Buy local in Kansas City this small business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a day when customers support local businesses.

Small Business Saturday is a day when customers support local businesses.

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The weekend following Thanksgiving offers a plethora of shopping opportunities for shoppers looking for the perfect holiday gift. It starts with Small Business Saturday, a celebration of local, handmade, and artisanal products from independent manufacturers and small businesses.

Kansas City is home to hundreds of small business owners, ranging from casual hobbyists to full-time traders. Here are some holiday shopping events taking place this Saturday, November 27, where you can support many local businesses at once.

Queer & Bazaar @ the KC Center for Inclusion

This independent market event allows buyers to support the creators of Kansas City’s LGBTQ + community. The market will be located inside the KC Center for Inclusion building at 3740 Broadway Blvd. 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. It will feature a variety of artisans including jewelers, ceramists, painters and musicians. If you can’t come this time, don’t worry: the market is held all year round on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Gifts: the corporate black market

Stop by this holiday market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays to shop a collection of Kansas City black-owned businesses, with vendors selling clothing, candles, cream for skin, cosmetics and food. The event will take place in the upstairs event space at 325 E. 31st St. in Union Hill, just above The Black Pantry, and there will be food trucks in front.

The market is organized by GIFT, a local nonprofit organization that supports black business owners. The organization holds a Black Business Market on the last Saturday of each month. GIFT executive director Brandon Calloway said the markets are an extension of the organization’s small business grants program, providing local entrepreneurs with a platform to promote and sell their products.

Merry Market @ the city market

Located in the River Market district of Kansas City, this holiday market will open Friday, November 26 and run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through December 19. The event will feature food and gifts from permanent City Market vendors as well as small Kansas City designers. Visitors can also enjoy live music and entertainment while walking through the market. Parking costs $ 5, but admission is free.

Brookside Small Business Saturday

Storefronts in Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood will open to shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 27. Visitors can support local businesses by strolling around Brookside Boulevard and West 63rd Street.

Small Waldo’s Shop Saturday Tour

Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood stretches along Wornall Road from Gregory Boulevard to approximately 85th Street, and is home to more than 300 businesses, many of which are independent. Small Business Saturday is just the start of this celebratory week, which lasts until Friday, December 3. Even if you think you know the area, you might want to stop by: over 20 new businesses have opened in the Waldo region in the past year. Buyers who spend more than $ 50 in the neighborhood can even win a free gift from the Waldo Area Business Association.

Holiday Sip & Shop @ KC Wineworks

This welcoming event will feature mulled wine, local gifts and surprise discounts throughout the day. Visitors can stop by the Wineworks tasting room at 1829 McGee Street from noon to 10 p.m. to enjoy the venue’s full menu, and can purchase directly from local manufacturers between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Small Business Saturday atop Lee Downtown

Stop by downtown Lee’s Summit, located along SE 3rd St. and surrounding areas, for this neighborhood-wide event. More than 30 small businesses will participate in the celebration throughout the day, and shoppers arriving early in the day can purchase a free tote bag at participating retailers. Some stores will also run freebies and other specials.

Midtown Small Business Saturday Pop-up

Stop on Westport Road and Central Street to shop for festive Midtown KC Now merchandise and sample waffles from The Waffler on November 27. Visitors can then explore the small businesses around Midtown. Shoppers can enjoy this mini-event from 10 a.m. to noon before heading to other markets in the city.

Certain points of sale at Lower West will have special opening hours on Saturdays. These include Ugly Glass & Company, Taylor’s Layne Boutique, and Bella Patina.

Do you have more questions about holiday events or how to support small businesses and artists in Kansas City? Notify the service journalism team at [email protected] or by filling out the form below.

This story was originally published November 25, 2021 5:00 a.m.

Natalie Wallington is a reporter on The Star’s Helpdesk covering policies, government programs, community resources, and more. His journalistic work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, Audubon Magazine, Popular Science, VICE News and elsewhere.

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