Since 2010, American Express has reminded Americans to shop small, shop local and keep holiday cheer in our own communities on Small Business Saturday. Sharing local gifts with loved ones encourages the Indianapolis economy. Here are eight great small business retail destinations in Indianapolis to shop small, shop local.
1. Mass Ave Cultural District
Over a dozen Indianapolis Mass Ave small shops opened doors for Small Business Saturday. Families toted Shop Small swag bags. Arts a Poppin’ and Indy Reads Books are ideal for creative types. Silver in the City and Homespun: Modern Handmade supply the hippest Hoosier wear.
2. Indy City Market
Want to reenact A Christmas Story? Shop local at the “Old-fashioned Holiday Marketplace” Thanksgiving weekend. A holiday tree farm on the plaza welcomes winter. Partake in the Indy Winter Farmers Market or buy bike supplies at The Bike Hub. A paradise for families, foodies and cyclists.
3. The Canal and White River State Park
The best of the small shops are gift shops with historical flare in Indy’s biggest attractions. The Indiana Historical Society and Indiana State Museum house rare gifts, crafts and Indiana artisan wares in another Cultural District. Nostalgic, reflective, genteel.
4. Broad Ripple Village
Broad Ripple has something for everyone with its unique, urban vibe. Just Pop In offers superbly packaged popcorn confections for your sweetheart or sweet tooth. Outdoor outfitters retool shoppers with resolutions. Holiday décor is at your fingertips. Eclectic, modern, down to earth.
5. Fountain Square Cultural District
Did someone say vintage? Fountain Square is idyllic for throwback enthusiasts. Indy Swank sports retro chic threads while Funkyard tops the charts as a vinyl mecca a la coffee café a la art gallery.
Pick up a fancy dress from Retulled for the upcoming after work holiday party or a silly gift for the office pitch-in from Black Sheep. Perfect for the resourceful and repurposed Indianapolis shopper.
7. South Broad Ripple
South Broad Ripple defines hipster in Indy. Shop local at a vinyl shop, bike shop, international literary magazine shop, garden shop with giant spade and an urban farm shop with urban chickens. Enough said.
8. 56th and Illinois Shops
Elegance and taste round out the Indy shop local list. The shops at 56th Street and Illinois Street highlight sophistication and style with G. Thrapp Jewelers and Be the Boutique.
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