Photos by Boston Globe staff
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to shopping at local businesses—but what about an entire season of doing just that? That’s why Mayor Marty Walsh is challenging shoppers to support small businesses not just the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but throughout the holidays in his neighborhood initiative “5 on Main.’’
The concept is simple: Through December 20, participants pledge to support local businesses at least five times during the holiday season by buying gifts or food (pies included!), or stopping by events held in the Main Street districts. Then, participants can keep track of what they bought or where they went by posting a photo on social media with the hashtag #5onMain.
Below, we gathered info from a select few neighborhood districts so you celebrate small businesses this holiday season.
ALLSTON, DORCHESTER, CHINATOWN, AND DUDLEY SQUARE
No one necessarily expects Allston to be the shopping hub of universe, but it’s staying to true to its roots with some neat happenings.
Vivant Vintage On Saturday, Vivant Vintage will have multiple sales on vintage clothes and records and is holding a big raffle on some unique pieces. Customers will receive tickets for the raffle based on how much they spend. The store will also host a few bands for acoustic sets starting at 6 p.m. It’s open 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. (318 Lincoln St., Allston)
Oliver Best at POP Allston Oliver Best will also hold a raffle this Saturday — customers will receive raffle tickets based on how much they spend — as well as a nice little sale ranging from 10 percent to 40 percent off at the store and other places at POP’s market. (89 Brighton Ave., Allston)
Next Saturday, December 5, the neighborhood is encouraging daytime shoppers to stop by The Blarney Stone for its “Come in from the Cold’’ event. You can come stop by for a warm drink with other folks shopping small. The festive event goes from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1505 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester)
In St. Mark’s area, a pop-up holiday market will be held at Ashmont’s MBTA Plaza on Saturday, November 28. Vendors you’ll see include Cedar Grove Gardens, On the Dot Books, Dot Art, Spring Brook Farm, and more. (1900 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester)
Sun Sun Company supermarket is giving out swag bags to customers on Saturday, November 28. Members of Chinatown’s Board of Directors will also give out swag at Chinatown’s gate. (18-20 Oxford St., Boston)
DUDLEY SQUARE On November 28, check out the Discover Roxbury Artist pop-up store happening from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 22 Warren St. Other stores in the neighborhood are also holding small sales for Small Business Saturday, including:
Dudley Café: 25 percent off on deserts (15 Warren St. in the Bolling Building)Lindsey’s Hat & Clothing Store: 10 percent off (2225 Washington St.)Royce Specialty Shops: 25 percent off (2225 Washington St.) A Nubian Notion: 25 percent off family games (140 Dudley St.)Simon’s Seafood Market & Takeout: 10 percent off (154 Dudley St.)
Thursday, December 10 is Men’s Night Out. Let the retailers help out you and/or the dudes in your life with all their shopping, from clothes to jewelry and more, until 8 p.m.
December 5-12, aka Customer Appreciation Days, spend $5 in a local store, get your contest card signed by a store owner, and you’ll be entered to win a prize selected on December 12.
A number of small businesses in West Roxbury are offering deals throughout the weekend—and the neighborhood is providing free trolley lifts for an extra fun way to get from location to location. See some of the participating stores and food spots below:
Kids’ Fun Stop: Get a 12-visit and five-visit punch card combination for $124.99. Mr. Sweeper Sew & Vac: Get a Bissell Pet Perfect model for $129.99. Top It Off: Get scarves for $5. Wicked Sharp Ski and Sports: Get head link skis for $149.99 and Elan Freez Twin Tips for $169.99. Eat with Jack O’Neill: Get a $5 gift card for every $25 gift card purchase.
West Roxbury’s Holiday Trolley In a new initiative to start a neighborhood tradition, a free holiday trolley will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday from November 28 through December 19. It runs back and forth through the route below, starting at 162 Spring St. It’s a fun way to get from store to store—or to just get around the neighborhood, if shopping isn’t your thing. Here are the stops:
162 Spring St. (Fairview Corner): Home to five local women-owned businesses. 88 Spring St.: Rental Depot, where you can pick out a tree, and they’ll deliver it to your house. 2030 Centre St.: Corrib Pub, Blanchard’s Liquors 1920 Centre St.: Wicked Sharp, Mr. Sweeper, Eat with Jack O’Neill 1858 Centre St.: Recreo Coffee, Sugar Bakery, Boomerangs, Rox Diner, Atlas Hardware 1732 Centre St.: West on Centre, Mangia Pizzeria
Over 30 local shops and vendors (see above) will offer deals and specials on Small Business Saturday. Here are a few to check out:
Birch Street House and Garden: Gifts and home goods Purveyor of the Unnecessary & the Irresistible: Women’s fashion Kitchen Central: Kitchen supplies Boston Cheese Cellar: Cheese and fine foods Solera Wine: Wine and hard-to-find items Tony’s Market: Butcher and deli meats, cakes, entertaining foods Centre Cuts Salon & Spa: Beauty products FitChoice 24/7: Discounted gym memberships