When you plan your holiday shopping travels during this festive weekend, chock-full of specialty sales, make a plan to shop local. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Creative Director at Pure Detroit, designed the “Detroit Small Business Passport” to help local shoppers do just that this season.

The Detroit Small Business Passport allows shoppers to ‘travel the globe’ of Detroit shops & services, unlocking discounts at 23 participating small business. Each featured business offers a discount to reward customers for thinking big, shopping small, and supporting small business in Detroit. With each stop, patrons will receive a stamp in their passport.

Passports are currently available for pick up at Pure Detroit’s trio of locations in the Renaissance Center, Guardian Building, and Fisher Building. The passports will be active & valid through January 31, 2014 at all participating businesses – so whether you’re a Thanksgiving weekend shopper…or need some last-minute gifts as we round the corner to the holidays – you can rack up your small business stamps for the next two months!

“We’re building a backbone in the city of Detroit around the positive impact small businesses play within each neighborhood,” says Hooper, with regard to his Detroit Small Business Passport. “Small Business Saturday is a day to rally the troops, put your dollar into the local economy and show just how strong the small business community is here in Detroit.”

Participating businesses include Pure Detroit, Vera Jane, Stella Good Coffee, Workshop, HUMAN, RUNdetroit, Cass Corridog, Nest, City Bird, Detroit Hardware, Source Booksellers, the Fashion Place, Detroit Athletic Co., Hugh, Nora, Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, the Rowland Cafe, People’s Records, the Zenith, the Peacock Room, Frida, Wheelhouse Detroit & Detroit Institute of Bagels.

Each business is offering 10% ­to ­25% off (items available for discount vary per store) with the Detroit Institute of Bagels offering a free bagel to each passport holder. The passport was made possible with generous support from Midtown Inc.

Detroit Small Business Saturday – and the Detroit Small Business Passport – were recently featured in a national ad campaign for American Express. Watch the 2-minute featurette here: 

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