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Manchester area businesses gear up for Small Business Saturday


Start your Small Business Saturday shopping spree at The Bookery – grab a coffee with the mayor, a free tote bag (while supplies last) and support local businesses on this day celebrating small businesses making a difference. Photo/MEDO

MANCHESTER, NH – The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is giving Small Business Saturday in the region a boost by providing a list of businesses that are taking part with special promotions. [See list below].

Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 25, and aims to get holiday shoppers out to support local businesses after the frenzy of Black Friday, the traditional post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping kickoff.

“Small businesses are the heart of our business community and provide jobs, culture, and economic vitality to our region,” Cole Riel, director of small business and community development for the Greater Manchester Chamber said. “Small Business Saturday is a fantastic opportunity to support these hard-working business owners and to help them survive and thrive this holiday season.”

Riel added that small businesses tend to use local vendors and resources. “When you purchase from your local small business, you are keeping money here, in our community,” Riel said.

Manchester area businesses, as well as businesses across the state, are offering giveaways, raffles, sales, demonstrations, free samples and more to Saturday shoppers. Many also have special deals and other events planned as the holiday shopping season progresses. It’s not only retailers who are taking part – restaurants, art galleries, recreation businesses and more also are offering deals and promotions.

The chamber has gathered a list of promotions that small businesses in the greater Manchester area offering. It can be accessed on the chamber’s website. There is still time for area businesses to add their promotion to the listing, Riel said Monday.

The chamber will also host a Small Business Saturday kickoff at The Bookery, 844 Elm St. Shoppers can stop by on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., and pick up free coffee, tote bags, and a printed list of deals, while supplies last. Shoppers can also get a free copy of the 2023 Downtown Manchester Passport Program, which starts Saturday at participating businesses. Shoppers will have until Dec. 5 to get their passports signed at 10 businesses and return the passport to the chamber to be entered into raffle for $25 gift cards.

Small Business Saturday, sometimes called Shop Local Saturday, was launched by American Express in 2010 as a way to encourage consumers to support local businesses. In 2011, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing Small Business Saturday, and it’s observed in all 50 states.

Last year, consumers spent an estimated $184 billion across the U.S. on Small Business Saturday.

The American Express Small Business Impact Study, released last week, found that 88% of small business owners said small businesses need the support of customers in their community, given the current economic environment.

Some 55% anticipated that Small Business Saturday will make a significant contribution to their overall holiday sales this year.

A large majority of consumers surveyed – 78% – agreed that small businesses are essential to their community.

Small Business Saturday Promotions

Retail, Museums & Art

Green Envy
377 Elm Street, Manchester NH
Website: www.greenenvywellness.com
Social Media: @Greenenvywellness
Online Ordering: Www. Greenenvywellness.com
Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. -4 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Free gift with any purchase

Lo Tide Clothing Co.
7 Colby Ct. Unit 4 Bedford, NH
Website: www.shoplotide.com
Social Media: @Shop.lotide
Online Ordering: www.shoplotide.com
Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m.-5p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Spend $100, receive a $10 Gift Card, Spend. $200 or more receive a $25 gift card, Spend at least $50 and be entered into a raffle for a gift card and sweatshirt. Two local vendors will be set up at the shop, Sundar Esthetics and Energy (offering Skin Consultations) and Incandescent Candle Co. (homemade soy candles).

Mosaic Art Collective
66 Hanover Street, Suite 201 Manchester NH
Website: Mosaicartcollective.com
Social Media: @mosaicartcollective
Online Ordering: https://mosaicartcollective.com/product-category/gallery/current-exhibition/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: We are debuting our new gift cards that will be available online and in person during our special gift friendly small works art show, A Few of My Favorite Things. In addition to our show and sales we are collecting new or gently used art supplies to benefit the Webster House.
Additional Information: Gift Wrapping for a donation to Mosaic Art Collective.

Runner’s Alley
669 Elm Street, Manchester, NH
Website: https://runnersalley.com/
Social Media: @runnersalley
Online Ordering: https://runnersalley.com/
Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Run for Money ($5 per mile up to 6 miles), buy 3 pairs of socks get 1 free, $100 gift card get $25 voucher.  Lots of Black Friday will be on sale.
Additional Information: We have a holiday Run Club appreciation night happening on Dec 7th at 5:30 p.m.  Folks will get discounts, we have raffle items up for grabs, vendors and more!

Studioverne, Fine Art Fused Glass
412 Chestnut Street, Manchester NH
Website: https://www.studioverne.com
Social Media: @studioverne_vglassy
@Studioverne, Fine Art Fused Glass
Online Ordering:
Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Glass process dem
New glass NH Cairns

Taste and Art of Greece
32 Hanover Street, Manchester NH
Website: www.TasteandArtofGreece.com
Social Media: @tasteandartofgreece
Online Ordering: www.TasteandArtofGreece.com
Small Business Saturday Hours: Online only on this day
Small Business Saturday Promo: Follow our Instagram or Facebook pages and we will release special sales info on Black Friday morning.  Or sign up to our website mailing list to receive sales codes and deals the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving to get early access
Additional Information: Complimentary gift packaging online and in-store on most products.  We are hosting Christmas Market events in store every weekend in December with sweet treats, sales and specials.  Follow our social media for store hours, special sales, and information.

Eateries, Treats & Chocolate

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
50 Dow Street, Manchester NH
Website: www.900degrees.com
Social Media: FB @900Degrees Pizzeria IG @900DegreesPizzaNH
Online Ordering: https://900degrees.com/shop/
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Buy $50 in GC get a $10 coupon to use 1-1-24 through 3-31-24

10% off all apparel just on small business Saturday
Additional Information: This deal is for the whole season!

Dancing Lion Chocolate
917 Elm Street, Manchester NH
Website: https://dancinglion.us
Social Media: @DancingLionChocolate
Online Ordering: https://dancinglion.us
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Just very good chocolate.

Diz’s Cafe – Downtown
860 Elm Street, Manchester NH
Website: www.dizscafe.com
Social Media: @dizs_cafe @dizscafe
Online Ordering:
Small Business Saturday Hours: 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Holiday Crafts while enjoying a meal

Firefly Bistro
22 Concord Street, Manchester NH
Website: fireflynh.com
Social Media: facebook.com/fireflybistroandbar, @fireflybistro on Instagram
Online Ordering: https://www.toasttab.com/firefly-american-bistro-and-bar-22-concord-street/giftcards
Small Business Saturday Hours: Brunch: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Dinner 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Gift Card Promotion: Receive a free $10 bonus gift card with every $50 of gift cards purchased (applies to cards purchased in person or over the phone, not to online gift card purchases)
Additional Information: Gift Card Promotion available through 12/23

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream
119 Hanover Street, Manchester NH
Website: www.subzeroicecream.com
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/SubZeroIceCreamManchester/
Online Ordering: https://order.online/store/sub-zero-nitrogen-ice-cream-manchester-23062824/?hideModal=true&pickup=true
Small Business Saturday Hours: 12 noon till 9:30 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Buy $20 gift card get $5 added for free
Additional Information: Pies for $14.99, Buy $20 gift card, get $5 added for free

Entertainment, Activities & Services

Granite State Escape
795 Elm Street, Lower Level Manchester NH
Website: EscapeNH.com
Social Media: @escapenh
Online Ordering:
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: 20% off Gift Certificates!
Additional Information: 20% off Gift Certificates (to be used after 12/25)

HOTWORX Manchester
1045 Hanover Street, Suite A Manchester, NH
Website: https://www.hotworx.net/studio/manchester
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/HOTWORXManchester, https://www.instagram.com/HOTWORXManchester
Online Ordering:
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: Join HOTWORX as a “SWEAT EVERYWHERE” and pay no dues until next year! Many, Many in studio BLACK FRIDAY sales all week long

RelAXE Throwing
157 Gay Street Manchester NH
Website: RelAXEthrowing.com
Social Media: @Relaxethrowing- facebook @relaxe_throwing- Instagram
Online Ordering: RelAXEthrowing.com/book
Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: 10% off all gift cards

The Fort – Fortitude Health & Training / FortCycle Indoor Cycling
775 Canal Street Manchester NH
Website: thefortnh.com
Social Media: @thefortnh @fortcycle
Online Ordering: thefortnh.com
Small Business Saturday Hours: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Small Business Saturday Promo: 10% off all class packs, services and apparel! Promo Code SMBIZ23


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Maureen Milliken

Maureen Milliken is a contract reporter and content producer for consumer financial agencies. She has worked for northern New England publications, including the New Hampshire Union Leader, for 25 years, and most recently at Mainebiz in Portland, Maine. She can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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