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Mobile Bay SHOP LOCAL Holiday Guide

25 Nov 2011

written by Valso

Mobile Bay SHOP LOCAL Holiday Guide

This holiday think about giving gifts with a little local character while keeping your money in the local economy.   (But if anyone gives you cheap Chinese plastic big box crap still be kind and say “Thank you for the cheap Chinese plastic big box crap.”)

Local businesses: to add your gift ideas, sales or events email

Small Business  Saturday Downtown Mobile

Saturday November 26, 10am-5pm. Streets of Downtown Mobile

Art galleries, gift stores, coffee houses and restaurants in downtown Mobile open their doors and welcome shoppers and diners on Saturday, November 26th, asking them to Shop Small at their favorite their favorite local stores to help fuel the economy.

Businesses in historic downtown Mobile are joining thousands of others across the nation Saturday, November 26th in the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday…a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

A growing list of participating businesses can be found on facebook at Small Business Saturday Downtown Mobile. Merchants will be offering everything from refreshments to door prizes to discounts to encourage the public to get out of the malls and into these unique, local stores. Remember, on November 26th, when we all shop small, it will be huge!

Partial list of participating Downtown Mobile merchants:
The Host Gallery
Serda’s Coffee
Inside Up
Kangal Gallery at the Sail Loft
Shop at the Southern Market
Bienville Books
Spot of Tea
Lunatix and Co
Cathedral Square Gallery
Urban Emporium


Shop Local Saturday Artist Market and Block Party at the Blind Mule
Saturday, November 26, The Blind Mule, 57 N. Claiborne

Come check out art, jewelry, clothing, and more from over a dozen local artists, hear music from some of Mobile’s finest musicians, have a drink, maybe a bite to eat, and help support Toys for Tots, with your new unwrapped toy. Yes you can shop, drink, and make a difference all at the same time! Find them on Facebook.


SBS at Roberston Gallery

Shop Small and Go Big during Small Business Saturday, November 26th, at Robertson Gallery! All Brad Robertson paintings are 50% this Saturday only from 12pm until 5pm. Five hours only!! It’s time to get that painting you have wanted all year, or shop for the art lover on your Christmas list. When it’s over, it’s over – so don’t miss it! This Saturday, November 26th from 12pm – 5pm! Support Local Businesses!
450 Dauphin Street

Black Friday at Page & Palette (Fairhope)

20% of selected titles including Winston Groom’s Kearney’s March, Michael Connelly, The Night Circus, and more. see for details.


Downtown Mobile Alliance Poinsettia Sale 2011

Order large, locally grown poinsettias to decorate your office or home for Christmas. The funds raised from this sale will help pay for holiday lighting and decorations desinged to bring visitors downtown throughout the season. The red or white poinsettias are $17.00 each and come wrapped in foil and ready for display. If you live or work donwtown, we’ll even deliver them the week of December 5th.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hunter at or 251-434-8498. Click here for more info.

University of South Alabama Special Courses Gift Certificates

This season we’re offering gift certificates to anyone that would like to give a gift to someone that is interested in extra curricular activities or anything that could spark someone’s interest into a new hobby or sport. It could also be a gift for someone who has everything.

Special Courses offers non-credit classes through the USA Center for Continuing Education. From arts and crafts to professional development to leisure activities, there’s a wide variety to choose from. They can get a gift certificate from us by calling our office at 251-405-9928 or see what courses we’re offering at

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