Shopping local in Downtown Denton makes for an authentic, unique experience. Shop handmade goods at places like The Dime Store or Denton Trading Company, excellent retail offerings from businesses at J.T. Clothier’s or Palm Tree Boutique, gift cards from restaurants like Greenhouse or LSA Burger Co.! No matter the gift, we’re confident our local businesses have everything you need to make your shopping needs quick, easy and enjoyable.
Holiday Open House
Head to downtown Denton on November 16th and 17th for one of the most wonderful times of the year! During Holiday Open House you can get ahead the hustle and bustle of December shopping and actually enjoy your experience! This year be sure to stroll the streets of the square and beyond. Discover antique and vintage treasures and eclectic specialty stores to snag Christmas gifts that are as original and independent as Denton.
Why Shop Local? The Facts
We could spend all day talking about why you should shop local, but the facts speak for themselves. When you shop local, you help keep your community thriving, which keeps everyone happy. Check out a few interesting facts from our friends at City of Denton below.
Only one in six adults purchases locally available products and services. If just half the Denton population spent $50 each month in Denton's independently owned stores, their purchases would generate more than $6.5 million dollars per year in sales.
Each time you spend money on dining, retail, or entertainment, you are charged an 8.25 percent sales tax. A portion of that sales tax goes to the city in which you buy the goods or services. When you shop in Denton, you support our city services such as the police and fire departments, streets, libraries, and parks.
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Back in 2012, American Express launched Small Business Saturday® in an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong. Shop Small takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving of every year — to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses.
This year, we’re taking the spirit of Shop Small Saturday and celebrating it all shopping season long! This holiday season, keep your dollars and your driving distances local by shopping small in Downtown Denton. Our local merchants are fully stocked with an array of unique, beautiful products fit for every member of the family. Keep our local economy and community strong with every dollar spent here in town.
When you spend a $1 locally, your dollar carries across our community in the following ways. Let’s keep the trend going this holiday season!
2019 Participating Locations
Check out one of many participating businesses from Denton who are ready and eager to make your Shop Small Saturday shopping experience a memorable one.
La Di Da
Les Muses Vintage
Rose & Thorn Clothing Co
The DIME Store
The Palm Tree
VaChelle's On The Square
Armadillo Ale Works
Beth Marie's Old Fashion Ice Cream on the Square
Captiva Salon and Spa
Denton Community Market
Denton Trading Company
First People's Jewelers
Jeff Gamble Photography
Shop Small takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving of every year — to encourage people to Shop Small and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. In 2011, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day. Today, all 50 states participate in this incredible day of opportunity to strengthen local and national economy.
As shopping small catches on in communities everywhere, Small Business Saturday continues to evolve from from a cause to a day of community celebration. 90% of consumers surveyed said Small Business Saturday has had a positive impact on their community. Because a visit to the family-owned framing shop or a stop at the neighborhood taco truck not only supports our local economies, it promotes more vibrant communities.
This year, we would like to say thanks to the Denton Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us this year on Shop Small, as well as our fellow partnerships. We as a community are blessed to partner with Shop Small Saturday, and bring these incredible benefits and opportunities to our local businesses. We know our community truly loves and cherishes the businesses and owners we are blessed to have, why not extend that love and care all the way through the holiday shopping season?
Join us for this and every Shop Small Saturday.
Shop Small Saturday selfie contest
During Shop Small Saturday, certain locations will feature a Selfie Station, where customers are encouraged to take selfies within the business, tag the business, and post the image to Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag “ #ShopSmallDenton.” When customers complete this fun, simple process, they are automatically entered to win our Grand Prize! We will announce the winner of said prize on Sunday once we are able to count up all of the participating submissions!
We are so excited to feature this contest as part of our Shop Small Saturday festivities. Be sure to follow Denton MSA and Denton Chamber on Facebook and Instagram for important updates on the Grand Prize, participating locations, and more.
Ready to get your shopping started? Check out one of our many Main Street members who are ready and eager to make your shopping experience a local, memorable one.
Downtown Denton is full of festive community-wide events that celebrate the holiday season. Sample tasty wassail from local merchants as we light the Denton Holiday Tree, or enjoy one of the many related events that keep us in the jolly spirits! Check out our events listed below.
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