Though Thanksgiving is only a few days away, Christmas enthusiasts are already looking ahead to the weekend after. Not only will it finally be socially acceptable to blast Christmas music (even though it's not good for your mental health) and hang those lights, but some of the best deals of the year will arrive on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Because Black Friday deals often benefit chain retailers like Walmart and Target, small businesses sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Enter Small Business Saturday, a day created to promote local business and help keep money spent in the community local. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide event that takes place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. A letter to the editor last month noted that out of every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in the community. Additionally, several Laramie businesses have special deals to commemorate the shopping holiday! Here's a quick list of businesses that Laramie residents can shop from this Small Business Saturday. These are only a few of Laramie's locally owned businesses, for a complete list of businesses participating in the shopping holiday, please click here.

 

  • 1

    Night Heron

    All good holiday shopping sprees start with getting a cup of coffee. Night Heron offers its customers the option of sitting down and browsing books with their cup of joe, or taking it on the go. As an added bonus, the shop offers punch cards for the purchase of used books.

    Other local coffee shops to try include: Coal Creek Coffee, The Grounds, and Turtle Rock Coffee.

    Caitlin Anderle, Townsquare Media
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    Cowgirl Yarn

    For those interested in needle art, like knitting and crochet, Cowgirl Yarn is the place to go. The store has yarn options for every budget, and even hosts crafting classes for learners at any stage. There's even a section devoted to yarns made by Wyoming crafters!

    Caitlin Anderle, Townsquare Media
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    The Chocolate Cellar

    It's hard to go wrong this holiday with the purchase of candy. In addition to handmade chocolates, this downtown shop offers gummies, hard candy, and kitchen utensils.

    Also located in downtown Laramie is the Chalk n' Cheese which offers specialty cheese and locally made wine and beer.

    Caitlin Anderle, Townsquare Media
  • 4

    Windy City Pet Store

    Spoil your four legged friends this holiday season by picking up some toys and treats, all while spending money locally!

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    Sweet Pickles

    A downtown Laramie staple for decades, Sweet Pickles offers a wide variety of toys, gifts, and games for young children. The owners of Sweet Pickles also own The Curiosity Shoppe, which offers unique gifts for friends and relatives of all ages.

    Caitlin Anderle, Townsquare Media