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As the Business Improvement District for Downtown Tempe, Downtown Tempe Authority has been a downtown Neighborhood Champion for years, rallying the community with events and activities in support of the small businesses in the district.

Did you know that almost 70% of the businesses in Downtown Tempe are independent, locally-owned businesses? They may be small, but they have a mighty impact in Downtown Tempe.

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express in 2010 when small businesses were reeling from the recession and they wanted to encourage people to support small businesses (by using their American Express cards no doubt). In 2011, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution in support of the day and a movement was born.

And what a successful movement it’s been: in 2021, over $20 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday. How amazing is that? Hopefully, 2022 will build and surpass last year’s Small Business Saturday. 

In Downtown Tempe, we always celebrate Shop Small Saturday Weekend with either a parade – the Fantasy of Lights Street Parade + Tree Lighting – or a big football game featuring state rivals – Arizona State University and the University of Arizona - vying for the Territorial Cup. On most Small Business Saturdays, downtown is hopping with football game and/or parade fans and often, the Shop Small festivities are drowned out by the raucous.

That’s why this year, we’ll be celebrating our small businesses all season long. We invite you to SHOP LOCAL and keep all of Downtown Tempe's local businesses in mind this holiday season. 

We’re inviting you to be part of the SHOP LOCAL movement this year. Shop the Small Businesses in Downtown Tempe on November 26 - and every day of the year - and support the small businesses that make our community so great. 


Join us as we celebrate our downtown small businesses!

414 Pizza


Daily Jam

Pedal Haus Brewery

Shady Park

Slices on Mill

The Chuck Box

The Handlebar Tempe

Morning Squeeze

Romancing the Bean

Desert Roots Kitchen


Caffe Boa Bistro and Wine Bar

Med Fresh Grill

Phoenicia Café

Loco Patron Mexican Grill

Glow Shots & Cocktails

Low Key Piano Bar

Mill Cue Club

Rosebud's Bath Boutique


ACG Anime & Cafe

Zuma Grill

Candy Addict

Slickables Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sparky’s Old Town Creamery

Carlyn's Barber Shop

Dajuan Barber/Fly City

Elite Cuts and Clothes on Mill

Free Expressions by Dashonna

Hair 2 Day

Take Five Esthetics

Tattooed Planet

The Madison Improvement Club

Hackett House Gift Shop - Millie's

Jack’s Ticket Agency

Tempe Boat Rentals

Brio Jewelry

Lotions & Potions

Yucatecan Imports

5th Street Market Pizza + Deli

Milk N ’Honey

Thirsty Dog 2 Go

Salam’s Market & Deli

Cactus Sports

Henna Shoppe

Nowadays Creative Lab

The Shoe Mill

Bicycle Cellar

Happy Healthy High Horny Herb Shop

High Maintenance Smoke Shop

Rave Circus

Flagship Barber Co.

Tempe Toes

The Paleta Bar (Mill & College Avenue locations)

Foch Cafe & Bistro

Detroit Coney Grill

Jack's Slider House

Cornish Pasty - Mill Ave

Cafetal Coffee

Happy Joe Coffee

Rusty Taco

Tacos Calafia

Mesquite Fresh Street Mex

Black Chair Studio

Ink & Eagle Tattoo

Arizona Yoga Company

In the Cut Barber Shop

Issa Vibe Barber

Everything Glam Hair Salon

Her Honey Spot

Triple Up Studios

The Xperience

Studio 32

Her Jazziness Salon

I am Me by Misha J

IMI Beauty Bar


Beautify Me

Skin Bae Bar

That LocQueen

Glow & Go

Free Style Fades

Tiny Blessings

B.E. Bright & B.E. Beautiful Body

Dloves Lashes

Studio Twenty-Two

Bohemian Wellness & Wax



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