“Small Business Saturday is one of our busiest days of the year,” declares Rosemary Ellis, owner of The Artist’s Studio at 40 Monroe Center. This amazing little nook inside MoDiv, on what is commonly referred to as the Monroe Mall, displays some of Rose’s pieces as well as works from other local artists. On any given day, passersby can watch Rose working on her newest creation through the windows, or meander through the nearby Apothecary Off Main, owned by fellow MoDiv tenant, Jill Devan. “It’s such a fun atmosphere. It’s humbling to be supported by so many shoppers that are proud to support their local businesses. The sense of pride in Grand Rapids is amazing,” Jill adds.
Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This Saturday, Nov.26, join Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW), Avenue for the Arts, Monroe Center businesses and The Pop Up Shop GR in celebrating Small Business Saturday in Downtown Grand Rapids with #ShopSmallGR. This one-day event is intended to highlight the many small businesses housed along Monroe Center and South Division.
Downtown Grand Rapids contains a vibrant community of shops, from clothing to comics, accessories to art and more. Avenue for the Arts has partnered with GROW to fill empty storefronts along South Division between Wealthy and Cherry Streets with dozens of pop-up vendors. Together with the rest of the South Division and Monroe Center businesses, shoppers will find nearly 50 opportunities to explore unique and eclectic retailers in the span of just a few blocks.
Holiday shoppers can take a break from their adventures to enjoy a bite to eat or a cup of coffee, (or something stronger), at one of Downtown GR’s many coffee shops and eateries, or even indulge in a mani/pedi and a new hairstyle at one of the local salons. Families and friends alike can make a day of exploring our diverse retail district and supporting local small businesses with #ShopSmallGR.
Participating businesses and pop-up shops include:
Monroe Center Shops:
6.25 Paper Studio – 40 Monroe Ctr
Apothecary Off Main – 40 Monroe Ctr
Elegance Wigs, Hats & Acc. – 61 Monroe Ctr
Gina’s Boutique – 40 Monroe Ctr.
Grand Central Market – 57 Monroe Ctr.
Groskopf’s – 112 Monroe Ctr
Humanity Boutique – 40 Monroe Ctr.
Old World Olive Press – 108 Monroe Ctr
Reynolds & Sons – 12 Monroe Ctr
Stiletto Sweets – 20 Monroe Ctr.
The Artist’s Studio – 40 Monroe Ctr
Vault of Midnight Comics – 95 Monroe Ctr.
Avenue for the Arts:
boldSOCKS – 17 S. Division
Brothers Leather – 15 S. Division
Dime & Regal – 209 S. Division #105
East Meets West – 209 S. Division
Heartside Gallery – 48 S. Division
Light Gallery + Studio – 317 S. Division
Parliament Boutique – 120 S. Division
Premier – 14 Weston St. SE
Smokin’ J’s – 133 S. Division
Vertigo Music – 129 S. Division
VILLA – 4 E. Fulton
Woosah Outfitters – 131 S. Division
307 Division Pop-up Shops:
Black Essence Jewels
Run With It
315 Division Pop-up Shops:
Eleven oh Two
Rock Candy Earrings
325 Division Pop-up Shops
Arts of Economics (ACE)
Bundles of Blessings
Creations by Georgia
Polyester Dress Creations
Trinidad Silver Company
Visions by Cynthia
Look for more details about participating #ShopSmallGR businesses and pop-up shops on GROW’s website at www.growbusiness.org/happenings/shopsmallgr/
Constance Croom of Connie’s Fig Leaf Alterations and Pat Gaines of All Tied Up by Pat are both shop owners in MoDiv on Monroe Center.