This weekend is chock-full of fun and fashionable things to do, so if you’re itching to hit the town after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and all of the delicious fixings, these events will keep you busy!
Wild Lights | Friday, November 28 through Sunday November 30
From 5:30 to 9 p.m. enjoy a spectacular holiday light display at the Detroit Zoo. More than two millions LED lights will illuminate the trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a trail through the front half of the Zoo. The event will feature live entertainment, seasonal refreshments, arts and crafts, storytelling and ice carving. Advanced tickets are $8 or $10 at the gate and parking is $6 per car. For more information, visit http://www.detroitzoo.org/events/wild-lights.
The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, in Royal Oak.
Small Business Saturday | Saturday, November 29
This is definitely the biggest event of the weekend because Small Business Saturday is the new black (Friday). Small Business Saturday is happening just about everywhere, but here are a few spots that are doing something special. But before we get to all that, check out these facts on shopping local:
Did you know that 68% of every dollar spent locally stays local, two times more than shopping online or elsewhere?
American Express launched Small Business Saturday on November 27, 2010 to encourage U.S. consumers to use the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shop local.
Supporting small business means you can help small business owners become job creators because small business are the backbone of the country and, when combined, constitute the largest employer in the nation.
$5.7 billion was spent on small businesses in 2013.
Small Business Saturday is popular on Twitter as 352,000 tweets were sent in support of Small Business Saturday in 2013.
Back to the events of the weekend!
Ferndale: Select Ferndale area restaurants will have brunch specials to fuel the shoppers for a day of shopping local. Pick up a SMS Passport at the Ferndale DDA or any of the participating businesses and get it punched or stamped at over dozens of businesses, and then, when you turn it in, you will be entered into a raffle for gift cards. Visit http://www.downtownferndale.com/news-events/small-biz-saturday.html to see who is participating and what kind of discounts they are offering.
Detroit: Start off your day at the Build Bazaar in the D:hive Welcome Center that will feature local vendors from Build Institute. The event will offer information about local retailers, special discounts and free shuttle service to retail stores throughout the greater downtown area. Parking will be $3 in the Z parking structure all day.
Birmingham: Support Michigan’s economy and enjoy numerous extra incentives offered by the Birmingham Principal Shopping District. Pick up your SMS Passport at participating small businesses, and for every item purchased, shoppers will receives one stamp in their passport. The customer with the most stamps will receive two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the Continental U.S. courtesy of Departure Travel. Turn your passport into the booth located at Astrein’s Creative Jewelers at 120 W. Maple Road by 5:30 p.m. and you will be eligible for the prize. And there are no losers, because everyone who turns in a passport will receive a free treat from a Birmingham business. Free valet for shoppers is located at Henrietta at West Maple, and Old Woodward at Hamilton Row. Shoppers may call the valet service to ensure their car is ready when they return to pick it up. If you aren’t into valet, the meters and parking structures will be free all day.
Small Business Saturday Trunk Show | Saturday, November 29
City Bird and Nest are partnering with Etsy Wholesale for Small Business Saturday with a trunk show featuring work from four local Etsy jewelry sellers: Chain Chain Chained, Courtney Fischer, The D. The Jewelry, and Rebel Nell. If you stop by between 2 and 5 p.m., you can meet the designers behind the beautiful jewelry. In addition to the Etsy jewelers, check out the other holiday 2014 merchandise, enjoy refreshments and participate in special giveaways and promotions.
City Bird and Nest are located at 460 W. Canfield, in Detroit.
West Park Winter Social | Saturday, November 29
Enjoy a tree-lighting ceremony, food trucks, live music and local vendors at the West Park Winter Social on Kercheval between Maryland and Wayburn in Grosse Pointe Park. From 6 to 10 p.m., visit the heated Winter Ale & Seasonal Sampling tent that includes a diverse menu of winter ales, stouts and porters. Holiday-themed wines will also be available, handpicked by Village Wine Shop. The food trucks on site include El Guapo, The Mac Shack, Rollin Stone Wood Fired Pizza, Detroit BBQ Company, Stockyard and Beignets. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of and include 10 beverage samples. More information can be found at www.westparkingwintersocial.com.
Skyetique Boutique & Beauty Bar One-Year Anniversary Party | Saturday, November 29
Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Skyetique along with West Park Winter Fest. Beginning at 7 p.m., it will be an evening of cocktails, appetizers and shopping. Skyetique Boutique & Beauty Bar is located at 15129 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe.