Shop ’til you drop or stop for a latte on ‘National Small Business Saturday’

Posted: November 4th, 2016 | Columnists, Featured, Little Italy News | No Comments

By Chris Gomez  | Little Italy News

Get ready to stroll through the streets of Little Italy on a crisp fall day with a warm latte in one hand and a shopping bag in the other on Nov. 26, because it’s “National Small Business Saturday.”

One of the best parts about it is you don’t have to stay up until the wee hours of the night, like on Black Friday, to get great shopping deals!

Businesses in Little Italy are celebrating National Small Business Saturday by leaving their doors open later and offering special deals and discounts so you can get your holiday shopping in and get your zzzs!

lunaphoto-038Don’t worry about shopping until you drop in this neighborhood, because there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you energized!

When traveling to San Diego’s Little Italy on Small Business Saturday, you’ll need to be equipped with your “Shop Small, Shop Little Italy Passport,” which maps out all of the participating businesses to check out. The passport will be available at Little Italy businesses.

This is the perfect event to get those great holiday gifts at a great price while supporting locally-owned Little Italy boutiques, art galleries, shops, fitness clubs and other businesses in the neighborhood.

The Meyer Fine Art Gallery, also located in North Little Italy, will be participating, as well, hosting an “Art Social” fundraising show for Little Italy’s newest public space in Little Italy — Piazza Giannini.

lunaphoto-144And 20­–30 percent of the proceeds from this show will benefit the Little Italy Association’s efforts to bring this social gathering spot to the community. Other participating businesses include Azzurra Capri Boutique, Caffe Italia, Power Keg Athletics, R.D. Alchemy Natural Products, Studio Europa Inc. and many more!

Come stroll the streets of Little Italy this holiday season!

For more information about Small Business Saturday and a list of all the participating businesses visit or follow the neighborhood on Instagram and Twitter @LittleItalySD and Facebook/San Diego Little Italy.

—Christopher Gomez has been Little Italy’s district manager since 2000. Reach him at

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