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Make out your shopping list with help from our Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday roundup

Keep reading for our list of Black Friday opening times and what some of the area's small businesses have planned Saturday.

The Scheels store on 45th Street South in Fargo bustles with activity on Black Friday in 2017.
The Scheels store on 45th Street South in Fargo bustles with activity on Black Friday in 2017.
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FARGO — A number of events and deals are planned across the metro area in honor of Black Friday (or Plaid Friday), Nov. 25, and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26.

We reached out to representatives from the West Acres Shopping Center, the Fargo Downtown Community Partnership, West Fargo Events/EPIC Management, Moorhead Business Association and others to share their plans. We realize it's not a complete list, but we hope it gives readers a place to start with their holiday shopping and celebrations.

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Black Friday hours

For those who still thrive on the early-morning Black Friday deals, here are the opening times at many of the metro area's big box and department stores:

  • Best Buy: 5 a.m.
  • Costco: 10 a.m.
  • Fleet Farm: 5 a.m.
  • JC Penney: 5 a.m.
  • Kohl's: 5 a.m.
  • Macy's: 6 a.m.
  • Sam's Club: 8 a.m.
  • Scheels: 7 a.m.
  • Target: 7 a.m.
  • Walmart: 5 a.m.
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West Acres

Black Friday: The mall officially opens at 8 a.m. (doors open at 6 a.m.) but some stores will open early. Visit the store directory at westacres.com for more details.

Santa will be at West Acres for photos and guests can experience the magic of the holiday around every turn, with festive displays, activities and a holiday lounge near Buffalo Court.

Small Business Saturday: "Although our nearly one-million square foot space makes us seem anything but small, West Acres is a locally-owned and operated small business," West Acres Chief Operating Officer Alissa Adams said in a statement to The Forum. "In honor of Small Business Saturday we are putting the spotlight on over 30 of our stores and kiosks that are also small businesses. Come shop local and enjoy the kick-off of our Holipalooza from 1 to 5 p.m. in Buffalo Court."

The day will feature music from Nattie Jean from 1 to 3 p.m. and Kwaician from 3 to 5 p.m. Featured vendors will include Dakota Vines Winery, Fargo Brewing Company, Juice Box, Prairie Rose Meadery and Better World Bakery.

Holipalooza festivities will continue Saturdays through Dec. 17.

Downtown Fargo

Many downtown businesses will observe Plaid Friday, a take on Black Friday where merchants offer discounts and other promotional offers to people wearing plaid. The tradition got its start in 2009 in Oakland, Calif., and was conceived of the idea of weaving the individual threads of local businesses together to create a strong fabric that displays the diversity and creativity of independent business.

Here's a taste of what you can expect:

Unglued: While owner Ashley Morken expected Unglued would be doing business at Drekker's Brewhalla by now, she's grateful she can continue to welcome shoppers to her original store at 408 Broadway over the holidays. "This is our busiest weekend of the year," Morken said.

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Shoppers who spend $50+ Friday will receive a $10 shop cash/gift card for the store's future home in Brewhalla. Shoppers can also enter a drawing for a private craft party. Those who wear plaid will be eligible for an extra drawing. The store will also give out its annual artist-designed Grateful postcard on Friday.

Shoppers who spend $50+ Saturday will also receive a $10 shop cash/gift card and be able to enter for for a private craft party giveaway. Shoppers will also receive a free pack of Yeobo Sweet Shop gummy candy with purchase.

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Customers celebrate Plaid Friday at Unglued in Fargo.
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Zandbroz , 420 Broadway, will offer a 15% discount to shoppers wearing plaid on Friday and will be giving out a free Zandbroz surprise swag bag with purchase. All holiday items will be 15% off on Small Business Saturday.

Kindred People , 300 Broadway, will hand out envelopes to the first 50 shoppers on Friday filled with up to $100 of KP cash.

Gallery 4 , 115 Roberts St. N., will offer 20% off select artwork Friday and hold several gift card promotions Saturday.

Cellar 624: Turquoise Rising will host a Holiday Pop Up Market at Cellar 624 at 624 Main Ave. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26. Shoppers can enjoy wine, mimosas and appetizers while browsing goods from local artists, makers and small businesses.

Drekker Brewing Company: Festivities get started with a Black Friday Brunch with Unicorn Park Fine Foodery , one of the food vendors expected to open soon in Brewhalla, 1666 1st Ave. N. The brunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A BrewhallaDay Pop-Up will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Drekker encourages shoppers to stop by for "a sneak preview of what's in store at Brewhalla with these killer small businesses":

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Blackbird Woodfire and Nichole’s Fine Pastry and Cafe plan to run satellite operations, while Unglued is moving its full operation to Drekker Brewing Company's $20 million Brewhalla complex.

Moorhead

Moorhead Center Mall : Support small businesses in the mall, including FM Antiques and More , The 3 Bees and more, this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Santa Claus will be at the mall starting Saturday, Nov. 26. His schedule is as follows:

  • Fridays: 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11 and 18: Noon to 4 p.m.

Parents wanting photos are advised to bring their own camera.

Exclusive
One thing is certain at the Moorhead Center Mall: the days of the once-popular retail destination are numbered. With a massive new development in the works, the mall's remaining tenants are facing an uneasy future.

Junkyard Brewing, 1416 1st Ave. N., is holding a buy-3-get-1-free crowler deal on Black Friday from noon to 10 p.m.

Sol. Ave. Kitchen , 1408 1st Ave. N., will offer gift card specials Friday and Saturday. On Black Friday, buy a $25 gift card and get a $10 promo card or buy a $50 gift card and get a $25 promo card. On Saturday, buy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 promo card.

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Balance Chiropractic & Rehab, 3140 Bluestem Drive, is offering buy-one-get-one-half-off sale on supplements and nutrients.

Ferguson Books , 300 Sheyenne St., will offer a deal on used items from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Black Friday. For that hour only, all used items will be 75% off. On Saturday, shoppers will receive a $10 gift card for every $50 spent. The book store will also offer giveaways and feature several author signings.

Jade and Jasper Boutique , 3150 Sheyenne St., is offering a "spend more to save more sale" Saturday. Spend $50 and save 15%, spend $100 and save 20%, and spend $200 and save 25%. In addition, for every $100 gift card purchased, the buyer will receive a $20 bonus card to use at the store in January and February.

Spicy Pie , 745 31st Ave. E., will give a $5 voucher for every $25 gift card sold. No limit on quantity purchased.

Horizon Homes is also getting in on the Black Friday madness. The builder is offering up to $20,000 off to be used as a credit towards the final purchase price, design credits or as an interest rate buy-down. For more information, visit buildyourhorizon.com.

Angie Wieck is the business editor for The Forum. Email her at awieck@forumcomm.com
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