With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday shopping season, kicking off with one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

“While Black Friday is big for a lot of people, we really encourage people to come out and shop the following day on Small Business Saturday and show their support for locally-owned and operated businesses,” said Jessica Jackson Seay, executive director of Kendall Whittier Main Street.

For Small Business Saturday, Kendall Whittier Main Street is hosting a Shop Local Giveaway. For spending money at a Kendall Whittier business – either in person or online – on Nov. 28, shoppers will get one entry into the giveaway. One winner will be chosen on Nov. 30 for a KW gift basket valued at more than $150.

Each receipt (regardless of the amount) is one entry. Additional entries will be given for every $10 spent cumulatively. Any business within Main Street’s boundaries is eligible.

Receipts can be turned in via email (info@visitKendallWhittier.com), text (918-633-1934) or on Facebook or Instagram. Receipts should be dated on Nov. 28 and submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 29.

The basket includes Circle Cinema movie passes; a Bodhi’s Bowl T-shirt (good for 10% off for life!); cookies from Felizsta; a roller from Graham Collective; a Tulsa pennant from Flash Flood; St. Nick socks and a keychain from FC Zielger Co.; an I ‘Lub’ K-Dub Tshirt and 5oz taster glass from Main Street; face masks from Hilo de Amor; and gift cards from Hilo de Amor, F.C. Ziegler and Jo and June.

Additionally, several local makers will be selling their goods and wares at Heirloom Rustic Ales from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nom & Spice, a vegan food truck in front of 473, will be selling brunch starting at noon as well.

Circle Cinema will be hosting a Sidewalk Sale from 2-6 p.m. outside the cinema. All merchandise, including puzzles, socks and yard ornaments will be 20 percent off.

American Solera has a new beer release, Small Business Blend, a 13 percent imperial stout aged 10 months in Balcones bourbon barrels with vanilla beans. Calaveras Mexican Grill food truck will be on site at American Solera from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For other deals, visit the Kendall Whittier holiday page and scroll down to the business listing.

With retail, restaurant and bar sales still low due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, small businesses have eagerly been awaiting Christmas and holiday sales to help end the year on a high note.

“’Now more than ever’ is a phrase overused these days, but in this case, it really is true. Our businesses need us now more than ever,” Jackson Seay explained. “This is a make-or-break couple of months for many Tulsa businesses.”

And shopping local have never been easier! Because the pandemic forced some businesses online this spring, a robust e-commerce site and digital gift cards will allow shoppers to support local from the comfort of their own home if preferred.

Shoppers can download a Shopper’s Guide with 13 Kendall Whittier businesses featured. Each business has 2-3 suggested gift items with pricing and who the ideal recipient would be to make your shopping simple. The guide can be viewed here.

KWMS even has a landing page for the holidays. It has a list of businesses with links to online shopping, digital gift cards and social media accounts, plus store hours, location and contact information.

Kendall Whittier Main Street is a nonprofit organization that inspires the ongoing revitalization and growth of a historic and cultural neighborhood in Tulsa, striving to transform it back to a thriving, walkable commercial district. KWMS is a 2020 Great American Main Street Award winner and an Oklahoma Certified Cultural District.

For more information about the Kendall Whittier Main Street, please call or text 918-633-1934 or email info@visitkendallwhittier.com.



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