Move Over Black Friday, Long Beach Loves Small Business Saturday
Tightly wedged between the door-busting deals of Black Friday and the internet insanity of Cyber Monday is the most feel good shopping event of the year — Small Business Saturday. And Long Beach does it better than anywhere else. Turns out, you can support local businesses and meet all your holiday shopping needs without fighting the crowds or encountering technical difficulties.
The following neighborhoods offer several opportunities to meet, stroll, shop and eat this Thanksgiving weekend.
4th Street Retro Row
Every day is Throwback Thursday at Retro Row. Whether you’re looking for mid-century modern furniture or hoping to stock up on new books, clothes and vintage toys for the little ones, this pocket of Long Beach offers a bundle of shops that keep their gaze on recent and not-so-recent classics.You’ll find something for everyone on 4th Street.
Check out the following shops to discover funky treats for your friends and family.
- Xcape Modern
- Lil Devil’s Boutique
- AIDS Assistance Thrift Store
- Songbird Boutique
- The Hub
Okay, so your sister really wants that chenille pullover from Banana Republic, but you’re committed to gifting from local businesses. Second Street combines the best of small business creativity and authenticity with the larger brand items your crew’s been asking for. Check her gift off the list, but stick to great local shops for everyone else.
You can do it all on the same street. Second Street offers upscale and interesting boutiques, specialty shops and your favorite national retail brands.
The East Village is known for its local craftspeople and artisan flair. This Saturday is the perfect day to experience the East Village Makers Mart. Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) combines forces with East Village shops to host Downtown’s Small Business Saturday celebration.
The event includes live music, discounts, free bike valet and more. Head to 1st Street between Linden and Elm between 11AM and 5PM to support Downtown Long Beach’s small businesses. More than 30 vendors will be set up to dole out their holiday fare.
Bixby Knolls (Atlantic Avenue)
The retailers in Long Beach’s Bixby Knolls have nabbed the shared title of Up and Coming Shopping Mecca.
The neighborhood has been taking The LBC by surprise with its growing selection of unique shops, galleries and eateries.
Find a hidden treasure trove of antiques, home decor, games and toys, stylish clothing and more.
In fact, the neighborhood is hosting its own Small Business Saturday celebration
Belmont Heights Block Party
And don’t forget to hit up the Belmont Heights Block Party between 11AM and 6PM when you’re bouncing from neighborhood to neighborhood.
They’ve got over 20 small businesses participating with delicious local food, giveaways and more — they’ve even planned entertainment for the kids.
So, here’s to a jump start on your holiday shopping this weekend (and to having fun while supporting the talent, creativity and spirit in your neighborhood).