Ways to support local businesses and the community

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Small Business Saturday child posing with mannequin

Small Business Saturday is on November 27 this year. Since its launch in 2010, the program has encouraged people to support their communities by shopping at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season. Many Boulder businesses are small (89% have fewer employees and nearly 90% of all businesses in the city are headquartered here).

Shopping and dining locally in Boulder supports businesses and their employees while providing sales taxes that fund essential community services including first responders, human services, arts, libraries, parks, recreation, open space, and much more. Boulder retailers and restaurants offer a safe environment for in-person shopping and dining, and many offer online and pickup or delivery options.

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Small Business Saturday confectionery shopper

Holiday events and unique gift offerings can be found throughout the city including the Museum of Boulder giftshop and Celestial Seasonings giftshop (online only this year). A Boulder Holiday Gift Guide, Boulder Artisan’s Markets, and Boulder’s Must-Shop Checklist can be found on the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau website. Downtown Boulder and Pearl Street Mall offer many fun events, a wide selection of dining options, and over 100 specialty retailers. Twenty Ninth Street Shopping District offers more than 70 stores, restaurants, and entertainment options. Other areas include central Boulder, north Boulder, Table Mesa Shopping Center, and The Hill.

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Small Business Saturday home furnishings shopper

Ways to help local businesses and the community over the holidays:

  • Shop local and stay safe. When you venture out this season, please help Boulder stay safe by wearing a face covering. COVID-19: What to Expect in Boulder Right Now

  • Dine Boulder. Boulder is known for being one of the best foodie towns in the nation and you can help support our cafes, coffee shops, and eateries by dining in or ordering takeout or delivery. Some local restaurants have outdoor dining options. Boulder Restaurant information

  • Park for free or at a discount. Parking in many parts of the city is free. City-owned garages downtown provide free parking on weekends and discounted parking ($3 from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. on weekdays). Boulder parking information