Shop local on Small Business Saturday, and feel good about where you spend your money

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I Heart Denver

We're not going to reiterate the horrors of Black Friday here.There's a reason why it's called "black," and that is because it sucks, for all the wrong, fucked-up, uncheerful reasons. So we'll just say this: Start loving your neighbor, and your neighborhhood, by shopping local instead.

It's so easy to do. If you're going to spend the dough, just drop by your favorite street. Go to Old South Pearl Street or Tennyson Street or South Broadway. Check out the galleries -- many host small-works and affordable art shows this time of year. Or hit the road this weekend on Small Business Saturday, when the second annual Denver Independent Boutiques Small Business Saturday Boutique Crawl will put out the red carpet all over town and show you the way.

See also:
- Cash Mobster
- Purple Friday
- Photos: Modest in Scale showcases small-scale art for the holidays
- The real story behind "Black Friday"
- Black Friday 2011: A soul-crushing compilation of humanity at its worst

In addition to offering trunk shows, extended hours and open houses all day Saturday, participating businesses will be handing out a Passport to Local Holiday Shopping, which entitles the bearer to special deals and a chance to win prizes, beginning November 24 and continuing through December 8. What are you waiting for?

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A roundup of what you'll find at DIBs businesses follows; for more information visit the DIBs Facebook event page or find DIBs online.

I Heart Denver, Denver Pavilions

Show your love for local businesses by posing in I Heart Denver's "I'm a Local Shopper" photo booth, while browsing the store's all-Colorado mix of one-of-a-kind goods from local crafters, designers, printers and artists. And while you're there, stop to kibbutz with the shop corgi, Denver Picard.

Jolly Goods, Tennyson Street

This cozy hole-in-the-wall on Tennyson Street sells a well-curated mix of vintage and new merchandise, from retro dinettes to handmade jewelry. And Jolly Goods will be giving its all on Saturday, with extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., welcoming coffee and muffins for earlybird shoppers, as well as numerous specials throughout the day. With your passport, you'll also get The first 100 DIBS Holiday Passport holders get $5 off a purchase of $35 or more and $20 off a purchase of $100 or more. There's more? Yes! ten percent of the day's proceeds will benefit a local dog rescue.

Megafauna, lower Larimer

Denver's hipster paradise, coexisting alongside the Meadowlark, is throwing a trunk show, along with food, drinks and coffee from its on-site coffee bar and extended hours. You'll leave laden down with hand-screened tees, leather jewelry and other all-local merchandise.

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Mona Lucero Design Boutique

Mona Lucero Design Boutique, LoHi

The sad news is that after this final holiday season, Mona Lucero will be shutting the doors on her her longtime LoHi boutique to pursue new options as a designer and artist. The good news is that the shop, celebrating its tenth anniversary, will be full of Lucero's softly sophisticated designs and accessories, not to mention her charming presence. Lucero, a Westword Mastermind, will be serving up refreshments and hosting a $25 gift-card giveaway, too.

Continue reading for more places to shop.



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