Make a Big Impact in Baltimore on Small Business SaturdayNovember 23, 2021
Local restaurants, family-owned businesses, and Baltimore-based creatives are what make Harbor East special. Small Business Saturday is a day to recognize their contributions to our city and support their incredible work. By shopping small, you’re investing in our community and helping to create a thriving neighborhood.
It’s especially important to patronize local businesses this year as many have suffered during the pandemic. Plus, it just might make your own holiday shopping a little easier too: global supply chain complications are making it difficult for online retailers to keep up with shipments. Shopping local guarantees that you’ll have your presents in time––no need to constantly refresh that shipment tracker!
Shop Small and Support Your Local Community
By shopping small this season, you’ll have a big impact on our neighborhood. And, it’s easy: there are lots of great events that bring vendors from around the city to one convenient place. You can find a gift for everyone on your list and support numerous local businesses, all in a one-stop-shop.
Here are some of the events featuring multiple small businesses and local makers that you can support this upcoming Small Business Saturday:
There’s something for everyone on your list at the Cross Street Holiday Market in Federal Hill, held from noon to 5pm. Lots of local makers will be selling handmade, artisan gifts that your loved ones will treasure. While you’re there, you can enjoy some live music and tasty eats from a special holiday menu.
Soak in the holiday magic at the Holiday Bazaar in Cross Keys from 11am-2pm on Saturday. Shop the creations of local small businesses to the tune of live music by the Baltimore School of Music and enjoy refreshments from Belvedere Square eateries.
Head to the Waverly Holiday Pop-up on Saturday morning to shop the sundries of dozens of local vendors. The event is held in conjunction with the 32nd Street Farmers Market, so you can pick up your weekend groceries while you’re there!
From 10am-5pm, the Night Owl Gallery in Highlandtown is hosting local vendors, including Bombs Question Mark Candle Makers. They’ll also have refreshments so you can refuel after a busy shopping day.
Shop local woman-owned businesses at R. House in Remington from 11am-4pm. They’ll be hosting talented artisans from Maxi Cif Designs, with handcrafted silver jewelry, Root to Rise Plant Co, with bespoke pottery and gifts, and more.
Head to Monument City Brewing between noon and 6pm to grab a drink and shop a curated holiday market with unique gifts like local kombucha from Hex Ferments and Baltimore-themed clothing from Pangea Print.
Made in Baltimore artisans join in Station North from 1pm-6pm. Shop great vendors like Stellarium Jewelry, LIDIJA, and jgpottery, and enjoy eats from Mera Kitchen, like creamy lentil soup and Syrian french fries.
Get a head start and head to the Harbor East Holiday Haul on Friday the 26th! From 11am-3pm, they’ll have festive live music, drinks, and even an ice skating rink. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend and relax a bit before the shopping starts.
Other Holiday Events
Heading out of town for Thanksgiving weekend? There will be plenty of other local events to shop small at throughout the holiday season.
Nothing says holiday season like a trip to the Baltimore Christmas Village! This beautiful event brings together local vendors, small businesses, and makers to create a one-stop Christmas shopping marketplace.
Want to check out another festive market? On December 4th, from 10am-2pm, over 50 local vendors join in at Cross Keys for a pop-up marketplace.
Handmade gifts make a wonderful sentimental present for any loved one, and buying from local artists is a great way to support our community! Shop the beautiful, crafty creations of over 40 vendors at the Holiday Heap in Charles Village on December 4th from 10am-5pm.
Get your shopping done and indulge in some festivities all at once at the Holiday Market and Party in South Baltimore from 12pm-4pm on December 4th. You can even bring your dog to take a photo with Santa, and try out two special holiday beer releases!
Give The Gift of Shopping
If you’re unable to make the Small Business Saturday or holiday events, another way to support local businesses is to purchase a gift card. A gift card makes an excellent gift for a friend who loves the shopping itself, just as much as the haul. They’re also great to stock up on for emergency gifts throughout the year! Be sure to support these local retailers, right near your home at Liberty Harbor East:
Wine preferences can be personal. Let your loved one select their own new favorite bottle of red or white with a gift card from Bin 604.
With an incredible array of interior design goods, Su Casa is the perfect spot to pick up a gift card for your HGTV-obsessed family member. They have something for every taste and style, so anyone can find a home decor piece they’ll love.
Your style-conscious friends will surely appreciate a gift card from Sassanova. This boutique has an amazing selection of clothes and accessories––it’s a fashion lover’s paradise.
A gift card to the local Aveley Farms coffee shop is the perfect treat for just about anyone on your list. They can treat themselves to a luxurious espresso, or grab some beans to level up their home coffee game.
For more information and a comprehensive list of local Fells Point businesses, feel free to explore the business directory.
Happy Holidays, Liberty Residents!
We hope you have a wonderful time holiday shopping. If you snap any photos of your hauls, be sure to tag us on Instagram @LibertyHarborEast.