Nov 26

Forget Black Friday – it’s all about Small Business Saturday

Sure, you could visit the National Christmas Tree, check out the Holiday Train Exhibit, or watch dazzling ballerinas glide across the floor at The Nutcracker this holiday season, but there’s one holiday event in DC that probably haven’t thought of - Small Business Saturday on November 29th in downtown DC!

It’ll be tough to drag yourself away from leftover turkey-cranberry-stuffing sandwiches, but trust us, it’s worth it. Between DC’s unique downtown stores, an official unveiling of a revamped Main Street by famous designer Shelia Bridges, and an exciting Etsy trunk show featuring local artists – there’s a lot to do.

Skip the mall, and knock out your holiday shopping in one day! Enjoy convenience, unique finds, and support beloved mom-and-pop shops. (Don’t be surprised if you find yourself shunning megastores forever.)

Small Business Saturday in DC starts whenever your favorite stores open on Saturday, November 29th, so make sure to scope out your favorite local stores in advance, and create a game plan for this can’t-miss DC holiday event. (Hint: check out The Colonel’s site and click on “Neighborhood” to find the best shops.)  It’s free to attend, but we’ll leave the shopping part up to you…

Driving? The Colonel Apartments are a mere 15-minute drive to P Street and Wisconsin Avenue, where the city will unveil a Main Street Makeover by designer Sheila Bridges. We recommend leaving around 8:45 AM, as many parking garages open around 9 AM and will fill up quickly for the event.


Head north on 9th Street and take a left on P Street NW. At the traffic circle, take the fourth exit to stay on P St. NW, then exit on New Hampshire Avenue. Colonial Parking Garage will be on your left (1333 New Hampshire Avenue), and you can park from 9 AM-2 AM for $12/hr or $20/day. Don’t forget to reserve your spot!

Not Driving? Take a 16-minute bus ride instead. From The Colonel, simply walk three minutes to the bus stop at NW Wisconsin Avenue and NW Q Street. Catch the D2 Bus and ride it five minutes to Dupont Circle, where you can hop off and stroll down Wisconsin Avenue downtown.

It’s free, it supports local business, it’s a great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner – and it’s only 15 minutes away from The Colonel. Need we say more?