Celebrate Small Business Saturday in Kansas City at these local maker events

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The weekend following Thanksgiving offers a smorgasbord of shopping opportunities for buyers in search of the perfect holiday gift. It begins with Small Business Saturday, a celebration of local, handmade and artisan goods from independent makers and small businesses.

Kansas City is home to hundreds of small business owners, ranging from casual hobbyists to full-time merchants. Here are some holiday shopping events happening this Saturday, Nov. 27, where you can support lots of local businesses at once.

Queer & Bazaar @ the KC Center for Inclusion

This indie market event allows shoppers to support makers in Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community. The market will be located inside the KC Center for Inclusion building at 3740 Broadway Blvd. from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. It will feature a variety of artisans including jewelers, ceramicists, painters and musicians. If you can’t make it this time, don’t worry: the market is held year-round on the fourth Saturday of every month.

GIFT Presents: The Black Business Market

Stop by this holiday market from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday to shop from a collection of Kansas City’s Black-owned businesses, with vendors selling apparel, candles, skin cream, beauty products and food. The event will be held in the event space upstairs at 325 E. 31st St. in Union Hill, right above The Black Pantry, and there will be food trucks out front.

The market is organized by GIFT, a local nonprofit that supports Black business owners. The organization hosts a Black Business Market on the last Saturday of every month. GIFT’s executive director Brandon Calloway said the markets are an extension of the organization’s small business grant program, giving local entrepreneurs a platform to promote and sell their products.

Merry Market @ the City Market

Located in the River Market area of Kansas City, this holiday market will open on Friday, Nov. 26 and run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 19. The event will feature food and gifts from City Market’s permanent merchants as well as small makers from around Kansas City. Visitors can also enjoy live music and entertainment as they stroll through the market. Parking costs $5, but admission is free.

Brookside Small Business Saturday

The storefronts of Kansas City’s Brookside neighborhood will open their doors to shoppers from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. Visitors can support local businesses as they stroll through the area surrounding Brookside Boulevard and West 63rd Street.

Waldo’s Shop Small Saturday Crawl

The Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City stretches along Wornall Road from Gregory Boulevard to around 85th Street, and is home to over 300 businesses—many of them independently owned. Small Business Saturday is merely the beginning of this week-long celebration, which lasts until Friday, Dec. 3. Even if you think you know the area, you may still want to stop by: more than 20 new businesses have opened in the Waldo area during the past year. Shoppers who spend more than $50 in the district can even win a free gift from the Waldo Area Business Association.

Holiday Sip & Shop @ KC Wineworks

This cozy event will feature mulled wine, local gifts and surprise discounts throughout the day. Visitors can stop by the Wineworks’ tasting room at 1829 McGee Street from noon until 10 p.m. to enjoy the venue’s full menu, and can shop directly from local makers between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Small Business Saturday in Downtown Lee’s Summit

Stop by downtown Lee’s Summit, located along SE 3rd St. and the surrounding area, for this neighborhood-wide event. More than 30 small businesses will be participating in the all-day celebration, and shoppers who arrive early in the day can snag a free tote bag from participating retailers. Some shops will also be holding giveaways and other special offers.

Midtown Small Business Saturday Pop-up

Stop by Westport Road and Central Street for some festive merchandise from Midtown KC Now and enjoy waffles by The Waffler on Nov. 27. Visitors can then explore the small businesses in the surrounding Midtown area. Shoppers can enjoy this mini event from 10 a.m. to noon before heading to other markets around the city.

Some retail locations in West Bottoms will hold special opening hours on Saturday. These include Ugly Glass & Company, Taylor’s Layne Boutique, and Bella Patina.

Do you have more questions about holiday events or how to support small businesses and artists in Kansas City? Let the Service Journalism team know at kcq@kcstar.com or by filling out the form below.

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