Shop Local Events Kick Off Today
Photo courtesy of Gillette Main Street
Today kicks off Plaid Friday, a shop-local initiative that is meant to take the place of Black Friday, according to Gillette Main Street Executive Director Jessica Seders. On Nov. 19, Mayor Louise Carter-King officially declared Nov. 29 Plaid Friday and Nov. 30 Small Business Saturday to “boost the local economy and strengthen our small business community.”
“Just like a plaid being individual threads that are interwoven together to be strong, that’s how our unique businesses are downtown,” Seders said at the Nov. 19 city council meeting. “When we work together, we’re much stronger.”
She also said that while her organization has adopted buffalo plaid with red and black for the festivities, all plaid is welcome.
“We want everybody to wear plaid when they come out on Plaid Friday and shop downtown,” Seders said. She also said she hopes the day will be a relaxed family event like it used to be.
Gillette Main Street will also offer a “Plaid Passport,” which includes being entered to win $200 in Downtown Dollars.
Plaid Friday kicks off the plaid theme that Gillette Main Street will carry through the Parade of Lights on Dec. 7. Plaid Friday is a national shop-local initiative.