Every Black Friday, shoppers race to big box retailers in hopes of getting a deal. As mentioned in 2012, there are many local businesses that offer Black Friday promotions that don’t require getting up at 2 a.m. or sometimes even earlier. Local businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area put pride into their stores and the merchandise and services they offer. Along with Black Friday, many businesses also take part in Small Businesses Saturday on November 30th, which allows consumers to show their appreciation for small businesses and to “shop local” and take pride in what the Tampa Bay community has to offer.

Buckler’s Craft Fairs
Florida State Fairgrounds-Entertainment Hall
4800 US Highway 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
(386) 860-0092

Date: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, 2013

This Thanksgiving weekend, stop by the Florida State Fairgrounds and peruse Tampa’s annual Buckler’s Craft Fairs. The craft fair always has a wide variety of vendors who present only the best crafts and other handmade items at a reasonable cost. Handmade crocheted items, home decorations and holiday decorations are usually among the most popular items at the fair. Admission is $6 per person with children 12 years of age and younger being free. The Buckler’s website has a $2-off coupon or bring a canned good to receive a discount off of the admission price.

Graphi-Ko Gallery
669 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 667-8126

St. Petersburg’s Graphi-Ko Gallery has a wide variety of handmade jewelry and art. For jewelry, there is a plethora of men’s and women’s varieties of bracelets, earring and pendants. In terms of artwork, the gallery has works that range from paintings, glassworks, photography, clay work and much more. All of the works at the Graphi-Ko Gallery are reasonably priced and sure to make the perfect gift for everyone. This upcoming Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, the Graphi-Ko Gallery will be featuring a promotion of $10 off for every $50 spent. This promotion will also include all original artwork for sale in the gallery.

Health Mutt
6116 N. Central Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 231-3137

This holiday season, don’t forget to treat the four-legged loves of your life. But, don’t just shop at any pet store; stop by Tampa’s Health Mutt to get only the best for your pet. The Health Mutt has a wide variety of dog and cat food that is made of only the most natural ingredients that your pet deserves. This November, the Health Mutt will be having sale promotions on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. On Black Friday, toys and treats will be Buy One, Get One 50 percent off and if you buy a collar, you get a leash at 50 percent off. On Small Business Saturday, one non-food item such as beds, collars, treats and much more will all be 20 percent off and toys will be 15 percent off. Make sure to stop by the Health Mutt to pick up all-natural treats for your pet to start the new year off on the right paw.

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MJ Fashions And Gifts, Inc.
314 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 736-6276

MJ Fashions and Gifts is a friendly and reliable boutique in the heart of Tampa Bay. MJ Fashions has a wide variety of specialty items, gifts and women’s fashions. There is a collectible shoe selection that will be the perfect keepsake gift for someone special. As for ladies clothing, MJ Fashions and Gifts has a wide variety of Lindsay Phillips accessories, handbags, sandals, scarves and much more. On Black Friday, MJ Fashions and Gifts’ sale items that are already 30 to 60 percent off will be reduced even more with an extra 10 percent off. MJ’s will have a full, friendly staff on hand to make gift buying even easier. After selecting the perfect gift, make sure to take advantage of the free gift wrapping. There might even be a snack or two to help make holiday shopping a little more enjoyable.

Water Monkey Shop
(Mobile Service)
(727) 487-2053

Tampa Bay’s Water Monkey Shop is a fun and friendly company dedicated to fitness and healthy lifestyles. Experienced in stand-up paddle boarding, Chase Kosterlitz is a professional stand-up paddle boarder who teaches Tampa Bay residents how to participate in this up-and-coming water sport. There are introduction classes as well as fitness classes. A nature tour is also available as paddle boarders get to see the beautiful sights of Tampa Bay. The Water Monkey is a mobile business that can be found on local beaches such as Fort DeSoto and Clam Bayou where paddle boards can be rented at $40 per board per hour or eight hours of rental for $50 per board. Rental deliveries can take place at St. Pete Beach, Pass-A-Grille, Madeira Beach, Fort DeSoto, Treasure Island, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Gulfport and other Tampa Bay locations. This holiday season, Water Monkey owner Chase Kosterlitz will have gift certificates that will help give the water sports lover in your family a one-of-a-kind gift. To purchase a gift certificate for the Water Monkey, call the number listed above or e-mail at info@watermonkeyshop.com.

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