We’re not going to try to tell you how to do your holiday shopping, but if we have a vote, it’s overwhelmingly for Small Business Saturday over Black Friday. The former gives you a chance to support local entrepreneurs in our locals-supporting neighborhood, the latter might stick you in a tent in a suburban parking lot for the opportunity to get trampled over a discount flat screen. Nope.
Related, one of our favorite annual East Nashville Small Business Saturday opportunities: Fa-La-La Fatherland, hosted by the varied businesses in the Shoppes on Fatherland.
This year’s event — Saturday, Nov. 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — is the third annual, and participating Shoppes will have snacks, drinks and holiday merriment, and at the end of the day, they’ll be giving away a prize basket full of locally chosen goodies, so you might get a gift of your own after shopping for other folks.
If you’re new to the area, or haven’t spent much time over at the Shoppes on Fatherland, this is great encouragement to get over there — the cool and eclectic shopping hub has small businesses making and selling everything from chocolate and cakes to clothing and pet accessories.
Spending your day at Fa-La-La Fatherland could knock out the larger part of your gift list before December even gets here.
To give you a sense of how broad your options are, here’s the list of participating Fa-La-La Fatherland shops, and what they offer. Click the names to go to their website.
Participating Fa-La-La Fatherland shops
1004 Fatherland, #101
“Hand made Artisan Chocolate and Confections with a fun Rock n Roll attitude!”
1004 Fatherland, #102
Nashville’s first fashion truck’s non-rolling home, with men and women's clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts, with a focus on local designers.
1002 Fatherland, #102
Stylish products for well-loved pets, from colors and harnesses to beds and blankets.
1002 Fatherland, #101
Home goods and gifts, from locally made gourmet foods to decor and fashion accessories.
1000 Fatherland St.
Flavorful tools for home cooks and the food lovers in your life: blends, rubs, oils and seasonings that make chef-ing easier.
1006 Fatherland, #103A
A cozy book lover’s paradise, stocking everything from classic literature to children’s books.
1006 Fatherland, #104
A health and wellness hub, stocked with supplements, cleanses, protein powders and more.
1100 Fatherland, #106
Fashion stop with all kinds of accessories like scarves, bags, wallets and more.
1100 Fatherland, #102
A great option for a break from shopping, particularly if you’re health-conscious/vegetarian — they serve juices, smoothies and an array of plant-based dishes.
1006 Fatherland, #205
“Clothes for the rock and roll loving, whiskey drinking rebel in all of us.”
1006 Fatherland, #204
Family-run women’s fashion shop with apparel, accessories and home goods, aimed at fashionable ladies from pre-teen ages up.
1006 Fatherland, #305A
Vintage, antique, and handmade/upcycled items (ranging from thermos lamps to reclaimed wood wall art).
1006 Fatherland, #202
If you’d like to gift someone with a little local pride, you’ll find cool Ts/hoodies nodding to Nashville broadly, parts of Middle Tennessee specifically (there’s an East Nashville map T, an “I Climbed Mount Juliet” T and lots more) and lots more at philanthropic apparel company Project 615. Added bonus: Supporting Project 615 also supports Set Free ministries, which helps local men recovering from homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.
Another great place to break for lunch — the full-service bakery offers Frothy Monky coffee, fresh-baked bread and pastries and “bakery-inspired” dishes.
1006 Fatherland, #206
Custom-designed cakes and cupcakes and other sweet treats.
1006 Fatherland, #301
Paper goods, art prints and other gifts, with a focus on handmade/small-maker items.
Lotions, balms, scrubs and more infused with essential oils and other skin-care ingredients.
1006 Fatherland, #201
Women's boutique with clothing, jewelry and accessories, including designer brands like Free People and BCBG.
301 S. 10th St.
A must-stop for those with fishing aficionados on the list — hand-tied flies and more, made right here in East Nashville.
1006 Fatherland, #303
Men’s and women’s clothing.
Third annual Fa-La-La Fatherland
Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The Shoppes On Fatherland, 1006 Fatherland St.