Blog : Go Green This Black Friday!

By Katelyn | Nov 24, 2015 | in

Every year, millions of shoppers swarm to big box stores, on a mission to score the best deals for everyone on their list. Aside from the documented stampedes that have occurred, the frustration of finding a parking spot, and so on, there are a number of great reasons to ditch the lines this Friday.

With that said, we propose "Green Friday" in place of "Black Friday." For the next week, purchase a Green Alliance Membership for only $20, (regularly $35), through our Green Friday promotion! The GA Membership allows you to visit some of your favorite local shops and eateries, (to refuel for more shopping, of course), while enjoying discounts at nearly 100 local, sustainable businesses.

Going Green this Friday not only supports the local economy, at a time when your fellow community members could use the business the most to support their family, but ensures that you are getting great, quality products that are truly unique. Whether you opt to become a GA Member and take advantage of these generous discounts this season, or are just looking to score the best products available, we urge everyone to think locally.

"Plaid Friday" is a new term to encourage shoppers to look at all types of stores, not just the big box stores often associated with Black Friday. Whether you go Green with the GA, or Plaid with the rest of the community, it is important to make conscious decisions about each purchase.

Every dollar spent at a locally owned, independent business generates 2-3 times more economic activity in our communities than a dollar spent at a national chain, and benefits all of us much more than a dollar spent online. With American shoppers projected to spend upwards of $800 each this year during the holiday season, that’s a lot of energy to power our local economy.

A variety of local businesses and restaurants will participate in the Seacoast Plaid Friday including Smuttynose Brewing Company, where you can stop by for a tour and tasting, lunch at Hayseed, shopping at the Warehouse Sale, and a round of disc golf on their new course.

Your Green Card will be your best friend this holiday season, granting you discounts at local, sustainable businesses. These discounts will allow you to get your holiday shopping done with local businesses on a budget. Join for only $20 through December 1!

Click here for a full list of retailers and restaurants participating in the Seacoast Plaid Friday.