Think Outside the Big Box. Go LOCAL at Little Boxes PDX Black Friday Weekend Shopping Event

On Friday, November 23, 2012, and Saturday, November 24, 2012, over 160 of Portland’s independent boutiques and shops will participate in Little Boxes, a Black Friday weekend event designed to encourage shoppers to explore Portland’s many independent, one-of-kind boutiques and businesses.

“Portland has so many great shops scattered throughout its neighborhoods,” says Will Cervarich, co-owner of lifestyle boutique betsy & iya and co-founder of Little Boxes with his wife Betsy Cross. “This 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.”

The event is named Little Boxes to emphasize the richness and vitality of Portland’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 Portland’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 “big” 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 year’s Little Boxes, including independent merchants from every neighborhood in Portland – from the Pearl District to Alberta and Sellwood. “What 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,” says Heather Thomas, owner of Twill. “Portlanders are really supportive of local businesses, and this event is one way we can thank them.”

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, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @littleboxespdx. Little Boxes thanks its generous sponsors including The Mac Store.

List of Participating “Little Boxes” – Visit for an updated list.

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Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at
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