Black Friday seems to be all the rage, but have you heard of Small Business Saturday?

You may be surprised to find out that marketthere 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.

 

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Shopping for a fashion-forward family member? Browse the selection at Lizard Thicket online or in-store in Mesa at Dana Park! Established in 1981, this boutique prides itself on selling the latest, most fashion-forward styles and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices. If you know someone who wears their threads with confidence, they’ll love a gift from Lizard Thicket! There are so many great shops alongside Lizard Thicket at The Village Square at Dana Park, too, so be sure to peruse the vast selection of stores when you go!

 

 

 

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!

Queen Creek Olive Mill Olive Spa soaps

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.

 

Barnone at Agritopia

 

 

Or, stick with a classic gift she’ll love from Dicksons 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! 

 

 

SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place

While you’re Downtown, stop by SW Herb Shop and Gathering Place! SW Herb has a mission to help you stay healthy naturally, selling herbal extracts, smoothie kits, herb teas, bee products, and more. Their team is trained to help you find exactly what you need, so giving a gift from SW Herb shows you really care! The variety of products at SW Herb makes it a must-stop shop on your list for Small Business Saturday.

 

 

 

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!

 

Mezona Market clothingMezona Market SignMezona Market inside

 

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!

Worth Takeaway sandwich

So, skip the lines and the stress this weekend and opt for Small Business Saturday instead. You’re sure to find everything you need for the gift-giving season while supporting small businesses in and around Mesa! Keep the shopping simple and help the community thrive – there’s no better way to give thanks, give back, and celebrate the season!