We’re excited about all the fun coming up in the streets of Fort Bragg (and Mendocino) for Shop Small Saturday on November 25, with more than 28 local merchants getting their stores decked out and ready to welcome you for holiday shopping that’s easy, friendly, and relaxing.
We’ll have two welcome centers again this year – one in Town Hall in Fort Bragg, and the other at Harvest at Mendoza’s in Mendocino. Both centers will welcome shoppers starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Visit the welcome centers to enjoy refreshments, pick up a map to all participating merchants, get a free shopping bag, and snap photos with “holiday elves”. Then, it’s time to take to the streets and explore our local boutiques and retail shops, where you’ll pick up shop small cards and enter to win a variety of gift baskets stuffed with merchandise donated by participating stores. You don’t have to make a purchase to get the cards, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find something special for the people you love ( including yourself!)
This year’s theme, “Show Love, #Shop Small,” is perfect for the Love it campaign we’ll be promoting on the Mendocino Coast Chamber and Visit Fort Bragg Facebook pages. Just click the “love” button instead of the like button on posts about the Shop Small Saturday to show your support of shopping in our creative local boutiques instead of big box stores.
All the businesses on the shop small map will hand out Show Love #Shop Small cards all day Saturday, and everyone who picks up a card will be eligible to win a wide array of prizes donated from varied businesses like Gallery Bookshop, Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Pippis Longstocking, The Outdoor Store, Astoria, ER Energy, Wren’s Boutique, The Quarry, Reynolds Menswear, Interior, The North Coast Brewing Company, The Front Porch, Blacq Door, Whistlestop, Fractalize, Understuff, Dot &Twine, Partners Gallery, and many, many more.
Local merchant Laura Augusta is excited about this years event. She’s already donated a shopping bag full of prizes from her elegant new location, The Front Porch in The Atrium on Main Street. ” I’m looking forward to Shop Small this year, because it was so successful for our shop last year, and we have so much fun meeting new people and greeting our locals, too.”
This event is open to all small businesses in Fort Bragg and Mendocino, whether or not they are chamber members. We want to encourage both locals and visitors to stay away from big box stores, forget the hassle of crowded shopping malls and traffic jams, and simply enjoy the nostalgic experience of small town shopping. Forget the stress – our local merchants in Fort Bragg and Mendocino are ready to welcome you and provide excellent service with that friendly “home town” feeling you’ve been missing. This is the kind of day that will get you excited about watching all of your favorite holiday movies and getting “in the mood” for the festive season, so mark your calendar and come visit the picturesque towns of Fort Bragg and Mendocino. You’ll feel the love.