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Support your local community by shopping small

Celebrate Helium Studio's first birthday with cake (while it lasts) and start your holiday Wish List with them on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Helium Studio’s first birthday with cake (while it lasts) and start your holiday Wish List with them on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

By Carolyn Marnon – Sure, you could go to those big box stores and do your holiday shopping. It might be easier to pick up a wide variety of things in that one stop.  With all the hardships Wayne is going through right now, wouldn’t it be nice to visit your local small businesses here in Wayne and help them also (or even instead)?
Saturday, November 26, is Small Business Saturday. Sponsored by American Express, it encourages people to support small, local businesses. After being bumped too many times, having prized sale items taken out of your cart, being smooshed into doorways, standing in long lines in the cold and other holiday shopping hazards, shopping small can give you a much needed, much enjoyed shopping experience.

Get the gals (or guys) together and start your relaxing holiday shopping by going to the newly opened Karma Coffee and Kitchen, 35634 W. Michigan Ave. at 4:00 p.m. on November 26.  I hear there will be live entertainment.  You can pick up your free Shop Small shopping totebag and some swag, get a map of small businesses to support and indulge in a warm beverage or some food before you shop. Wayne Main Street is promoting a Small Business Saturday event 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. All participants that stop into Karma will be able to enter to win a door prize drawing.  For every $50 you spend in downtown Wayne at the event’s participating businesses between November 26-December 23, you will be entered to win additional prizes including gift certificates and items donated by the businesses. To enter, you only need to stop into the Wayne Historical Museum at 1 Town Square to show your receipts and fill out a slip.  Winners will be contacted directly.
Listed below are just some of the local small businesses that answered my requests for information about shopping small.
ICON Computers
ICON is participating in Small Business Saturday, but they are not part of the Wayne Main Street event. You will still want to visit them as they usually offer 20% off accessories such as wireless mice, gaming keyboards, web cameras, USB flash drives, different cables, laptop cases, cooling fans and external hard drives.  If you purchase a $50 gift certificate, you get an additional $10 free.  Brian Ewanciw, owner of ICON, says laptops and desktops will be marked down 15-40%.
Tried and True Thrift Store
Tried and True Thrift Store is open Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sundays Noon-5:00 p.m. They will be closed for the Thanksgiving weekend, but they will reopen on Monday, November 28, for their regular hours.  They won’t be participating in Small Business Saturday as they feel it is important for their employees to spend quality time with their families before the busy holiday season gets overwhelming.
During the holiday season, they are doing a food drive. With any purchase, you can bring in two non-perishable food items and receive 10% off your entire purchase. This is on top of their regular discount days.
Your support helps employ individuals with disabilities. This is a way to help them link in an impactful way to their community and help them learn retail skills in a supported environment. With your generous support over the years Tried and True is now able to employ 90 individuals with special needs and also offer classes at their Dearborn location.
Tried and True will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  If you would like to get your tax-deductible donation slip for this year’s tax forms, donations must be received by December 31 at 7:00 p.m.
Helium Studio
Celebrate Helium Studio’s first birthday with cake (while it lasts) and start your holiday Wish List with them on Saturday, November 12, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Similar to a bridal registry, you’ll fill out a card and list your favorite artists and makers, and even specific items you’d like. When your bestie comes in to shop for you, they will pull your card and help him/her find you the perfect gift. The birthday cake will be in four flavors and was ordered from Baker’s Acre, another Wayne small business.
November 19, Helium Studio is offering a Morning of Arting glass mosaic class with Michelle Guernsey 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The class will be making an original 8×10 framed stained glass mosaic using a glass on glass technique.  The class is limited to the first 12 paid students. $45 includes all supplies. You will complete the glass design in class, and Michelle will grout your piece afterwards.
Helium Studio will be participating in Wayne Main Street’s Small Business Saturday event. During the event, they will have 15% off Helium Studio jewelry by Kim and Dave. They will also have holiday home décor, scents, greeting cards, ornaments and lots of new gifts. There are also holiday gift bags for an instant gift presentation.
December 2, enjoy a Holiday Sip and Shop sponsored by Helium Studio and Knights of Columbus Notre Dame Lounge (located at 3144 S Wayne Rd) from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.  You can order off Notre Dame Lounge’s family-friendly menu and/or order a drink from the full bar which features Moscow Mules made with drinking vinegars from Detroit’s McClary Bros.  There will be local vendors with perfect host/hostess gifts, including vintage hospitality wares.  Admission is free.  Drinking and shopping are all a la carte activities.  Arrive anytime. There are dining tables and a bar for relaxing. The local vendor list includes McClary Bros. (vintage cocktail mixers), Mrs. Pruitt’s Cha Cha Salsa and Beau Bien Fine Foods (locally-sourced artisanal jams, preserves, chutneys and mustard). If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact Helium Studio at (734) 725-3811 or shopheliumstudio@gmail.com.
December 9, Helium could be doing a pop-up shop with jewelry engraver Onastazia. Contact Helium for more information on this event.
AKA Treasures
The week of Thanksgiving, the only day AKA Treasures will be open is Small Business Saturday where they will be giving a “draw your own discount” valued anywhere from 20-50% off.  They currently have brand new cosmetics in the store. They will be closed Saturday, December 24, so don’t wait until the last minute to visit!
Baker’s Acre
Baker’s Acre doesn’t do any special sales events. They try to keep their prices rock-bottom for their loyal customers.  Give them a week’s notice, and they can produce delicious cakes, pies, cookies and/or muffins for your holiday events, or you could consume them “just because.” Baker’s Acre is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. This is the perfect place to get goodies for your holiday parties.
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