Where to Shop Local this Small Business Saturday in COVA

Saturday, November 26 is Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. We at Coastal Virginia love our small businesses and want to support them as often as possible, so we’re sharing our favorite places to shop local to get the best gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. Shop Local and Shop Small in Cova!

Where to Shop Local this Small Business Saturday in COVA:


Why not celebrate Small Business Saturday by a visit to downtown Smithfield, where ALL the shops in the historic district are independently owned? Looking for a unique gift idea? How about checking out the Christmas Store and Wharf Hill – two holiday favorites, the Isle of Wight Museum’s gift shop for the recently published “The History of Isle of Wight County in 40 Years,” celebrating the museum’s 40th anniversary, Pagan River Wine Merchants, a wine & beer specialty shop located at the Smithfield Station, or a hidden gem – the gift shop at Historic St. Luke’s? The town also boasts several vintage/antique/re-purposed specialty shops, as well as unique art galleries, including the Arts Center @ 319 (sharing space with the town’s Visitor Center). Finish your small business celebration at one of our many superb restaurants and Taste of Smithfield for some Ham-inspired souvenirs from the Ham Capital of the World! LEARN MORE


Among the many world-class many attractions that call downtown Hampton home- the antique Hampton Carousel, Virginia Air & Space Center, and the Miss Hampton II harbor cruise, to name a few- are a wealth of award-winning, independently owned restaurants and unique retailers specializing, in art, jewelry, clothing, and pottery. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, downtown offers a grand variety of both shopping and dining options within close proximity and an easy walk. Plan on making a day of it! LEARN MORE


In downtown Norfolk you’ll find eclectic shops in the Monticello Arcade, a beautiful three-story Beaux Arts style shopping arcade built in 1907. Historic Ghent & Freemason neighborhoods offer a collection of boutiques, art and antique galleries. LEARN MORE


If you’re not one to brave the crowds on Black Friday, you might consider shopping on Small Business Saturday. It’s a great way to support local businesses. One study shows $45 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in the local economy. National chains only keep local $13 of every $100 spent. Check out these Chesapeake retail locations offering discounts. Happy shopping! LEARN MORE

Franklin Southampton

Browse boutiques and enjoy sweet treats as your shop small in Downtown Franklin. You will find cute clothes, personalized gifts, fine jewelry and much more! Shop small in Downtown Franklin this holiday season! LEARN MORE

Virginia Beach

With the rapid growth of our brewery scene, beer is flowing through Virginia Beach like the mighty Lynnhaven River. With new, locally-owned breweries seemingly popping up every day, there is no better way to celebrate the small businesses of VB than by grabbing a sampler by the sea. Whether you’re enjoying one of the delicious pours offered at Commonwealth Brewing Company or Back Bay Brewery, or sampling as many beers as you can from Wasserhund and Young Veteran’s, supporting our small business has some decidedly delicious rewards. LEARN MORE

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