Austin’s small businesses are the heart of our local community and are a big part of what makes the city such a special place to visit and call home. Small businesses make our neighborhoods more vibrant, our shopping experiences more personal, and they are essential to keeping Austin’s unique culture alive.
Small businesses across town are recovering from recent setbacks by reopening storefronts, expanding online shopping, breaking into new local locations and markets, and finding innovative ways to reach consumers.
Small Business Season is a movement to empower residents and visitors to support and preserve Austin’s “special sauce” by making small businesses the first stop for in-store and online shopping during the month of December.
Visit Austin is the inspiration for your holiday shopping, giving you easy access to locally made products and experiences. “Many of us are personally committed to supporting small businesses in any way we can this season, and we’ve decided to invite our community and Austin fans around the world to join us,” says Silvia Krawczyk, Marketing Manager at Visit Austin. “At Visit Austin, we promote everything there is to love about this city. In promoting the Small Business Season, our goal is to further highlight local Austin gems.
Visit Austin will serve as an online destination for small business resources, as well as local products and experiences that Austin lovers can enjoy during the holiday season and year round. Small business season online shopping guide features more than 250 local businesses across the city. Get inspired by giveaways from local bike shops and outdoor retailers, independent bookstores, culinary boutiques, farmers markets, record stores, and Austin clothing and gift shops. You can also visit the Austin Visitor Center in person or online to buy an organized mix of local products. Austin businesses also offer in-store, online, and curbside shopping options for your convenience and safety.
Additionally, over 50 local businesses are running great deals through the Austin Insider Deals program during small business season. Offers range from vacation-themed hotel packages to discounts at local restaurants, travel agencies and attractions. To take advantage of these special offers during the small business season, Click here.
Join Visit Austin in celebrating the small business season throughout December and beyond. Give the experience as a gift this year with a tour of Austin’s concert halls by a local travel agency. Treat yourself to handcrafted jewelry designed by a local artist. Buy tickets for a live show for you and your family. Treat your favorite person to a bottle (or two) of their favorite spirit from one of Austin’s award-winning distilleries. Send a bag of locally roasted beans from your favorite Austin cafe. Or, bring a deli board with local meats and cheeses to your next holiday party. Whatever it is, make it unique and make it from Austin.
For more information on how you can support small business this season, visit: visitaustin.org/shopping.