Thanksgiving Day and weekend in Reno and Sparks are coming up and we have a variety of family friendly events and activities from which to choose. A couple of these include visiting the Reno ice skating rink at Greater Nevada Field and participating in the annual Scheels Turkey Trot fun run on Thanksgiving Day morning.

If you don’t want to or don’t have a need to cook up a big Thanksgiving dinner, you can eat out for Thanksgiving at one of our local hotel/casinos or restaurants.

You probably don’t need reminding, but the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday shopping. Some of it actually starts on Thanksgiving evening. In my opinion, the best alternative is to go do something else on Friday and avoid the madness altogether. However, if you must, try to spend your dollars by shopping local, thereby supporting your friends and neighbors and keeping your dollars circulating right here rather than leaving town. Better yet, wait until Small Business Saturday (November 24, 2018) and enjoy a shopping spree at many participating local businesses.


You can support locally owned businesses by shopping and buying at stores owned and operated by your friends and neighbors who live right here in the Truckee Meadows. Think about it – locally owned businesses in the Reno area work every day to earn your trust with quality goods and services. While they are at it, they employ local residents, pay local taxes, and in turn support other locally owned businesses.

Supporting locally owned businesses is good for everyone living in the Reno area. Dollars circulate through the community rather than leaving town like they do when we spend at big box corporate stores. Buying local helps create a wonderful mix of small businesses throughout various districts in town, giving us more personal shopping experiences that can actually be enjoyable.

Learn more about the good things that result by avoiding the malls and big box stores from “Buy Local – Support Reno Area Locally Owned Businesses.” There is also information here about how small business owners can promote themselves and participate in Small Business Saturday and other marketing efforts, such as getting on board with the “Buy Local, Reno!” directory.

Reno breweries, brew pubs, distilleries, Nevada, NV
It wasn’t long ago that your choices among locally produced beer, ale and spirits was mighty slim. However, that was then and this is now, when the number of Reno area breweries and distillers of more potent liquor has proliferated. Virtually every drinker will find a variety of brews and hard liquor to wet their whistle, all made right here in our region.

Good beer has always been available in Reno, if you knew where to look. A couple of breweries have been around for years, pre-dating the recent growth spurt – Silver Peak and Great Basin Brewing. Newer establishments are spread across the Truckee Meadows, including both Reno and Sparks. Chances are you live within easy range of a great place to enjoy a fine micro-brew and perhaps even some tasty food to accompany your drink.

Get a good look at what’s out there and where they are located with my “Breweries, Brew Pubs and Distilleries in Reno and Sparks” article.

For readers who live outside of the immediate Reno / Sparks area, I’ve included some breweries and brew pubs in the greater region, including Carson City, Virginia City, Incline Village, Truckee and South Lake Tahoe.