This year, we are especially excited to get our holiday shopping done! Why? While we obviously believe that small businesses need our support every single day, there’s something called Small Business Saturday, a movement started by American Express in 2010 – and this year, Historic Downtown Sanford is THE place to shop!

Shop Small in Historic Downtown SanfordYes, you read that right, something very special is happening in Historic Downtown Sanford this November 24th! Local retailers and restaurants/bars have come  together to create the Historic Downtown Sanford Shop Hop, an event that is meant to inspire you to shop small for the holidays! Check out the long list of retailers you can visit on that day and be sure to keep your receipt because you will want to take advantage of the great offers provided by local bars and restaurants on that day.

With over 50 independently-owned and operated small businesses, Downtown Sanford is truly a place where you can make a difference! Supporting Sanford’s small businesses means making a difference in local lives and keeping our community as vibrant and unique as it is. Trust me, you could never feel better about spending your hard earned money on holiday gifts than when you spend it at a local business that really appreciates you and your support! You’ll instantly put a smile on their face!

Participating Retailers:

The Rosie Lee Co.
Antidote Apothecary & Spa
Palate Coffee Brewery
Maya Books and Music
Magpies Modern General
The Albritton Gallery
Hollerbach’s Outfitters
Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
Rustic and Pipe Decor
Triple Goddess Treasures
Pedal Driven Co.
Board & Brush Sanford
The Cute Boutique
A.Clore Interiors
Ria’s Decor & More

Participating Restaurants & Bars and their offers for Shoppers:

Palate Coffee Brewery = Free house-blend 12oz hot/iced coffee
West End Trading Co. = Free sunshine state bomb shot
Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe = Free Schnapps
Christo’s = Free fresh baked garlic knots
Boba Babes – Gourmet Tea and Waffle Bar = Free mini waffle
The Sullivan, A Public House = Free shot (w/ draft purchase)
Celery City Craft = Happy hour prices all day
The District in Sanford = Happy hour prices all day
Buster’s Bistro = Happy hour prices all day
The Smiling Bison – Sanford = Happy hour prices all day
Sanford Brewing Company = $1 off drafts
Deviant Wolfe Brewing = $1 off drafts or wine
Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge = $1 off drafts or cocktails board
WopsHops Brewing Company = $1 off all beers
The Alley – Sanford, FL = 10% off your entire receipt
Fuel BBQ – Sanford, FL = 10% off your entire receipt
Luisa’s Cellar = 10% off retail, $1 off drinks, BOGO coffee
El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant = $2 steak or chicken tacos, drink specials

Be sure to check the event page before you start your shopping that day because we have a feeling there will be even more offers added!!

We challenge you to literally get ALL your holiday shopping done in one day (November 24th) and then still have enough time to spoil yourselves to a drink, meal or both at a participating restaurant/bar. This day is all about #sanfording at its best and we can’t wait to see our streets filled with eager holiday shoppers!

About last weekend…

We had an early start last weekend and went scouting out some fun places to shop. It started out as “just another Saturday of #sanfording with the kids” but as we were visiting various shops I realized once again how much fun shopping in Sanford actually is!

Here are a few impressions…


Brewdolph the “other red-nosed reindeer”, Rudolph’s long lost step-brother is opening up a Pop-Up Holiday Bar at the original Celery City Craft in Historic Downtown Sanford to open on November 24th for the Small Business Saturday activities! Enjoy holiday music, winter beers, Christmas-themed drinks, bartender elves all in a beautiful winter wonderland designed by A.Clore Interiors. On their grand opening they will be offering a special concoction made by the one and only Blitzen called Cousin Blitzen’s Cranked Egg Nog. It will be FREE for those that show a receipt of purchase from a participating retailer from the #Sanfording Shop Small Campaign!