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Shop Small in the City Center 2018

It’s the biggest shopping promotion of the year! Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday. You’re sure to find something for every one on your list – plus chances to fuel up and enjoy some down time!

Grab a passport at a participating business. Get 10 stamps on your passport and drop the entry form at any participating business to enter to win a City Center prize package worth more than $100! (Four winners will be selected.)

Please note that all the participating businesses are setting their own hours. You can grab a Shop Small coffee has early as 6:30am and keep the party going late into the night at one of the taverns! You can plan on most businesses being open between 10am-4pm, but please check the hours below for specific information.

Sign up for Shop Small in the City Center 2019!

(We want you to explore all that City Center Mankato has to offer. We’ve broken the City Center into three  zones – you’ll need to get stamps from all three zones to be eligible for the drawing.)


Becky’s Floral & Gift Shoppe – 719 S. Front Street
Hours: 8am-4pm
Becky’s is a retail floral and gift shop. They will hold a drawing at the end of the day for a beautiful Christmas centerpiece. They will also have refreshments, including cupcake and cake pop samples by Laura Maes, as well as coffee and cider.

Blue Earth County History Center – 424 Warren Street
Hours: 10am-4pm
The Blue Earth County Historical Society (BECHS) leads in the collecting and promoting of Blue Earth County’s history through exhibits, special events, activities and more. The Gift Shop includes a variety of books on local and regional history, local authors including Maud Hart Lovelace, and unique gift ideas. BECHS is also the exclusive dealer of Mankato artist Marian Anderson.

Betsy-Tacy Society – 332 Center Street
Hours: 1pm–4pm
Tour Betsy-Tacy children’s book series author Maud Hart Lovelace’s childhood home. Visit the gift shop to purchase Betsy-Tacy books, other books by Lovelace and others, and more!

Bluebird Cakery – 507 S. Front Street
Hours: 6:30am-8pm
Bluebird Cakery is a made from scratch gourmet bakery that daily makes fresh cupcakes, baked goods, wedding cakes, birthday cakes, and gourmet coffee. We have treats and goodies for any occasion! We also offer learning workshops and parties for all ages to learn how to make pies, cake decorating, and cupcake decorating. We will be featuring all new holiday merchandise, 10% off select merchandise items, free brewed coffee with a purchase, BOGO 50% off select gourmet coffee beverages, and launch our new holiday drink and treat flavors. We also will be doing an in store drawings for our hostess cookie gift box valued $ 48.00 per box.

Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – 224 Lamm Street
Hours: 9am-4pm
Come and play with us! Our Museum is for kids of all ages! Explore, create and have fun! Admission is $8/person or a one year membership with unlimited play is only $108/family. Visit our website to learn about upcoming activities. Looking for a gift for the family? Buy a membership for Christmas and play all year long! We also have great gifts for kids including clothing, games, building blocks and more!

Flowers by Jeanie – 626 S. 2nd Street
Hours: 9am-4pm
Look no further than Flowers By Jeanie for a thoughtful gift. We have all types of fresh flowers to choose from. Make someone smile with a modern arrangement, classic roses, or even a plant. Whatever their style or location, Flowers By Jeanie can create and deliver a thoughtful bouquet to Mankato or nationwide! Make your own spruce top porch pot for just 39.95. Includes all the materials and instruction. Classes offered exclusively on Shop Small Saturday November 24.

Julee’s Jewelry – 520 S. Front Street, #400
Hours: 10am-4pm
Fine jewelry and a little fashion jewelry, prices starting at $15 up to over $100,000. We are World-wide Diamond Importers and Engagement Specialists with a Custom Design Studio and Exemplary Repair Dept. We are doing give-aways, 1/2 off 1/2 the store, and drawings for special prizes.

LocAle Brewing Company – 228 Poplar Street
Hours: 12pm-10pm
We are a brewery and taproom in downtown Mankato that crafts small batch beers using primarily Minnesota-produced grains, hops and specialty ingredients. Come check out our bright and modern family-friendly taproom!

Once Read Used Bookstore – 629 S. Front Street
Hours: 10am-5pm
A one of a kind selection of used paperback and hardcover books at prices that can’t be beat.

Pub 500 – 500 S. Front Street
Hours: 9am-2am
Pub 500 is the perfect spot to gather with friends or family and enjoy genuine hearty fare and liberating libations. With a wide selection of beer and drinks, appetizers, sandwiches and entrees you’ll find something to please every one in the bunch! Bring your Passport in with 5 punches and receive a $5 gift card. $10 Pub Bucks for every $50 spent on Pub 500 Gift Cards.

S.S. Boutique – 709 S. Front Street #5A
Hours: 10am-5pm
S.S. Boutique is a local nonprofit that strives to increase the confidence of others while fulfilling basic needs at no cost. S.S. Boutique maintains sustainability selling items through our marketplace from locally sourced products created by people in the Mankato area who do not fit the traditional work scenario. A small percentage of the sales goes directly to the operating expenses for S.S. Boutique while the remainder is paid back to the maker. A host of local talents will feature products for sale to support S.S. Boutique and an intro to a new community of non traditional workers.

The Jewelry Bench by Mary – 424 Park Lane #2
Hours: 9am-4pm
Local full service jewelry shop Specializing in Custom Design of Gold and Silver, Diamond and Colored Stone Jewelry. Professional Bench Jeweler on Site. 20% – 50% off savings on in stock gold and silver jewelry.  Refreshments and treats for all Shop Small Shoppers! Drawings throughout the day!

Twin Rivers Council for the Arts – 523 S. 2nd Street
Hours: 10am-4pm
Twin Rivers is hosting a pop up sale for artists who do not have their own space to sell their Art. There will be a good variety of artists and their works for sale – the perfect way to find a one-of-a-kind gift!

Union Market – 615 S. Front Street
Hours: 9am-6pm
Union Market is a Micro-Retail collaborative with multiple retailers and Sun Moon Yoga inside. Union Market will have a hot cocoa bar and Selfies with Santa!

WYSIWYG Juice Co. – 527 S. Front Street
Hours: 8am-4pm
Wysiwyg Juice Co is a cold-pressed juice bar and healthy eatery. We offer juice, smoothies, salads, smoothie bowls and soup. We offer organic, vegan and gluten-free options in a convenient grab and go style. $10.00 Breakfast Bundle: A cup of hot oats, 12 oz. juice and black coffee. $10.00 Lunch special: soup and salad. Buy a salad and receive 50% off any juice!


Arizona Olive Oil Co. – 237 Belgrade Avenue
Hours: 8am-4pm
This specialty foods store will have a number of specials!

Carlson Tillisch Eye Clinic – 120 N. Broad Street
Hours: 8am-1pm
We have state of the art vision eye health testing, complete contact lens care and high quality high fashion eyewear for all ages and budgets. For Shop Small, take 50% off Frame with a purchase of lenses, Insurance excluded.

Circle Inn – 232 Belgrade Avenue
Hours: 8am-1pm
We will have a $6 BLOODY MARY BAR to help you enjoy and relax on your shopping day!! Come back after you’re done shopping for live music with the Murphy Brothers Band from 8pm to 12am.

Design & Wine LLC – 300 Belgrade Avenue
Hours: 8am-4pm
We specialize in DIY workshops including pallet signs, canvas painting, string art, mixed media and more. We will be having small make and take projects along with a variety of holiday gifts for sale.

GSR Fine Art Festival – At Verizon Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
Hours: 10am-6pm
This art fair features dozens of artists offering a wide selection of goods – from paintings to sculptures to jewelry and more!

The Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center – 119 S. Front Street
Hours: 10am-12am
We are a Family-Owned Family-Friendly restaurant and bar featuring full-service mostly American foods. We have great burgers, steaks, wraps, and other sandwiches. Some of our specialties include Hot Roast Beef Commercials, Prime Rib, Smoked Wings and a unique open-faced French Dip made with prime rib and loaded with melty mozzarella cheese! In addition to our gift cards and apparel, we will be sponsoring 10-12 home-based business in our conference center area from 10-3. They will have items for all your holiday shopping needs from jewelry and skin care to health and home. Enjoy lunch and a cocktail while you shop!

Mecca Tattoo – 115 S. Broad Street
Hours: 12pm-8pm
We are a tattoo shop in downtown Mankato. Will be offering a gift card sale and walk-in tattoos.

MESSY Dog Training – 127 E. Washington Street
Hours: 8am-4pm
MESSY provides dog-friendly, positive reinforcement training classes and private lessons in addition to our selection of locally made dog-themed gifts, collars, leashes, and toys. Receive a free registration to a seminar event with any purchase. Registration for future group classes will be 10% off!

Neutral Groundz – 229 Belgrade Avenue
Hours: 8am-4pm
Coffee Shop featuring locally roasted coffee, delicious soups, salads and sandwiches in a cozy atmosphere. The back half of the store features home decor, seasonal items and baby clothing. For Shop Small Saturday, save $10 when you purchase $50 or more.

Raydiance Salon – 11 Civic Center Plaza #101
Hours: 8am-2pm
Raydiance Salon is a team of highly trained individuals whose passion and creativity enhance each client’s unique beauty. Buy 2 products 10% off, buy 3 or more products 20% off. Gift card special –  spend $100, get $20 for yourself.

Spinners Bar & Grill – 301 Belgrade Avenue
Hours: 8am-2am

Tandem Bagels – 200 E. Walnut St.
Hours: 6:30am – 4pm
We at Tandem Bagels are excited to provide genuine, made-from-scratch bagels, baked goods, soups, and salads all produced in our bakery. Our menu will delight your senses with recipes using fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Our mission is two-fold: to make quality, soulful food in an inviting setting, and to leave a small carbon footprint through eco-friendly serving materials. Come Shop Small with us and get in on some fun discounts and specials! 10% off all merchandise (mugs and t-shirts) Every $25 spent on a gift card get a free tandem token(free 12oz drink of your choice) $3 off Large Tandem Bagel Packs. $1 off Mini Tandem Bagel Packs.

Vivian Rose Boutique
112-142 Riverfront Drive Suite 132
Hours: 9am-6pm
We are a boutique specializing in unique womens’ fashion and accessories. Special offers will be available exclusively to our in-store shoppers that day!


ARTifact – 321 N. Riverfront Dr.
Hours: 11am-6pm
ARTifact is a paint-your-own-pottery studio that supplies pre-fired pottery, glazes & art materials in a comfortable, organized and artistically-inspiring environment. It’s a great place to have a party, create a one-of-a-kind gift or just stop by to satisfy a passing creative urge -our gift certificates are the perfect “experience” gift. Saturday 11/24 only: 20% off gift certificates + a free ceramic ornament (to bring back to paint).

Bella Nova Boutique – 521 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-4pm

Bumbelou – 405 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 9am-6pm
Bumbelou features handmade in mankato clothing and accessories for baby and children. Because we believe we can have a greater impact, we produce our goods with quality, care, and sustainability in mind as we employ local women and empower children throughout the world with our profit sharing. In addition to our in house produced items we also feature toys, books, accessories, and games for the trendy baby, tot, and mom.

Encore Consignment & Riverfront Bridal – 311 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-4pm
Quality consigned woman’s clothing. New bridal gowns and formal wear. 1/2 price on specific tags.

Friesen’s – 515 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 8am-4pm
Friesen’s has specialty candy, cookies and treats that make the perfect gift. Our soups, sandwiches and bakes are made with FRESH, LOCAL ingredients. Come see why Friesen’s is known for food made with LOVE! Look for candy and cookies specials.

Gallery 512 Boutique – 401 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 9am-5pm
Brick and mortar and online retail boutique selling affordable and on trend clothing and home accessories.

Giddie Skin Medspa
530 N. Riverfront Drive #130
Hours: 10am-5pm
GIDDIE SKIN MEDSPA, located on Riverfront Drive downtown Mankato is a medical spa offering a wide variety of surgery-free cosmetic procedures. If you’re eager to look younger or feel more refreshed we revitalize skin with the latest non-invasive tools. From skincare, skin resurfacing and peels, to neurotoxins and facial contouring, we offer a full spectrum of aesthetic services and treatments. But more importantly, we offer a level of care and understanding that builds relationships and turns first-time clients into lifelong friends.

Inspire Health & Wellness – 530 N. Riverfront Drive #150
Hours: 9am-2pm
Inspire Health & Wellness, offers 3 things: meal prep classes and grab and bake at-home meals. I also help design an individualized diet/wellness certified plan, Life coaching available also. Inspire Health & Wellness will be offering 6 FULL Family sized grab and bake at home meals for $120. OR 2 for $40. FREE consultation, and $100 start up weight loss plans (includes your food for the week).

Mad Ave Nutrition – 301 Madison Avenue
Hours: 9am-1pm
We design personalized programs to help the community become healthier and happier. We offer a positive atmosphere with healthy breakfast and lunch options, along with amazing energy! When you come in with your passport and purchase a healthy breakfast or lunch, you’ll get a free energy upgrade!

Mary Lue’s Yarn and Ewe – 605 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-4pm
Fabulous yarns of all types at affordable prices. Helpful advice and classes. Accessories and gifts for fiber enthusiasts. Look for special guest vendors and exhibits.

Midtown Tavern – 524 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 8am-2am
Locally-owned bar & grill featuring outstanding, unique breakfast on the weekends.

Nicollet Bike Shop – 607 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-5pm
Nicollet Bike Shop is a bicycle sales and service shop keeping the greater Mankato area pedaling for over 45 years. 10% off all regular priced bicycles, accessories and apparel. Bicycle Tune-Ups 25% off.

Office Space Design – 606 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 11am-2pm
Offering new, used and re-manufactured products is the key to Office Space Design’s success. Office Space Design has expanded to become a full circle contract office design, furnishing, and installation company. Other services include moving, ergonomic training, and down to earth business. 50% off all Harmony furniture orders!

River City Quilts – 529 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-5pm
We are a locally owned quilt shop specializing in fabrics and notions for your quilting needs. We have book, patterns, and notions and sell kits from our displays of runners, quilts and bags.

Salvage Sisters Mercantile – 615 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-5pm
Unique gifts and accessories for baby on up, mostly handmade by local people.

Student Entrepreneurs at CIE – 424 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-4pm
College and high student entrepreneurs will be selling 3d printed items, headbands, ceramics and more. Proceeds from several of the vendors will go to local charities. Support our young business people!

The Dork Den – 603 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 11am-10pm
Wide selection of Pokemon, Dungeons & Dragons, Board Games and Magic the Gathering. We do a 30 sided dice sale, roll for your discount!

Tune Town – 630 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 9am-6pm
Southern MN’s only true Record Store! We sell new & used CDs DVDs and Vinyl. Selected used cds, dvds and vinyl for $1. New vinyl you can only find at Independent Record Stores.

Vagabond Village – 722 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 11am-4pm
We carry vintage/retro clothing, decor and nostalgia. We are a worksite that provides work internships for youth ages 16-22 to help aide in their career development. Complimentary coffee, cider and treats + doorprizes! Store wide 20% off your entire purchase!

Whimsy & Weathered – 523 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-5pm
Whimsy and Weathered is a trendy upcycled furniture and unique home decor experience. For the holidays Whimsy will be dressed from head to toe in Christmas decor for your home and gift giving. Specials on Whimsy Apparel along with discounts on our top selling paint brand and exclusive candle line.

Wild Sparrow Co. – 722 N Riverfront Drive
Hours: 10am-5pm
Occasional Market with home, vintage and handmade items. Enter the special drawing for a gift basket!