This weekend, ditch the Black Friday crowds and go local. Many independent Dayton businesses will participate in Small Business Saturday, offering shoppers a unique shopping experience away from the malls.
“Small Business Saturday is the opposite of Black Friday,” said Amelia O’Dowd, co-owner of Brim on Fifth. “No camping out, no lines. Great retail, lunch and drinks with your family and friends.”
16 businesses in the Oregon District will be participating. Each business will offer unique sales, products, and discounts for the event. The Downtown Dayton Partnership is holding a window display contest starting on Friday that will last the holiday season.
“Downtown Dayton is home to one of the largest collections of independent retailers in the region,” said O’Dowd. “In addition to great shopping, restaurants and bars will offer gift certificates… Wellness/yoga studios and salons will be offering gift certificates and merchandise.”
At Sew Dayton, 261 Wayne Avenue, pre-purchase classes for the sewing enthusiast. If sewing isn’t your thing, premade aprons, toiletry bags, bunting and beautiful fabrics are available for purchase. Sew Dayton is offering 25% off Riley Blake fabrics, $10 Oliver & S patterns, and new Brother Sewing Machines. Artwork by Erin Pryor is available for purchase; 10% of art sales will be donated to Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
Brim on Fifth, 464 E. Fifth Street, has the largest selection of hats in Ohio. Brim features American made Bailey’s of Hollywood, hats worn by the likes of Sinatra and most recently seen on NBC’s The Voice. There is a hat for every lady and every style; try a cloche by Betmar for a classic look. Recherche NYC and Grace Tokyo have unique and edgy styles for the adventurous. The jewelry and accessories are all handmade and curated by O’Dowd and husband Brian Eastman. Jewelry by Son of Sailor and Dea Dia are beautiful options. Bow ties by Fox & Brie will add professorial flair to any man’s wardrobe.
Stop by Clash Consignment, 521 E. Fifth Street, for original apparel, including the popular Gem City hoodies and t-shirts. Fulfill your vintage fix at Feathers, 440 E. Fifth Street. The vintage lover will swoon over their selection of clothing, fixtures, lamps, toys and other oddities. Get to Feathers early to buy up their selection of bad Christmas sweaters for your next holiday party.
Stop by Spice Paradise, 8 Brown Street to pick up spices, exotic ingredients and gourmet flours that your foodie friends will love. Hop next door to Hick’s Barber Shop and get your bearded friend a gift certificate for a straight razor shave.
At the St. Clair Lofts, American Pi, 41 St. Clair Street, offers American made apparel, including denim, T-Shirts, and dresses. The soothing DayLight candles make an excellent gift for even the pickiest friend. At Green Baby, 31 St. Clair Street, pick up cloth diapers and holistic products for mom and baby. Green Baby also offers a selection of mom and baby consignment, for the budget minded parents.
Looking for all-in-one shopping convenience? Stop by the 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second Street. Grab bottles of maple syrup at Dohner’s Maple Camp. Flavored olive oil and balsamic vinegars from the Olive Tree are a guaranteed hit. Spring for a leather watch by Vintageliz and art at Decoy Art Boutique. Grab a bottle of wine for your next holiday party at The Wine Gallery. Need an eco-friendly gift? Try the Dayton Urban Green shop. Don’t forget the furry friends in your life. The Friends of the Humane society booth has treats, toys, and gifts for cats and dogs.
After a long day of shopping, relax with a cocktail at Lily’s Bistro, 329 E. Fifth Street. The Elderflower Gin & Tonic is sure to clear your mind. Need a pick me up after all that shopping? Head to Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Avenue. Try a single origin pour over coffee. If you forgot someone on your list, Ghostlight also offers gift certificates, bags of coffee, gift baskets and coffee makers.