Shop small on Black Friday in the D.C. region’s biggest destination for independent boutiques—Alexandria, Virginia. Alexandria’s alternative Black Friday experience features more than 40 independent boutiques kicking off the holiday shopping season with one-of-a-kind deals on designer and coveted merchandise, including home décor, chic fashions, gourmet food, classic toys and gifts for dogs. Store offers vary, with special discounts throughout the day and more than 10 boutiques opening by 7 a.m., including fibre space, Pacers, The Shoe Hive, Red Barn Mercantile and Bloomers. Old Town Business and Old Town Boutique District celebrate with Plaid Friday, a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to big box stores’ Black Friday that is designed to promote both local and independently owned businesses during the holidays. Look for the Plaid Friday posters on retailers’ doors to see which stores are participating and snag a limited-edition tote when you spend $100 or more after 10 a.m., plus free gift-wrapping at Izalia Spa with a $50 purchase from participating retailers. You’ll also have the chance to win a free gift card if you wear plaid or post a picture on Instagram capturing Old Town’s holiday spirit with the hashtag #spottedinOT.