PORTLAND -- Big things happened in small places this Black Friday. For the third year Little Box stores have joined together as an alternative to shopping big boxes and keeping it local.

The idea for little boxes started at Betsy and Iya, a small shop in Northwest Portland.

Details: Little Boxes Guide

It's now grown to nearly 200 small businesses.

Like their bigger counterparts these shops offer special discounts and incentives to get shoppers in the door to sample a unique shopping experience. Many of the shops offer one of a kind gifts that can't be found anywhere else, even on line.

We've got so many great creative minds here. We just love Betys and Iya and other local places they really they treat their customers right. They treat their employees right, said Little Boxes shopper Britt Boyles.

Portland resident Ellen Walkley thought it was a great idea.

I think it's a wonderful idea, said Walkley. It's a way of getting in the spirit without have to go with the mobs.

This is also a way for small shop owners to show off the diversity of what they sell and the imagination that Portland is known for. Look for posters on the door of participating Little Boxes stores.

The stores were open until 7 p.m. Friday. It starts all over again Saturday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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