The folks behind Urban Craft Uprising make shopping local even more fun and exciting this Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, November 25 and 26. Local shops all around Seattle (and Edmonds) are participating in Little Boxes, which rewards shoppers with discounts and potential prizes.
Here’s how Little Boxes works:
Make a purchase on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday at a participating Little Boxes store. You’ll get a code for 10 percent off your next purchase at another shop.
At each participating shop, you’ll find a code to enter the Little Boxes Raffle online. It’s easiest to use the Little Boxes app, available for Android and iOS. However, if you don’t want to use the app or don’t have a smart phone, you can pick up a paper “passport” from the store and write down codes as you go. Then, you can enter them on your PC or laptop later. Codes must be entered by Monday, November 28 11pm PST.
If you make purchases, you get bonus entries. 4 purchases give you 15 more entries. 8 purchases give you another 20. And 12 purchases (and a very busy couple of days), gets you 30 entries.
What You Can Win
The grand prize of Little Boxes is a brand new iPad Air, but there are dozens of other prizes from local retailers and services. For instance:
- A one-night stay in a deluxe room at Ace Hotel in Seattle
- A complimentary conditioning or gloss treatment from Ferocious Angels Salon
- A $25 gift card from one of several bakeries, including Le Panier, Macrina, and Nuflours
- A family membership at Bainbridge Art Museum and lunch for four at its bistro
- 20 Golden Tickets good for free admission to a show at Columbia City Theater
Check out the full prize list on the official website.
Where You Can Go for Little Boxes
Prizes aside, Little Boxes is really about connecting with local businesses and discovering new things in your own city. Most neighborhoods have multiple participants. The more you explore, the more fun it gets. (And of course, the more chances you have of winning a prize.)
Seattle boutique Momo in the International District. Photo by Thomas Klefeigem, courtesy of Momo Seattle.
In Pioneer Square and the International District, Momo is a must-see. It is full of locally made gifts and accessories, and international offerings, too. That includes colorful handmade wallets from Kyoto and clothing from high-style fashion lines, such as Iceland-based Marita Huurinainen. The leather details on MH’s elegant, minimalist clothing is ethically sourced. (You’d never guess that it comes from roadkill reindeer! Seriously.) We also love the locally made Kitten Mittens available at Momo. (No kittens are harmed in the making of them.)
Clementines is also all about ethical sourcing and independent design, with a fantastic selection of shoes and bags. Just across the square from Clementines, Drygoods Design offers classes, textiles and sewing necessities for DIY fashion lovers. After all that shopping, pop into E. Smith Mercantile for an edited selection of Northwest lifestyle products, snacks and (if it’s a time for a drink) a craft cocktail in the back bar.
In Capitol Hill, one of the must-sees is Ghost Gallery. Its mixture of art, jewelry, vintage items, wine and other gifts makes it a one-stop shop for aesthetes of all stripes. Nearby Pretty Parlor is a plush treasure chest of vintage and indie fashion. For the boys, underU4men offers sportswear, grooming products and, of course, plenty of fun to cover one’s buns. And for the adults, Babeland offers a renowned collection of stimulating objects, oils and toys to make your winter a little warmer.
Downtown, go green with a bag from Alchemy Goods, which makes all of their durable, urban products with recycled materials. (Check out our write-up about Alchemy Goods.) Then equip yourself for the rainy winter ahead with an artful umbrella from Bella Umbrella. My family has a tradition of buying each family member a commemorative tree ornament each year, and if you also want a special addition to the tree, Vetri is the best place to look. Just around the block, pop into Paper Hammer for all sorts of cards, decor, journals, pens and unique printed goods for entertaining. Their cards and bags are a great way to dress up small gifts with humor and style.
We could go on. From Ballard to Columbia City, you’ll find a Little Boxes participant near you. So get out and support local, small business this weekend, find great gifts and avoid the mayhem at big box stores and malls. Happy shopping!
Little Boxes Seattle 2016
When: Black Friday, November 25 and Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2016