Holiday shoppers seeking great buys will find them throughout Southwest Michigan, on Black Friday, Nov. 29, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30. 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 sleigh 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, when someone spends $100 at a local business, approximately $68 stays in the local community. RJ Taylor and Cherry Bayley, of Wanderlust Outfitters, say they shop small because it, “helps build and maintain our small vibrant community and supports those that live and work here.”
Participants include 4A Song Vinyl, Baroda Founders, Biggby Coffee, Blue Moon Vintage Market, Box Factory for the Arts, DK Boutique, Edgewater Gifts, Elephants Breath, Forever Books, Forever Clean Soap Works, Freedom Boat Club, Friends by Design, FuzzyButz Pet Bakery, G&M Variety, Gallery on the Alley, Glik’s, Grins of St. Joseph, HarborTown Interiors, Kilwins, Krasl Art Center, Lazy Ballerina Winery, Nosh Village, Oh My Darlings, Olive Cart, Perennial Accents, Plank’s on the River Tavern, PurelyMichigan, Rise & Vine, South Bend Chocolate Café, Spa at Harbor Shores, State Street Stuff, The Candlestick Maker, Third Coast Surf Shop, Urban Garage Market, Wanderlust Outfitters, Waterfront Framing & Design, White Pine Winery, Wolf’s Marine and many more!
For a list of shops, and Small Business Saturday specials, visit stjoetoday.com/shopsmall.
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 stjoetoday.com or facebook.com/stjoetoday.