A few years ago I convinced my cousin, brother and sister-in-law to do the whole “wake up at 4 am and go to the mall” thing for Black Friday. Honestly, it wasn’t hard to sell it once I suggested it would be a “fun, silly, family bonding experience” and it wasn't really about buying televisions or computers. This year, with my family coming to DC, it’s unclear what Friday will hold for us. Likely a spin-class (my mom is on a major spinning kick), plenty of leftovers, and likely a stint of shoe shopping. Saturday, however, holds a clear plan both for me and my family: Small Business Saturday at Pleasant Pops.
Started in 2010 as an answer to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday began as a way for shopaholics to support local stores, restaurants and businesses. Last year American Express ran a series of commercials advertising the “holiday” featuring many of our Adams’ Morgan neighbors and we’re so pumped to be on board this year. While we are closing early on Wednesday (at 3 pm) and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday to eat, relax and catch up on some zzz’s, we’ll be opening our doors as usual Saturday morning at 8:30 am. In addition to our regular menu of lattes, pumpkin chais, soups, salads and sandwiches, we’ll be debuting our amazing Holiday Gift Bundles which, for Small Business Saturday only, will be 15% off. Since the bundles are already offering a discount on the items included within them, an extra 15% off truly makes them a deal. Plus, with special limited edition, (and, may I add, quite fashionable) Small Business Saturday tote bags for FREE, Saturday will be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping. And if you’re feeling stressed, grab a Hot Pop on your way out to reward yourself for making it through all that family time.