Pop quiz: What's the day after Black Friday called?
It's the second annual Small Business Saturday — a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On November 26, American Express is asking millions of people to Shop Small at their favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. Here are our top picks:
Rebel: Hands down, it's Biscayne Corridor's most popular women's boutique. Label lovers can't get enough Grimaldi, Black Halo, Mara Hoffman and Alice & Olivia finds. A consignment store is nestled within Rebel — so now you can go home with a dazzling dress, hot heels and a vintage Louis Vuitton handbag. Fabulous. Rebel, 6669 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; (305) 758-2369.
HiHo Batik: Engage in some artistic fun with a jaunt to Hiho Batik — where you and the kiddos can create (or buy already made) batik tees, hoodies, dresses, leggings, bags and home accessories. Batik is an ancient craft of using wax and dyes to create an image, say, a monkey’s mug or peace sign. In biz for the past 10 years, owner Julia Silver Gordon says, “Stand apart from the masses! One visit to Hiho Batik and you’ll be hooked on our insanely cute kids clothes and super cool tees for grown-ups too. Host a party and you will definitely be the trendsetter in your crowd.” Hiho Batik, 2174 NE 123rd St., North Miami; (305) 892-7733.
Miss Pepper: For a dose of unique accessories at affordable price points, shake on some Miss Pepper. Located in South Miami, Miss Pepper is peppered with designers such as House of Harlow, Kacey K, Cool Joolz by Martha Calvo, Zambos & Siega and Jessica Elliot at prices ranging from $15 to $500. Best sellers include A.V. Max monogram necklaces ($68), Deux Lux wallets and handbags ($24 to $148), Taudrey rings ($34) and JS Beads bracelets ($88 to $108). The boutique also hosts monthly designer trunk shows and shopping parties, offering locals the first chance to snag the latest in accessory trends. Miss Pepper, 7308 Red Road, South Miami; (305) 668-8282.
Gee Beauty: This modern makeup and skincare studio offers world-renowned skincare products and result-driven treatments. Located at Bal Harbour Shops, Choose from a spate of services such as makeup application, eyebrow threading, facials or waxing. Get-gorgeous goodies by Gee Beauty Cosmetics, SkinCeuticals, Tata Harper, Rodial, Dr. Sebagh, Rodin, Nude Skincare, Malin + Goetz, St. Tropez and Talika are also in store for both men and women. Their signature treatments? The Ultimate Oxygen Facial ($180), Gee Eyebrow Threading ($35) or Give Me Some Air Facial ($80). “We customize our facials. Depending on whether you want firming, clarity, brightening or smoothing,” Co-Founder Celene Gee says. Gee Beauty at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; (305) 868-3533.
Plant the Future: Ditch the dozen of roses. In fact, skip the generic flower idea altogether and score points with a Plant the Future living arrangement of succulents, cacti, air plants, orchids, bromeliads and even butterfly cocoons. “The concept was born out of my love for nature and passion for art and design. The need to re-affirm our link with nature and to be surrounded with living plants is fundamental. The more we connect with nature, the more peaceful we feel,” says Owner Paloma Teppa. Plant the Future, 2511 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami; (305) 571-7177.
Violetas: This home décor store (pictured here) located in Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is brimming with eye-catching home accents, furniture, accessories and even gifts. “Violetas is an eclectic repertoire of hand-selected, exclusive pieces from around the world. It was our goal to bring one-of-a-kind items to Miami that give interiors personality and radiance through artfully selected accessories and décor,” says Co-owner Patricia Kronfle. Violetas, 233A Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; (305) 381-0711.