Calling all Shoppers! It’s time to get your holiday cheer in gear! Here are 10 reasons why you should shop local business for the Holiday season and make the gift you give the best one under the tree!
Small Business Saturday (November 29) is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. Visit Gulfport and shop unique locally owned shops, boutiques & galleries and more than a dozen fine restaurants! www.GulfportMA.com
Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market (December 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 – 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM): A community-spirited gathering in a small, “Old Florida”-style town offering food for your body and community spirit for your soul. Many unique and one-of-a-kind gift items can be found at the Tuesday Fresh Market. Vendors offer a variety of produce, local honey, teas, herbs, seafood, cheeses, fresh breads, pastries, nuts and granola, gourmet, vegetarian/vegan and ethnic foods, candy, garden plants, fresh flowers, bath and body products, jewelry and so much more. With over 50 vendors, each its own “Mom and Pop” business setting up in the open air every week, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. The popular free clothing swap takes place on the second Tuesday of each month and donations to the Senior Center Food Pantry are always accepted at the Tuesday Fresh Market. www.GulfportMA.com
City of Gulfport Holiday Decorations Contest (December 8) “Santa and his Elves” will be judging the best dressed businesses on Monday, December 8th. No one knows what time the big red sleigh will travel through the City of Gulfport, but please be ready by 6:00 p.m. Winners will be announced in the Dec. 11th edition of the Gulfport Gabber. Winners will be recognized and presented plaques at the Gulfport’s City Council meeting (televised) on Tuesday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. www.MyGulfport.us
Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk (December 5, 6:00-10:00 PM) 19 shopping days away from the holiday! The outdoor showcase will feature over ¼ mile of local shopping opportunities with talented artisans and craftsmen, unique shops, boutiques & galleries and more than a dozen fine restaurants. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift item, there is something for everyone here; from metal sculpture, pet gifts, and paintings, to wearable art, body products, personalized gifts and more. Live musicians will appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district, including Chicago Rich, Hector, Buffalo Strange and Rob Irie to name a few. www.Facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk
Holiday Hoopla! & BCYC Lighted Boat Parade (December 13, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM) Don’t get your Tinsel in a Tangle! Gulfport has unique gifts for everyone on your list! Support small business and independent artisans and craftsmen by shopping local! Visitors will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, holiday carolers, dance performances, and roving street performers. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place! Come early and shop the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops & galleries and stay late to view the Lighted Boat Parade. A portion of the proceeds from the Holiday Hoopla event will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need. Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 29th Annual Lighted Christmas Boat Parade will provide the perfect end to the day’s festivities beginning at 6:00 pm. www.Facebook.com/HolidayHoopla
Gulfport’s Third Saturday Art Walk (December 20, 6:00-10:00 PM) With only 4 more shopping days left until Christmas, you’ll want to capture these last minute shopping ideas! The Gulfport Art Walk features new artists at each event and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, local authors, handmade greeting cards, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products and more. Live musicians will appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district, including Urban Gypsies, Henry Ashwood, and Jackie Rhodes to name a few. www.Facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk