Small Business Saturday

The counterpart to Black Friday, the sixth-annual Small Business Saturday encourages people all over the country to celebrate and support small businesses the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Founded six years ago in response to small business owners’ most pressing need – getting more customers during the busy holiday shopping season – Small Business Saturday has quickly earned its’ stripes among holiday traditions.

Why not think about visiting Old Oakland, Uptown or Downtown Oakland, College Avenue from Broadway to the Cal Campus, Solano Avenue, Telegraph Avenue or Fourth Street in Berkeley before heading to the mall or shopping at a big box retailer.

Some local events include:

Join Prickly Pig for a sampling of their epic barbecue sauce and collection of dry rubs. Hosted by Marion and Rose’s Workshop! Find all your handcrafted US made and local sourced holiday gift in one place. Saturday November 28, 2015 1:00 to 6:00 pm, 461- 9th Street, Oakland.

The 3rd annual African Diaspora Bazaar and CraftsFair - Featuring affordable art & crafts, diverse handmade goods, live music, great food and a wide range of shopping options presented in a warm-spirited atmosphere reflecting the Bay Area’s great diversity. Saturday November 28, 2015 12 noon to 6:00 pm at the Humanist Hall, 411 28th St. in Downtown Oakland. $2.00 admission, 18 and under free!

Rockridge in the Snow. Join the merchants of Rockridge in celebrating the season with memorable meals, unique gifts, shopping opportunities and special holiday events. Children’s play area with snow, pony rides and lives entertainment. Saturday, November 28th 2015, 3:00pm - 6:00pm, Rockridge BART Station Plaza, Oakland, California, 94618

The Elmwood district, Berkeley on College Avenue (at Ashby Ave.), will have its 6th Annual Small Business Saturday event. Small businesses in this vibrant neighborhood will be decked out for the holidays and ready to help you find the perfect gifts you’re looking for.

The Oakland Cottage Industry Holiday Artisan Fair . This event hosts over 30 local artists & craftspeople to inspire your gift giving from a variety of disciplines: glass artists, woodworkers, Jewelry and Bead artists, fine art, fabric arts, vintage and upcycled clothing and furniture, handcrafted soaps and lotions, scrumptious culinary delights, and much more! This event is free. Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94602

You can also check out the Oakland Central and Oakland Grown website for other local Oakland happenings.

So celebrate small and shop neighborhood business districts on Small Business Saturday and throughout the entire holiday season.

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