Black Friday is perhaps one of the largest displays of American and global consumerism. It’s a chance to go crazy with sales and rack up a whole bunch of purchases for yourself or for others. While we get that it’s a day to score great deals, it’s a day usually reserved for big box stores. The holidays are coming up and it’s time to shop, so instead consider supporting local and partaking in Seattle’s Small Business Saturday.

Technically this day was created by American Express in an attempt to get folks to support mom & pop businesses. You can find their map of businesses participating this year by clicking here. But it’s also worth noting that Seattle and Washington as a whole have thousands of small businesses that aren’t listed.

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That’s why we thought we’d include a round-up of some of our small business and restaurant lists for your consideration. After all, with so many great local businesses it can be hard to remember all of them.

Enjoy some vintage shopping


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Now that winter is here you could probably use a wardrobe refresh. Or if you’re looking for a unique holiday gift you can always check out spots like the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall or Lander Street Vintage in the former Pacific Galleries.

Check out a holiday market


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Holiday markets are a great place to find local vendors and creators from across the PNW. There are tons of markets happening now until the end of December. Of course, we created a whole list of markets for you to check out (linked above) so that you don’t have to do all that extra research. Psst if you’re looking for a Christmas tree, we also have you covered with local sellers.

Eat at a local restaurant


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Seattle is a foodie city so we get that it can be hard to pick just where to eat. Whether you want Italian, pho, dim sum, sushi, an NYT-approved resto or something new, we have you covered with a whole host of lists.

Get your gift shopping on


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The holiday season is here and that means you’re probably looking for gifts! You can use tools like Intentionalist to find businesses owned by specific communities. Or shop from unique local businesses like Big Little News or Drink Books. Just think about all those cool little gift shops in your neighborhood that you’ve never checked out. Now is the time!

Once again, these are just a few ideas and examples of some of the many amazing small businesses in Seattle and Washington. So get out there, do a little shopping, and feel good about it!