Friday, November 16, 2012

Support Small Businesses and Local Artists

There has been a lot of talk this year about Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2012. Small businesses often have a great selection of unique items that can’t be found in the big box stores. That is especially true of establishments that include works from local artists. While these businesses deserve our support all year long, they definitely need to be given a good look on Small Business Saturday.

Three small businesses that will be open on Small Business Saturday that include goods or art by local artisans come to mind. Two are in Arlington and the third is in Dallas. Hop on over to Eclectic Expressions in Arlington for great gifts in this gallery by local artists. Nearby, you will find Gypsy Riddles Boutique and Gallery. They are having in store specials on Small Business Saturday. The art on the walls and much of the jewelry, ceramics and more is made by local artisans.

If you head on over to the Design District near downtown Dallas, you will find the Dallas Handmade Arts Market. They will be open for business as usual on Small Business Saturday. In addition to being able to meet the makers of the fabulous finds at this venue, you often get to listen to live music played by local musicians. Come back the next weekend for a special 3.5 day holiday show at the market.

If unique finds made by local artisans sounds like a great idea for the people on your shopping list this holiday season, head on over to these DFW locations. Don't despair if you don’t find everything you need for your list though, other opportunities to support local makers include Happy Holidays Gift Market at UTA on Dec. 7-8 and Ladybugs Christmas Collection Nov. 30-Dec.9 in Arlington.

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