Oregon Public Broadcasting

Businesses are taking two approaches to post Thanksgiving holiday shopping. There's Black Friday but some local small businesses say they're looking to Saturday instead.

Along Portland's trendy Northwest 23rd Avenue, it's the larger national companies that advertise Black Friday. But there is a sale sign outside small clothing store Galore.

Assistant Larissa Abaidoo says, "We're not going to stay open very late."

"We didn't open early, we didn't do any mad rush, we're not doing any crazy discount, it's just the same discount we've been doing all week."

Lynn Becraft, the co-owner of the small Portland chain Kitchen Kaboodle, says overall sales are up maybe 10 percent since last year.

She doesn't do Black Friday, "We just don't get involved in those kinds of deals," she said.

"We don't want to have our employees come to work at four in the morning."

She's hoping shoppers will respond to 'Small Business Saturday' instead.

By some estimates, a quarter of annual sales for retailers nationally is done in November and December.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.