Holiday Shoppers Will Find Great Buys Throughout Southwest Michigan on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov 23-24

Holiday shoppers seeking great buys will find them throughout Southwest Michigan, on Black Friday, Nov. 23, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. 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 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. and are good at over 40 different locations.

According to the Civic Economic Study in Grand Rapids, MI when someone spends $100 at a local business, approximately $68 stays in the local community. Lauren Kniebes, co-owner of Lazy Ballerina Winery says she shops small because she believes, “that supporting local businesses in the community I live in and work in promotes economic well-being and works full circle when you own a business in that community. I prefer to support my neighbors and friends.”

Participants include Blue Moon Vintage Market, Box Factory for the Arts, Chartreuse, DK Boutique, Edgewater Gifts, Friends by Design, FuzzyButz, Gallery on the Alley, Glik’s, Grins of St. Joseph, LakeHouse Restaurant, Lana’s Boutique, Lazy Daisy, Moxie’s Boutique, Oh My Darlings, Olive Cart, Pier 1000, Plank’s/Inn at Harbor Shores, ReVive Spa, State Street Stuff, The Candlestick Maker, The Livery, Urban Garage Market, Wanderlust Outfitters, Waterfront Framing & Fine Art 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.

St. Joseph Today, a membership-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to developing and promoting events and business in St. Joseph, Mich. and its surrounding communities. For more information about upcoming events, visit or