Black Friday is sometimes considered the culmination of corporate America. On the day after Thanksgiving, thousands of big-name stores offer massive sales that bring customers stampeding through the doors and fighting over discounted items like a scene from a movie. To give small businesses a competitive edge during this shopping craze, American Express founded “Small Business Saturday” in 2010. As of 2015, people spent over $16 billion during Small Business Saturday, according to Forbes. As if two days of sales wasn’t enough, Shop.org coined Cyber Monday to include online discounts too, said the National Retail Federation.
Boutiques in Denver don’t shy away from the shopping festivities. This year, some are running sales all three days, and some are offering up to 80 percent off. Read on to find out which small business boutiques deserve your post-Thanksgiving support.
Where: 46 S. Broadway, Denver
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday: 12 -7 p.m.
The Lowdown: Steadbrook offers unique skate and surf inspired menswear. On Black Friday, the shop will mark items anywhere from 20-80 percent off.
Where: 2040 W. 30th Ave., Denver
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Lowdown: Goldyn provides luxury designs that coincide with Denver’s dynamic fashion scene. Featuring local and national designers, Goldyn is the go-to boutique for the progressive woman. Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the boutique will offer 30 percent off store-wide.
Where: 172 N. College Ave. Suite A3, Fort Collins
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Lowdown: With styles that range from relaxed to dressy, Magnolia Moon specializes in versatility and proves products that shoppers can wear for a variety of occasions. On Black Friday, the boutique will offer $10 off every $50 spent. On Small Business Saturday, Magnolia Moon will provide free tote bags and gifts to the first 10 customers and buy two, get one 50 percent off. Cyber Monday will include a gift with an online purchase, and on all three days, the boutique will offer 30 percent off markdowns.
Where: 3000 E 1st Ave, #203, Denver and 1408 Larimer St, #102, Denver
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
The Lowdown: AILLEA specializes in clean, natural makeup and beauty products. Black Friday through Cyber Monday, the beauty shop will offer 20 percent off store-wide.
Where: 8441 S Yosemite St., Suite #1, Lone Tree; 171 Detroit St., Denver; 1810 30th St., Boulder; 4170 Tennyson St., Denver
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
The Lowdown: Inspyre already offers beautiful pieces for under $100, so the holiday season means that unique clothes and accessories are even more affordable. Inspyre will have racks of clothes and shoes for only $10, select accessories for $1 and coupons via social media for 40 percent off a single item.
Where: 2595 Canyon Blvd. Suite 105, Boulder
Hours: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday: 11a.m. -5 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. -5 p.m.
The Lowdown: Luxury women’s boutique, Willow, features established and emerging designers. It will offer 25 percent off store-wide Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
Where: 257 Fillmore St., Denver
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Lowdown: DVSN WEST provides one-of-a-kind street style. On Black Friday, the urban boutique will offer buy one, get one 25 percent off on regularly priced sneakers and apparel.
Where: 3716 W. 32nd Ave., Denver; 1 Old Town Square #101, Fort Collins
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Lowdown: RusticThread brings the west coast to Colorado with boho-chic style. On Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, RusticThread will offer up to 20 percent off of holiday gift giving styles, five percent off of gift cards and markdowns on sale items.
Armitage & McMillan
Where: 1550 Platte St. Suite D, Denver
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
The Lowdown: Armitage & McMillan stocks tasteful menswear that combines Denver and New York style. Black Friday through Cyber Monday the boutique will offer 25 percent off store-wide and online with the discount code “BLACKFRIDAY.”