The Saturday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Small Business Saturday.” Families living in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, and Germantown rely upon small businesses to create a walkable shopping community, so Saturday offers a rich opportunity to give back.
To generate a list of local, kid-friendly small business holiday shopping options, I crowdsourced on the Germantown Avenue Parents Facebook page. Readers offered a robust list of suggestions:
Greene Street Kids
The little sibling store of Greene Street Consignment, this kid-focused shop offers a selective view of what’s cool for the littlest fashionistas. The range of high-end sizes from newborn through 14 allows plenty of years for you to fashionably clothe your kids without breaking the bank. You’ll find some brand new toys and a few new clothing items in the mix as well. 8518 Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill.
The Nesting House offers a different take on children’s consignment: go natural. Nesting House offers both new and consigned clothing, toys, and items that ‘promote social and environmental stewardship.’ In addition to gently used clothing from newborn through size 6, you’ll find cloth diapers, baby carriers, parenting products, and responsibly made toys & games. 606 Carpenter Lane on Mt. Airy
While you’re in the co-op neighborhood, check out the lovely selection at The Big Blue Marble Bookstore. The downstairs children’s room is full of wonderfully selected picture and chapter books to inspire everyone from the most avid bookworm to the most reluctant reader. There are also favorite book character “stuffies” (we picked up characters from The Snowy Day and Olivia in our last trip through) and lots of fun book-related paraphernalia. 551 Carpenter Lane in Mt. Airy.
The holidays wouldn’t be complete in my house without some goodies from Zipf’s. My kids are HUGE fans of this small, but extremely well stocked candy store. From simple things like flavored candy sticks to gummy frogs, lego candy, chocolate coins and beyond, Zipfs has you covered. Tucked in the alley behind 8433 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut HIll.
If you have an edgy teen who loves the off-beat, check out the offerings at Hipster Home. Though not specifically geared for the teen crowd, there are lots of surprising items sprinkled throughout the store that teens and cool kids might enjoy: like the Spectrix card game, the Solar Waving Mona Lisa, the Couchpal phone stand, and the Boho dress scarf organizer. 8236 Germantown Ave in Chestnut Hill.
Another great place for tweens, teens, and beyond. Cool jewelry, funky clothing, bohemian bags, and other fun chachkas for the eclectic collector. On my last excursion to Mango with two tween girls, they seemed particularly smitten with the bejeweled headbands. 8442 Germantown Ave in Chestnut Hill.
With a name like that, you have to be curious enough to check this store out, right? Named for Pippi Longstocking’s fictional home, the store offers quality clothing for newborn through size 6x, gifts, handmade items and toys, as well as carefully selected high end resale finds. Embrace your inner Pippi and enjoy finding things! 8135 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill.
The Color Book Gallery is touted as “the nation’s oldest multicultural children’s bookstore.” Nestled near that Historic Johnson House in this rich historical district, the store offers a mix of titles from the light-hearted to the serious, from the historical to modern, from Origami Yoda to Henry’s Freedom Box. 6353 Germantown Ave. in Germantown.
Oxford Circus is a boutique toystore in Chestnut Hill that offers a unique mix of modern, yet classic, European style toys. You’ll find brands like Haba and Plan Toys offer natural materials, soothing colors, simple ideas and lasting quality. 8127 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill.
Shop Small Tip: American Express cardholders can get a $30 statement credit when they spend $30 in qualifying businesses on Small Business Saturday. Read the fine print to learn how to qualify.
Finally, check out MyManayunk for a series of vignettes put together by the folks behind ‘Yunk’s former co-working space, Transfer Station. Learn about the people who decided to open up businesses on Main Street and why they care about keeping small businesses thriving.
What small businesses on and off the Avenue would you add to the list?