EVENTS: Twin Cities artists, makers prep for Small Business Saturday during tight year

Small businesses are gearing up for their own Black Friday — Small Business Saturday — with the hope that consumers will continue to shop local despite high prices this holiday season.

American Express created Small Business Saturday in 2010 to bring more customers to local shops amid the recession, and in 2022, some store owners have noticed that continuous high inflation has altered consumer habits.

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For the 12 months ending in October 2022, the inflation rate was 7.7%, and November’s numbers are expected to be released on Dec. 13. Inflation has dropped since peaking in June at 9.1%, the highest Americans had seen in decades.

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Those in the Twin Cities metro have plenty of opportunities to shop locally on Saturday. Find a list of some of those options below.



Tree lighting ceremony and shopping – Shoppers can find food and entertainment along with goods during the range of activities Saturday at 50th and France.


Holidazzle – From noon to 9 pm Saturday, shoppers can support the small businesses set up in Loring Park. Those who stick around in the later hours can see fireworks at 7:15 pm

Unique Holiday Gifts – The Northrup King Building is hosting local creators and artists for Small Business Saturday. People can shop in person from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and visit artists’ websites if they want more.

New bookstore opens – Comma, a bookshop will open for the first time from 10 am to 6 pm Saturday.

Small Business Saturday market – Midtown Global Market is following its Black Friday event with more vendors from 11 am to 5 pm Saturday.

Made-By-Hands Holiday Extra-Vaganza – Bauhaus Brew Labs will have more local makers and food on Saturday from noon to 5 pm

NE Makers Market – Minneapolis’ Northeast Neighborhood will have 48 local businesses on hand during a free event that runs from noon to 5 pm Saturday.

For ARTISTS’ Sake – The Solar Arts building is telling people to take a break from malls and support local artists from 11 am to 6 pm Saturday.


Holiday Art Crawl and Sale – MontiArts on West Broadway Street is selling art from several local artists in an event that runs from 10 am to 4 pm, Friday through Sunday.

St. Louis Park

Local business reopens – Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, which closed up shop during the pandemic, is reopening on West End Boulevard in St. Louis Park. The store will be open for the first time in its new location on Saturday.

St. Paul

European Christmas Market – Friday marked the start of the first three-day weekend for the Union Depot’s annual European Christmas Market. Shoppers can shop, eat and choose from multiple forms of entertainment from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday.

Small Indigenous Business Saturday – Indigenous small businesses are offering a range of goods on Saturday. Gifts from Blue Hummingbird Woman will be available starting at 10 am

Holiday Market – Keg & Case will be open from 11 am to 9 pm Saturday with holiday cheer that will continue up until Christmas.

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