The time is almost upon us, that frantic rush to purchase holiday gifts for our friends and loved ones. However, this year, instead of hitting up the big box stores and dealing with the madness of Black Friday crowds, why don’t you do something different?
Instead, plan for a festive and leisurely day of shopping around town on Saturday, November 26, to celebrate and support Newport’s small businesses.
Small Business Saturday is traditionally sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It was developed to inspire holiday shoppers to patronize brick-and-mortar businesses that are local and small, and to keep the profits from their purchases within the community. Started in 2010 by American Express, Small Business Saturday has become an important movement to kick off the shopping season in a meaningful way.
Newport has some truly unique small businesses that offer a variety of gift options and you’re sure to find something special at one of the many retail stores in Nye Beach. Check out Jovi and tu tu tu Kitchen Cottage for beautiful home goods and kitchenware. Or, for the wine connoisseur, head to the Nye Beach Wine Cellar where you’ll find delicious vintages and specialty food items perfect for pairing with your wine selection. Just a block away is Charisma Gifts, full of a variety of beautiful items including scarves, jewelry, baby gifts, tea sets, and much more. Be sure to wander all throughout Nye Beach, as there is lots of shopping to be had in this quaint neighborhood.
The historic Bayfront has always been a popular shopping destination in Newport. For the art lover, there are numerous galleries including the Roger Yost Gallery, Breach the Moon Gallery, Wind Drift Gallery, Ozone Fine Art, and Oceanic Arts that feature jewelry, pottery, glasswork, painting, and sculpture. For a bit of whimsey, head to Jambo World Crafts and spend some time perusing their wide selection of clothing, crafts, and glassware. Or, for the perfect gift for your pet, check out BowwowMeow. Finally, don’t forget about stuffing those stockings with something sweet! Head to 2 Kids Candy Store, Newport Candy Shoppe, or The Republic of Candy and stock up on chocolates, salt water taffy, and other delicious treats.
Another great place to visit for distinctive holiday gifts is Aquarium Village. Not only does this location have an eclectic collection of storefront facades, but the businesses within are just as unique. For the antique lover, check out Pirates Plunder. With its 8,000 square feet full of treasures, you’re sure to find something that will delight your gift recipient. Or head over to Gypsy’s Boutique where you’ll find beautiful clothing and accessories as well as other charming gift items.
Whether you’re shopping for books, jewelry, home goods, sporting equipment, or something one-of-a-kind, it’s likely that Newport has a store with just the item you’re looking for. So this year, plan to “shop small” on November 26th and support Newport’s retail businesses.