Wicked Holiday Guide

Wicked Holiday Guide

Boston, MA - September 26: From left, Hadley Douglas, TJ Douglas, Stephan Koenigsberger and Ralph Roldan inside The Urban Grape. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Small Business Saturday is almost upon us. Time to get some of your holiday shopping done, and support some of the many small businesses who could use your patronage this holiday season.

What is Small Business Saturday?

Small Business Saturday will take place this year on November 25th. It’s a day to celebrate and support small business. It’s also a celebration of all that they do for. and in, their communities. The  day was founded by American Express in 2010, and has been officially co-sponsored by the Small Business Association since 2011. It’s an event that has been a huge boost for small businesses during the busiest shopping season.

What defines a small business?

Based on my research, there’s a lot that goes into what makes a business a small business. But the simplest term I found what that it’s defined by the side of the business (how many employees it has) and/or its annual revenue. Where it gets confusing is that even with these definitions, it depends on the industry. There are different numbers for different industries.

Some Small Business facts

  • There are 32.5 million small businesses in the United States alone.
  • Annually, small businesses account for 64% of new jobs every year, and create 1.5 million jobs in the United States.
  • 60% of small business owners start  the business to be their own boss.
  • Unfortunately, 50% of small businesses fail in the first five years.
  • The good news is, over 65% of small businesses are profitable.
  • About 64% of small businesses start with $10,000.
  • Across the globe, 90% of all companies are small business, and account for 50% of all jobs.
  • There are 400 million small businesses in the world.

Why should you shop small?

  • Small businesses give back more to the community. When you spend money in your community, money stays in your community through sales tax.
  • Small businesses create a sense of community.
  • They create more local jobs and opportunities.

Here are some local small businesses that you can support in the Boston area.

  • Brown & Coconut

    Brown and Coconut - Natural & Vegan Skin Care

    Nourish your skin with Brown and Coconut, a natural, plant-based collection of products made with skin-loving ingredients to moisturize, protect, soothe and heal.

    Brown and Coconut is a skincare line run by sisters Zeena and Latisha. It is definitely a brand I use and love, especially their toner and cleanser. This Black-owned, women-owned business produces products using ingredients that are cruelty-free, vegan, plant-based, that clean. Would make a great holiday gift.

  • Fusion Dolls

    Black Dolls, African Dolls and Multicultural Dolls, Fusion Dolls.

    Blackowned Doll Company Different Shades, Various Hair Textures You've visited this page many times. Fusion Dolls is a Toy Company Created to Spread Diversity awareness and promote self-love we do that with our beautiful Black Dolls. Join us help us celebrate Diversity and Self-Love Representation Matters. Fusion Dolls

    Fusion Dolls is a small business in Brockton by Widline Pyrame. She created a line of dolls to celebrate diversity and self-love. Fusion Dolls is beautiful line of multicultural dolls and accessories.

  • All She Wrote Books

    All She Wrote Books

    All She Wrote Books is an intersectional, inclusive feminist and queer bookstore that supports, celebrates, and amplifies underrepresented voices through our thoughtfully curated selection of books spanning across all genres.

    All She Wrote Books is one of my favorite small businesses! It’s an intersectional, inclusive, feminist, queer bookstore. Owner Christina Pascucci Ciampa’s store was recently displaced from their Assembly Row location. But with the help of the community she has created, she recently re-opened at a new location, 75 Washington Street in Somerville. We wish her the best of luck, and if you have any book lovers on your holiday list, be sure to check her out.

  • Simply Erin's Unisex Hair Salon

    Home - Simply Erinn's Unisex Hair Salon

    Along with any booked appointment, we can provide a one-on-one consultation, where we can have a conversation about your hair and scalp.

    Simply Erinn’s is a Unisex Hair Salon run by owner and head stylist Erinn Pearson. Her passion for her craft and the community around her, has given her an incredible reputation for 30+ years. Check her out for your own personal holiday makeover, or maybe hook up a friend for the holidays.

  • Frugal Bookstore

    Welcome to Frugal Bookstore!

    "Changing Minds One Book at a Time" Bookstore located in Roxbury with a passion of promoting literacy within our children, teens and adults. We've got all these great books (and getting more all the time) at incredible prices that we want you to see.

    Frugal Bookstore is a Black-owned community bookstore located in Roxbury. Co-owners Leonard and Clarissa are incredible people who are very knowledgeable, helpful, and community-forward. In addition to a great selection of books, they also have a very active event calendar, and host book signings and author readings.

  • Cityscapes - Visionary Plantscapes

    Cityscapes Visionary Plantscapes

    Our Story The Power of Plants is transformational. For close to three decades, Cityscapes, a local women-owned business, has created healthy environments wherever we go by using biophilic design. We consider our Cityscapes team a family, and our clients are our friends.

    Cityscapes Visionary Plantscapes has been around since 1992, and offers a wide variety of products and services. They do: interior plantscapes, exterior  landscapes, living walls, moss walls, and living fernature. I may need to investigate that FerNature a little further. So beautiful!

  • Urban Grape

    Shop The Urban Grape

    The Urban Grape | Wine, craft beer, and spirits | 303 Columbus Avenue Boston

    Urban Grape is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business, dedicated to building community through beverage. They are one of the country’s most successful independently-owned wine stores. In 2021, it was named the United States Small Business of the Year. Head to Urban Grape and let them help you pick out a special holiday beverage for your party or gift.

  • Gather Here

    Yarn, Fabric & Sewing Machines in Cambridge, MA | gather here online

    We're excited to provide our online customers with the same quality and personal service our in-store customers experience.

    If you’re a crafty person, you should check out Gather Here. They’re “part of a powerful community of craft artisans and busy bees who believe handcrafted, handmade goodness is for everyone.” They describe their business as “Part sewing studio, part fabric and yarn shop, gather here is Cambridge’s only stitch lounge, created to cater to your fiber craft goals.” Looks like a fun place to get in touch with your creative side.  

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