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Shopping Guide: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

Sales, styles, and shopping events at Twin Cities retailers


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This weekend marks the biggest shopping day of the season, Black Friday. While many major retailers are having doorbuster deals both on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, we're opting to highlight some of the small retailers offering specials throughout the weekend, including Small Business Saturday. The special shopping day was launched by American Express in 2010 in an effort to support small businesses. This year, Amex will give its customers double credit points instead of dollars between November 26 and December 31. Register your card at shopsmallnow.americanexpress.com. Read Style Editor Jahna Peloquin's take on how Black Friday has become more Minnesota-nice than ever this year on the MNMO Style blog.

Now through November 28: oh baby! Free Gift with Purchase (online only): Receive a free gift plus free shipping from oh baby! with purchases of $50 or more now through Cyber Monday; visit ohbabystyle.com for details.

Now through 28: Sanborn Canoe Co. "Hotdish" Sale: This online sale from the Winona, Minnesota–based brand allows shoppers to save 15 percent on everything (the paddles make for great Northwoods-inspired décor). A portion of every purchase will be donated to their local food shelf. (sanborncanoe.com)

Now through November 27: Colette Jaffe Sale: Local home line Colette Jaffe’s luxury linens and candles are 30 percent off, in-store only. (MartinPatrick3, 212 3rd Ave. N., Suite 106, Minneapolis, martinpatrick3.com)  

Now through November 27: Ribnick Luxury Outerwear Anniversary Sale: Browse through a variety of luxury fur coats, hats, vests, and other items during this extensive sale at the longtime fur and leather retailer. (Ribnick Luxury Outerwear, 224 N. First St., Minneapolis, ribnickouterwear.com)

November 23-28: Ongoing Sales at ROAM Interiors: Take 10 percent off modern furniture by Koncept (now through December 26), 15 percent off contemporary furniture by Magis (now through December 12), 20 percent off modern home goods by Alessi (through November 29), and 20 percent off home goods by Fatboy (through December 7). (ROAM Furniture & Lighting, 2914 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, roaminteriors.com)

November 23-27: BlackBlue Thanksgiving Sale: Take 15 percent off in-store and online (with the code "Thanksgiving2016") plus free shipping at the modern menswear store. (BlackBlue, 614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, blkblu.com)

November 23-27: Hackwith Design House Thanksgiving Sale: Take 30 percent off site-wide on handmade women's fashions by the local line with code "earlybird." (hackwithdesignhouse.com)

November 23: Equation's Day Before Thanksgiving Sale: Shop women’s clothing, gifts, and home goods at Equation’s day-before-Thanksgiving sale. Take 30 percent off your entire purchase if you purchase one or two items or take 40 percent your entire purchase when you buy three items or more. (11 a.m.-3 p.m., Equation, 5045 France Ave. S., Edina, equationmn.com)

November 24-27: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Weekend at PARC: Take 30 percent off clothing and 20 percent off everything else in-store, plus receive a free PARC tote bag with each purchase $250 and more. On Saturday, enjoy Rebel Donuts at both PARC locations, and receive 20 percent off online orders all weekend with code "SHOPSMALL". (PARC, 5023 France Ave. S., Edina, and 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, parcboutique.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Flirt: Receive a free with with purchase of $100 or more, and with a purchase of $200 or more, be entered into a drawing for a $100 Flirt gift card, plus bubbly and treats. (Flirt Boutique, 177 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, flirt-boutique.com)

November 25-27: Askov Finlayson's Weekend of Giving: Instead of a sale, the store is once again donating 10 percent of all proceeds in-store and online to anti–climate change nonprofit Climate Generation, and they’ve partnered with watch brand Tudor, which will match the store’s 10 percent donation to Climate Generation on Black Friday for every purchase made and also provide complimentary coffee at the Bachelor Farmer Cafe. Plus, Tudor and Askov Finlayson will make a donation of $500 for every watch sold from Friday through Monday. And as always, sales of Askov Finlayson's "North" products, including its signature knit hat, benefit Climate Generation. (204 N. First St., Minneapolis, askovfinlayson.com)

November 25-December 9: Love Your Melon and Pinky Swear Foundation Holiday Pop-up at MOA: Pinky Swear Foundation partners with Love Your Melon to spread awareness of pediatric cancer and raise funds to support its mission to help kids with cancer and offer their families financial support. The pop-up will be open daily beginning on Black Friday through Friday, December 9. (Mall of America, Macy's Court, 4000 Southwest Ct., Bloomington, mallofamerica.com

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Atelier957: Take 20 percent off all purchases in-store on Friday and Saturday, and receive 20 percent off online with the code "SMALLBIZSATURDAY" from Friday through Cyber Monday. (957 Grand Ave., St. Paul, atelier957.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at June: Take 30 percent off on all large handbags, skirts, jeans, pants, and blazers (Friday only), and on Saturday, receive a free gift with a purchase of $65 or more. (June, 3406 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, juneresale.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Covered: Take 25 percent off storewide at Uptown women's boutique Covered. (1201 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-501-6163.)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Local Motion: Receive 20 percent off storewide. (Local Motion, 2813 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis)

November 25-27: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Weekend at Stephanie’s: Everything at Stephanie’s will be 20 percent off storewide. There will also be drawings for giveaways such as a DVF handbag, denim from James Jeans, and a $100 Stephanie’s gift card. (Stephanie's, 758 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul, stephaniesshop.com)

November 25-27: Black Friday Weekend at Sven Clogs Warehouse: Shop specially marked clogs at $59 and clog boots at $99, plus take 20 percent off all in-stock clogs and boots, 10 percent off all in-stock retail items, and 30 percent off the clearance section, in-store only. For online orders, save 20 percent with the discount code "thanks". (Sven Comfort Shoes, 10,000 Lake Blvd., Chisago City, 651-257-4591, svenclogs.com.)

November 25-26: Minneapolis Craft Market presents Plaid Friday + Small Business Saturday: Minneapolis Craft Market returns again this year with their two day outdoor winter market.  Listen to live music in the taproom and enjoy hot mulled cider while you shop. Vendors include AnnMade in Minnesota, Bare Naked Soap Company, and Sage & Cedar Arts. Vendor lineups differ each day. (Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Fillmore St. NE., Minneapolis, mplscraftmarket.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Willful Goods: During this event, Willful Goods will be hosting a food drive, launching their holiday collection, and offering exclusive deals and refreshments. (Willful Goods Showroom, 319 W. 48th St., Minneapolis, willfulgoods.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at D.NOLO: Take up to 50 percent off select fall/winter apparel and accessories (home goods excluded). (D.NOLO, 219 N. 2nd St., Minneapolis, dnolo.com)

November 25-27: Black Friday Weekend at the Golden Pearl Vintage: For every $50 Golden Pearl gift certificate you buy, receive a $10 gift certificate for yourself; for every $100 gift certificate purchase, receive $25 for yourself. (The Golden Pearl Vintage, 507A E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-378-3978)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday in North Minneapolis: This three-day shopping event hosted by NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network) not only showcases over 50 small businesses spanning clothing, accessories, art, and beauty, plus entertainment and fun giveaways. (NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave., Ste. 100, Minneapolis, facebook.com)

November 25-November 27: Black Friday Weekend Sale at Cliché: Enjoy complimentary drinks and receive 25% off on any purchase made at Cliché this weekend. (2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, clichempls.com)

November 25-27: Black Friday Weekend at Roe Wolfe: North Loop women’s boutique Roe Wolfe is doing a spin-the-wheel for discounts of up to 50 percent, off plus free gifts with purchase, all weekend. (Roe Wolfe, 121 N. First St., Minneapolis, roewolfe.com)

November 25-27: Wilson & Willy's 2-Year Anniversary Sale: In honor of the North Loop shop's second anniversary, take 20 percent off in-store and online with code "thankyou2." (Some exclusions apply.) (211 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis, wilsonandwillys.com)

November 25-27: Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday Weekend at Key North Boutique: Receive a gift card for 20 percent off your purchase, or donate 20 percent of your purchase to Dress for Success on Friday. From Saturday through December 31, receive 20 percent off one full-priced item. (515 1st Ave. NE., Minneapolis, keynorthboutique.com)

November 25-27: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Weekend at Kisa Boutique: Shop markdowns of $20 to $50 on women's clothing as well as a Turkish towel sale—buy one for $35, two for $60, or four for $100 (regularly $40-$50). (Ridgedale Center, 12265 Wayzata Blvd., Minnetonka, kisaboutique.com)

November 25-28: Idun’s Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sale: Shop timeless women’s clothing at Idun’s, with 20 percent off every purchase. Truce Juice and Nina’s Coffee will also be in the shop all Friday (11a.m.-7p.m.) and Saturday (10a.m.-6p.m.) (495 Selby Ave., St. Paul, shopidun.com)

November 25-26: Black Friday & Small Business Saturday at Pharmacie: Take 15 percent off storewide and complimentary Fast Mary's Bloodies while you shop at the hip home and gift store. (10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pharmacie, 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, pharmaciempls.com)

November 25-28: Hazel & Rose Thanksgiving Weekend Sale: Hazel & Rose will be having an online sale this weekend with discounts on select brands but the store itself will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Hazel & Rose will reopen for Small Business Saturday and Sunday. (Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m., Sun. 12-4p.m.,945 Broadway St. NE, shophazelandrose.com)   

November 25-December 23: Holidazzle Holiday Craft Market: Vendors for this extensive holiday market include Faribault Woolen Mill, Fulton Brewery, Spyhouse Coffee, the Abbey Alpacas, Kevin Mathews Pottery, Hagen & Oats, and many more. (5-9 p.m. Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Loring Park, Minneapolis holidazzle.com)

November 25-27: ACG Black Friday Weekend Sale: Receive 40 percent off on sustainably sourced, hand-dyed fashions by Minneapolis line ACG in its online shop with the code "THANK YOU" at checkout. ACG is also donating 10 percent of all profits to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. (acgmpls.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday Pop-up at Golden Rule: Excelsior shop Golden Rule hosts a pop-up at its upstairs Workshop space featuring complimentary espresso drinks from Coffee Cart Mpls, new artwork from Ashley Mary and Missy Monson, and handcrafted goods by local makers Solid Manufacturing Co., Minny & Paul, and Neal Jewelry. (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Golden Rule Collective, 350 Water St., Excelsior, goldenrulecollective.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday at Bombshell: Plus-size women's clothing boutique Bombshell invites you to its first-ever progressive sale where sales discounts will increase with the purchase of each item. Receive 10 percent off the second item purchased, 15 percent off the third, and more. (Bombshell, 794 Grand Ave., St. Paul, bomb-shell-boutique.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday Celebration at Max’s: This event includes a live broadcast by MyTalk 107.1’s "Shop Girls," chocolate tastings, and shopping assistance by Max’s staffers who are more than happy to help shoppers with holiday gift ideas. (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Max's, 3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, stylebymax.com)

November 26: Shop Small Holiday Market: Midways Pantry, St. Anthony Area Chamber of Commerce, and Northeaster invite you to their 4th annual holiday market. More than 40 Minnesota small businesses will showcase their locally made food, art, and health and beauty products. Free childcare will be provided by Fitness Crossroad for shoppers’ convenience. (10 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Anthony Village Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Rd. NE., Minneapolis, midwestpantry.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday at Goodnight Moon: Take 20 percent off your entire purchase (excluding personalized or special-order merchandise and christening attire) during Small Business Saturday. (4388 France Ave. S., Minneapolis, goodnightmoonkids.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday at Showroom: Treat yourself to a day of pampering with special guests such as StormSister Spatique with her latest lipstick line, Epitome Skincare, and chiropractor David Kucera who will be offering free mini massages throughout the afternoon. (11 a.m.-7 p.m., Showroom, 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, facebook.com)

November 26: Small Business Saturday: Meet the Maker Trunk Show: Annabella Sardelis of Indigo & Snow will be debuting her holiday collections including her newest tea towel designs and textile artists Mary Beth Stevens & Nancy Stevens Randall will be displaying their beautiful felted scarves at the Textile Center. (The Textile Center,3000 University Ave. SE. #100, Minneapolis, textilecentermn.org)   

November 26: Small Business Saturday in Excelsior: Gray Home + Lifestyle One Year Anniversary and Christkindlsmarkt: Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Excelsior with Gray Home + Lifestyle’s one year anniversary and Excelsior’s annually held Chrsitkindlsmarkt which consists of an extensive marketplace with crafts, foods, and homeware and fun holiday activities for the whole family. (10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Gray Home + Lifestyle, 366 Water St., Excelsior, facebook.com)

November 26: Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Market and Small Business Saturday at 50th & France: Support small businesses at 50th & France’s first holiday market. Featured vendors include The Fairie House, Fringe Accessories, Live & Love Minnesota, and more. Shop other 50th & France businesses and stick around for their Tree Lighting Ceremony that will take place from 3-5 p.m. (Noon-5 p.m., 50th & France, Edina, 50thandfrance.com)

November 26: Nordic Julemarket: The Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce is proud to present their first Nordic Julemarket, inspired by Christmas traditions throughout Nordic countries. Festivities include a marketplace with gifts, crafts, and other local creations, food and drink, games, dancing, and other cultural activities and Nordic traditions. (10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sons of Norway, 1455 W. Lake St., nordicjulemarket.com)

November 26-30: Simon Pearce Gift with Purchase Event: Receive a Norwich vase (valued at $125) with any Simon Pearce purchase of $350 or more (Ampersand, 3445 Galleria, Edina, ampersandshops.com

November 27: Linden Hills Holiday Market: Shop crafts, home and garden décor, gourmet treats, and holiday gifts at Linden Hills Holiday Market. This Sunday participating vendors include Karen Morris Millinery, Body Bliss, Blue Egg Farmstore, JoeLuc Jewelry, and others. (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Sunnyside Gardens, 3723 44th St. W., Minneapolis, facebook.com)

November 27: Holiday Party at Isles Studio: Explore Isles Studio’s collections featuring brands such as Astier de Villatte, Cire Trudon, Fornasetti, Coral and Tusk, and Laura Zindel Design and shop one-of-a-kind collectibles, artifacts, and garden and home décor. (Isles Studio, 1311 25th St., Minneapolis, islesstudio.com)

November 27: Made by Hands Holiday Sale: Bauhaus Brew Labs hosts a pop-up featuring handmade gifts, wearables, home decor and more during its third annual Made by Hands event, which also features vinyl classics from DJ Shane Kramer, beer, and food trucks. (Noon-6 p.m. Bauhaus Brew Labs, 1315 Tyler St. NE., Minneapolis, visit Facebook for list of vendors)

November 28: Maidens Magazine Event: Online platform Maidens Magazine, which showcases the work of women photographers using only Polaroids, 35mm, medium and large format photography, is hosting a special exhibition of work by 13 local female photographers. Works will be available for bidding in a silent auction, with proceeds donated to the anti-sex trafficking nonprofit, MN Girls Are Not for Sale. T-shirts and other products by local brand My Sister will also be for sale. (5-8 p.m. Norseman Distillery, 451 Taft St. NE., Unit 19, Minneapolis, maidensmagazine.com; view more info at the Facebook invite.)

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