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Discussion: What's Your Favorite Local Business?

Wakefield's got quite a few hot spots to shop on Small Business Saturday. Which is your favorite?

Everyone knows about Black Friday and the type of big box shopping that's associated with it. By now, most people have also heard of Cyber Monday, which is the day when you park yourself at your computer and scour the Internet for the best deals of the year on holiday gifts.

And then there's the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which has been coined Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to buying holiday gifts at your locally owned shops, retailers and boutiques.

The town of Wakefield has a lot of options, from antiques at , to clothing at , , to beer and wine at or , to pet boutiqes like and beauty boutiques like the . 

So in honor of Small Business Saturday, which one is your favorite local business in Wakefield?

Dayna November 26, 2011 at 12:52 PM
My favorite small business in Wakefield is probably Lubie's Jewelry...love the selection and Nanci Ruehrwein is very accomodating.
Laurie Hunt November 26, 2011 at 02:19 PM
The Avon Beauty Store also has handmade clothes for American Girl Dolls - SO cute. I'm headed there today so I can fill my girls stockings.
Christine November 26, 2011 at 02:35 PM
My favorite is the Avon Store. The owner, Diana is very nice and extreemly helpful. It was great to be able to walk in and shop without waiting for the catalog! Love the store... a great find!
Kimberly Bova McDonald November 26, 2011 at 02:48 PM
I too love Avon Beauty Store but also Gone to the Dogs, J'Adore, StyleCraft Supply (I like to paint rooms) and of course working for a Family Run Business in town is excellent!
Chris J Carino November 26, 2011 at 02:52 PM
The T Stop in Greenwood, good custom gear for local teams and organizations.
Krystynjo November 26, 2011 at 03:29 PM
It's a tie between Fred's Franks and Butterfly Yarn. Fred's changed hands to a man named Carl - the food is delicious, quick, and affordable. The Schnurble is amazing, pork loin sandwiches (with apple sauce) are one of the sometimes-specials, and sausage with onions and peppers is now on the menu. Carl is warm, friendly, and calls a surprising number of customers by name. He's taken the hot-dog cart by the lake and propelled it into a food with friends experience I look forward to every week. Butterfly Yarn has so much more than you would believe such a small space can hold. The yarn selection is quite varied and extensive, there are books, notions, classes, places to sit while you work and chat, and even a friendly happy dog to welcome you many days. While I haven't been there enough yet to have befriended the staff, they always make me feel welcome, comfortable, and appreciated. Even if you're only considering learning to knit or crochet I highly recommend a visit!
Laurie Hunt November 26, 2011 at 09:49 PM
I got some great deals at Alano today too. 30% off winter items!
Jonathan Pickering November 28, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Great comments everyone. There is a lot of focus in this thread on actual businesses and what they sell/how...can anyone comment on maybe food places or a place Wakefield has that doesn't necessarily focus on the business aspect of things?
Chris J Carino November 28, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Slice Pizza and More is one of the best newer food places in town. Pizza is on par with Santarpios without the drive or wait. Also Zu Zus downtown is delicious and transformed the front into a great outdoor Newbury Street style cafe.
Laurie Hunt November 28, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I just had a great business lunch at Molise - they have a buffet for $8.95 that is great. For dinner I love Portobello in Greenwood and Tootsie's coffee corner is the best place for a sweet treat with the cupcake of the day, gelato, slush and more!
annie December 07, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Love, love, love ZuZu's Cafe & Catering on Main Street. The food is delicious and great for a takeout or eating on the outdoor patio. The owners are incredibly nice, hard-working people. This is my family's favorite restaurant in Wakefield!

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