Shopping Local This Saturday in Omaha

I'll be out of town this Saturday, which is a bit of a shame because I have a feeling that this Small Business Saturday is going to be the best Small Business Saturday Omaha has ever seen.

Small Business Saturday is actually trademarked by American Express and was first observed in 2010 as a fresh-pressed cure for the Black Friday hangover. As someone who would almost always prefer to give (and receive!) a gift that was thoughtfully chosen from a well-edited shop, I just think it's the best collective marketing campaign for retailers ever.

AmEx has certain expectations of the businesses they promote for Small Business Saturday, so not all retailers officially participate in the branded event. But nearly all local businesses are doing something ad hoc to incentivize shoppers to pop in. I asked a few of my favorite Omaha stores what their plans are.

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For both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Almost Music in the Blackstone District will have a large selection of Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive releases in stock.

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For those who like to hygge in high style, Amethyst Home in Countryside Village has glasses for good champagne and subtly-scented candles waiting. Throughout Black Friday weekend, they will also have 20 percent off the entire store.

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Among Other Things' beautifully curated, slightly tucked away, store near 75th and Pacific specializes in fabulous consignment items for the home and Instagrammable host gifts. AOT will be offering 20 percent off all full-priced items on SBS -- the only time they do that all year. Their neighbor, Omaha consignment grande dame Esther's, will also be offering 20 percent off on Small Business Saturday.

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Artifact's newly-unveiled storefront for their cult classic waxed canvas and leather goods at 2709 Leavenworth St. will be open extended hours (10-6) on Small Business Saturday and offer a free Artifact ornament with each purchase. There may be additional in-store promotions and pop-ups as well.

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The first 30 customers to spend $50 or more at Denim Saloon in Aksarben Village will receive the chic tartan scarf you can see on their Instagram feed. They're also having a Parker Smith trunk sale all this week and doing a Black Friday promotion: $25 off any $50 purchase later for every $100 you spend on Black Friday.

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Hello Holiday is celebrating the three-year anniversary of their Dundee store opening with a waffle and hot cocoa bar for SBS shoppers. They're also opening at 9 a.m. (usually it's 11) and giving birthday goodie bags to the first 30 shoppers.

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Our local heroes of clean lines and smart, modern living, Hutch in Midtown Crossing will be giving away a free succulent with every purchase, and is offering storewide savings from 10-50 percent.

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You can tick all the boxes on your holiday décor and hosting checklist at locally-owned Mangelsen's, which is engaged in, and supportive of, the Omaha community. On SBS, they will have popcorn and cider (as always), and Santa will be in situ from 10-2 p.m. There will also be promotions related to Elf on the Shelf.

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Paper Kite in Countryside Village (and in Lincoln, should your weekend take you there) will be having a sale on their adorable children's collections.

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Rosie Jane (top), for children's gifts and Spruce for home and hosts make up Amy Sporrer's magical little stretch of Leavenworth. Both stores will be participating in Small Business Saturday and serving holiday treats.

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The Simple Man, a store that conjures up small batch whiskey, plaid shirts and sandalwood smoke, will be offering 20 percent off almost everything in their Benson and Countryside Village stores, as well as online (enter promo code: Thanks2017) Friday through Monday.

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True Blue Goods and Gifts in NoDo will be serving doughnuts and having a promotion on Small Business Saturday and they are co-hosting Shake Your Trunk, Omaha's last stop holiday shop featuring local makers at the Slowdown on December 17 from 1-7 p.m.