Shopping local or shopping small is a feel-good experience with about 94 percent of shoppers saying that shopping small makes them “feel good” according to Denise Pickett, president of American Express OPEN. Small businesses already have a sense of community value and are a backbone to the U.S. economy and great for Dallas-Fort Worth. In 2014, one in four U.S. consumers shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, spending an estimated $14.3 billion. Here are a few popular stores and boutiques that are actively participating in Small Business Saturday and offering some of the best Saturday shopping in Dallas-Fort Worth
Gray Living
113 North Kentucky St, Suite 102
McKinney, Texas 75069
(972) 542-0033
www.grayliving.comGray Living provides the discerning buyers of furniture and home decor with a European-inspired aesthetic to home furnishings, accessories and gifts. A first-time participant in the Small Business Saturday movement, owner Randal Weeks has curated the finest luxury furniture, fragrance products, garden products, linens and tabletop decor at his shop right off of downtown McKinney Square. As you prepare for your Small Business Saturday, come visit their holiday window display with a vintage sleigh from the 1920s where families can capture a unique holiday snapshot. McKinney has one of the oldest and still thriving historic downtowns in Texas. The commercial district has over 100 unique shops and small businesses from art galleries, antiques, apparel and more.


#8A Highland Park Village
Dallas, Texas 75205

(214) 559-9124
www.bandier.comBANDIER combines fashion fitness with music and is founded by former music industry executive Jennifer Bandier, who managed TLC and has an eye for unmistakable trends and a razor-sharp sense of style. BANDIER Dallas is located in a specially curated wing of the high-end shopping complex that includes a range of fashionable concept stores, as well as luxury retailers. They have a grand opening scheduled for Nov. 19 with in-store as well as special online promotions for Small Business Saturday. A few of their celebrity clients include Lena Dunham, Liv Tyler and the Kardashians. A few brands you can find at BANDIER include Norma Kamali, Sundry, Adidas by Stella McCartney, Reebok and more. Find yoga, active wear, hoodies sports bras and more.

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Covey House Clothier
5800 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 439-9137 out to the Camp Bowie district in Fort Worth and check out Covey House Clothier and their line of high-quality children’s apparel, accessories and footwear. They have brands and designs that make great gifts for the children in your life. They carry brands like Columbia, PRODOH, Southern Marsh, Southern Tide Blue Belle and more. One of the distinct brands carried in the store is Petite Plume. Petite Plume is a brand of luxurious children’s sleepwear that is chemical-free and arrives in its own customized box. There are lots of apparel items that you can find at Covey House Clothier, and in the Camp Bowie district there are sure to be an array of small businesses that support Fort Worth and the TCU Horned Frogs.

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Pawliday Inn Pet Resort And Spa
1407 South Akard St
Dallas, Texas 75215
(214) 799-3377
www.pawlidayinnpethotel.comDallas’ popular dog boarding, groomer and kennel services is more than just a pet hotel — they also sell an array of products for the pet lover on your list. Find an array of items for your dog specifically the Ruffit, a dog carrier that is different from the others. The Ruffit is a dog carrier this is fashionable and yet also minimalistic. It’s a forward facing dog backpack meant to be comfortable for you and your pooch, but also safe and durable. Take your dog in this special backpack for hands-free travel, biking, hiking and other on-the-go activities. The backpack has its own platform for your dog to sit in comfortably and aid in interaction with an open air concept allowing for a 360-degree view.

1909 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 677-7705
www.bullzerk.myshopify.comThey say Dallas is home to the $30K millionaire, and now you can get a T-shirt that backs up that claim. Bullzerk is a rare find for the funniest in Dallas swag, and it’s nestled in the Lowest Greenville portion of Lower Greenville selling hats, tees, onesies, outerwear, posters, art, koozies, mugs and more. On Small Business Saturday, take home a part of North Texas love with items that include artwork by graphic designer-turned-marketing-entrepreneur-turned-T-shirt-maker Dan Bradley and his wife, Kari. Even if you don’t buy anything, just visiting the store to take a look around will make you smile. It envokes a modern version of the hokey Texas town souvenir shop, but with more edge.

Lula B’s Antique Mall
2639 Main St.
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 824-2185
www.lulabsdallas.comLula B’s East located in Deep Ellum is a treasure trove of antique goods and furniture that takes you back in time. Finding something unique for the person that has everything is an easy task here. Local dealers take up shop in select areas in the store with everything from jewelry, clothing, shoes, hats, knick-knacks and more. There are two locations: one on Riverfront and the other in Deep Ellum on Main Street. For Small Business Saturday, you can check out Lula B’s and also participate in Deep Ellum’s Small Business Saturday Mimosa Walk, where $10 gets you a holiday glass. You can also stroll around and check out Deep Ellum businesses that will all have Small Business Saturday specials and promotions going on.

Heather Buen is a Dallas based freelance writer. She has been writing for various publications since 2010 covering: parenting, travel, food & drinks, Dallas-Fort Worth events and digital marketing. She also teaches web marketing & analytics at UT Arlington continuing education. Follow Heather on Instagram @DallasCultureGuide and at