Ready or not – pandemic or not – the holiday shopping season is upon us. This year, perhaps more than ever, your patronage is going to be an especially welcome gift for locally-owned businesses.

According to data recently compiled by AMEX, more than 60 percent of U.S. small businesses say they need to see consumer spending return to pre-COVID levels by the end of 2020 in order to stay in business.

That’s why we’re joining the call and encouraging everyone to “shop small” this holiday season.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving – November 28 this year – has come to be known as Small Business Saturday, a great way to focus on supporting our hard-working small business owners. Plus, shopping small supports the local economy. For every dollar spent at a small business, approximately 67 cents stays in the local community. So when you support small businesses, you can help create a big impact.

Unique, Local Shops

We have no shortage of unique, local retailers to frequent all season (and year) long. Here are just a few.

Dripped & Draped

Small business owners Vanelle Littrell and Vandra Caldwell have combined two of life’s great pleasures – fabulous clothing and good coffee – into one warm and welcoming boutique. A little something for you, a little something for those on your gift list? There’s nothing wrong with that.


Dripped and Draped

Dripped & Draped


Goldsmith Silversmith

For a gift that’s sure to ‘wow’ – either a custom piece or something from one of the collections – head to Goldsmith Silversmith. This Old Market veteran has been in business since 1974. If you can dream it, Goldsmith Silversmith’s designers and jewelers say they can make it.

Hot Shops Art Center

Browse the work of some of Omaha’s most talented artists and complete your holiday shopping list with flair during Hot Shops’ Virtual Winter Open House. The event, shifted 100 percent online due to the pandemic, is taking place on Facebook. Join the group and tune-in throughout December. A magnet for creatives, more than five dozen artists have studio space in north Downtown’s Hot Shops complex.


Hot Shops

Hot Shops


Jerry Ryan Clothing and Sportswear

The holidays may look a little different this year, but you can still commit to looking sharp. Whether you’re in the market for an elegantly-tailored suit, a casual ensemble or a solid gift idea, owner John and Dan Ryan promise they can fit any size, taste or budget. 


Variety is the spice of life and the lifeblood of family-owned Mangelsen’s, a “go-to” for crafts, art supplies, home décor and more since 1961. Jumpstart your holiday spirit in their year-round Christmas Traditions room where you’ll find trees decorated in the latest trends and gift options galore.


That Pottery Place

That Pottery Place


That Pottery Place

You can’t go wrong with a handmade gift – maybe a coffee mug decorated with your little ones’ hands or a custom-designed dog bowl. Whatever your vision, creating it is fun and easy at That Pottery Place. COVID-safe guidelines are in effect, including enhanced cleaning protocols and a mask requirement. Walk-ins and reservations are welcome. They’re also offering pottery to-go kits.

During this time of heightened health alert, we can all support local shops safely by wearing our masks, social distancing and choosing curbside pickup (if its available).

Support Member Businesses

Want to browse more Chamber-member small businesses for your holiday shopping needs?