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More Than 50 Shops Participating in Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25

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Find great deals on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday later this month. (Photo: Chris Cruz for Visit Alexandria)

ALEXANDRIA, VA-Support local this holiday shopping season in Alexandria, VA, the “Shop Small” headquarters of the D.C. region. Named one of Good Housekeeping’s Best Places to Travel in December 2023, 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.

Enjoy cherished “Shop Small” events including Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday and Alexandria’s Small Business Saturday. Shop at dozens of independent boutiques offering free gifts with purchase, storewide discounts and more throughout the weekend.

Peruse deals on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday from first-time participants, including soon-to-open children’s shop Pippin Toy Co., the newest concept from the owner of Red Barn Mercantile and Penny Post, along with Frances ValentineThe Genius GenusWhite Lily Shoppe and Row House.

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 24, 2023

On November 24, 2023, celebrate Plaid Friday: Alexandria’s Small Business Black Friday with more than 50 independent shops in Old Town offering some of their best deals of the year, including early bird, storewide discounts and free gifts with purchase. Shoppers will find one-of-a-kind deals on home décor, chic fashion, gourmet food, classic toys, gifts for pets and more. More than a dozen businesses will offer early bird discounts starting at 6 a.m. including Pacers RunningRed Barn MercantileThe Dog Park and more. For an early morning caffeine boost, head to the Coffee Shop at FontaineESP Tea & Coffee or Misha’s Coffee (both King Street and Prince Street locations), all open at 6 a.m.

Plaid Friday is presented by Visit Alexandria and the Old Town Business Association.

Alexandria’s Small Business Saturday – November 25, 2023

On November 25, 2023, celebrate Alexandria’s Small Business Saturday with deals and special offerings at nearly 50 shops in Old Town. Stroll historic streets twinkling with holiday traditions as you enjoy exclusive discounts, free gifts with purchase, in-store treats and more. Find everything from story time, author readings and book signings at Hooray for Books to free gift card offerings and complimentary stocking stuffers with purchase at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria. Store hours vary from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Continue to celebrate Small Business Saturday with events and happenings around Alexandria, including Made in ALX’s Holiday Makers’ Market at Port City Brewing Company from 12 to 5 p.m., featuring Alexandria-based makers, craft beer, food trucks and more.

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 Travel + Leisure’s Best Places to Travel in 2023 and Best Cities in the U.S. 2023 and one of Good Housekeeping’s Best Places to Travel in December 2023. 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. [SEE ALSO: Election Day Checklist for Alexandria Voters]

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