Black Friday seems to be all the rage, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday?
You may be surprised to find out that there are dozens of thriving small businesses in Mesa. From jewelry shops to fashion boutiques and everything in between, you can find the perfect gifts to give this holiday season without getting stuck in line at the big department stores! Here are a few stops you shouldn't miss when you go shopping in and around Mesa on Small Business Saturday this year:
Looking to browse a variety of unique gifts? You can shop more than a mile of great small businesses and shops under one roof at the Mesa Market Place Swap Meet! Don’t get stuck at the mall on Friday - shop ‘gotta have’ merchandise ranging from hardware, clothing, cosmetics, crafts, indoor & outdoor home improvement, plants, Native American collectables, and more! Mesa Market Place brings the community together and even offers coupons on their website! It’s the perfect place to spend your Small Business Saturday and support local shops, too.
Nestled in the Goldfield Ghost Town, an 1890's mining camp on the historic Apache Trail, Mother Lode Mercantile is a one stop shop for all unique and quirky southwestern souvenirs! With items ranging from their delicious gold nugget fudge (real gold flakes!), Arizona candies, or anything else you'd expect from a wild west town! Don't forget to take a break from shopping to enjoy the scenic views of the Superstition Mountains.
If you’ve heard of Queen Creek Olive Mill, then (hopefully) you’ve heard about their OliveSpa! Bath & body oils, soaps, essential oils, balms, butters, and more are made by the OliveSpa on location at the Queen Creek Olive Mill using all-natural ingredients. Extra virgin olive oil is the main ingredient, of course, and it’s a natural skin moisturizer, among other added benefits! A gift from the OliveSpa is fresh and unique, so be sure to add it to your list of stops on Small Business Saturday!
Talk about products that come straight from maker to buyer – Barnone at Agritopia is a community for skilled craftsmen to make and sell their handcrafted goods. You can experience 12 of Arizona’s best makers, from woodworkers to experimental winemakers, and more, up close! A special gift from Barnone is sure to impress this holiday season.
Or, stick with a classic gift she’ll love from Dickson’s Jewelers in Downtown Mesa. This family owned business has been selling beautiful pieces and offering jewelry repair for over 60 years! There’s always something new to view, and they frequently run in-store specials. If there’s a small business that’s sure to come through for you in the gift-giving department, it’s Dickson’s Jewelers!
Also in Downtown Mesa, Mezona Market has emerged, replacing Sweet Cakes on Main Street. Although they will continue to offer Sweet Cakes’ baked goods, Mezona Market focuses on collaborative retail, and sells products from more than a dozen local makers. From clothing, plants, signs, candles, and even Christmas ornaments (currently), Mezona Market has the unique gift you’ve been looking to give, and you’ll enjoy the market-style shopping experience! It’s a win-win on Small Business Saturday!
When you’re in need of a lunch break during your holiday shopping, stop at Worth Takeaway in Downtown Mesa! Their mouth-watering menu of sandwiches will re-fuel your day, and you can continue to support Mesa’s small businesses – even while you’re eating!