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How to Shop Small on Saturday, December 18th

Holiday cheer is around every corner in South End, and you can experience the magic all month at Shop Small Saturdays! Celebrate the season at the last of four Shop Small Saturdays events at Nebel's Alley on December 18th, presented by Fifth Third Bank! There is something for everyone, from fresh bread at the South End Market to original artwork from pop-up vendors lining the alleys of the Design Center. Here is how to make the most of the event and how to explore the neighborhood!


  • What should I expect at Shop Small Saturday on December 18?
    • Expect dozens of vendors lining the alleys of the Design Center, from 2-8 pm.
  • How do I get there?
    • There are lots of ways to get around South End, including by light rail or bus! Check out the light rail schedule here; take the Blue Line to East/West Blvd Station. You can also take the bus. Purchase tickets at the station before your ride, or plan ahead by downloading the CATS Mobile App.
    • Uber and Lyft are also good options.
    • Hop on a Joy Rides e-bike to cruise the neighborhood!
    • If you want to drive, there is street parking in the surrounding neighborhood, as well as a garage free to shoppers at Atherton Mill, and a paid garage at 240 Doggett Street. Check out the South End Parking Map for more neighborhood parking options. 

Other Ways to Shop the Neighborhood

Explore Neighborhood Art

Kick Start the Day

Kick start your shopping adventure with coffee or hot chocolate from Bitty and Beau’s or Pepperbox Doughnuts in the Design Center. Not Just Coffee is just two blocks away, inside Atherton Mill, or stop at Central Coffee Co on Camden Road. If you are looking for healthy options or cold-pressed juice, check out Clean Juice on Camden Road and Living Kitchen in Atherton Mill. 

Lunch, Dinner, & Snack Time

Head to Indaco if you are craving Italian, and Superica, Sabor, and Barcelona are great options if you’re looking for Latin or Spanish food. Head to Bocado, The Eagle, Shake Shack, or Leroy Fox for American options, or check out the diverse menu and skyline views at Trolley Barn Fermentory & Food Hall. O-Ku, Silverlake Ramen, and Hawker’s serve delicious Asian cuisine, and Living Kitchen is perfect for the vegans in your life. 

Something Sweet

Snack on something sweet and head to Pepperbox to grab a specialty doughnut before they sell out. Twenty Degrees Chocolate is a must for those with a sweet tooth, and Central Coffee Co. is known for their Zucchini Bread. Jeni’s Ice Cream or Two Scoops are perfect for the people who never think it’s too cold for a scoop (or two!). Pro tip: get a churro from Sabor to pair with ice cream from their neighbor, Two Scoops.

Beer, Wine, & Cocktails, oh my!

Grab wine at Vin Master and check out the original floor to ceiling windows that brought natural light to the Atherton textile mill, or choose from the over 400 wines available at Barcelona. Elsewhere, located under the Design Center Water Tower, is known for their craft cocktails, and Pop the Top has a laid-back atmosphere for craft beer lovers. Explore South End's brewery scene with a fresh brew at Trolley Barn Fermentory and Food Hall, which has something for the beer, wine, and cocktail lovers alike. 

Thank you to presenting sponsor, Fifth Third Bank