photo: The Idea Hatchery/2013
Hope you’ve been enjoying the new Food & Drink Issue, on stands and online now. While you’re reading it, and as we dive headfirst into the holiday season, we wanted to take a slight shift from our usual news, and offer a little local shopping help.
We say this often, because it’s something we feel strongly about: Independent businesses were and are a big part of what’s made and kept East Nashville unique, and a fun and feisty (sometimes in a good way) place to live. As we’ve grown, supporting small businesses in East Nashville has become that much more important — everyone’s paying higher rent, many still tussling with the draw of online retail behemoths.
Our dollars, around the holidays and through the rest of the year, mean a lot to homegrown businesses, and do a lot to ensure that East Nashville stays a place that welcomes and bolsters entrepreneurship.
So, with that all said, we hope you’ll mark your calendar this year for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, and do some of your holiday shopping with independent local businesses. Below are a few events that’ll make for fun shopping adventures, but they’re far from all that’s going on — most of your favorite shops are probably doing something special, and even if they’re not, they’ll surely welcome an SBS visit. (If you’re a local business with something planned, please let us know so we can add you).
Small Business Saturday at the Shoppes on Fatherland
Local shopping and dining hub the Fatherland District is sort of akin to an open-air mall that’s entirely filled with small businesses — pet toys and treats at Baxter Bailey & Co., home goods at Abode Mercantile, clothing at Wheat & Co, jewelry with a social-good slant at The Shine Project, all kinds of gifts and paper goods at Gift Horse and so much more. Different businesses will have different stuff to offer on Small Business Saturday, from new products to specials, and wandering through will make for an easy way to knock disparate items off your Christmas list, while shopping all-small.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24
Where: The Shoppes on Fatherland, around South Ninth and Fatherland Streets
Small Business Saturday: Makers Village
Love shopping local and homemade? This year’s Makers Village, hosted at the Pavilion East, should catch your attention — a slew of makers are set to come by, selling everything from home goods and jewelry to art, including Acorn + Archer, Boss Construction and a slew of others. There’ll be food trucks and vendors around too, to make your shopping excursion more appealing. Since the Pavilion is right next to the Shoppes on Fatherland, you’ll have a wide array of Small Business Saturday options to pick from, all on foot.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24
Where: Pavilion East, 1006 Fatherland St.
Small Business Saturday at the Idea Hatchery
Like the Shoppes on Fatherland, the Idea Hatchery is a cozy hive of small businesses in East Nashville, with offerings that span from cool vintage stuff at Goodbuy Girls to unique jewelry at Riveter, books from Defunct Books and lots more. Along with specials/fun wrangled by individual Hatchery businesses, there’ll be full-event treats on offer, including drinks/sweets, tote bags, stickers and prizes for shoppers, and more.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24
Where: The Idea Hatchery, 1108 Woodland St.
Small Business Saturday at Kernels Gourmet Popcorn
Locally bred business Kernels doesn’t just pop up buttery stuff (though they do that extra well) — they offer more than a dozen creative popcorn flavors, from Nashville "HOT" to vanilla cinnamon, and they’re packed in three different gift tin sizes for easy sharing. On Small Business Saturday, if you pop by to pick up some popcorn, you can enter a drawing for a free one-gallon gift tin too.
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24
Where: Kernels Gourmet Popcorn, 2501B Gallatin Ave.
Small Business Saturday at Float Horizen
Know someone who needs a little R&R? Or need some yourself? East Nashville alternative therapy spa Float Horizen will have a bunch of giftables on sale for Small Business Saturday, including gift cards, “zen” and “unplug” float packages, CBD lotions/tinctures, himalayan salt baskets/lamps, and lots more. Bonus: Anyone who comes into the store on Small Business Saturday will be eligible to win a free 60-minute float session.
When: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24
Where: Float Horizen, 1012 Russell St., Ste. 204
Small Business Saturday at Coutelier
If you’re a local kitchen pro or home cook (or someone on your Christmas gift list is), East Nashville shop Coutelier will likely have something that catches your eye, including high-end knives, barware and more. For Small Business Saturday (and Black Friday/Cyber Monday), they’ll be offering deep discounts on their array of kitchen tools: 15 percent off all knives (select brands go up to 50 percent off), 15-20 percent off barware, and 20-25 percent off knife rolls, aprons and sharpening stones.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24 (and 10-6 Friday and Monday)
Where: Coutelier, 933 Woodland St., Ste. C
Please reach out if you work with a local East Nashville business that’s planning a Small Business Saturday event for 2018. And see you back here next week, for your regularly scheduled East Side Buzz.