Milk Handmade, 5137 N. Clark, has gifts for the taking with a purchase of $25 or more. | PROVIDED PHOTO
Updated: December 24, 2012 7:05AM
Shoppers who shudder at the mere mention of Black Friday but still want to score a bargain this weekend should check out Small Business Saturday.
Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is a nationally driven initiative developed by American Express in 2010 to encourage consumers to support small businesses by shopping locally during the big kickoff weekend to the holiday shopping season.
Last year more than 100 million U.S. consumers shopped at local retailers on Small Business Saturday, and once again, the mantra is “shop small” on Nov. 24.
Shoppers looking to skip the lines and mobs guaranteed at big retailers can take a more relaxed approach to holiday shopping by taking advantage of bargains offered by independent retailers citywide.
From fun winter fashion shows to complimentary cocktails and giveaways galore, Small Business Saturday is a once-a-year opportunity for Chicago boutiques to shine.
Here’s a sampling of stores offering “shop small” promotions:
Presence Women’s Clothing, 5216 N. Clark, (773) 989-4420. Friday through Sunday: Take 25 percent off last-of-a kind items, 25 percent off all sweaters, $10 off jackets and 43 percent off already reduced items.
Rad Vintage, 1511 W. Berwyn, (773) 907-2225. Saturday and Sunday: All clothing and hats priced 30 percent off.
Turley Road, 5239 N. Clark, (773) 878-0097. Saturday and Sunday: Take 25 percent off all regular-priced clothing and take an extra 10 percent off sale clothing. (Mention discount at checkout to receive lower price.)
Moda Boutique, 5140 N. Clark, (773) 878-8088. Saturday only: Buy any one item and get $20 off a second item (everything except jewelry and underwear). Doors open at 6 p.m. for an in-store fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy free food, an open bar, a fashion presentation and free prizes. Store hours extended until 10 p.m.
Milk Handmade, 5137 N. Clark, (847) 833-6309. Friday through Sunday: Guests who make a purchase of $25 or more can select a wrapped gift from under the Christmas tree valued up to $60.
Mr. & Mrs. DIGZ, 5668 N. Clark, (773) 447-8527. Friday and Saturday: Take 30 percent off all outerwear, including coats, hats, gloves and scarves.
Comfort Me Boutique, 651 W. Armitage, (312) 255-1412. Saturday only: Take 10 percent off the entire store and 50 percent off all holiday decorations.
The Green Goddess Boutique, 1009 W. Armitage, (773) 281-5600. Saturday only: Spend $250 or more and get a $25 gift card.
Arch Apothecary, 1359 N. Wells, (312) 291-9750. Friday and Saturday: Buy a $50 gift card and get a free brow wax or tweeze. Buy a $100 gift card and get a free eye makeup and lash application, or buy a $250 gift card and get a free facial and brow wax or tweeze.
Cityblue Apparel & Denim, 1444 N. Wells, (312) 664-2222. Saturday only: Receive a gift with any purchase.
Handle With Care, 1706 N. Wells, (312) 751-2929. Friday through Sunday: Take 10 percent off all full-priced merchandise, 20 percent off jewelry and an extra 40 percent off all sale merchandise.
Sara Jane, 1343 N. Wells, (312) 335-1962. Friday through Sunday: Receive a free gift for every $100 spent.
String a Strand, 1361 N. Wells, (312) 335-1930. Selected semi-precious stones reduced by 75 percent while supplies last.
Angelique’s Boutique, 1330 N. Milwaukee, (773) 687-9169. Friday through Sunday: Take 20 percent off all clothing.
Bellaz Handbags & Accessories, 2140 W. North, (773) 697-4422. Everything in the store is half price through the end of November.
City Soles, 2001 W. North, (773) 489-2001. Friday through Sunday: A selection of fall and winter styles will be marked down by 30 percent.
Clothes Minded, 1735 N. Damen, (773) 227-3402. Friday and Sunday: Buy one item, get another item for 50 percent off.
Le Dress, 1741 W. Division, (773) 697-9899. Friday only: Take 30 percent off everything in the store. Saturday and Sunday: Take 20 percent off everything in the store.
Love and Pieces, 1616 N. Damen, (773) 278-1200. Through the end of November: Spend $125 and get a $25 gift card.
Penelope’s, 1913 W. Division, (773) 395-2351. Through Dec. 3: All outerwear is 20 percent off.
Personal Privilege, 2145 N. Damen, (773) 235-6090. Saturday only: Spend $100 and get a free watch.
Riley, 1659 N. Damen, (773) 489-0101. Friday through Sunday: New markdowns on fall merchandise, plus free mimosas and refreshments.
The T-Shirt Deli, 1739 N. Damen, (773) 276-6266. Saturday only: Bring in a receipt from any big-box retailer for a purchase that was made between midnight and 3 a.m. on Black Friday and then receive 15 percent off your entire purchase.
Virtu, 2034 N. Damen, (773) 235-3790. Saturday only: Serving champagne, wine and cookies.
Vive la Femme, 2048 N. Damen, (773) 772-7429. Saturday only: Hosting a “Clothes, Beauty, Yoga — My Favorite Things” event. The first five people in the door when the store opens at 11 a.m. receive one pass for three free classes at Ganesha Yoga and Adventures in Fitness and a sample of a salt scrub.
Perchance Boutique, 3510 N. Southport and 11 E. Walton, (773) 244-1300. Friday through Sunday at the Walton store and on Saturday only at the Southport location: Take 25 percent off anything in the store that’s not black.
Persona, 1347 W. Waveland, (773) 529-8752. Saturday only: Take 10 percent off any merchandise made in the USA.
Tribeca Boutique, 1035 W. Madison, (312) 492-9373. Saturday only: Take 20 percent off all denim and dresses.
Decollage, 1219 W. Madison, (312) 226-8087. Saturday only:
Take $20 off a purchase of $100 or more.
The Fig Tree, 1037 W. Madison (312) 226-6303. Saturday only: Receive 20 percent off any purchase of $50 or more and receive a free gift.
Florodora, 330 S. Dearborn, and Florodora Shoes, 348 S. Dearborn, (312) 212-8860. Unannounced sale. Visit the store Friday or Saturday to find out specifics.
Natalie Hayes is a locally based free-lance writer.