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Early Bird Black Friday Sale

Special savings start at 6 a.m.
Something for everyone on your list



The City of Alexandria is offering free parking in the City-owned parking lots and garages on Black Friday!

Skip the craziness of crowded malls and frenzied national discount stores and get “Door Buster” deals from Red Barn Mercantile and other Old Town Alexandria merchants this year.

Red Barn is one of 32 locally owned stores participating in Shop Local Alexandria’s Black Friday sales event.

And, we’re opening at 6 a.m. to offer extra savings to early-bird holiday shoppers:

  • Shop from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. to receive 30 percent off.
  • From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. you’ll receive 20 percent off.
  • And from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. you’ll receive 10 percent off your purchase.

Why buy local

shoplocalalexandriaWhen you decide to buy from locally owned stores, you’re not only helping the store, you’re helping the entire community. Studies have shown that when shoppers buy from local independent merchants, more money stays in the local economy. That means more jobs, more tax revenues for local services and more support for local charities.

It also means finding products and gifts that are more unique and diverse than what you’d find at national chains.

We may not be able to offer the most outrageous mark-downs, but independent local shops have major retailers beat when it comes to quality, service and the overall retail experience.

National retailers operate on national quotas. They care about sales. We care about customers.

National retailers offer cookie cutter merchandise. We buy what you want. Because we’ve taken the time listen and get to know you.

National retailers work on big volume, get-it-yourself sales models that also mean long lines, crowded aisles and MIA salespeople. Local merchants survive on relationships. I live in Alexandria, my store is here. My customers are my friends and neighbors.  

Shop Local Alexandria is an initiative of the Old Town Boutique District, a grassroots organization of local independent retailers dedicated to promoting historic Old Town Alexandria.

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