Small Shops Big Hearts’ popular Portland tradition to help shoppers be more intentional about how and where they spend their money returns for the 2022 holiday season. This year’s iteration of “Little Boxes,” the name that was used for the promotion previously, has been named “Shop Small, Win Big” and has been expanded to three weeks: Thursday, November 17-Sunday, December 11.
More than 85 independent retailers will be participating in the citywide shopping event that encourages people to explore the city’s many unique neighborhoods. “Our small businesses inspire us and create community,” says Sarah Shaoul, founder of Small Shops Big Hearts. “Bringing together small businesses from across the city to collaborate on this effort creates a fun and rewarding holiday shopping experience, where people can win awesome prizes, including vacations, dining experiences, iPads and much more. Everyone loves being a winner and when we support local shops, everyone wins with more thriving main streets and vibrant communities.”
A list of participating businesses is available at smallshops-bighearts.com/big-hearts and physical shopping guides will also be available at those businesses to help shoppers map out the places they want to visit.
In addition to supporting our city’s small shops, there’s also a raffle component to the event based on visiting or making purchases from participating stores. Register with Kuto (link on website) for full details and start earning raffle tickets and unlocking prizes. The more purchases made, the more entries shoppers can earn, doubling, tripling and quadrupling as purchases add up.