Swaine: Downtown Shreveport is the place to be for Small Business Saturday

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Once a year, our small and local businesses get a day to call their own. We’re pushing for more, but until EVERY day is Small Business Day, we’ll just have to rock Small Business Saturday!

On Saturday, Nov. 25, Downtown Shreveport is going to be a small business smorgasbord of shopping, eating, drinking, and fun. Each of the 15 participating businesses will welcome shoppers with sales, prizes, events, art markets, specials and opportunities to win! At any of the stops-

Antique Adoption- 408 Cotton Street, The Agora Borealis- 421 Lake Street, Appli-K’s- Red River District, Artipsy-Red River District, Artspace-708 Texas Street,

Bon Temps Coffee Bar- Red River District, Definition Industries- 411 Lake Street, Louisiana Specialty Gifts- Red River District, Martha’s Hallmark- 431 Texas Street, The Noble Savage Tavern- 417 Texas Street, Norsworthy Gallery- 214 Texas Street, The Office Hub- 331 Milam Street, On Time Fashion- 621 Texas Street

Remington Suite Hotel & Spa- 220 Travis Street, and Robinson Film Center- 617 Texas Street

– you will be given a commemorative Shop Small canvas tote bag and a chance to win Downtown Bucks with purchase. Those Downtown Bucks will be good for purchases of one-of-a-kind art during Downtown’s Holiday Artwalk on Wednesday, December 6, 5-9 pm.

Make custom pajama tees while you wait at Definition Industries! Walk the art market and look for BOGOs and sales items at Agora Borealis! Kick off the HoliDAZE art market with music, nibbles and make-and-take crafts at artspace! Check out the Acton Children’s Business Fair at the Red River District and shop the deals at Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Louisiana Specialty Gifts and Appli-K’s, then, do a painting at Artipsy! See the artworks of talented Louisiana artists at Norsworthy Gallery (and get 10% off)! Tour the cool space at The Office Hub, enjoy cookies and coffee and get dollars off a membership! Save $ on Christmas items at Martha’s Hallmark and on memberships and gift cards at Robinson Film Center! Look good & save money at Remington Suite, ditto at On Time Fashion!

Afterward, come to the Red River District for the District’s tree lighting, a photo with Santa and the fun & fireworks of Rockets over the Red (5-7 pm).

For more information on Downtown’s Small Business Saturday, please go to: www.downtownshreveport.com

Liz Swaine is Director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority