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Avoid black Friday and start your shopping this Saturday! Shopping in Minneapolis should be more than just a quick trip to gather all of the gifts for people on your holiday list. This weekend, the Northeast Minneapolis Business Association is host to the 2009 Holiday Boutique Crawlas featured earlier in the week. On the same day, Midtown Global Market is holding the Do It Green annual green gifts fair. Both events promise to add some festive energy to your holiday shopping experience.

Do It Green Annual Green Gifts Fair
Midtown Global Market
Lake Street and Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis
Saturday, Nov. 21
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The event will host more than 70 local retailers and artists who will offer green, recycled, fair trade and organic gift ideas.

2009 Holiday Boutique Crawl
Northeast Minneapolis
Saturday, Nov. 21
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 Register for a $500 shopping spree and check out all of the great vendor opportunities when you mention the NE Minneapolis Business Association ad:

  • Aveda Institute
    Complimentary cup of comforting tea, a stress relieving 5-minute hand or neck and shoulder massage and a customized facial mask sample. Register for fabulous prize giveaways too. 
  • The Bibelot Shop
    Receive 20% off one clothing item!
  • Belle Reve Boutique
    20% off a single item.
  • gh2
    20% off storewide including already marked down merchandise.
  • I Like You
    3rd Annual Ornament Show featuring handmade ornaments and holiday cheer from over 25 local artists. Refreshments served from 2 – 6 p.m. 
  • Key North
    20% off any one regularly priced item. 30% off all Key West Aloe skin care products. Free parking in Key North lot and adjoining lot for the hours of the event.
  • Pacifier
    20% off your entire purchase! (Excludes sale items.) 10% off strollers, furniture, and car seats.
    Parc Boutique
    20% off your entire purchase!
  • Surdyk’s
    All Wines & Spirits on Sale. 20% off every wine in the store and 10% off every spirit in the store.
  • T Lee Fine Designer Jewelry
    Choose a chocolate for a chance at $100 gift cards and pearls.

So I know some of these shops are out of a lot of our price ranges, but I find that just spending some time shopping in interesting neighborhoods like this makes me feel fancy (with or without shopping bags in hand). Enjoy yourself! Live the fancy life.