TWO DAYS TO SHOP SMALL Small Busi­ness Satur­day Fair mer­chants

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Big re­tail­ers aren’t the only ones ready­ing deals this week­end.

The Bluff View Art District is set to l ure post-Thanks­giv­ing shop­pers to a less chaotic, more charm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with Black Fri­day at Bluff View, and the Chat­tanooga Pub­lic Li­brary will host a mer­chants fair on Small Busi­ness Satur­day.

BLACK FRI­DAY AT THE BLUFF VIEW

The Bluff View Art District will be adorned in the sights, sounds and smells of a sto­ry­book hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence for this spe­cial event from noon to 5 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 25, at 411 E. Sec­ond St.

“Bluff View Art District dur­ing the hol­i­days is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence,” said An­dré Char­i­tat, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for the district. “Its at­mos­phere car­ries you away to what feels like a cozy and fes­tive Euro­pean vil­lage.”

The his­toric neigh­bor­hood is filled with restau­rants, a cof­fee­house, art gallery, bed-and-break­fast and a plethora of gardens, plazas and court­yards. On Fri­day, with the back­drop of live hol­i­day mu­sic, vis­i­tors will be treated to win­dows into the world of a French cho­co­latier “paint­ing” choco­late Santas, pas­try chefs in ac­tion mak­ing de­lec­ta­ble hol­i­day con­fec­tions and bak­ers craft­ing ar­ti­san breads.

“I love it when vis­i­tors come by and watch me,” says Kari Evans, head pas­try chef at Bluff View. “It makes the ex­pe­ri­ence that much more spe­cial for them when they get to ••• see their fa­vorite hol­i­day treats be­ing made right in front of them.”

Kids can get in on the ac­tion dec­o­rat­ing their own cook­ies, and around ev­ery cor­ner vis­i­tors will be treated to artist demon­stra­tions, cof­fee roast­ing and food and drink tast­ings, in­clud­ing beer and wine, at Tony’s Pasta Shop. The Back Inn Cafe will of­fer a spe­cial hol­i­day lunch.

Shop­ping spe­cials can be found through­out the district dur­ing the open house. Bluff View will have an as­sort­ment of tasty gifts for pur­chase, in­clud­ing hol­i­day breads from Bluff View Bak­ery, hol­i­day gift boxes from Rem­brandt’s Cof­fee House and fine art and craft from River Gallery. Gift cer­tifi­cates are avail­able for each of the en­ti­ties in Bluff View Art District.

Free park­ing is avail­able within the district. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 423265-5033, ext. 481, or visit www.bluffviewart­dis­trict. com.

Also, just across the street, Hous­ton Mu­seum of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts will of­fer free guided tours and a 15 per­cent dis­count at the gift shop. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Hous­ton Mu­seum, 201 High St., call 423-267-7176 or go to www. the­hous­ton­mu­seum.org.

SMALL BUSI­NESS SATUR­DAY FAIR

The Chat­tanooga Pub­lic Li­brary is host­ing its third an­nual event for lo­cal craft en­trepreneurs on Satur­day, Nov. 26.

In re­tail cir­cles, the Satur­day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing has be­come known as Small Busi­ness Satur­day, cham­pi­oning lo­cal mer- chants lost in the chaos of big re­tail’s Black Fri­day push and giv­ing them a big­ger pres­ence in the hol­i­day shop­ping mar­ket.

Amer­i­can Ex­press, which be­gan Small Busi­ness Satur­day in 2010, has se­lected the li­brary as a Neigh­bor­hood Cham­pion in this year’s #ShopS­mall cam­paign.

“Kick off your hol­i­day shop­ping by sup­port­ing lo­cal en­trepreneurs, and you’ll get that warm fuzzy feel­ing of giv­ing twice while en­sur­ing your hard­earned dol­lars stay lo­cal,” says li­brary spokes­woman Mary Bar­nett in a news re­lease.

“We’ll have free cof­fee give­aways, door prizes and, of course, an in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of lo­cal ven­dors sure to make your shop­ping easy.”

Twenty-four mer­chants will be at the down­town li­brary, 1001 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sell­ing ev­ery­thing from quilts and bat boxes to hand­made soaps, jew­elry and jour­nals, the ven­dors will be set up around the Shush Cafe.

Door prizes i nclude “re­ally nice can­vas shop­ping bags from AmEx,” Bar­nett says, “as well as free cof­fee from Shush.”

She adds that many of the ven­dors have do­nated to a grand prize that will fea­ture sev­eral hand­made items from crafters at the fair. › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › › ›

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

“Happy Trails to You” note card, $7.50, from Sewn to the Sea, a Small Busi­ness Satur­day Fair par­tic­i­pant.

Black onyx and sil­ver neck­lace, $125, by CollinsCol­lec­tions, a Small Buis­ness Satur­day Fair mer­chant.

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