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Alexandria’s Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday Feature 50+ Boutiques Offering Deals and More

Nov. 25 and 26 Holiday Shopping Promotions Showcase Independent Stores During Thanksgiving Weekend

Volunteers make plaid bows for Plaid Friday at fibre space in Old Town, Alexandria. (Courtesy photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Shop small and support local this holiday shopping season in Alexandria, VA, the Shop Small headquarters of the D.C. region. Recognized by Oprah Daily as one of the Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World and one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Best U.S. Cities to Visit at Christmas, Old Town Alexandria offers an unparalleled holiday shopping experience with personal service from local boutique owners and curated gift suggestions ranging from home décor, chic fashions and gourmet food to classic toys and gifts for pets.

Kick off this year’s holiday shopping season with Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Shop at dozens of independent boutiques offering free gifts with purchase, storewide discounts and more throughout the weekend. See below for more details.

New this year, enjoy holiday pop-ups from the Old Town Business Association, with outdoor vendors along the 0 block of King Street and indoor vendors at 110 South Union Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday. Shop seasonal offerings from local vendors including Lily’s Flower Truck, Made in ALX, The Art League and more.

Bundle up as you shop and enjoy live music from the George Mason University Combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Fayette and King Street and the Chris Barrick Trio from 1 to 4 p.m. at the corner of Union and King Street, organized by the Yellow Door Concert Series.

There’s so much to enjoy in Alexandria throughout the holiday shopping season. Learn more at

Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday – November 25, 2022

On November 25, 20222, celebrate Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday with more than 50 independent shops in Old Town and beyond offering some of their best deals of the year, including early bird, store-wide discounts and free gifts with purchase. Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind deals on self-care products, artwork, jewelry, fashionable finds, home goods and more. Store hours vary from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. with nearly 10 boutiques open by 6 a.m. including Bellacara, Bloomers, Red Barn Mercantile and The Shoe Hive.

Small Business Saturday – November 26, 2022 November 26, 2022, celebrate Alexandria’s Small Business Saturday with special in-store and online specials at nearly 65 shops in Old Town and beyond. Stroll historic streets twinkling with holiday traditions as you enjoy special discounts, sip and snack on free treats like hot cider and local coffee and take home free gifts with purchase. Find everything from maker pop-ups and special offers at Shop Made in Virginia to a costume character story time and book discounts at Hooray for Books and an Annual Cookies + Ornament Crafting Open House at AR Workshop. Store hours vary from approximately 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Continue to celebrate Small Business Saturday with events and happenings around Alexandria, including a Shop Small Crawl hosted by the Shops of Del Ray from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring special promotions, giveaways, and other holiday surprises, and a Holiday Makers Market at Port City Brewing Company from 1 to 5 p.m., featuring more than two dozen Alexandria-based makers.

Experience holiday magic on historic streets in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, located on the waterfront just minutes from Washington, D.C. Alexandria was named one of Oprah Daily’s Most Magical Christmas Towns Across the World and Condé Nast Traveler’s Best U.S. Cities to Visit at Christmas. Feel transported by a sense of holiday wonder with a stroll along the King Street mile, reminiscent of a European Christmas village. Dine around a firepit on heated patios or duck into cozy Alexandria restaurants. Show your love for Alexandria’s independent boutiques that provide personal service and curated gift selections all season long.

Holiday Pop-Up Market Returns to Alexandria November 26

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