A series of daily events starting later this week will have the dual benefit of helping out local businesses and Alexandrians looking to get some Christmas shopping done.
The ‘Shop Small Week’ started as a mostly digital event last year to help local businesses slammed by the pandemic. The retail events, put together by Visit Alexandria, start on Friday, Nov. 26, with “Plaid Friday” followed by a Small Business Saturday event on Nov. 27.
“Alexandria Shop Small Week kicks off with Plaid Friday,” Visit Alexandria said in a press release. “Nearly 50 independent shops are touting one-of-a-kind deals on designer and coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashion, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for pets.”
On Saturday, Visit Alexandria said there will be live music on KinG street and discounts at various local boutiques in Old Town and Del Ray.
For both events, parking at the following garages in Old Town will be free:
- Courthouse Square Parking Garage — 111 S. Pitt Street
- Market Square Parking Garage — 108 N. Fairfax Street
- USP Parking Garage — 220 N. Union Street
- Thompson’s Alley Parking Garage — 10 Thompsons Alley
Through the following Thursday, there are daily discounts and events planned:
- Museum Store Sunday (Nov. 28) — Visit Alexandria said there will be 20% discounts at Alexandria museum stores, discounts on select merchandise, and stocking stuffers available at the Alexandria Visitor Center.
- Cyber Monday (Nov. 29) — Roughly 40 Alexandria stores are offering discounts, free gifts with purchase, and free shipping on Monday.
- Giving Tuesday (Nov. 30) — Some Alexandria shops and restaurants will donate a percentage of purchases to Alexandria non-profits in partnership with the Old Town Business Association.
- Giveaway Wednesday (Dec. 1) — Visit Alexandria will be sharing giveaway information for hotel stays, massages, and gift cards.
- Moonlight Merriment (Dec. 2) — Giving up slightly on the weekday theme, Visit Alexandria said carolers and musicians will be serenading at local shopping and dining establishments in Old Town from 5-8 p.m. that evening.
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