EVENTS: Twin Cities artists and makers are gearing up for Small Business Saturday as the year draws to a close

Small businesses are gearing up for their own Black Friday – Small Business Saturday – in hopes consumers will continue to shop local despite high prices this holiday season.

American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 to bring more shoppers to local stores amid the recession, and in 2022 some store owners have noted that persistently high inflation has changed consumer habits.

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For the 12 months to October 2022, the inflation rate was 7.7% and November figures are expected to be released on 13 December. Inflation has declined from its June peak of 9.1%, the highest reading Americans had seen in decades.

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Those in the Twin Cities Metro have plenty of options for local shopping on Saturday. Below is a list of some of these options.



Tree lighting ceremony and shopping – Shoppers will find food and entertainment along with merchandise during the series of activities Saturday at 50th and France.


holiday magic – On Saturdays from 12pm to 9pm shoppers can support the small businesses that have made their home in Loring Park. Those staying in the later hours can see the fireworks at 7:15 p.m

Unique Christmas gifts – The Northrup King Building hosts local creators and artists for Small Business Saturday. People can shop in person on Saturday from 10am to 6pm and check out the artists’ websites if they want more.

New bookstore opened – Come on, a bookstore will open for the first time on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Small Business Saturday Market – Midtown Global Market is following up its Black Friday event with additional vendors from 11am to 5pm on Saturday.

Made-by-hands holiday extravagance – Bauhaus Brew Labs will feature more local makers and food on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm

NE Makers Market – The Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis will feature 48 local businesses during a free event taking place Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

For the sake of the ARTISTS – The Solar Arts building is urging people to take a break from malls and support local artists from 11am to 6pm on Saturday.


Holiday Art Crawl and Sale – MontiArts on West Broadway Street sells art from several local artists in an event running Friday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

St Louis Park

Local shops are reopening – Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store, which had shut down during the pandemic, is reopening on West End Boulevard in St. Louis Park. The store will open for the first time at its new location on Saturday.

St Paul

European Christmas Market – Friday marked the start of the first three-day weekend for Union Depot’s annual European Christmas market. Shoppers can shop, eat and choose from various forms of entertainment on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Little indigenous Saturday – Indigenous small businesses offer a range of goods on Saturday. Blue Hummingbird Woman gifts are available from 10am

holiday market – Keg & Case is open on Saturday from 11am to 9pm with a festive spirit that lasts into Christmas.


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