Handmade candles and soaps at Kizuri.
Thanksgiving is almost here, and so is Black Friday, the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Are you ready to brave the crowds for great deals at the big box stores? If you said “Yes!,” then good luck to you and have a great time! But if you said “No, that is not for me,” then read on. If you would rather not shop with the crowds or you would like to focus on shopping at local businesses, there are still plenty of amazing deals, unique gifts, and fun store events to be had this weekend.
The 29th Annual Festival of Fair Trade: You can sleep in! This festival of unique gifts from around the world runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 29–December 1. Local businesses that import fairly traded goods from numerous countries, including Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, Mexico, Nepal, and Vietnam, will have booths at the festival, located in the Community Building at 35 W. Main next to Kizuri, a fair trade store. Fair trade means everything you buy here—clothing, housewares, candles, soaps, scarves, purses, pottery, and much more—is sweatshop free. No admission charge.
Kitchen Engine After Thanksgiving Sale: Come here first to start your day with a free pancake breakfast! The Kitchen Engine, located in Spokane’s historic Flour Mill, is opening their doors at 7 a.m. on Friday to feed you pancakes and offer you door buster deals at 50–70% off, plus 15% off everything in the store all day long. There will also be demos and tastings. The Kitchen Engine has over 6000 high quality items, including baking ware, cookware, cool gadgets, espresso makers, local tea and coffee, and much, much more. Friday is their biggest sale of the year, and hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Indies First at Auntie’s Bookstore: Books make great gifts, and on Saturday, November 30, best-selling authors will be on hand to help you pick out great holiday gifts for everyone on your list at Auntie’s (402 W. Main). Authors Jess Walter, Kenn Nesbitt, Kelly Milner Halls, Chris Cook, Shawn Vestal, and Trent Reedy will be in the store. The Indies First Challenge is a program that challenges authors to help promote local bookstores by working in them on Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday. Auntie’s Bookstore will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; authors will be in the store from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Glamarita’s Small Business Saturday Blowout: At Glamarita, a local handmade clothing and accessories store on 911 1/2 Garland, you can find truly unique clothing, jewelry, and more. On Saturday, November 30, every regular price item in the store will be 20% off. Designer Lynne Rossman Blackwood will also be presenting a trunk show of purses, jewelry, and scarves, all marked down to $22 a piece. Local author Jessica Rising will be signing her book The Counterfeit Zombies of Noc! The store will also be providing cookies and coffee to keep you going during your long day of shopping. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Amazon Online Shopping: If you’d rather just skip the stores altogether but still want to shop, Amazon.com will be offering deals from all over, even other retailers. Quantities are limited, and many are time sensitive, but they will be adding new deals as often as every 10 minutes. Amazon’s Black Friday event runs all week long. If you go to the upcoming page, you can see deals that will be available in the next few hours.