We love shopping in Downtown Noblesville, where storefronts are decorated in different themes and different colors for the holidays.
And while today is Black Friday, I usually defer my Friday shopping until Small Business Saturday in downtown Noblesville.
Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, founded in 2010 by American Express to promote small businesses.
In Noblesville, Mayor John Ditslear has previously proclaimed the day to “support local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.”
And according to American Express, for every $1 spent in a small business 67 cents of that goes back into the local community.
I like to support our downtown shops and encourage the community to do the same.
Each year in downtown Noblesville, we check off family and friends on our Christmas lists, with a shopping trip in downtown Noblesville.
Lorna Steele, executive director of Noblesville Main Street, in a Facebook video promoting Shop Small in downtown, said, “Noblesville has so much to offer. We want you to come shop at the stores, eat at the restaurants and buy your coffee and your ice cream here.”
Steele said, “We’ve created a LOVE, Noblesville campaign.” Folks can even print their own “LOVE, Noblesville” T-shirts on Small Business Saturday at HMC Screen Printing in downtown Noblesville.
Black Friday is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, and Small Business Saturday is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Noblesville, with businesses offering all kinds of special deals and happenings.
I’ve compiled a sampling of 10 things to do and places to visit and shop on Small Business Saturday:
Hamilton County Artists’ Association’s Shop Local pop-up indoor alley gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, before the Noblesville Christmas Parade, in the South Alley next to NobleMade Gift Shop on Conner Street in Noblesville. It will feature all kinds of locally made art.
The third annual Small Business Saturday Pop-Up Market is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Caravan Classes on South Ninth Street in downtown Noblesville, with their studios transformed into multi-vendor markets with an array of local and handmade items.
The Mix and New Marketplace is having sales on Saturday at its store on Logan Street. Find anything from an antique Seyfert’s Original Butter Pretzel jar to a vintage decorate sled.
At Logan Village Mall, Melissa & Doug toys are 25 percent off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the multi-vendor retail and antique shops on Logan Street. Find an array of snowmen in Apple Butter Barn, general store with old-fashioned candy, French goods at My French Brocante, where all the furniture is 20 percent off and everything else is 10 percent discount, and much, much more.
Lil Bloomers owner Shauna Metzger carries 29 makers of items in the store and offers up to size 16 in girls and size 6 in boys. For every $25 purchase during Small Business Saturday, patrons will be entered into a drawing to win items through downtown Noblesville. “We just hope you want to come out and support us. Downtown merchants are your next-door neighbors or have a kid in your classroom,” Metzger said in a promotional video for Shop Small. “It’s important for folks to come out and support our small businesses … This time of the year is important. Because that’s how we actually pay for Christmas gifts for our own families.”
Print your own T-shirt with the “LOVE, Noblesville” design from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at HMC Screen Printing. Buy a T-shirt there or bring your own.
Nickel Plate Arts Campus in Noblesville presents 12 Days of Christmas - Shop Small, Day 1, with deals on handmade gifts at Nickel Plate Arts (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and NobleMade gift shop (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Saturday. White River Sound Chorus will sing Christmas Carols from 10 a.m. to noon, and The Improbable Fiction Theatre Company will bring Santa’s Elves to help with holiday wrapping and cheer. Artist Kerry Ruschhaupt will show her woodburning techniques and personalized wooden utensils at Nickel Plate Arts. The 12 Days of Christmas continue Dec. 5-21: Day 2, Books & Comics Sale, Dec. 5; Food & Drink, Dec. 6; Ceramic & Pottery, Dec. 7; Holiday Wreath Workshop, Dec. 8; Wood Ornament Workshop, Dec. 9; Jewelry, Dec. 11; Kids Day, Dec. 12; Relaxation, Dec. 13; Textiles & Clothing, Dec. 14; Paintings & Prints, Dec. 18; Last-Minute Deals, Dec. 21.
At Noble Coffee, they will have the roastery open from 11 am. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, with the cafe open normal hours, 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your own reusable container and get special prices on fresh whole bean coffee, loose tea and Warrior Mix. Only want beans? Skip the line on the cafe side and buy in the roastery.
A Corner Cottage owner Peggy Kumler offers an array of items, from everything from handmade Christmas bows to Critter Mittens, festive holiday hats, and even a Mid-Century Modern dresser.
Support participating downtown businesses and be entered to win prizes and gift cards from their locations: A Corner Cottage, Across the Pond, Alexander’s on the Square, All Local, Bash Boutique, Caravan Classes, Courtney’s Kitchen, HMC Screen Printing, Karisma, Kiln Creations, Little Gypsie Boutique, Lil Bloomers, Linden Tree, Logan Village Mall, Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, Nickel Plate Arts, Noble Coffee & Tea Co., Noble Made, Noblesville Antique Mall, Old Picket Fence, Shine Yoga & Wellness and The Mix Vintage and New Marketplace.
Here are more holiday weekend events:
-Nickel Plate Express Reindeer Ride boards at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today through Sunday and Dec. 7 and 8; with additional rides at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and Dec. 7; with only a 3 p.m. ride on Dec. 14, at Forest Park in Noblesville.
-Noblesville Tree Lighting is 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Hamilton County Government & Judicial Center, featuring indoor holiday entertainment followed by an outdoor tree lighting on the Courthouse Square.
-The 11th annual Hoosier Artisan Boutique is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds.
-Shop Small Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The 12 Shops of Christmas event in Cicero.
-Hamilton County Theatre Guild presents a holiday play with a comedic twist in a Doris Baizley adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Nancy Lafferty, today through Dec. 15, with 10 sold-out performances at The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville.
-Santa arrives during the Noblesville Christmas Parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. Sunday, from Ivy Tech parking lot, travels south on 16th Street, west on Logan Street, north on Ninth Street, east on Monument St.
-Santa House opens following the Noblesville Christmas Parade on Sunday, with hours 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7, 14, 21; noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, 15, 22 and 24; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13, 19, 20 and 23.
-Kiln Creations offers Build a Gingerbread house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday in downtown Noblesville.
-Main Street Productions presents “Over the River and Through the Woods,” directed by Doug Davis, continues with performances today through Sunday at Westfield Playhouse.
-A Merry Prairie Holiday, new holiday festival, opens Nov. 29 at Conner Prairie in Fishers featuring the Reynolds Farm Equipment Christmas Lights Display. It’s open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, plus a special Dec. 31 New Year's Eve family celebration with fireworks at 9 p.m. Visitors can make holiday gifts with Santa’s elves, zoom down a Polar Bear Plunge dry snow tubing hill, play Reindeer Games, meet Mrs. Claus, drop of a letter to Santa, ride Kringle’s Carousel, visit Prairietown at Christmas, hear live readings from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol, enjoy costumed carolers, entertainers and musicians, savor warm holiday treats and take a Winterland Wagon Ride across Conner Prairie’s historic grounds through thousands of Reynolds’ twinkling lights.
-Carmel Holiday Trolley will offer free rides 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and Dec. 6, 13, 20; and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Small Business Saturday is also Saturday in the Carmel Arts & Design District.
-Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza, a temporary ice rink will be open daily through Jan. 6, with the Santa Cottage to be open Dec. 7-23.
-Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.