The biggest day of the year for holiday shopping is almost upon us, and although "Black Friday" may make you think of the large big box stores out there, many local South End businesses are offering sales and deals as well, either on Friday or Saturday or all weekend.
Jennifer Effron, director of Washington Gateway Main Street, said Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are great opportunities to support the South End economy while buying unique gifts for your loved ones this holiday season.
"The money you spend at small businesses gets infused right back into the neighborhoods in which they exist," she said. "This season support the small businesses in the South End that help make our community vibrant, creative and special."
Nicole Vale, owner of Coco Baby on Washingon Street in the South End, said small business owners labor daily to make their shops beautiful, which helps keep the streets beautiful and the neighborhood thriving.
"We hire people who live in the neighborhood, pay taxes that benefit the streets and schools in our direct neighborhoods, and make donations to every single local charity and school and arts program and neighborhood association who asks," she said. "And we do all this from our hearts, not our pocket books! So we hope that the neighborhood thinks local when giving gifts this season."
"Think local, it's the thought that counts!" she added.
The following is a list of South End businesses offering specials or deals this Friday or Saturday:
Aquitaine Group - Starting Black Friday, and through Dec. 31st, any $100 gift card purchased will receive an additional $20 dining coupon redeemable after January 1st, at: Aquitaine Boston (569 Tremont St.), Cinquecento Trattoria (500 Harrison Ave.) Gaslight Brasserie (560 Harrison Ave.)l Greenlight Cafe (560 Harrison Ave.) Metropolis Cafe (584 Tremont St.), Union Bar and Grille (1357 Washington St.)
Bark Place, 1721 Washington St: Offering select items 25% off on Black Friday, including sweaters, holiday toys, holiday collars and leashes, selected coats, beds and more! Open at 7 a.m.
Blackstone and Franklin Square Neighborhood Association : Holiday Sale on trees, wreaths garlands and decorations. Online orders will be available for pick-up in Blackstone Square on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 6 pm. See here for the order form.
Coco Baby, 1636 Washington St: 30% off storewide on Black Friday!
Diseño, 409 Harrison Ave: Offering 15% off all in stock purchases on Black Friday noon to 6 p.m., Small Business Saturday 11 a.m.to 5 p.m., and on Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a mention of the South End Patch promo.
Design Within Reach, 519 Tremont St: Save 15% and enjoy free shipping on select Herman Miller products until Dec. 10th
Flock, 274 Shawmut Ave: 30% off the entire store for both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Gifted, 2 Dartmouth St: Offering 20% off all handblown glass items (pumpkins, sun catchers, paperweights) as well as 20% off all ornaments on Black Friday. On Saturday all scarves will be buy one get one half off.
Grey's Fabric and Notions, 450 Harrison Ave: Offering 15% off our best price on sewing machines during Small Business Saturday.
Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Ave: Presenting a current exhibition through December 2nd, entitled BICYCLE. The artist Taliah Lempert also sells bicycle coloring books, prints and cards. Gurari Collections will be making these available for the first time beginning on Black Friday as well as Taliah Lempert's original artwork.
Hire a Boston Wing Woman: Offering 1/2 hour off your time with a WingWoman after the 2-hr minimum.
Hudson, 12 Union Park St: Friends and family special both Friday and Saturday. Everything in the store on sale for 20% off.
Laura Preshong Gallery, 558 Tremont St: Extended Black Friday gallery hours, starting at 10 a.m. with free coffee! 10AM-12PM: 20% Off, 12PM-3PM: 15% Off, 3PM-7PM: 10% Off. Small Business Saturday: Shop and receive a Laura Preshong gift certificate: Spend $250 to 500 and receive a $25 gift certificate, $500 to $1000 and receive a $50 gift certificate, or spend $1000 and up and receive a gift certificate for $100.
Lekker Home, 1317 Washington St: All Blomus 20% off through December 3rd, and save $1,000 on the Ventless Fireplace Chimo by Blomus. Also featuring a 50% off sale on products from Danish design icon Erik Bagger.
LeWandOrganizing, (lewandorganizing.com) On Small Business Saturday, purchase 5 hours of organiziational services and get the 6th hour free.
Pilot Block Neighborhood Assocation: Holiday Wreath Sale, all wreaths are $16, with a portion of the proceeds going to the PBNA to fund local South End activities. See here for the online order form.
Sooki, 505 Tremont St: Offering 20% off all jewelry and evening bags Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tadpole, 58 Clarendon St: Buy three toys get one free Friday through Sunday (either in store or online, promo code online is B3G1F).
If you're a South End business and want your deal included, email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.