Small but Mighty

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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 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 2018, $17.8 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday. How amazing is that? Hopefully, 2019 will build and surpass last year’s Small Business Saturday.

In Downtown Tempe, we always celebrate the day with either a parade – the Fantasy of Light Opening Night Parade – or a big football game featuring state rivals – Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. 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 November long!

We’re celebrating the small businesses that are part of our community and we’re making the case to Shop Small in Downtown Tempe by spotlighting local businesses.

We are also asking you to nominate your favorite small business in the downtown district (district boundaries: University Dr. to the south, Tempe Town Lake to the north, Farmer Avenue to the west and College Avenue to the east). We’ll announce the winning business in December with a special spotlight!

By nominating your favorite shop, you’ll be entered to win a $500 prize that can be spent in small businesses right here in Downtown Tempe.

We’re inviting you to be part of the movement this year. Shop the Small Businesses in Downtown Tempe on November 30 - and every day of the year - and nominate your favorite business in the 2019 Favorite Small Business Sweepstakes.


Submit your Favorite Downtown Tempe Small Business here:

Shop Small Saturday Sweepstakes


Join us as we celebrate our small businesses!

414 Pizza



Daily Jam

Pedal Haus Brewery

Shady Park

Slices on Mill

The Chuck Box

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

Grilled Ave Teriyaki House

Rula Bula Irish Pub

Ted’s Refreshments

The Handlebar Tempe

1865 Coffee

Cupz Coffee

Morning Squeeze

Romancing the Bean

Royal Coffee Bar

The Blend

Desert Roots Kitchen


Caffe Boa Bistro and Wine Bar

House of Tricks

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

Med Fresh Grill

Phoenicia Café

The Bodhi

The Munchies Café

House of Tacos

Loco Patron Mexican Grill

Macayo’s Depot Cantina

OG Taco Shop

Glow Shots & Cocktails

Trumbull’s Tempe

Low Key Piano Bar

Mill Cue Club


Zuma Grill

Candy Addict

Slickables Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sparky’s Old Town Creamery

The Zone Escape Rooms

Carlyn's Barber Shop

Dajuan Barber/Fly City

Damon's Barber and Beauty Shop

Elle Chic Hair Salon

Styles by Jade

Style by V

The Brow Plug

Platinum 27 Day Spa

London Amore Hair Salon

Mona Lisa's Exotic Features

Dream Image Spa

Gifted Hands Nail Salon

Soul & Beauty Skin

Glitter with Style

Foxtail Salon

Elite Cuts and Clothes on Mill

Flor's Hair Design

Free Expressions by Dashonna

Grooming Humans

Hair 2 Day

Hair20 Salon and Spa

Simply Artistic Nails

Stargirl Eyelashes

Take Five Esthetics

Tattooed Planet

Tilesha Does My Hair

The Madison Improvement Club

Hackett House Gift Shop

Jack’s Ticket Agency

Tempe Boat Rentals

Your Travel Center

Brio Jewelry

Grotto Gallery

Lotions & Potions

Old Town Books

Yucatecan Imports

5th Street Market Pizza + Deli

Milk N ’Honey

Doner Dudes

Thirsty Dog 2 Go

Salam’s Market & Deli

Cactus Sports

Daily Rotation

Henna Shoppe

Nowadays Creative Lab

The Fabric Studio

The Shoe Mill

Bicycle Cellar

Butt Out

Happy Healthy High Horny Herb Shop

High Maintenance Smoke Shop

The Flow Shop


Be sure to follow Downtown Tempe on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on the Favorite Small Business contest and for all things Downtown Tempe!


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