As the Black Friday rush comes to a close, independent retailers in Nashville are hoping shoppers will show support for local businesses on Saturday.
Many Nashville retailers are participating in Small Business Saturday, an event launched in 2010 by American Express in support of local retailers across the country. 12th & Broad published a neighborhood shopping guide to help Nashville shoppers connect with more than 100 local businesses this holiday season.
Some shops are offering discounted merchandise on Small Business Saturday, while others are banding together to give consumers a day-long shopping experience in specific neighborhoods.
Courtney Webb, owner of Hey Rooster General Store, organized an event this year in conjunction with Small Business Saturday to bring shoppers to the Gallatin area on the east side of Nashville.
More than 20 businesses are participating in the Gallatin Galavant, a shop crawl that includes stops at retail shops, restaurants and food trucks. Shoppers can pick up a passport at a participating business, collect stamps at the places they visit and then be entered into a raffle for prizes. An after party will be held at No. 308 Saturday night.
“You can start as early as 8 a.m., finish at 3 in the morning and everything in between,” Webb said.
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Webb organized the Gallatin Galavant this year as a way to introduce shoppers to the budding retail corridor in the Gallatin area.
“There are over 20 businesses participating and most are new to the street,” Webb said. “We wanted to take advantage of Small Business Saturday – which already has a lot of attention and support – to let everybody know we’re all here.”
Food trucks including The Grilled Cheeserie, Street Provisions and Sip Cafe will be parked in the area to serve hungry shoppers. Barista Parlor, Steadfast Coffee, Mickey’s Tavern and The Hop Stop are also participating.
Webb said she plans to offer free homemade sausage balls to Hey Rooster General Store customers from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Grilled Cheeserie will be incorporating food items from Hey Rooster’s store into its sandwiches and desserts.
Old Made Good, also located on Gallatin, is contributing a $25 gift card into the Gallatin Galavant raffle. The shop is also offering a free gift with purchases of $25 and higher.
“Small Business Saturday, the whole idea is to support people locally. We’re supporting local artists here and the customers are supporting their local businesses. We hear people say all the time they would rather shop here,” said Teresa Sheehan of Old Made Good. Teresa’s cousin, Ashley, owns the store.
Sheehan added: “People are definitely into supporting the community around East Nashville.”
Andrew Clancey’s new upscale boutique on Shelby Avenue, Any Old Iron, plans to offer a free gift with purchase on Small Business Saturday. The boutique has a small section for English groceries, but its main focus is men’s and women’s fashion and accessories.
Clancey said Any Old Iron will also have beverages or food for customers on Saturday.
“It’s a continuation of Black Friday, really,” he said.
Lorraine’s boutique on Clinton Street plans to offer 20 percent off all clothing and gifts. Jewelry is excluded from the discount. There will be a free gift with purchases of $100 or more.
Customers at Snap Kids on Hillsboro Road can take a selfie in the store on Saturday and receive a 10 percent discount, said owner Leah Bentley.
Megan Lewis, manager of e.Allen, said the boutique will be offering a 20 percent discount to customers all day.
“(Small Business Saturday) has been a very good sales day for us,” Lewis said. “A Saturday in the summer and Small Business Saturday, they’re very similar, which is great.”
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