ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Thanksgiving may have been just a day ago, but it was already looking a lot like Christmas in Old Town Alexandria.
"It makes me happy. It's exciting" said Kate McMahon, the manager of Ten Thousand Villages.
They were one of dozens of small businesses along King Street to take part in Plaid Friday.
According to Old Town Boutique District, Plaid Friday is the small business alternative to what big box stores call Black Friday. They say it was started in Oakland, CA, with the idea of weaving individual threads of small businesses together to create a strong fabric that celebrates independent businesses.
"It's a time for people to get away from the big box shops" said McMahon.
It's also a good opportunity to get out of the box gifts for your loved ones, "because it is handcrafted, there's a uniqueness that you just don't see online" she said.
She says there are countless reasons to shop local throughout the holidays.
"With out small business, you lose your little Main Street" said McMahon.
Justina and Kevin Green told WUSA9 they were visiting Old Town from New Jersey, and also planned to stop and check out the shops in Georgetown.
"Come on outside it's phenomenal you'd be surprised what you might find" said Justina.
They shared that it was nice to see so many people out. "It was nice to see families outside shopping" said Kevin.
For those who prefer shopping online, because they enjoy shopping in their pajamas, McMahon said she completely understands.
"We don't care if you wear your pjs here. That's fine. It's okay, just get off the couch and come down here in your pjs" said McMahon.
A lot of small businesses are taking part in Small Business Saturday across the DMV.
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