Small Business Saturday in Uptown Normal

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As the holidays are approaching, we are entering a season of both giving and receiving. This Saturday, after we spend time with our families focusing on what we are thankful for, is a day designated to supporting small businesses in our communities. By showing some love to and spending money at local businesses, we are helping to build up and grow our home towns. Uptown Normal is the perfect place to spend your Small Business Saturday. It is filled friendly faces, one of a kind stores and boutiques, and restaurants that serve their food with love, care, and passion.

The Garlic Press & Market Café, our next-door neighbor, offers a variety of unique products ranging from beautifully crafted kitchen wear to handmade cards to Flax clothing. Their cafe, which is connected to the shop, sells high quality deli items, soups and hot sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients, a selection of fine cheeses, and much more. Their flavored coffee and espresso drinks are Heather’s daily favorites. Who doesn’t love a warm cup of joe on a frigid day? This spot is perfect for gift shopping, purchasing home products or cute trinkets, and getting a bite to eat for lunch.garlic-press

Uptown is also blessed to be home to one of the lovely boutiques in the Apricot Lane franchise. This storefront is run by a mother and daughter duo who had dreams of opening their own fashion boutique and turned it into a reality. It’s filled with trendy apparel, shoes, and accessories that are perfect for the holidays. They carry a mix of styles and designs for all types of women. The atmosphere is extremely inviting, and the entire staff is willing and ready to assist customers in any way possible. Stop in and get a super cute winter ready outfit, or a Christmas gift for your favorite lady.apricot-lane-1

A BloNo favorite Medici, is an elegantly designed yet kid friendly restaurant that offers dishes that your entire family is sure to drool over. My personal favorite is the red pepper fettucine with salmon. It features pasta tossed in a delicious cream sauce topped with basil and parmesan. It has the perfect slight kick of spice and is to die for when paired with their freshly grilled salmon. They also have a variety of desserts and bar drinks to choose from. A delectable dinner at Medici surrounded by beautiful design and top-notch service is a great way to end your shopping-filled day.Medici Normal

At OhmFit, we will be offering a $5 certificate for the first ten customers who shop with us on Saturday, a free Bolder Band headband with every $150 purchase, as well as complimentary refreshments and gift wrap all day long! We will also have the pleasure of hosting a BeautyCounter trunk show with Heidi Castleman, a BC consultant. Beautycounter is devoted to progress, education, and creating change for a healthier world. Their mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. Unlike many businesses in the beauty industry, they aim to provide safe and health-conscious goods. They have removed 1500 potentially harmful ingredients from their products and have a strict manufacturing and ingredient selection process. They sell cosmetics, skin, body, and hair care, and have a baby and kids line. There is truly something for everyone! Heidi has many BC favorites, but she is absolutely obsessed with the charcoal mask. It leaves her face feeling refreshed and exfoliates and clears up her congested skin. She is equally in love with the citrus mimosa hydrating body lotion that smells amazingly fresh. They also have a new makeup palette that comes with a bronzer, blush, highlighter and 6 eyeshadows (an extreme steal)! Heidi will be bringing all the BeautyCounter holiday sets, skin care, body care, kids/baby care, and many other cosmetics that will available for you to purchase at OhmFit on Saturday.beautycounter-makeup

Showing love to small businesses and the hard-working people who run them, has a direct positive affect on your community. The shops and restaurants in Uptown Normal are committed to providing five-star products and noteworthy service to our customers. When you know the people behind the business on a personal level, you enjoy an unmatched connection that cannot be found with a large corporation. By spending this day with us you are improving the local economy, keeping our community unique, and making it a better place to live. Whether it is on Small Business Saturday, a regular weekend, or week day, small businesses deserve to be a part of your shopping routine.

-Tamia Little
OFA Blogger