Our markets are closed for the year, but if you're anything like us you'll spend most of this coming Saturday missing your favorite farmers and makers. Fear not- you can still say hi and stock up on Holiday goods this weekend during Small Business Saturday! The counterpart to Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday aims to boost the local economy by reminding you to shop with your neighbors right here in Kalamazoo.
9AM: Factory Coffee officially opens! We're so pumped for our vendor Shay of Grayling Ceramics, whose opening up shop at the Reality Factory on Frank Street. Start your morning off right sipping on a latte in a Grayling mug- they're all made in a studio in the basement! Will they have pumpkin spice? Stop by to find out. Open until 7PM.
10AM: The Bank Street Winter Market opens for business. Every Saturday through April you'll find forty or so vendors selling their goods here. Stop by between 8-1PM for your weekly grocery haul.
✔️ Baked Goods
✔️ Honey and Jams
11AM: Next stop is at our Edison neighbors, Fido Motors Cafe. We know we'll be needing a second cup by now, and the Fido crew makes their own almond milk and specialty syrups. Fancy schmancy. Viavi Flower Farm will be setting up shop and showing you how to make your own holiday wreath using fresh greens and berries from the farm (tickets required- check the Fido page to sign up). Various other local artists and makers will be popped up too, including Damn Handsome Grooming Co. They started off at the market years ago and now have their own studio in the Fido complex.
12PM: Time for lunch. Our favorite spot is the PFC Natural Grocery and Deli because we know it's all 100% housemade and mostly organic and/or local. They've also got a bunch of unique Holiday gifts as well- Alpaca knit hats and mittens, beeswax candles, locally made soaps, and plenty of specialty foods made right here in Kalamazoo.
✔️ Mamaleelu Cold Brew
✔️ Kaleamazoo Chips
✔️ Lawton Ridge Winery
✔️ Kalamazoo Farmers Market Totes
1PM: Ever been to the Bizarre Bazaar? This event is held at Bells Eccentric Cafe and supports our favorite non-profit, the Can-Do Kitchen. We hear you'll find some of our favorite artisans there, including Elsie Q, Woolly Mammoth, and Kismetal Design.
2PM: Last but not least, we're going to head on over to the Vine Neighborhood. Handmade Kalamazoo is located here, and in the shop Missy sells her own Kalamazoo themed shirts alongside many locally made artisan goods. i heart jewelry will be setting up at the shop too with plenty of Michigan themed jewels. There's tons of little shops tucked in here too, and just down the block is the new Geological and Musicological Survey Co. This sweet little shop sells writing supplies, books, and awesome accessories for all the readers and writers in your life. All proceeds support Read and Write Kalamazoo.
Shop small and keep your dollars local, Kalamazoo!
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