It’s Small Business Saturday and there’s all kinds of cool things you buy around the city of Concord today.
Here’s a roundup of all the stories we produced in the past couple of weeks:
- Make This Toy Dance in the Air
- How to Use Social Media to Boost Your Small Business
- Hassan Declares Nov. 30 'Small Business Saturday'
- A Holiday Shopping Guide for Frugal Families
- Puzzling Puzzles, Games, and Mind-Bending Testers
- Fair Trade Baskets from Botswana Available in Concord
- How to Improve NH's Business Climate
- 7 Foolproof Tips for Starting Your First Business
Also, a number of retailers reached out to Patch last week to talk about some of the things they have for sale.
- D. McLeod Florist on South State Street will be celebrating Small Business Saturday with food, drinks, prizes, and discounts, starting at 9 a.m.
- Alison Murphy at Concord Handmade, which is located this year at the old record store location at North Main and Pleasant streets, has two cool things to check out. For adults, there is a letterpress printmaker who makes calendars in which each month’s picture is also a postcard. They are beautifully detailed and she thinks they’d make a great gift. For kids, a local artist makes stuffed animals, mainly owls and bunnies, out of recycled cashmere sweaters. They are popular for kids of all ages, Murphy noted.
- Andrew Hatch at Lotions & Positions said the store has “some great gift sets from L’Occitane en Provence and Philosophy. We also have great lavender scented neck wraps.”
- Nicole Vera at New To You, which is opened from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, has locally made Meesh Art and Design from $10 to $45. The pieces are 10 percent off on Saturday.
- Tressa Kosowicz at Little River Oriental Rugs has a Cacoon hanging in the store. The Cacoon is a suspended treehouse. It comes in in five colors and both single and doubles. Prices range from $350 to $500. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- At Gibson’s Bookstore, authors will be on hand to talk about books. Meet novelist Joe Moonninger and kids’ book author David Elliott from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. And then, from 1 to 3 p.m., Howard Mansfield and Sy Montgomery will be at the store.
- At Jeremy's Bootcamp, new members can buy one month worth of unlimited boot camp classes for $109 and get a free month to give to anyone.
- Brian Blackden over at Pepper Spray Supply on North State Street is the local dealer of pepper spray by Sabre. He said the defense mechanism is carried in 24 countries by military and law enforcement "due to its highly effective defense rate." The shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and also has camping gear, clothes, and other items.
- Do you go to The Barley House often? The pub’s annual gift card bonus program is now underway. On Saturday, it’s a 40 percent free on top of every card you buy, in the restaurant only. As an example, for every $100 in gift cards you buy, you’ll get an additional $40 gift card. This way, you can treat yourself!
- The Works Cafe/Bagel Works also has gift cards now too, in various denominations for those in your life who love coffee, tea, bagels, soups, sandwiches, and smoothies.
- Just Be Products now has Live Free T-shirts with various themes (Live Free and Hike, Live Free and Ski, etc.) Michelle Lienhart said that the tees can customize the sayings too. The T-shirts come in various colors as well as short and long sleeves.
- Britches on North Main Street has a couple of cool gift items: Ray suggests checking out the Concord map cuff links that are made in America and "Live Free or Die" grosgrain and canvas casual belts that are created by Page Belting just outside of the city in Boscawen.
- The Express Jewelry Center on North Main Street has a new line of silver jewelry called "straight from the heart." Beth Golove, the designer, offers "four unique heart designs incorporated into sterling silver jewelry," according to owner David Lund. Prices run from $25 to $180. The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- Gerry Mark at Caring Gifts on North Main Street suggests coming by the store to check out the Woof N Poof gift products, on display in the store's shingled hutch near the register.
- And lastly, NEARBY Registry has more than 100 New Hampshire storefronts in their program now so you can create a holiday wish list on NEARBY and share it with your loved ones.