'Little Boxes' compete with big boxes on Black Friday

'Little Boxes' compete with big boxes on Black Friday

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by Joe Smith

kgw.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 24 at 3:22 PM

PORTLAND -They don't sell flat-screens or tablets and you won't see folks camped outside for days waiting for Black Friday deals -- but Portland's Little Boxes are competing on a different level with the big box stores this holiday season.

And if there is strength in numbers, this year could give them a run for your money.

"The hope is to get people to think of the stores they like, but the sister stores in the program and experience who in their community is a local business," said Bridgid Blackburn, co-owner of Cargo in the Pearl District.

Just two years ago, an idea was born for a Black Friday competition to encourage holiday shoppers to shop Portland's small stores.
 
The movement has grown from just 30 stores last year to more than 170 retailers jumping on board this holiday.

Those retailers stretch from downtown Portland to Sellwood to St. John's and in-between. 

Each store is offering special promotions, plus the chance to win raffle prizes including a $600  shopping spree and an iPad.

"If someone comes in and shops at one participating store, they pick up a map, then they can get their map stamped and get 10percent off," said Tom Erickson, co-owner of Animal Traffic.

All the little boxes stores will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.


 

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