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The 10: Small Business Saturday, Women's Gifts, West Side Bazaar

The World's Largest Disco is surely the marquee event of this weekend, but it's been sold out for some time. Same with the second of two visits by Lowest of the Low, Ron Hawkins' Canadian rock band beloved in Buffalo.

Don't panic too much, however, as there's a wealth of big and small events to which to turn your attention. The vast majority of these have free admission and fall outside the times occupied by those two sold-out events, because The 10 is versatile, caring and sometimes lucky.

1) Small Business Saturday at Tommyrotter Distillery, 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at 500 Seneca St. Free to attend.

Commentary: If you're unfamiliar with Small Business Saturday, it's remarkably self-explanatory: the day after Black Friday is dedicated to patronizing local businesses.

Local distillery Tommyrotter welcomes a carefully curated group of vendors - like Linwood Candle, Peg's Hardware, Butter Block and Alpine Made - to set up shop; the Facebook event page rolled out descriptions of all the attendees.

The distillery's tasting room - which harbors a brand-new triple-barrel American whiskey - and Public Espresso's pop-up open at noon, while Tommyrotter-based cocktails crafted by Hydraulic Hearth and free wine samples from Winkler & Samuels spruce up the proceedings. (Get it? Spruce? Holidays? Work with me).

Look back at the Smiles gallery from last year's event.

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2) Buffalo Women's Gifts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 in Asbury Hall at Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Admission is free.

Commentary: The vision is still strong. While the market dedicated to handcrafted goods created by women was born more than two decades ago by Carrie Marcotte, Bernadette Hoppe and Gwennor Jones, the role of organizer has been passed on to the West Side Stitchery trio of Carlene Derkovitz, Jillian Nowak and Heather Nowak for the first time.

Sixty-four participating vendors are listed here, offering everything from art and jewelry to scarves and soap.

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3) West Side Bazaar's fifth anniversary, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 at 25 Grant St. Free to attend.

Commentary: A step into the West Side Bazaar means culinary adventure, as booths serving Ethiopian, Thai, Burmese, Puerto Rican and other ethnic cuisines have enticed, surprised and impressed diners from all walks of life. The tenants are typically either immigrants or refugees who've overcome hurdles to become small business owners with the goal of one day opening their own restaurant or shop.

Live music, interactive art and prizes make up the fifth anniversary celebration on Saturday in connection with Small Business Saturday, as the bazaar features the work of several refugee and immigrant crafts and clothing vendors, too.

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4) Makers + Shakers Boozy Artisan Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Hotel @ the Lafayette (391 Washington St.). Tickets are $5 in advance here or at the door, where both cash and credit are accepted. (Bear in mind that fees are added if purchased online.)

Commentary: Step Out Buffalo continues to roll out popular events, with the next coming on Small Business Saturday on the Lafayette's first floor. Find the lengthy list of vendors - organized by category - here, and know that beer, wine and cocktails will be available on site, highlighted by a Bloody Mary bar.

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5) "Under $100" at Project 308, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at 308 Oliver St., North Tonawanda. Free to attend, and there's free hors d'oeuvres.

Commentary: Cheap art isn't always an oxymoron, proven by this event at North Tonawanda art gallery Project 308. Nearly 20 local artists will offer gifts less than $100, an opportunity that The News' Colin Dabkowski highlighted in his piece on holiday art hunting.

The two members of Team Razor Wire - Chris Kameck and Nicholas Miller - will have work on display, too. The lively and passionate Buffalo Beer Goddesses will pour beer during the festivities, too; it seems Buffalo demands alcohol at every event held.

With sharp murals, Team Razor Wire transforms neighborhoods

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6) Holiday brunch and public market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26 in Hotel Henry and 100 Acres (corner of Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle in Richardson-Olmsted Complex). Free to attend, and eating brunch isn't required to shop at the market. Reservations are encouraged for brunch, however, by calling 955-1511.

Commentary: The first of four Sunday brunch-market events in the sparkling, renovated Richardson-Olmsted Complex, 100 Acres has teamed up with JazzBuffalo for live music on the staircase from noon to 2 p.m.; the Cousins-Gardner Duo will be featured on Sunday.

Here's a peek at 100 Acres' brunch menu from last Sunday, so expect something similar for the debut of the holiday brunch and market. (If you're going to try a cocktail beyond a mimosa, we'd strongly recommend the Hobbs.)

New restaurants let guests celebrate Buffalo's past

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7) Light Up Lancaster, 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 25 along Central Avenue in Lancaster. Free to attend.

Commentary: Saturday night in Lancaster will be a bonanza for the whole family, as live music by Terry Buchwald, a firetruck parade and the official lighting of the main stretch of the suburb will draw the community together.

Perhaps the highlight of the festivities, the annual Christmasville Firetruck Parade begins at 6 p.m. by Lancaster High School and proceeds down Central Avenue before ending at Broadway. Kids love fire trucks. Food and craft vendors will set up shop along West Main Street beginning at 5 p.m.

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8) Lockhouse Distillery fourth anniversary, 6 p.m. Nov. 25 at 41 Columbia St. Free to attend.

Commentary: Four years ago, Buffalo's first distillery since Prohibition started in a tiny room in the Pierce-Arrow Building in North Buffalo, producing small batches of grape-based vodka from a slimmed-down system.

Today, Lockhouse Distillery has moved operations to the Cobblestone District, opened a full-fledged bar and released a popular gin and other products like a bitter apertif, sakura gin and a collaborative effort with Public Espresso.

Perks of the anniversary party include $6 Lockhouse cocktails, $3 Lockhouse shots, music by DJ Dovey, appetizers and a chance to win limited-edition Revolution Coffee Liqueur bottles designed by Every Time I Die's Jordan Buckley.

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9) Hamburg holiday bazaar and wreath sale, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Knights of Columbus (36 Pierce Ave.). Free to attend.

Commentary: We've covered a litany of markets so far in this version of The 10, but the Hamburg holiday bazaar is the only one to trumpet a cat adoption group, the Ten Lives Club. That must count for something, especially since they produce cat calendars.

A cash bar, a Douglas fir wreath sale (pre-orders needed at TenLivesClub.com) and a slew of vendors give reason to head to Hamburg on Sunday afternoon instead of watching the Bills vs. the Chiefs.

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10) A Black Friday with Dej Loaf and Jacquees, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in Kleinhans Music Hall (3 Symphony Circle). Tickets range from $50 to $125 and may be purchased here or at the door. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Commentary: Dej Loaf and Jacquees take over the stage at Kleinhans for their mix-tape release, which I can't mention the name of due to a profanity. The show, presented by Believeit Entertainment, will be hosted by emcee Adri. V the Go Getta - see photos from her Go Getta party here - of WBLK.

Tickets may be picked up in advance from Doris Records, 286 E. Ferry St., or the Hip-Hop Center, 2417 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls.

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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