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Where to Shop in Raleigh on Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2015

While the holidays are the perfect time of year to spend time with friends and family, there’s no denying the stress that often accompanies holiday shopping. Whether you’re waking up at dawn on Black Friday or scouring the internet on Cyber Monday for the best deals available, buying presents can become an impersonal, nerve-wracking affair that can taint the holiday spirit. In response to this madness, and in support of the ongoing movement to shop locally, Small Business Saturday began in 2010.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, people are invited to support their local businesses while kicking off their holiday shopping. Rather than spending time in big box stores or large corporations that stretch from coast to coast, you’re encouraged to help your community’s small businesses by embracing the unique charm that they provide.

Why Small Businesses are Essential to a Community

While large corporations move in and out of towns and cities without any attachment to the community, small businesses care about the community’s people and progress. In fact, $68 out of every $100 spent at a small business stays in the community, compared to only $43 spent at a large business. Small businesses also donate to local charities, sponsor sports teams, and hire local, small businesses as their vendors. If a community prospers, then a small business will prosper, too.

With so many unique stores and restaurants in Raleigh, it may be hard to know where to start. We came up with a list of places we’ll be visiting on Small Business Saturday, and we hope to see you there!

Marbles Corner Store

If you’re looking for unique and educational toys and games for your young ones, be sure to stop by Marbles Corner Store on Small Business Saturday. Proceeds from this store benefit the Marbles Kids Museum, which is a non-profit organization.

Five Monkeys

Looking for a boutique with clothing, gifts, and accessories? Five Monkeys has it all. Their products are unique but trendy, and there’s something for every occasion.


This is the perfect place to get anything for the dogs in your life. The staff at Unleashed are very helpful, love dogs, and are extremely knowledgeable. If you need anything for your dog, or want to get your best friend a holiday treat, be sure to  check out Unleashed.

Sugar Magnolia: Orchid Lane

For home décor, jewelry, or clothing, Orchid Lane has an amazing variety. They also support the global fair trade community and have helped establish fair trade co-operatives around the world.

Brewsees Eyewear

Brewsees makes sunglasses for men, and they’re made right here in Raleigh. If you don’t want another pair of sunglasses from a name brand, Brewsees are for you.

Gigi’s Boutique

Whether you are looking for dresses and denim, wearable tops, or stylish maternity outfits, Gigi’s Boutique has trendy clothing for women at great prices.

Lumpy’s Ice Cream

It’s never too cold for Lumpy’s. On Small Business Saturday, stop in for a treat in between stores! Their ice cream uses local ingredients and doesn’t include any preservatives, additives, or synthetic hormones.

You can also find many other local businesses using Shop Local Raleigh's business directory.

Celebrate With Us!

If you need some energy during Small Business Saturday, or if you’re craving a satisfying meal at the end of the day, come see us! Here at Village Deli, we support local farms and businesses for our foods and supplies. These suppliers help us support the community, and reduce our impact on the environment. We hope you have a stress-free, happy, and healthy holiday season that’s full of delicious food!


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