Black Friday creeps across the border this week, but that doesn’t mean you have to get swept up in big box sales. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to keep things local and shop at Vancouver independents. If you’re looking for a place to go, Gastown always looks good in black.
The neighbourhood is a go-to for the style savvy and a solid option if you’re looking to escape the mall. More than 30 shops in eight easily walked blocks will be opening their doors with special deals on Friday.
Whether you’re looking for exclusive labels or the perfect ‘where in the world did you score that’ gift, it’s a great place to start.
Here are five ways to help you enjoy Gastown like a local this Black Friday:
1. Get coffee
Neighbourhood café’s regularly rake in top spots on local best of lists – and a cup of joe is the perfect accompaniment to a few hours of solid shopping.
By all means, hit your favourite shops, but take the opportunity to explore a few new ones along the way. You never know what you’ll find.
3. Be generous
At this time of year, we’re all buying gifts, but don’t forget to spoil yourself a little too. One for them, one for you.
4. Chat up an owner
They’re usually in the store and can offer some great insider tips on how to nail every gift on your holiday list.
Tempting cocktails and savoury snacks can be found on every block. It’s the perfect excuse for a quick sit down to make that list and check it twice.
To find out which Gastown businesses have special offers on Black Friday, visit Gastown.org.