Seven 6th Ave Small Business Spots to Shop and Feel Damn Good About

Think of Small Business Saturday as your post-Black Friday palette cleanser.

Perhaps this was the year you really did need a newer, bigger, fancier TV. Perhaps you bought into the hype big companies spend oodles of advertising dollars on… and perhaps you found yourself in line with the masses either late on Thanksgiving or at an unholy hour Friday, blearily staring at the mountain of cheap-ass socks and door-buster pajama pants in your shopping cart.

Ufff. There’s little like slowly realizing you’ve fallen right into that crowded, frenzied trap to suck the spirit of the holidays dry.

But fear not, Tacomans. Our dear city is flush with local shopping alternatives! Here we take a look at seven options to patronize on Small Business Saturday, all conveniently located on 6th Avenue.

1. The Nearsighted Narwhal

(2610 6th Ave, Ste B)

Proudly carrying local art and “Tacoma things,” The Nearsighted Narwhal is your best bet to find a unique gem.

“This is THE COOLEST store in ALL of Tacoma! I mean that sincerely,” big fan Jessica wrote when reviewing this store. “For heaven’s sake, they still have ZINES! OMG! The art, the t-shirts, the things you won’t find anywhere else and all your friends will want them too… This is THE place for amazing gifts!”

2. Lucky Dog Outfitters

(3411 6th Ave, Ste B)

Deserving bonus points for the pun, Lucky Dog Outfitters is kicking things off with a “Bark Friday” sale. Stop in Friday for 15% everything in the store, or pop in Saturday as you tour 6th Ave.

Hailed as an “amazing” pet store by customer Eric, LDO not only stocks “the best food” and “the best quality toys,” they sport “a wonderful and knowledgeable staff.”

3. Crescent Moon Gifts

(2502 6th Ave)

In honor of Small Business Saturday 2017, Crescent Moon Gifts is going all-out. The deals include all markdown items BOGO free, free reusable shopping totes with goodies from the store to the first 25 customers that make a purchase, and 20% off all of their regularly priced merchandise.

What exactly can you expect to find there? Just a “magical oasis away from the stress of busy everyday life.” No big deal.

We’re talking tea, sage, dragons, fairies, and a fine selection of crystal balls.

4. Hi-Voltage Records

(2714 6th Ave)

Sliding straight from Record Store Day Black Friday into Small Business Saturday, the owners of Hi-Voltage Records are ready.

Opening at 9am, they’re offering 20% off all used items all weekend. Curious to know what kind of selection they’ll have on hand? Check out this Facebook photo album of nearly 150 titles.

5. The Looking Glass Boutique, Soap & Clay

(2712 6th Ave, Ste B)

Get ready to get hands-on with Soap & Clay and The Looking Glass Boutique. Along with offering a selection of vintage and vintage-inspired looks, they’re putting on bath bomb workshops from 10am-12pm.

In addition there’ll be free reusable shopping totes for their first 50 customers, discounts, and a sweet “spend $50, receive a free terrarium kit you can customize” offering.

6. Ruston Mercantile

(2503 6th Ave)

Don’t let the name fool you, local folk. Ruston Mercantile is on 6th Ave. Along with selling vintage decor, custom furniture, and gifts, this shop features “local vendors who bring in their handmade items weekly.”

On Small Business Saturday the place Juleen describes as “filled with treasures and knowledge” is promising giveaways for customers.

7. Scorpio Rising

(2709 6th Ave)

As a shop that’s always “looking for items from the 1990s — to before man crawled from the sludge,” visiting Scorpio Rising is a you-never-know-what-you’re-going-to-find adventure.

Fans of this vintage shop are passionate.

“Hands down the best vintage clothing shop in the NW,” Celeste raved in a review, while Jason commented, “Great store, always a lot of fun to see what’s new…and old!”

Their latest additions include a collection of vintage coral & turquoise sterling jewelry.

Have another suggestion of where Tacomans ought to shop locally on 6th Ave and beyond? Spread the word about your favorite spots by leaving a comment below!

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