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Eat big, shop small

Local stops for post-holiday retailing

When the feast is finished, the business begins. The business of shopping, that is. The days after Thanksgiving are the busiest shopping weekend of the year, but that doesn’t mean you have to get swept away into the hoards breaking down the doors of the nearest big-box store. Here are some alternative ways to spend your Black Friday and Small Business Saturday while supporting local businesses.

Circle Cinema | 10 S. Lewis Ave.
Calling all movie buffs! Circle Cinema’s popular Black Friday movie poster and merchandise sale returns on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you’re looking for gifts for your film-loving friends, or you  just want to beef up your own memorabilia collection, you won’t want to miss this cinematic sale. From indie sleepers to arthouse flicks, foreign language films, and major blockbusters, there’s sure to be a slice of movie magic with your name on it during this beloved holiday sale.

Brewery events | Various locations

Who doesn’t need a drink after being cooped up with family? (It’s a cliché for a reason.) Lucky for thirsty post-holiday revelers, Tulsa’s booming craft beer scene isn’t sitting this one out. Drop by Cabin Boys Brewery for their one-year birthday bash with food trucks and axe-throwing, or visit American Solera’s River West location for a special Black Friday blowout with new weather-appropriate barrel aged stouts, special bottle deals, a ping-pong tournament, and an afternoon tour at 2  p.m. Dedicated beer geeks won’t want to miss a special Black Friday bottle release celebrating 10 years of production at the Marshall Brewing Company taproom, or celebrate our new modernized alcohol laws with 20 percent off taproom purchases and new dark beers at the Black Friday sale and beer release party at The Willow Family Ales.

City of Tulsa Animal Welfare | 3031 N. Erie Ave.

Looking for a new four-legged friend? The City of Tulsa Animal Welfare has got you covered. On Nov. 23 from 12–6 p.m., the shelter will host Black Friday at TAW in which all black-colored animals will be adopted at a discount. Whether they’re solid black, or just a little-bit black, you can take home a dog in need for $50 or a cat for $10.

Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios – Bohemia Moveable Feast pop-up | 1347 E. 11th St.

Drop by your favorite mother road curiosity shop on Nov. 24 for the last iteration of Bohemia: Moveable Feast Caterers’ pop-up food truck at Buck Atom’s on Route 66. Featuring “French-a-Okie-Pino” fare drawing from the cuisines of France, Oklahoma, and the Philippines, this Small Business Saturday food event is one you won’t want to miss. When you’re done chowing down, you can browse the one-of-a-kind wares at Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios for the hard-to-shop-for Okie in your life.

Mother Road Market | 1124 S. Lewis Ave.

Who doesn’t love handmade crafts by local artists? Be the hero at your Dirty Santa gift exchange with something one-of-a-kind from the Mother Road Small Business Saturday Market. The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24 and runs until 3 p.m. on the Market’s covered patio. The event will coincide with the Winter Farmers Market in the rear parking lot, so you can pick up some fresh local produce to take home. When you’re done, be sure to pay a visit to one of the Mother Road Market eateries like Chicken & the Wolf, Big Dipper Creamery,
or Trenchers Crustacean Station.

Decopolis | 502 S. Boston Ave.

Grab a perfect gift for the young reader in your life at Decopolis in Tulsa’s historic Deco District on Small Business Saturday.  The shop will be hosting a book from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. signing with the authors of “Intertwined: A Witches Fable,” published by local press Oddball Publishing. Get your signed copy of this young adult fantasy novel featuring all-women lead characters, then be sure to check out the “FableRealm” upstairs where you can find toys, books, and gifts based on classic storybook fables.

I AM Yoga Tulsa | 1604 E. 15th St.

You don’t have to strike a warrior pose to survive holiday gifting. Join the folks at I AM Yoga Tulsa for their second annual Holiday Open House – Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 24 from 1:30–3:30 p.m. The fun will include pop-up booths from local vendors selling healthy and sustainable products, along with massage-by-the-minute, free hot cocoa, and yoga pass discounts to help you find your center during the holidays.

Ida Red | 3336 S. Peoria Ave.

Priding themselves on always having “a little of this and a lot of that,” Ida Red has been Tulsa’s source for unique gifts since opening as an outlet store for Cain’s Ballroom in 2008. Whether you’re looking for Okie apparel, retro candy stocking stuffers, locally-produced art and music, or just about anything in between, you’ll find something delightful at Ida Red. The eclectic boutique is currently saying goodbye to summer with 50 percent off Pop House popsicles, a deep clearance rack, and 20 percent off tees and tanks.

Garden Deva Sculpture | 1326 E. 3rd St.

Drop by Garden Deva Sculpture on Nov. 23-24 for awesome deals at this unique art studio and metal fabrication shop. All in-store merchandise is 25 percent off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Black Friday, with a whopping 40 percent off from 9-11 a.m. and 25 percent from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the following day. Zoey Horner will be serving up live music on Saturday at the store’s new location on 3rd Street and Peoria Avenue.

Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area | 6850 S. Elwood Ave.

Shopping not your thing? Come out to Turkey Mountain for a special OptOutside Black Friday Photo Scavenger Hunt. Hosted by the Tulsa Urban Wilderness Coalition (TUWC), this outdoor event will give you the chance to unwind after the holiday with fresh air and beautiful scenery from 9 a.m. to noon. Teams of five to eight people will scour the area looking for the perfect shots to mark off their list during this friendly competition. Each team must have at least one TUWC member and one person over the age of 18.