Shop Small in the City Center 2019
It’s the biggest shopping promotion of the year! Support local businesses on Small Business Saturday November 30. 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.
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
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.
Betsy-Tacy Society – 332 Center Street
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!
Blue Earth County History Center – 424 Warren Street
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.
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota – 224 Lamm Street
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!
Double Play – 633 S. Front Street
Double Play is a locally owned business specializing in comic books, card games, tabletop games, toys, and collectibles. Our friendly knowledgeable staff is ready to assist you so stop on in!
Flowers by Jeanie – 626 S. 2nd Street
Flowers by Jeanie is a full-service retail florist selling cut flowers, fresh-cut arrangements, silk and dried arrangements, dish gardens, and green and blooming plants. We offer a variety of services such as: Decorative planning for conventions, corporate and private parties, weddings, cultural events, and holidays, Standing floral orders for offices and homes, Plant maintenance, Interior and exterior plantscaping. Make and take classes offered through out the day to make your very own Winter Porch pot with fresh cut spruce tops.
Julee’s Jewelry – 520 S. Front Street, #400
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.
Kato Escape – 619 S. Front Street
Hours: 9 am-10pm
An escape room, is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in order to progress and solve the mystery of the room. Make a reservation or purchase a gift card onsite during Shop Small for 20% off your reservation.
Once Read Used Bookstore – 629 S. Front Street
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
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.
River Rock Coffee Bar– 607 S. Front Street
A coffee bar that sources, brews and bakes with intention and cares for the details and strives to give impeccable customer service and to leave people happier then they found them. 15% discount on 12oz bags of single origin coffee beans and loaves of organic sourdough bread
The Jewelry Bench by Mary – 424 Park Lane #2
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!
The Refinery Boutique – 520 S. Front Street #300
The Refinery Boutique carries women’s clothing, accessories, home decor, gifts, and so much more!
Union Market – 615 S. Front Street
Smaller, demographically targeted stores and vendors who focus on a small section of popular products. Union Market is not your average shopping center, but a retail experience. A wide variety of retail micro stores, with many Christmas gift ideas! Sign up for a gift basket with an array of items from each micro-store.
WYSIWYG Juice Co. – 527 S. Front Street
WYSIWYG Juice Co., “What You See Is What You Get” Locally owned, Cold-Pressed Juice bar. Featuring Smoothies, Smoothie Bowls, Salads and Snacks. Stop in for your healthy snack to power you through your Holiday Season. Our 3 Day Cleanse is featured for $24.00 off.
Blue Skye Mercantile – 237 Belgrade Avenue
Blue Skye Mercantile is Greater Mankato’s premiere gourmet food store. Infused Olive Oils, Vinegars, Seasonings, Sauces, Baked Goods, Local and Specialty Foods. | Home of Arizona Olive Oil Co. Hourly Specials throughout the store on gourmet foods, teas and tea accessories, all things Minnesota, and more! Plus, 50% off All Baked Goods all day. Free Samples all day too!
Carlson Tillisch Eye Clinic – 120 N. Broad Street
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. Carlson Tillisch Eye Clinic has been providing eye care for southern Minnesota for over 100 years.
Circle Inn – 232 Belgrade Avenue
We will have a bloody mary bar, Mimosa and Screwdriver/up specials and a holiday home decor pop up shop in the backroom. Colby Straka will end the evening with some acoustic music.
Design & Wine LLC – 300 Belgrade Avenue
We specialize in DIY workshops including pallet signs, canvas painting, string art, mixed media and more. We will be offering a shopping experience on Shop Small Saturday instead of our traditional DIY event. Stop over and kick off your holiday shopping by choosing some of our handmade home decor!
GSR Fine Art Festival – Mankato Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza
The GSR Fine Art Festival is an annual event with more than 45 visual artists and authors selling their locally-made, one-of-a-kind work. All sales go directly to the artists.
Massage by Karmella – 112 S. Riverfront Drive #142
Providing relief from stress, back and body pains through a customized therapeutic massage/Reiki session in a soothing environment. FREE 5 minute Chair Massages with option to purchase more time for $1/minute.
Mecca Tattoo – 115 S. Broad Street
A tattoo shop in downtown Mankato. 1/2 off all Merchandise. Buy $50 in gift card, receive free $50 in gift card
Neutral Groundz – 229 Belgrade Avenue
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
Raydiance Salon is a team of highly trained individuals whose passion and creativity enhance each client’s unique beauty. 10% off one product, 15% off two products, 20% off three products or more. Gift card special – spend $100, get $20 for yourself (limit 4 per person).
Spinners Bar and Grill – 301 Belgrade Ave.
Hours: 8am – 2am
Bar and Grill that has been serving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty since 1944.
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.
The Loose Moose Saloon & Conference Center – 119 S. Front Street
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! We will have 15-20 home-based businesses from Essential Oils to Pampered Chef and everything in-between. We’ll have vendors with information on personal health, jewelry, apparel, and much more. Stop by and grab a Bloody Mary or coffee as you shop…you won’t be disappointed!
Vivian Rose Boutique – 112 Riverfront Drive #132
We are a boutique specializing in unique women’s’ fashion and accessories. Special offers will be available exclusively to our in-store shoppers that day including 25% off the most expensive item in your purchase!
ARTifact – 321 N. Riverfront Dr.
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. 20% off gift cards and $5 ornaments on Saturday, November 30th!
Bella Nova Boutique – 521 N. Riverfront Drive
Boutique offering Women’s clothing sizes Small-3x, accessories and home decor. First 25 in door get a coupon to use that day. First 25 to make a purchase receive a gift bag valued at over $50
Bumbelou – 405 N. Riverfront Drive
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
High quality, and fashionable clothing With new arrivals coming in daily, we always have a great selection for our customers to peruse. Our bridal boutique features beautiful styles from princess ball gowns to flowing destination dresses and everything in between. 1/2 price on specific tags.
Gallery 512 Boutique – 401 N. Riverfront Drive
Gallery 512 is a lifestyle and clothing boutique offering a curated collection for the everyday woman with fresh and new inventory often.
Giddie Skin Medspa – 530 N. Riverfront Drive #130
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
Inspire Health & Wellness, offers meal prep classes and grab and bake at-home meals. I also help design an individualized diet/wellness certified plan, Life coaching available also. Shop Small Saturday, Inspire Health & Wellness will be offering buy 5, get the 6th FULL Family sized grab and bake at home meals free ($110 value) OR 2 for $40.
Mad Ave Nutrition – 301 Madison Avenue
We are the one-stop shop for your healthy breakfast and lunch in town. We offer one on one health coaching, a full supplement line, with a smoothie shop/funky coffee shop environment. Any person with a passport will get a $5 breakfast or lunch (normally $8). We will also have a few drawings/raffles available for Small Shoppers.
Mom & Pop’s – 629 N. Riverfront Drive
32 Flavors is hard scoop ice cream, also featuring dairy free gelato.
Nicollet Bike & Ski Shop – 607 N. Riverfront Drive
Nicollet Bike and Ski is your local Bicycle and Ski Shop. We offer new and used bikes and skis for sale and have a full service repair/maintenance shop. We are offering 10% off regular prices on anything in the store or special ordered items on Shop Small Saturday.
Pippi Lane Boutique – 611 N. Riverfront Drive
Fresh, fun and fashion forward clothing, accessories, and gifts for women, children and teens. The first 20 people to purchase will receive a Pippi Lane Boutique tote bag and special discount to use in store. There will also be a grand prize giveaway for anyone that stops into the store.
River Bend Express – 302 N. Riverfront Drive
Hours: 9am-4pm (Special Shop Small Hours)
River Bend Express is where you can find your local copy, print and supply experts. We inventory the office essentials, including ink & toner! Our in-store copy center that offers design & print services. Professional Graphic Designers on Staff. The latest in Canon and Oce Printing Technology. Cost Effective Quality Results. Many Media Choices & Professional Finishing Options Available.
River City Quilts – 529 N. Riverfront Drive
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. Spend $60 and receive a $15 gift card good through the end of 2019.
Salvage Sisters Mercantile – 615 N. Riverfront Drive
Salvage Sisters is located in the heart of Old Town ,for the last 7 years, where old is made new again. With over 30 Minnesota makers showcasing there wares in the store, you will surely find that perfect gift.
Save Mor Jewelry – 816 N 2nd Street
Our niche business is our fine estate jewelry. We carry a vast array of unique antique, period and estate jewelry items. From Fine to Fashion, we have it all. Diamonds, Gemstones, Sterling and Costume Jewelry. Need Cash for Christmas? We buy Gold, Silver, Platinum Jewelry and Coins, and any Costume Jewelry. Bring in your old unwanted Jewelry or Coins for Cash Today! We buy, sell, appraise, and repair all types of jewelry.
Student Pop Up Store at CIE – 424 N. Riverfront Drive
A collection of student entrepreneurs selling products and showcasing their businesses. Arts and crafts, useful household items, clothing, 3d printed items and more will be on sale. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served. A fun selfie station will be available for shoppers.
The Dork Den – 603 N. Riverfront Drive
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
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
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
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
Shabby Chic Boutique – home decor, handmade, vintage and upcycled goods, clothing, jewelry, candles and gifts.The first 25 customers will receive a tote bag with some fun goodies.
Wooden Spoon – 515 N. Riverfront Drive
Our cozy Bakery and Bistro focuses on fresh, local food with options for everyone, including Gluten Free, Keto and Vegan folks. Stop by for hot drinks, housemade soups and sandwiches, fresh made bakery items and lots of grab & go options, and leave with lots of candies and stocking stuffers for the holidays.