Where to Shop on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
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Ladies and gents, Turkey Day is officially tomorrow. After you and a million others have frantically stampeded the supermarket for last-minute side dish ingredients, prepped the table with cutesy place card holders, and readied yourself for a major food coma, you’ll start thinking about what’s next, Black Friday: the national holiday that exists solely so we can prepare ourselves for the next national holiday. And while you’ve likely been barraged with large department store deals and savings, don’t forget Boston’s small businesses. This year, we have compiled a list of small stores around town and what they are doing—both on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday—to accommodate sale-seeking consumers.
On Saturday, November 24, Jamaica Plain will take part in its first-ever Cash Mob. As an alternative to American Express’ Small Business Saturday (during which shoppers at participating small businesses receive rebates on their AMEX cards), the Cash Mob demands that shoppers use cash only, and 2-3% of each sale will therefore stay within the community instead of going straight to a credit card processor.
Known for its quality eco-friendly kids clothing, Hatched is one of the hundreds of small businesses in the neighborhood that is participating in the Cash Mob. The store is also offering a 20-40%-off special on select European toys from companies that will soon cut exportation to the US. The selection will change each Friday until Christmas.
Saturday, Nov. 24; 5 Green St., Jamaica Plain; 617-524-5402; hatchedboston.com
Winner of Best Toys in this year’s Best of Boston, Stellabella Toys offers a variety of cool things to stick under the tree—pogo sticks, block-building sets, giraffes in a box, plate-making kits, and more. On Black Friday, take advantage of its 20% sale (excluding already discounted merchandise, Lego, and Playmobil).
Friday, Nov. 23; 1360 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-491-6290, stellabellatoys.com
Always up to date with the latest trends, Moxie offers high-end women’s fashion: shoes (Best Women’s Shoes of 2012) and other irresistible accessories in the Beacon Hill location, as well as top designer clothing only available in the Wellesley location. From Friday to Sunday after Thanksgiving, the store will be holding a “Thanks & Giving” sale which includes 25% off shoes, boots, and clothing, as well as a free piece of jewelry with every purchase more than $75.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25; 21 Charles St.; 617-557-9991; moxieboston.com
Another winner in Best of Boston 2012 (Best Women’s Casual Clothing), Mint Julep has got character and all the right merchandise—jewelry, handbags, scarves, dresses, jackets, and more. On Black Friday, the boutique will be offering 30% off your entire purchase from 10 a.m. to noon, as well as 20% off the entire purchase from noon to 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 23; 1302 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-232-3600; shopmintjulep.com
As clumps of crowds make their way to the shopping malls and streets of Boston this weekend, Flock seems to have quite a fitting name. The shop (a Best of Boston 2012 winner for Women’s Accessories) sells top-of-the-line clothing (Dolce Vita, Free People, Stewart + Brown), accessories (Elise M. belts, Linea Pelle handbags, MeMoi legwear), and jewelry (Heidi Roland, Tracey Tanner, Digby & Iona) that will have women itching to buy the place out. On both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Flock will offer 30% off the entire store.
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24; 274 Shawmut Ave.; 617-391-0222; flockboston.com
But what about the men, you ask? While Motley sells merchandise for ladies too, it’s got some great goodies for the guys. Check out Motley’s deals this weekend—25% off any purchase of $50 or more, along with a free gift (and no restrictions!) The deal lasts through Sunday, so get on with your graphic tee, hoodie, and Levi jeans gift-buying when you’re out and about in the South End.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25; 623 Tremont St.; 617-247-6969; shopmotley.com
Another one of the many small stores of Boston’s South End to have a worthwhile special, Coco Baby, a popular baby and toddler boutique where kiddos can play and parents can shop, will offer 30% off in-store purchases on Friday, and is also a Small Business Saturday participant.
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24; 1636 Washington St.; 617-247-2229; cocobabyboston.com
Fort Point/Financial District
Twelve Chairs, a winner in Best of Boston Home 2012, sells home furnishings and offers interior design expertise out of Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood. If you are refurnishing your home (a Christmas gift to yourself, perhaps?) or buying home goods (wall décor, candles, lamps, pillows) for friends and family, make your way over to this beloved Boston store. For Small Business Saturday only, Twelve Chairs will offer 20% off all purchases in the store only, from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24; 319 A St.; 617-701-3496; twelvechairsboston.com
Get in Shape for Women
As Thanksgiving feasts and holiday treats tend to be pound-packers, maybe your gift to yourself (or a friend, if you choose to be so bold) is to start 2013 off right by getting fit. As part of a unique Black Friday special, Get in Shape for Women is offering a $99 package for eight small group personal training and two nutrition sessions (10 sessions total), as well as a $149 package for 13 small group personal training and two nutrition sessions.
Friday, Nov. 23 (one-day only); 249 Newbury St.; 617-266-0483; getinshapeforwomen.com
Patrice Vinci Salon
Alas, time for the pampering packages. If you are in need of a bit of relaxation in the midst of the shopping frenzy on Small Business Saturday, head down to the famous Patrice Vinci salon on Newbury and enjoy $15 brow waxes (normally $30) and 20% off any other skincare or massage service.
Friday, Nov. 23; 91 Newbury St.; 617-267-1904; patricevinci.com
Cynthia Rowley’s collection includes women’s wear, eyewear, swimwear, shoes, jewelry, handbags, wetsuits, and much more. She is known around the world for her talent, and has styled various celebrities. Cash in on the Newbury location’s Black Friday sale with 60% off all clothing styles and shoes from the Fall 2012 Collection, and 20% off on Saturday and Sunday.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25; 164 Newbury St.; 617-587-5240; cynthiarowley.com