It’s easy to include Dallas bars, restaurants, and breweries in your Saturday small business purchases. Neighborhoods like Knox Henderson and the Bishop Arts District are made for it with local shops and eateries that you can visit during a hectic shopping spree or a leisurely stroll. Shop and dine your way along Garland Road near Peavy or several Mockingbird Lane malls, or attend one of these special Small Business Saturday events that bring it all together for you.
Craft Market at Vector Brewing
9850 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 405 (Northeast Dallas)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 27
More than 40 craftsmen will line the back parking lot of Vector Brewing with a variety of goods and gifts. Some foodie favorites will be there, including Bread in Texas, Wylie’s Ferris Wheel Coffee, and Oak Cliff Cravings whose crazy candy “enchilados” will make you smile.
Maraville Cacao has chocolates, hot chocolate bombs from Mexico and unique treats like corn in a bar. Drop Dead Delicious Pickling Company has their Bloody Mary Dill and Ugly Mustard Dill pickles made here in Dallas using Texas cucumbers, herbs, and peppers. The event is free and you can see a full list of suppliers at Vector Brewing’s website.
Texas Craft Brewers Glass Release
Saturday 27 Nov
Texas Craft Brewers Guild, a nonprofit that advances the craft beer industry in Texas, has created a limited edition glass to celebrate Small Business Saturday at several breweries in Dallas and even more throughout Texas. The ‘Here’s to Gettin’ Back Out There’ glass was designed by DeuxSouth Creative, and $1 from each glass sold goes to the guild.
Local participants include Civil Pour, Hop & Sting Brewing Co., Odd Muse Brewing, Peticolas Brewing Co., Texas Ale Project, Vector Brewing, and White Rock Alehouse & Brewery. Check their social media for information on purchase price and quantities available, or simply drop by and sip some brews at your favorite local brewery.
Shop small at the Dallas Farmers Market
920 S Harwood St (Farmers Market District)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, November 27
The Dallas Farmers Market is all decked out for Christmas as we head into the most wonderful time of the year. And every day is a small workday here with over 200 local family businesses in The Shed, The Market and other shops and restaurants in the Harvest Lofts building.
Saturday also marks the start of a season long Holiday market held on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll hear live music and demos from chefs at The Shed, and discover an even wider range of craft vendors offering unique gifts during the holiday season. If you need help with your selections, check out three Dallas Farmers Market Instagram Guides. These “shop small” gift ideas will brighten the holiday season for your loved ones and for the businesses that rely on local support.
Deep Ellum Small Business Saturday: Sip & Shop with Discover Deep Ellum
2650 Main Street (Deep Ellum)
12.00 to 15.00 Saturday 27 November
Grab a specially designed glass in honor of Deep Ellum and make your way to shops on the map where you can get wine and other drinks as you peruse all the goods. Tickets are $15 if pre-purchased on Eventbrite.
Light on lowest Greenville
Several shops between Belmont and Ross on Greenville Ave.
4-8pm Saturday 27 November
Why ring all the way when you can cocktail all the way? The Lowest Greenville Merchant Collective is hosting their 5th annual Light Up Lowest Greenville event on Small Business Saturday this year featuring several cocktail specials and more from local businesses. HG Sply Co will be taking vacation photos and a $6 Jingle Juice cocktail while Flatbread Co. select $5 offers select drinks and pizza samples. Standard Service offers a $6 Son of a Nutcracker cocktail, and Rapscallion has a signature $8 cocktail with whiskey, Campari with cocoa beans, and sweet vermouth.
Despite all the cocktail offerings, this event is family-friendly: Santa Claus is stationed at Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. and the tree lighting takes place outside Son of a Butcher at 7pm. Facebook event page for more information on all specials.
Shop and eat locally in Downtown Garland Square
520 W. State St. (Slinger)
10 am to 3 pm Saturday 27 November
More than 25 businesses in downtown Garland will participate in a free Small Business Saturday celebration to launch a series of Christmas events around the square. On Saturdays, you will receive a free Christmas ornament with every purchase from a participating retailer. See the Facebook event page for the full list of participating stores and restaurants.
Dallas by Chocolate and Dallas Bites Christmas Tours
Various locations, dates and times from Friday 26 November
Whether you book a tour for yourself or buy tickets as gifts, this small company is celebrating its 10th year and supporting many others.
“Our coach and walking tours are exclusively about local restaurants, breweries and other establishments,” says owner Jeanine Stevens. “We are very proud of the homegrown eateries in our city, as well as the local history behind them and behind local neighborhoods. They help make the Dallas area unique, from taquerias and barbecues to chocolatiers.”
“Our Christmas Lights, Chocolate & Sips Tours only showcase local dessert locations and some of the city’s most exciting neighborhoods for Christmas lights,” Stevens said.
Tours are held Nov. 26 through December 30, and a variety of options include the Park Cities/Downtown Dallas areas and Frisco/Addison lights. Other Christmas lights tours include Dallas’ Best Speakeasies, a vegan dessert tour, and social distancing tours where you drive in your own vehicle to the Christmas lights locations and the host meets you there to serve you delicious Dallas food. See the full list of tours and buy tickets at the Dallas by Chocolate website.
Mistletoe Mall in Legacy West
5908 Headquarters Drive (Plano)
Every Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm until December 19th
Mistletoe Mall’s small business pop-ups will be set up every Friday through Sunday between Starbucks Reserve and Filson in Legacy West. This is a great opportunity to shop small and support local bars and restaurants while in the area. Get all the details about the Legacy West website.
First Ohio Vax-2-School Scholarship Lottery Winners Announced Monday
Starting Monday, the names will be chosen in the Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship lottery. The Vax-2-School program is a new vaccination promotion program for young people. The vaccine lottery is open to anyone aged 5 to 25 who is already fully vaccinated or newly vaccinated individuals who have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. Five people win a $100,000 scholarship and 150 people win a scholarship of $10,000, officials announced. Those scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, good for any state college, university, career program, or technical program. registering for daily draws was Sunday, but you have until December 1st to enter the main prize draw is December 1st. You must register to win, and children under 17 must be registered by a parent or guardian. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Daily prize winners will be announced on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and on ohiovax2school.com from November 29 through Dec 2nd. Grand prize winners will be announced in the raffle broadcast at 7:29 PM EDT on December 2.
Starting Monday, the names will be chosen in the Ohio Vax-2-School scholarship lottery.
The Vax-2-School program is a new vaccination incentive program for young people.
The vaccine lottery is open to anyone aged 5 to 25 who has already been fully vaccinated or newly vaccinated individuals who have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Five people will win a $100,000 scholarship and 150 people will win a $10,000 scholarship, officials announced.
Those scholarships are awarded in Ohio 529 College Advantage plans, good for any state college, university, career program, or technical program.
The deadline to enter for daily draws was Sunday, but you have until December 1st to enter the main prize draw is December 1st.
You must register to win, and children under 17 must be registered by a parent or guardian.
Daily prize winners will be announced on Twitter and Instagram at @ohiovax2school and on ohiovax2school.com from November 29 through December 2.
The top prize winners will be announced on December 2 at 7:29 PM EDT during the raffle broadcast.
Indian Parliament calls on Facebook India officials to discuss citizens’ rights and women’s safety
Last year, former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang published a memo describing how Facebook is being used to influence global politics. She spoke about advanced systems in India used to influence the 2020 Delhi elections, along with similar systems in other developing countries around the world. Now, following her memo and a recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s policies and impact on politics, Parliament has called on Facebook India officials to discuss women’s civil rights and security.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology (IT) will be held on Nov. 29, with Congress leader Shashi Tharoor appointed as its chairman.
“To hear the views of Facebook India representatives on protecting civil rights and preventing the abuse of social/online news media platforms, including special emphasis on women’s safety in the digital space,” the committee’s agenda read.
Treating Social Media Like Publishers
Currently, our laws treat social media platforms as content intermediaries, and this approach has not done much to regulate the type of content that is published and distributed. With hate speech and fake news attributed to numerous municipal incidents across the country, the parliamentary panel set up last week to examine the impact of such platforms concluded they need a separate regulatory body, similar to the Press Council of India.
This will make the platforms more liable for user-generated content – something companies like Facebook and Twitter don’t want to take any responsibility for. In addition, as more and more consumers in tier-2 and tier-3 cities use smartphones and set up social media accounts, data protection itself has become a widespread government concern. With this in mind, the Personal Data Protection Act, 2019, may be revised to protect non-personal data from misuse by such companies.
What about the Metaverse?
While the Indian government is moving in the right direction in protecting its citizens, there is certainly a much bigger threat on the horizon – the Metaverse. As people move into virtual realities and build lives there, today’s data protection and privacy laws may eventually become meaningless. Imagine controlling factual experiences that influence public opinion, transforming people from subscribers to one political ideology to completely opposite. Now imagine this happening so subtly that you barely have time to reassess your values.
If companies like Meta want to make virtual worlds accessible to Indian citizens, they need to provide transparency about how they will use customer data.
Also read: Facebook to protect famous people, while stomping on the crowd
Need a Microsoft 365 Family subscription? Get a $50 Amazon Gift Card for just an extra $6
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to renew your Microsoft 365 subscription, this might be it. Amazon has a Cyber Monday deal for an annual subscription to Microsoft 365 Family, which means you can get a $50 Amazon gift card with it for just $6. That means you get 12 months of Microsoft 365 for your family, plus a $50 Amazon gift card for just $106, instead of $150.
Microsoft 365 Family includes all the standard Microsoft Office apps — Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook — for up to 5 users, plus 1 TB of OneDrive storage for each of those users (5 TB in total). It also includes recent additions such as premium Microsoft Editor features, including clarity, brevity, and other advanced suggestions. Plus, you get access to Family Safety features, including location tracking for your family members, screen time control, and parental controls for kids.
As mentioned above, the family plan works for up to five users and lasts for a whole year. Being a part of Microsoft 365 also means you get new features and updates every month at no extra cost, unlike Office’s perpetual licenses that are only updated every three years and require you to purchase a new license. Buying this subscription will also activate auto-renewal, so you’ll need to opt out if you don’t want to continue using it after the first year.
Plus, you get a $50 Amazon gift card to spend on anything you want, and you pay just $6 for it. That basically gives you an extra $44 to spend on just about anything you want on Amazon, which is a really nice deal.
Stop by our Cyber Monday PC Deals hub to check out some of the best deals on PCs, accessories, and more — you might even be able to use that Amazon gift card on some of them. If you’re more interested in smartphones, we also have a list of Cyber Monday deals focused on that.
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