On Friday, November 23, 2012, and Saturday, November 24, 2012, over 160 of Portlandâ€™s independent boutiques and shops will participate in Little Boxes, a Black Friday weekend event designed to encourage shoppers to explore Portlandâ€™s many independent, one-of-kind boutiques and businesses.
â€śPortland has so many great shops scattered throughout its neighborhoods,â€ť says Will Cervarich, co-owner of lifestyle boutique betsy & iya and co-founder of Little Boxes with his wife Betsy Cross. â€śThis is a way for people to explore the city and what is has to offer shoppers. With the holidays coming up, Little Boxes is a great way to find interesting, meaningful gifts.â€ť
The event is named Little Boxes to emphasize the richness and vitality of Portlandâ€™s independently owned retail shopping scene at a time of year traditionally dominated by big-box, nationwide chains. Shoppers are encouraged to explore the hidden gems of Portlandâ€™s Little Boxes and enjoy a relaxing stroll from shop to shop as a way to welcome the holiday season. During the event, the participating businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and provide a 10 percent discount to any customer who shows a stamp from another participating business. At each location, customers will receive raffle tickets for a chance to win â€śbigâ€ť prizes including an iPad, $600 Shopping Spree, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream party for 20, hotel stays and restaurant certificates. Shoppers receive a raffle ticket for visiting a store and more raffle tickets when they make purchases.
Over 160 businesses will be participating in this yearâ€™s Little Boxes, including independent merchants from every neighborhood in Portland â€“ from the Pearl District to Alberta and Sellwood. â€śWhat I love about this event is that it not only provides a fun way to interact with other businesses, it also gives me a chance to interact with a broad range of customers,â€ť says Heather Thomas, owner of Twill. â€śPortlanders are really supportive of local businesses, and this event is one way we can thank them.â€ť
WHEN: November 23-24, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: Over 160 independently owned boutiques & businesses throughout Portland.
WHAT: Fun, local alternative to Black Friday with big raffle prizes and cross-promotional discounts.
For additional information about the event, including a list of the more than 45 raffle prizes and a current list of participating businesses, please visit http://www.littleboxespdx.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @littleboxespdx. Little Boxes thanks its generous sponsors including The Mac Store.
List of Participating â€śLittle Boxesâ€ť – Visit www.littleboxespdx.com/shops.html for an updated list.