On Small Business Saturday, I had Vietnamese Noodle Soup at a franchiser’s restaurant Pho Hoa.
However, I also did my duty as an American Consumer to support Small Business Saturday as a holiday shopper. Share with the SmartyGirlLeadership community. Where did you window shop on Small Business Saturday?
For instance, before I met my friend for lunch, I did my browsing at Knit This, Purl That! in Pleasanton. I tried not to snicker because the owner took herself and her trade seriously but to me she looks like, Portlandia Comeddiane Carrie Brownstein.
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Kool-Aid Yarn Dye|
1. Look for funky recommendations. Did you like Barnes and Noble Bookstore’s handwritten staff picks? I did. Such places have closed up shop but small businesses often have the owner herself on duty. So the items on the shelves are likely to be her picks.
2. Seek gag gifts. Know a SmartyGuy who protests a bit too much about the Twilight series? Get him or his girlfriend Vampire Knits by Genevieve Miller.
3. Eavesdrop on the other patrons. Not only did I hear some thought-starters and mistakes to avoid about knitting as a beginner, I was invited to partake in the complimentary refreshments such as pumpkin loaf and tea!
I wonder if the pumpkin loaf was purchased next door at Noland’s Cake shop, also a small business?
Disclaimer: I have not been paid in any way to endorse any brand, product, or company.
Why did I like this small business? I liked the book selection, the decor and the refreshments. What was unexpected about this knitting supply shop?
- Subversive Ties
- Hot Pink Wigged Mannequins
- Felt Purse Monsters
- Fang-tastic Tutorials
Check out the tongue-in-cheek book selection at the Knit This, Purl That!
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Vampire Knits Tutorial|
|Photo Credit: Renee Marchol Son of Stitch’n Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit and Crochet for Men|