is home to Por Vida Bakery, Wasted Ink Zine Distro, Pachanga Press and Abalone Mountain Press.
Details: 906 W Roosevelt St., Phoenix. 602-595-9600, https://www.palabrasbookstore.com.
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The Merchantile of Scottsdale
With workshops and products from more than 70 local businesses, The Merchantile aims to be “a modern multipurpose marketplace where local businesses, artists, designers and makers can come together under a single roof and sell their products to the people of Scottsdale."
For Small Business Saturday, the Merchantile is hosting an outdoor marketplace in Tempe from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1500 N. McClintock Drive. There will also be events on Dec. 11 and 18.
Details: 3965 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale. 480-590-2699, https://www.themerchantileofscottsdale.com.
The owners of urbAna “share our local love with talented artists, designers and creators who are both our neighbors and our friends” in their Phoenix and Scottsdale locations.
Details: 5027 N. 44th St., Phoenix; 602-957-5066. 15125 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480-687-2083. https://urbanashop.com.
Silver and Cedar
Silver and Cedar is a tintype photography studio and leather shop that carries furnishings, keepsakes and in-house made wood décor.
Details: 10637 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. 623-760-5309, https://silverandcedarphx.com.
Sage+Gold Roots Apothecary
Do you feel like you need to douse your home with sage incense after this year? Sage+Gold Roots has you covered with a stock of candles, ritual smokes and oils.
Details: 3370 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale. https://sageandgoldroots.com.
The Vintage Arcadia
From the creators of Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market, The Vintage Arcadia is a curated selection of artisan goods, home décor and apparel. The Market by Junk in the Trunk has a pop-up shop featuring local vendors' items inside the store from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays.
Details: 4418 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix. https://thevintagearcadia.com.
Team Green Duo
Plant lovers might find apparel, tote bags and hats that fit their vibe at this online store that specializes in “colorful plant/nature inspired limited edition T-shirts and embroidery.” Follow their Instagram account to learn which upcoming markets they will participate in and the exclusive pieces they will sell there.
Border & Brown
Border & Brown “celebrates all things Arizona and the magic that comes along with living here.” The store’s products, which are “designed with unique Arizona locations in mind,” range from apparel to décor to mugs.
Sunday Mornings Shop
Whether you want to make your own embroidery from a pattern or commission a custom design, Phoenix-based Sunday Mornings Shop has you covered.
Browse earrings, locally made art, cards, jewelry and apparel at H.E.R. Medicine Shop, which is led by “Indigenous sisters aspiring to inspire and empower others at every stage of their healing journey through art.” The store is open noon-6 p.m. on weekends.
Details: 2939 N. 67th Place, Scottsdale. https://www.instagram.com/h.e.r.medicine.
Rocket A Go-Go
This family-owned, women-led secondhand shop is 2,000 square feet of “rockabilly, punk flare.”
Details: 37 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. 480-434-4433, https://rocketagogo.com.
The outdoor lifestyle boutique stocks products “from local and national companies that give back.”
Details: 44 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler. 480-525-6189, https://www.blueplanetoutdoors.com.
Phoenix Supply Co.
Order art and apparel that celebrates the Southwest from Phoenix Supply Co.’s online store or find the Tempe-based business at an upcoming market event.
Drawn to Comics
Get your supply of games, posters, action figures and, of course, comics, at this locally-owned and -operated comic book store in downtown Glendale.
Details: 5801 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. 623-847-9090, http://drawntocomics.com.
Look no further than Arizona’s “largest chain of comic book specialty stores.” You can find Samurai Comics in Mesa, Chandler, Glendale and Phoenix.
1602 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. 602-265-8886, https://stores.comichub.com/samurai_comics_phoenix.
1994 N. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-855-2919, https://stores.comichub.com/samuraicomicschandler.
2639 E. Broadway Road, Mesa. 480-962-1123, https://stores.comichub.com/samurai_comics_mesa.
6808 N. Dysart Road, Glendale. 623-872-8886, https://stores.comichub.com/samurai_comics_glendale.
This family-run business in Goodyear carries items from 18 local vendors in a 1,500-square-foot space. You’ll find everything from paints to candles to teas and children’s books.
Details: 540 N. Bullard Ave., Goodyear. 623-414-3159, https://www.grungygalz.com.
The Enchanted Bullfrog
This new Buckeye shop opened in September with “unique, hand-crafted, vintage, décor and jewelry.”
Details: 343 E. Monroe Ave., Buckeye. 623-687-0289, http://theenchantedbullfrog.com.
Morning Mist Soap Co.
Founder Rocio Francis makes small-batch vegan beauty and skin-care products such as soaps, shampoo bars and serums with seasonal ingredients that are from her backyard or are otherwise locally sourced. Products are plastic-free and are delivered in sustainable packaging.
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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Small Business Saturday 2021 in Arizona: Shop local at these 26 stores