Before putting on your shoulder pads and Tebowing in advance of Black Friday, we have great news: you can avoid most of the long lines and NFL-worthy jostling by celebrating Colorado's 5th annual Buy Local Week.
Buying local helps circulate much needed financial boosts within the state, it's organic, and it helps small business owners.
From the Buy Local website:
Last year Coloradoans spent $12.7 billion during the holidays, which represents a huge chunk of money for retailers. And since money spent at locally owned businesses recirculates at least three times more in our community, where you spend your money really does matter.
A shift of just 10% of your purchases toward local retailers could translate to a $3 billion dollar boost to our state's economy in just two months. This means more people are getting a paycheck, paying their rent, and getting what they need from other local businesses.
Now enough about the greater good, here's what's in store for you:
Owner Alicia Tlapek says her boutique will be featuring 40 percent off all denim, T-shirts, jackets and outerwear. The boutique will hold normal store hours, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3035 East 3rd Avenue www.aliciatheboutique.com 303-399-4597
It doesn't get any better than the gift of man's best friend, or the purrfect lap companion of a cat. The Denver Dumb Friends League is discounting their pet adoption fees for all cats and dogs by $50 at all DDFL locations. Don't have time to housetrain a puppy or kitten? November also happens to be "Adopt-a-Senior-Pet" month, because adult cats and dogs need homes and enjoy being petted too. The League's adoption centers will even be extended for this special deal. The Buddy Center will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Northfield-Stapleton satellite adoption center will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cat and dog adoption fees include the spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations and a microchip identification implant. Denver Dumb Friends League 2080 South Quebec Street Denver, CO 80231 (303) 751-5772
Garbarini tells us they will be having a progressive sale, such as 20 percent off one item, 30 percent off two items, 40 percent off three, and so on. However exact percentages are still being finalized. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3003 East 3rd Avenue www.garbarinishop.com 303-333-8686
Introduce a little "Soul" into a man's life by checking out Soul Haus. On Saturday, Soul Haus says their Small Business Saturday event is being sponsored by American Express. Or, in their words on their Facebook page: Spend $25.00 in our business with your American Express card, and get $25.00 credited back to your AMEX account! That's a free $25 bucks of merchandise, yo. Then, "Like us" on Facebook and we will send you the SECRET PASSWORD to use on Small Business Saturday to get an additional 15% off your "Shopping Small" purchase! Its like the whole store is on sale just for you, and just in time for the holidays. 1225 East 17th Avenue www.soulhaus.com 303-830-SOUL
We the people of the west, love our denim. The Uncommon Thread is hosting an across the board sale: 20 percent off everything in the store all weekend long. Besides denim, this trendy boutique also carries belts, boots, shirts and more. Regular store hours, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 3455 West 32nd Avenue The Uncommon Thread 303-635-6790
The Perfect Petal is really the perfect mix of a boutique and flower shop. You can find holiday decorations to fit your holiday party, jewelry, lamps, pretty stationary, more. On Saturday, The Perfect Petal will take 20 percent off everything in the store and leftover Christmas ornaments from last year will be buy one get one free. Store hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 3600 West 32nd Avenue http://www.theperfectpetal.com/ 303-480-0966
Dragonfly will host a sale Friday through Sunday, featuring 25 percent off select outerwear, and an additional percentage off sale items. Store hours will be from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dragonfly Apparel 3615 West 32nd Avenue 303-433-6331