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Deals offered throughout downtown South Bend for Small Business Saturday

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Small Business Saturday in downtown South Bend promises deals and prizes for shoppers throughout the day, all in an effort to support driving local economic success.

A Downtown South Bend Welcome Station will be located in the new Howard Park Community Building at 219 S. St. Louis Blvd from 9 a.m. to noon on November 30.

Shoppers who visit the welcome station can pick up a Shop Small bag and a list of deals and promotions. There will also be giveaways, coffee, donuts, pastries and a photo booth at the welcome station.

One of the businesses participating in this year’s event, Brain Lair Bookstore on Jefferson Boulevard, celebrated its first year in business in July. This will be its second time participating in Small Business Saturday.

“In order for us to keep this vibrancy and life in the community, we have to come out, we have to support small businesses. Shop Small is just one day but we should come to these stores all the time,” said Brain Lair owner Kathy Burnette. “Where will you find another Ali’s? You won’t. You won’t find another Beehives, so just remember that what adds flavor to a town is its small businesses.”

Burnette thinks that the reopening of Howard Park will draw more people in to her shop, which is just down the road from South Bend's oldest park.

“I’m excited to see new life come back to downtown,” Burnette said.

The Brain Lair will also be hosting a book reading and signing with South Bend native and author Valerie Burns, who writes under the name V.M. Burns. The reading will start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Burns, who writes “cozy mystery” novels, hopes to see people out supporting small businesses on Saturday.

“Support others who are trying to stay viable in the city. I think supporting authors and people who come to the community really encourages others and I think reading is so important,” Burns said.

Burns  released a new novel earlier in the week and it’s set in southwestern Michigan.

Here are deals and promotions available in downtown South Bend on Small Business Saturday from Downtown South Bend:

  • Ali on the Boulevard is offering a store wide sale with goodie bags for the first 75 shoppers who spend $75 or more, plus 20% off the entire store.
  • Bicycle Tattoo and Piercing is offering a free $25 gift card for every $100 purchased in gift cards.
  • The Brain Lair Bookstore is offering a $15 gift card with a purchase of $100 in gift cards, a $10 gift card with a purchase of $100 in books (after discounts and before tax). Author and South Bend native Valerie Burns will be at the store at 10:30 a.m. for a book reading and signing.
  • Cambria Boutique is offering 20% off all weekend plus gift card giveaways.
  • Chicory Café of South Bend is offering free beignets with any purchase over $8.
  • Chocolate Café in downtown South Bend is offering 2 for $20 any crunch/ pretzel combination.
  • Classic Image Photography, LLC is offering a buy one gift card, get one of equal value free promotion as well as 25% off their entire customed designed jewelry line. People stopping by the studio will also be entered to win a complimentary portrait session valued at $150 that is good for one year. Winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on December 2.
  • Edible Arrangements is offering buy one get one free chocolate dipped fruit cones. $1.99 strawberry/pineapple smoothie. $14.99, 12-count mixed fruit box and 20% off all Christmas pre-order.
  • Howard Park is offering $1 off skate rentals with a receipt from a participating Small Business Saturday business.
  • Idle Hours Bookshop is offering 20% off your entire purchase.
  • Inspire Me is offering 20% off most items in store, including sale items and a gift with purchase while supplies last.
  • Café Navarre is offering $100 worth of gift cards for $75 and a free $10 reward and free hot cider and cookies with gift card purchase from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • LaSalle Grill is offering gift cards will offer a $100 gift card for $80, but Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. receive an extra $5 off when you ask for the promotion.
  • Linden Gill is offering an $8 double cheeseburger, fries and a drink.
  • L Street Kitchen is offering a buy three $10 gift cards, get one free promotion.
  • PEGGS is offering a $5 gift card for every $20 in gift cards purchased. Customers will be entered to win a PEGGS gift basket. The offers run through Christmas Eve.
  • Render Kitchen & Bar is offering a free $20 gift card with a purchase of $100 in gift cards.
  • South Bend Brew Werks is offering a $5 Brew Cash for every $25 in gift cards purchased.
  • South Bend Civic Theatre is offering the FLEXPASS 6 for $105 instead of $135. Must purchase at the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • South Bend Museum of Art is offering holiday shopping items from local artists and new merchandise for the holidays at the Dot Shop. A “Mimosa Morning” will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and hot chocolate will be served all day until 5 p.m. A SBMA membership is 25% off.
  • Spirited is offering a free $10 gift card and a holiday cocktail recipe card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
  • The Alchemist’s Daughters is offering 15% off the entire store.
  • The Drop Comedy Club is offering $40 in gift cards for $30. Call 574-222-2639 to make arrangements for purchase.
  • The Garage Arcade Bar is offering free arcade and video games all day.
  • The Lauber Kitchen & Bar will give a raffle ticket to customers to be entered in an hourly drawing from noon to 4 p.m. for Lauber swag and gift cards.
  • The Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast is offering 20% off gift certificates. Call to purchase or book online and note you want the Small Business Saturday deal
  • The Pigeon and the Hen Pottery is offering 15% off all acrylic painted light ups and lanterns.
  • Therapeutic Indulgence is offering buy one, get one 50% off locally-made products.
  • Unique Boutique International is offering customers the opportunity to randomly pick 5-50% off their total purchase.
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