This Black Friday, stay away from the malls and head downtown. Put your money where your heart is and support some homegrown Oakland businesses. We’ve made it easy for you – we plotted out a map of many of the independent downtown neighborhood businesses that will be open the day after Thanksgiving. Pick up a copy on the free B line shuttles, any participating downtown business, tear out in the insert in this week’s East Bay Express Holiday Guide or download here. Then, get it stamped at every downtown shop you visit on 11/23 (you don’t even have to buy anything) and you’ll be entitled to free/cheap drinks and snacks in the neighborhood!
According to Oakland Grown and the Sustainable Business Alliance, locally owned and independent businesses keep as much as three times more money within the local economy than big box stores. These homegrown businesses create local jobs, spend their money with other local businesses, and give back to our community.
Plus, courtesy of the City of Oakland, street parking is free all day Plaid Friday and Saturdays the rest of the year starting this week. Also, the free B Shuttle will be running its regular Friday schedule.
SHOPPING PROMOS for PLAID FRIDAY / IN THE BLACK 11/23:
Crown Nine: Sarah Swell Sample Sale offering an exclusive peek at samples at dramatically reduced prices. Wear plaid to received a FREE pair of studs by Kate Ellen Metals.
Show & Tell: Entire Store 35% off.
The Bookmark Bookstore: 20% off.
Oakland Surf Club: BLOWOUT Holiday Sale! $1, $5, & $10 sections and other discounts!
Underground Treasures: Merchandise certificates: Purchase for 100.00 plus tax receives 175.00 in merchandise. Only from Nov. 23-24.
Feelmore510 Adult Gallery: 15% off Tuyo Vibes.
Owl N Wood: 10% off all shoes.
Marion and Rose’s Workshop: Wear plaid and win a prize.
McMullen Boutique: 10% of sales benefiting Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic.
Oaklandish: Free Plaid Classic tee with in-store purchases over $75. Limited-edition plaid scarves from Lazy Lotus.
Spoiled Boutique: 15% off entire store + free t-shirt with purchases over $150.
Pom Pom Boutique: 20% off entire purchase.
The Hat Library: FREE gift with purchase. Additional 10% off entire purchase if you are wearing plaid.
Bibliomania: New arrivals plus 20% off books in the Christmas section.
Topps Salon and Day Spa: Buy 1 Pureology product, get 2nd 25% off. All American Crew products 30% off with haircut. 15% off Brazilian Blowout service. 30% off facials. $10 off mani/pedi combo.
lOAKal: Free goodie bag with purchase of $50 or more. Any purchase on Plaid Friday enters you into a drawing to win Loakal money.
PASSPORT BAR & CAFE SPECIALS:
Awaken: 5 Stamps = Buy one coffee/espresso and get one of equal or lesser value free. 10 Stamps = Buy a beer/wine and get one of equal or lesser value free.
Farley’s: 5 Stamps = Half-Off any sandwich ($4 value).
Make Westing: 10 Stamps = Buy one beer/wine and get one of equal or lesser value free.
The Layover: 3 Stamps = 1/2 off Linden Street Burning Oak Black Lager ($2 value). 5 Stamps = 1/2 off ANY LOCAL beer or liquor (up to a $4 value). 10 Stamps = Buy one house cocktail and get a second of equal or lesser value free ($9).
Cafe 817: 5 Stamps = One free cup of pour-over coffee.
Bittersweet: 5 Stamps = Buy one coffee/espresso and get one of equal or lesser value free OR 10% off any Bittersweet Origins Chocolate Bar.
Sponsored by Plaid Friday, In the Black, Oakland Grown, Oaklandish, the Downtown and Lake Merritt/Upton BIDs, EBX, the B Shuttle, and the City of Oakland.