Events, deals planned for Small Business Saturday

Several events are planned in downtown Fargo on Small Business Saturday.

Several events and deals are planned for shoppers who visit downtown Fargo on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 23-24.

More commonly referred to as Black Friday, downtown Fargo will celebrate "Plaid Friday" Nov. 23rd. Numerous businesses plan to offer special promotions and deals to those who don their Tartan, Tattersall, Windowpane, Madras or Ginham while they shop downtown.

The Downtown Community Partnership of Fargo encourages shoppers to return to downtown Saturday to support local businesses as part of Small Business Saturday. American Express launched the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010 to encourage shoppers to "Shop Small" and bring more holiday shopping to small businesses. According to American Express, U.S. customers have reported spending an estimated $85 billion at independent retailers and restaurants since it started.

Also on Saturday, The Arts Partnership will launch its second annual Holiday Art Market at APT, an arts incubator at 225 4th Ave. N. Attendees will have the opportunity to shop from dozens of local artists, make crafts, enjoy a light show by Livewire and more.

The art market will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 13. It will resume after the holidays from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 3 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 5.