Small Business Saturday, the Saturday After Thanksgiving, is a nationwide campaign created in 2010 by American Express to remind people that in this day of online shopping and crowded malls, local businesses are also ready to meet their needs and to support their communities. Here are some cities and chambers of commerce that are promoting special events for small businesses on Saturday, November 27:
Cardiff: Cardiff 101 Mainstreet invites everyone to celebrate and support local businesses in Cardiff City Center, 2033 San Elijo Ave., and the surrounding area from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Take advantage of sidewalk sales, local specialties and pop-up shops. A limited edition print will be available for buyers who buy from certain companies. Call (760) 436-0431.
Carlsbad: The Carlsbad Village association sponsors Small Business Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the heart of Carlsbad Village. Featured, shopping promotions, discounts, live music and more. A free gift card (no purchase necessary) will be organized by the association for a chance to win one of 40 different gift cards valued at $ 2,500 for restaurants, vineyards and taprooms in the center -city. Local gifts will also be distributed throughout the day (while stocks last). In addition to performances by local musicians, a special holiday concert will be given by the Carlsbad High School Jazz Ensemble. Send an e-mail to [email protected]; call (760) 453-7076.
Carmel Valley: Downtown Del Mar Highlands celebrates Small Business Saturdays with its Sip & Stroll from 2pm to 5pm on Saturdays at 12925 El Camino Real. Stroll through the center to enjoy sips and samples of cocktails, drinks and restaurant tastings. Participating businesses will provide special offers such as book autographs, free gift wrap with purchase, and more. Enjoy live music from local favorite The Heart Band, as well as plenty of other entertainment throughout the center. The Sip & Stroll is free and open to the first 300 people who register on https://bit.ly/3DNc2EG. All guests are asked to purchase a gift from any business in downtown Del Mar Highlands to donate to Ronald McDonald House. Take the item to the check-in area. Consult the list of requirements on https://rmhcsd.org/get-involved/wish-lists.
Carmel Valley: One Paseo celebrates Shop Small Saturday with its annual 5 p.m. tree light and the start of its holiday toy drive. Tree lighting will feature a gospel choir, treats from One Paseo restaurants and snow from rooftops, plus special guests. One Paseo will also partner with the non-profit Home Start for a holiday toy drive. People can donate new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages from Saturday to December 13 at the “Gift Sleigh,” which will be parked in front of Parakeet Cafe. Donations of packaging supplies are also welcome. One Paseo can be found at 3725 Paseo Place. Call (858) 523-2298; visit https://www.onepaseo.com.
Del Mar: Celebrate Small Business Saturdays with Del Mar Village Dollars, a community-based e-gift card program that keeps local spending going. Starting Saturday, the processing fees on gift card purchases will be removed and buyers will receive bonus dollars on certain denominations (buy $ 50, get $ 20; buy $ 100, get $ 40; buy $ 150 get $ 60) while supplies last. Buy gift cards to use yourself or as holiday gifts; they can be redeemed at any of the more than 35 participating Del Mar Village restaurants, retailers and local service providers. Visit www.visitdelmarvillage.com.
Escondido: Buyers are encouraged to participate in a holiday bingo game. Bingo cards with a card of participating businesses will be available throughout the city. Shop, eat, and explore downtown Escondido to find pop-up performers, special treats, and sales, all while collecting stamps to fill out bingo cards. Completed bingo cards will be entered into a random draw. Participating companies include Stone & Glass, Hawthorne Country Store, Grand Legacy Tattoo, The Grand Tea Room, The Photographers Eye Gallery, and Escondido Art Association. Send an email to [email protected]
Fallbrook: A village craft fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Fallbrook, showcasing crafts and fine art. There will be free family activities, including live music and holiday dishes.
Leucadia: In addition to promoting small businesses and local artists with specials and sales from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays along the Coastal Road, Leucadia 101 Mainstreet hosts two outdoor music festivals. The first is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leucadia Roadside Park, 860 N. Coast Highway. The music starts at 11:15 a.m. with CDME, followed by performances by the Encinitas School of Music at 12:15 p.m., and Mystery Train at 2:00 p.m. Following. The second festival is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., hosted by Encinitas4Equality at 1900 N. Coast Highway. The music starts at 2:30 p.m. with DJ Hummus, followed by Emily Afton at 3:30 p.m., Helena Holleran at 5:00 p.m., Jared Mattson at 6:30 p.m. and Mitchum Yacoub at 8:00 p.m. Buy tickets and learn more about business specials and other festivities at https://bit.ly/3xelNct.
North Park: Celebrate local businesses in North Park at the annual Small Business Saturday event. Get a free loot bag with a minimum purchase of $ 50 and proof of purchase from North Park businesses at the Explore North Park kiosk, 3067 University Ave. North Park Main Street will feature all local businesses, with a special focus on Blacks, Indigenous and people of color, and small women-owned businesses. North Park Live, sponsored by US Bank, is back with live music throughout the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Find the complete list of offers on https://northparkmainstreet.com/small-business-saturday-npms. Call (619) 294-2501.
Ocean beach: The Ocean Beach Business District invites everyone to celebrate Small Business Saturdays and “spread the OB vibe” by buying locally and winning local prizes, including an overnight stay at the Inn at Sunset Cliffs, gift cards to your favorite restaurants, OB seagull items and more. Enter to win a raffle prize from noon to 4 p.m. at the Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association storefront, 1868 Bacon St.
Ocean side: Downtown Oceanside Hosts’ It’s local shopping season from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The sponsors are MainStreet Oceanside, Oceanside Economic Development and Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. Enjoy tastings from breweries, wineries, and craft beverage makers while touring downtown stores and listening to live music. Enter the Oceanside Holiday Challenge for a chance to win local prizes. For $ 25 in advance or $ 30 on the day of the event, you will receive 1 to 3 ounce flavors of local beer, wine, coffee, tea, craft cocktails or spirits. Ticket sales at https://bit.ly/3qLqsBv late at midnight Friday, or when tickets sell out. Starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, you can purchase any remaining tickets at the Artists’ Alley north side check-in (511 Pier View Way). End of ticket sales and registration at 2:00 p.m.
Center of the valley: Local businesses will increase their sales and promotions, with many promotions continuing during the holidays. Visit individual company websites for details and specific vacation activities and schedules, as well as links through the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce (www.vcchamber.com). Some of the local businesses that have reported special offers are Automotive Specialists (10% discount), Hill Top Winery (new fall menu), Path To Wellness (specials through end of November), and Valley Center Veterinary Clinic ( Scruff & Fluff, $ 10 grooming discount). Other special offer projects are A-1 Irrigation Do It Best Hardware, Armstrong Feed & Supply, Bates Nut Farm, CJ Gift Shoppe, CQ Floors LLC, La Mesa Floral Artistry Weddings & Events, Mathnasium of South Escondido and Shawii Kitchen at Native Oaks Golf Course. Visit www.vcchamber.com.