Holiday Shoppers Will Find Great Buys Throughout Southwest Michigan on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday

Holiday shoppers seeking great buys will find them throughout Southwest Michigan, on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25. Select merchants will begin their holiday sales on Black Friday. That day, in addition to special sales, shoppers in downtown St. Joseph can also enjoy free, horse-drawn trolley rides from noon to 3 p.m. (weather permitting), sponsored by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation.

“You will easily find gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list from our merchants, restaurants and entertainment venues,” said Amy Zapal, executive director of St. Joseph Today. “From the latest fashions to locally made wines and candies, to gourmet foods, to award-winning toys and games to museum memberships to fresh-baked pet biscuits, you won’t be disappointed with all of your choices.”

Zapal said the Welcome Center will offer additional fun on Small Business Saturday. “The Welcome Center will host The Livery Microbrewery and the Bistro on the Boulevard who will be handing out samples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.” Zapal said another appreciated present is a St. Joseph Today gift certificate, redeemable at participating member stores, restaurants and hotels. They can be purchased at the Welcome Center, 301 State St.

To make this weekend even more fun and, so you have the time to treat yourself to something special, the Interact Club will offer free gift wrapping at the Welcome Center onSaturday, November 25. A receipt from a downtown St​.​

Joseph merchant is required to take advantage of this special. While gift wrapping is free, any donations will support the programs and projects of the local Interact Club.

Participants include Biggby Coffee, Blue Moon Vintage Market, The Candlestick Maker, Chartreuse, DK Boutique, Elephants Breath, Friends by Design, FuzzyButz, Gallery on the Alley, Grins of St. Joseph, Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, Kilwins, Lake Michigan Vintners, Lana’s Boutique, Landis Clothing, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Lazy Daisy, Mimi’s Cupcakes, North Pier Brewing, Oh My Darlings, Olive Cart, Purely Michigan, reVive Spa, Silver Harbor Brewing, Three Pillars, Waterfront Framing, White Pine Winery, Wolf’s Marine, Zoup! and many more!

For a list of shops, and Small Business Saturday specials, visit

Shoppers can also find choices of restaurants, hotels and upcoming holiday events at or stop in the Welcome Center.