Think local this holiday season

Did you know that small businesses donate 250% more to local charities than national chains, and that they create most new jobs in the U.S.?  Check out Ten Reasons to Shop Local!

The folks at Shift Your Shopping point out, “As customers, we are about to collectively spend a large portion of our annual shopping budget between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31. If you join us in shifting those dollars to locally owned, independent businesses, we’ll all generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than if we had spent our money at a national chain. Across North America, that could mean billions of dollars of economic impact!”


THINK LOCAL by visiting some of our small business neighbors

in the Port Towns and the Gateway Arts District!


As you know, you can stop by Community Forklift’s Green Gift Fair this November & December to find beautiful items made out of reclaimed materials by local artists, tradespeople, and woodworkers.  But you should check out these cool spots nearby, too!


A Tangled Skein

5200 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781


A Tangled Skein offers lovely yarns, useful books and supplies for knitting and crocheting, good advice and a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

For the entire week of Nov. 20-25 (except Monday and Thanksgiving Day, when we will be closed), we will be offering 25% off all yarn, books and patterns!


Art Works Studio School

3711 Rhode Island Avenue Mount Rainier, MD 20712

(301) 454-0808
Art Works Studio School is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing socially-aware art education to all members of our community.

Visit art matters, our exhibition project, on Saturday November 24th between noon and 3 for the Opening Reception of Visualizing Impermanence; a sand mandala installation by former Buddhist monk Karma Sonam. Observe Karma create a mandala and try your hand at creating your own. Children welcome.


Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts

One of the two surviving Art Deco theatres in Prince George’s County!   Upcoming events include concerts, dance ensembles, puppet shows, and Christmas & Kwanzza plays.  Their productions for kids are truly special, so tickets are a great gift for a family with young children!


Franklins General Store 20th Anniversary!

5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

(301) 927-2740
Franklins General Store is celebrating 20 years in Hyattsville!

Come celebrate on Saturday, November 24th from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. for our first ever Sooper Dooper Saturday Sale and Celebration. One day only, 20% off everything store wide. There will also be tastings throughout the day, and treats and giveaways for the kids!

ECO City Farms

4913 Crittenden Street, Edmonston, MD 20781

Non-profit urban farm offering fresh produce and classes year-round.

Please note: the farm is closed for Thanksgiving weekend.