6 Small Business Saturday Events You Don’t Want to Miss

Score discounts, snacks, giveaways and unique gifts at these local shops. 🎁
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Loads of local shops in Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church are offering specials for Small Business Saturday. (Photo by Carol Jean Stalun Photography for Visit Alexandria)

Haven’t even made a dent in your holiday shopping this year? That’s OK—Small Business Saturday is almost here. On Nov. 26, find plenty of deals, refreshments, giveaways and other perks at these local shopping destinations. (Pro tip: Download Open Rewards before you venture out. It’s a new partnership between Arlington Economic Development’s BizLaunch and tech company BluDot that allows users to earn rewards toward future purchases.) Here are five events worth a visit.

Arlington & Falls Church Shopping Passport

Nov. 26, 11 a.m.

Many of your favorite local shops are teaming up for this all-day event hosted by One More Page Books. Pick up a shopping passport and pop by any five participating retailers—including Ayers Variety and Hardware, Botanologica, Covet, Preservation Biscuit, Urban Farmhouse and more—for deals, giveaways and the chance to win a grand prize basket filled with goodies and gift certificates. // Various locations in Arlington and Falls Church

Alexandria Shop Small Weekend

Nov. 25-26

Stroll the streets of Old Town, home to scores of boutiques, for exclusive deals, in-store events and gifts with purchase. Head to any of some 50 independent shops participating in Plaid Friday, including destinations for craft-making, beauty products, jewelry, home decor and apparel. On Saturday, head back out for a second day of shopping local; nearly 65 shops will join the day of deals for Small Business Saturday. // Old Town Alexandria

Beauty Champagne and Sugar Boutique

Nov. 26, Noon-9 p.m.

This recently opened sips and sweets emporium in Crystal City is inviting patrons to stop by on Small Business Saturday for discounts and a taste of the shop. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy a free wine tasting of selections for the holiday season, as well as samples of their famed Guilty Pleasure cookies. The first 25 folks to make an in-store purchase will receive a 10% off coupon for December. And registrants for their Holiday Wine Concierge program will score 10% off wine cases. // 576 23rd St., Arlington 

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Find unique gifts for the home and kitchen at Beauty Champagne and Sugar Boutique. (Photo courtesy of Beauty Champagne and Sugar Boutique)

Current Boutique

Nov. 25-27

The Arlington consignment shop is offering 25% off all merchandise for both online and in-store customers starting on Black Friday and continuing through the weekend. While you’re picking out apparel and accessories for your favorite people, may we suggest selecting your own outfits for the holidays? The shop is carrying much in the way of velvet and sparkles at the moment. // 2601 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Clarendon)

Falls Church Farmers Market

Nov. 26, 8 a.m.-Noon

Check out wares and grub from special-guest vendors at this popular market in downtown Falls Church. (And stay on the lookout for a forthcoming Little City gift card that can be redeemed at nearly 50 participating local businesses.) // 300 Park Ave., Falls Church

Maker’s Market at Port City Brewing Co.

Nov. 26, Noon-5 p.m.

Pull up to Port City’s parking lot for this five-hour shopping affair spotlighting more than 30 local makers. Find candles, jewelry, kid-centric gifts and more while you browse. For a post-shopping treat, sip on the brewery’s limited-release Tidings Ale. // Port City Brewing Co., 3950 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria 

Psst … speaking of local breweries, some in the area are also offering deals for Small Brewery Sunday. Pop by Caboose Commons for 20% off growler fills and Settle Down Easy Brewing Co. for 10% off four-packs. New District Brewing also recently released the wintry That’s My Horse Porter, with hints of coffee, toffee, roasted nuts and chocolate. And they’ll take your dog’s portrait with Santa on Dec. 4.

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