Small business everyday

While most folks were rushing to and fro in search of Black Friday bargains at big box retailers, I went in search of small business options in several Valley cities — and found the following places you might enjoy visiting during today’s  “Small Business Saturday” event created by American Express.

Mystic Paper in Mesa has amazing scrapbook and paper art supplies

The Eclectic Monkey Emporium in Mesa has a nifty retro vibe

Gunnell’s Jewelry in Mesa has jewelry, watches and a repair service

Book Gallery in Mesa has unique and rare titles for children and adults

Gotham City in Mesa has comic books, action figures and original artwork

Milano Music in Mesa has instruments, sheet music and related gifts

Yucatecan Imports in Tempe has clothing, jewelry and leather goods

Shoe Mill in Tempe has funky shoes, boots, slippers and handbags

Candy Addict in Tempe has sweets and related treats

Zoolikins in Scottsdale has fashion, toys and parent supplies

Purr-suasions in Scottsdale has decor, fashion, handbags and jewelry

The Paper Place in Scottsdale has leather goods, handbags and fun papers

Russian Oasis in Scottsdale has nesting dolls for kids and adults

Tea Time in Scottsdale has fine teas and related gifts for tea lovers

Remember as you’re shopping for self and others that although recognizing “Small Business Saturday” is all good and fine, small businesses welcome your business every day of the year.

— Lynn

Note: This post may be updated as I uncover more “fun finds” during my own “Small Business Saturday” adventures. For additional small business options, visit Local First Arizona online– which lists businesses by specialty and region, and has information on discounts and special promotions.

Coming up: Art gallery hosts local student artists, Making homemade gifts with children, Munchkin musings, “Godspell” tales

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