Shop Local, Black Friday.
We just have to admit it…it’s that time. Holiday shopping is in full swing! To kick off the holiday shopping season, the Plaza District is asking you to Shop Local, Black Friday.
Imagine this. You wake up at 5 am, role into some grungy clothes, tip toe out of your house into the freezing cold. Your car is frosted, so you wait and scrape, then off you head into the dark, dark morning to….Sears. You see, you just HAVE to get the amazing deal on a power drill, an off brand DVD player and fancy alarm clock/ipod dock. Important stuff. You finally find a parking space, far away from the store and head into the madness. So, after you’ve ran over small children, and someone “accidentally” elbowed you, you hunt down your items. You can’t find the fancy alarm clock, so you ask a saleskid where it might be. He goes to check the computer system, which is frozen, so he points you to an area of the store, which turns out was the completely wrong place. You’re tired of the madness, so you wait in a long, long line…purchase your amazing gifts and head back in the dark morning to your car far away in the parking lot, and head to your home..in the dark.
Or imagine this. You wake up a 9 am, full of energy and excitement! The sun is shining! It’s cold, but you bundle up in your favorite scarf and coat, and get in your car ready to go. You drive through historic neighborhoods of Oklahoma City, admiring the trees and the last of fall colors. Then, you turn down 16th street where you are greeted by a little quirky district full of character and funky businesses. First, you head into Collected Thread, greeted by the smell of apple cider and Lindsay Zodrow knitting at her counter. The store is full of handmade, local gifts. You find a scarf for your daughter, some handmade soap for your aunt, and the cutest little baby shoes for your sisters new baby. You check out with Lindsay, and take your cider and cookies over to DNA Galleries. You’re greeted by the smell of hot cocoa, Amanda and her precious pup KoKo. In DNA, you find your nephew an Oklahoma Tshirt, your neice some handmade bracelets…and though you never planned on buying a work of art for your best friend, you notice a painting you know she would love. After check out at DNA, you walk down the street to Shop Good, one of the Plaza’s newest businesses. Inside, you find handmade goods, handprinted tees, accessories perfect for your friends and family. Plus, you discover that a portion of ALL merchandise sold goes to a local or global cause. You’re not only shopping locally, but buying is giving too, so you’re truly shopping GOOD! Next door, at Bad Granny’s Bazaar, greeted by a store full of curious and funky finds. You find some small funky furniture for your friend’s new apartment, and a vintage hat for your cousin. You spot a few things you’ll for sure be coming back for yourself! Then you head down to JuJu Gallery, greeted by Stephanie in her cute studio and gallery. You purchase some art pieces, and affordable art magnets as stocking stuffers. You’re brother in law has been waiting to get a new tattoo, so you pop into No Regrets Tattoo for a gift certificate! Lastly, you head over to Velvet Monkey Salon’s vintage boutique and find a vintage fur coat for your upcoming holiday party. Then, after completing a good deal of your holiday shopping, you head home for a lazy afternoon with your family and leftovers!
Now doesn’t that sound better? Join us on Friday, November 27th from 10am-7pm to Shop Local on Black Friday! 1700 Block NW 16th