You may already be planning your Black Friday strategy, but don’t forget this weekend has some other great deals that benefit the people who live right here Sarasota. Small Business Saturday is the best time to buy your Christmas gifts because not only are the items more unique, but the money you spend gets poured right back into your community. Show some local love this holiday season and check out some of these small businesses in Sarasota that are open on November 23 for Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday Bazaar

Taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, the Small Business Saturday Bazaar in Sarasota will have artists, crafters, musicians, and other vendors selling the items they’re passionate about. Live music begins at noon, and the Sarasota Trolley will be available to other select locations.

DIY Dogwash

This Sarasota business is a great place to buy gifts for your dog or the dog-lover in your life, and they'll be having sales such as half-off select treats on Small Business Saturday. DIY Dogwash will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but get there early because the first fifteen people will receive surprise goodies that you and your dog are sure to love.

The Artful Giraffe 

The local Sarasota treasure will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Small Business Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., you can make two Japanese scarves with the help of an instructor; the class is $60. Not only will you give your family or friends something unique, but it will be handmade by you.

Full of fun, unique, and handmade items, The Artful Giraffe is the perfect place to get something for that person on your list that has everything. Support local artists by buying something this holiday season that your loved ones don’t have and won’t find anywhere else.

Children's World & Children's World Uniform Supply

On Saturday, November 23, Children’s World will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In celebration of Small Business Saturday, they'll join Sarasota Rocks to spread kindness throughout the community. Come from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to paint rocks as a family (rocks and paint will be supplied). They have many other gift ideas to choose from among their selection of toys and games, and they'll even wrap your gifts for free.

Central Avenue Small Business Sale

Miri Hardy Pottery and Circus City Architectual Salvage are coming together to host the Central Avenue Small Business Sale in Sarasota. This event brings together local businesses, artists, and other vendors to provide an awesome assortment of items and gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Some vendors including Miri Hardy Pottery will also have special discounts for their items just for Small Business Saturday.

Don’t get your family and friends the same gift someone else bought them. Go unique and support local businesses in Sarasota on Small Business Saturday!

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