Don Your Plaid And Celebrate Small Businesses At This Unique Event In Alabama
By Lisa Battles|Published November 20, 2023
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You’ve probably heard about Small Business Saturday. It is usually observed the day after Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving shopping day that’s kicked off the holiday retail season since the 1950s. But how about Plaid Friday? We love that it has become a tradition for small businesses in Gadsden, Alabama.
Plaid Friday simply is a laid-back, local alternative to Black Friday in the same spirit as Small Business Saturday. Plus, it’s a chance to parade about in your prettiest plaids. Who doesn’t love a theme dress-up day? We strongly support small businesses and celebrate the fun of this fashionable event. Plaid Friday began in 2009, the year before Small Business Saturday, when an Oakland, California, business owner introduced it to encourage people to shop locally. The concept has spread to communities across the US.
Have you attended a Plaid Friday event? Tell us about your tradition or share later if you decide to get out and support small businesses in Gadsden, Alabama this year. You can plan ahead with these lists of Downtown Gadsden member businesses and independent restaurants. The weekend also marks the opening of the popular Christmas at the Falls at nearby Noccalula Falls, so if you’re looking for an awesome holiday weekend getaway, do it! Check out the Hampton Inn Gadsden for convenient, well-rated, moderately priced accommodations.
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